Will the New Immigration Proclamation Impact Your Case?

Understanding President Trump’s Proclamation

On April 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., President Trump put into effect a proclamation that has temporarily suspended immigration for 60 days, with some exceptions. The president reasons that the immigration suspension will protect American workers from competing with foreign workers for jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. If you are concerned about your immigration case, here’s what you need to know:

Who Will Be Affected By the Proclamation?

You will be impacted by the proclamation and will not be able to obtain a green card if:

  • You live outside of the United States.
  • You are seeking a family-based green card as a parent, adult child, or sibling of an American citizen.
  • You are seeking to enter the U.S. through an employment-based visa such as an EB-1 visa.

During the proclamation period, current green cardholders will not be allowed to sponsor their spouse or child for permanent residency.

Who Will Not Be Affected by the Proclamation?

You will not be impacted by the proclamation if:

  • Your adjustment of status case is already pending
  • You are living outside of the U.S and already have an immediately available visa as well as a stamped passport.
  • You are married to a U.S. citizen.
  • You are a child of a U.S. citizen that is under 21 years of age.
  • You are a medical professional coming to the U.S. to work as a doctor, nurse, or conducting medical research. This also includes working in the capacity of COVID-19 relief efforts.
  • You are a member of the armed forces. Spouses and children of armed force members are allowed to remain in the U.S. under the proclamation.
  • You are deemed to eligible for a special immigrant visa.

What Happens After The Proclamation Period Has Ended?

The proclamation is expected to only last for 60 days. However, the proclamation will be reviewed by the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of State after 30 days to determine if changes or an extension will be necessary.

Contact An Experienced Immigration Lawyer.

Understandably, you may be concerned about your immigration status due to the new immigration proclamation, as it can be difficult to understand. That’s why we are here to help.

To learn more about how this provision may impact your immigration case, contact Colón Law Firm today at (864) 697-2870. Our experienced immigration attorneys are here to answer your questions and ease your concerns.

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