The order effectively bans both family-based and employment-based green card issuance for 60 days, starting at 11:59 PM EDT on April 23, 2020. If, when the ban took effect, you were outside of the U.S., did not have a valid green card, and did not have official travel authorization, you will not be able to obtain a green card during these 60 days.
Fortunately, the executive order lists several exceptions. The ban may not affect your case if you are:
- A member of the U.S. Armed Forces (or their spouse/child)
- An applicant for the immigrant investor visa (EB-5)
- A person who is eligible for a Special Immigrant visa as an Afghan/Iraqi translator or a U.S. government employee (or their spouse/child)
- An asylum seeker or refugee
- A person deemed essential for law enforcement objectives, national interests, or the fight against COVID-19 (e.g. physicians, researchers, etc.)
- The spouse or child of a healthcare professional, medical researcher, or any other individual whose work is critical in combating COVID-19
- The spouse or child of a U.S. citizen
The ban also does not influence nonimmigrant cases. If you are applying for (or already received) a temporary visa, the executive order will not affect your eligibility or status.
At the end of the 60 days, the Trump administration may extend the ban, but no information is currently available that indicates whether they intend to do so. Halfway through the ban, they will also consider whether to add nonimmigrants to the ban. Ultimately, predicting exactly what the administration will do in response to COVID-19 is impossible—but the sooner you act, the better chance you will have of avoiding future obstacles and delays.
Get in Touch with Lim Law, P.A. Today
Immigration during COVID-19 may feel impossible, but our team at Lim Law, P.A. recommends continuing your immigrant journey with the sense of urgency it requires. In response to the pandemic, we are conducting services remotely, but we are here to serve you during this unprecedented crisis. If the executive order has negatively impacted your case, we can help you devise a new strategy and, if necessary, represent you in court.Because of our decades of experience, we are fully prepared to help you accomplish your immigration goals. Call (407) 512-9919 or fill out our online contact form to get i