Executive Order on Immigration – April 22, 2020

What Does the New Executive Order Mean?

New immigration into the US is suspended for 60 days for some categories of people not currently physically in the US.

Who is impacted?

Only people currently outside the US now who do not yet have a visa as of April 22, 2020 and who seek to come live permanently to the US.

Who is not Impacted?

1. Anyone filing for immigration status who is now inside the US.
2. Spouses and children under 21 of US citizens.
3. Green card (adjustment of status) applicants already in the US.
4. US military members, spouses and children.
5. Lawful permanent residents, or “green card holders.”
6. Medical professionals and scientists working on COVID-19.
7. EB-5 Investors, National Interest Visa (NIV) applicants.
8. SI or SQ special immigration categories.
9. Adoptees in the Immediate Relative (IR-4) or IJ-4 categories.
10. Non-immigrant (temporary) visa categories like B1/B2 visitor, F1 student, H1B, etc.*But, note the order does leave room for modification in 30 days to address these categories.

When Does the Executive Order Take Effect?

The Proclamation takes effect on at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on April 23, 2020 and will expire after 60 days.