PRESIDENT BANS IMMIGRANTS FROM ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES FOR 60 DAYS, WITH EXCEPTIONS


President Donald Trump announced April 21, 2020 he will be placing a 60-day pause on the issuance of certain immigration green cards. The proclamation states that the rationale is to address “excess labor supply” and displacement of U.S. workers. The proclamation took effect on April 23, 2020.

The entry ban applies to those who: (1) are outside the United States as of April 22; (2) do not have an immigrant visa that is valid on the effective date; and (3) do not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the effective date or issued on any date after the effective date that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.

Excluded from the ban are:

  • Lawful permanent residents; 

  •  Healthcare professionals, seeking to enter the United States as physicians, nurses, to perform medical or other research intended to combat the spread of COVID-19; or to perform work essential to combating, recovering from, or otherwise alleviating the effects of, the COVID-19 pandemic; 

  •  EB-5 immigrant investors visa applicants; 

  •  Spouses and children of U.S. citizens; 

  •  Members of the U.S. armed forces; 

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