Thousands of families and potential employees have been affected by President Trump’s most recent executive order, a 60-day immigration ban in effect until June 21, 2020. The immigration process was already laden with legal hurdles and delays before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the administration seems to be using this global crisis as a justification for further restrictions.
If you are hoping to enter the U.S. at this time, your visa application process might not be disrupted by this 60-day ban. The executive order includes a long list of applicants who can more than likely continue their immigration process in spite of the ban.
You may be exempt from the 60-day ban if:
- You are coming to the U.S. temporarily on a nonimmigrant visa
- You are seeking asylum
- Your sponsor is your spouse and a U.S. citizen
- Your sponsor is your parent and a U.S. citizen (if you are under 21)
- Your prospective adoptive parent is your sponsor and a U.S. citizen
- You or your spouse/parent are a medical researcher, nurse, doctor, or any other professional who aids in the fight against COVID-19 (as deemed by the Secretaries of State and DHS)
- You or your spouse/parent are eligible for a Special Immigrant visa as an Iraqi/Afghan translator or U.S. government employee
- You or your spouse/parent are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces
- You are coming to the U.S. as a qualifying immigrant investor per the EB-5 visa
- You were already in the U.S. at 11:59 PM EDT on April 23, 2020
- You were outside of the U.S. at 11:59 PM EDT on April 23, 2020, but you had a form of official travel authorization
- Your permanent residency case is pending in the U.S. with USCIS
- Your immigration to the U.S. advances national or law enforcement objectives
Essentially, the ban will prevent you from entering the U.S. and obtaining a green card if you were outside of the U.S. when it took effect (April 23, 2020) and do not fall into any of the above categories.
Ultimately, USCIS can use its discretion to decide whether you are exempt because of the above factors. Additionally, you may still have trouble entering the U.S. or obtaining a visa at this time due to suspension of services at USCIS offices, U.S. Embassies, and U.S. Consulates.
Fortunately, government agencies are beginning to reopen. For example, USCIS has announced plans to reopen offices on June 4th. Even if the immigration ban delays your application process, putting everything in place today can allow you to minimize the time you wait and move forward as soon as the ban is lifted.
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At Rios Immigration Law Firm, we are staying abreast of changes the administration makes to the immigration process. With our qualified team of professionals on your side, you will have access to updated information about the system and your case, as well as dedicated attorneys who will fight for your rights if they have been violated or dismissed. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the immigration process, but we have the knowledge and resources needed to help you accomplish your goals.