Over the course of 2020, President Trump has made extensive changes to the US immigration system, citing the coronavirus pandemic. In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring some immigration to the United States. This order stands to affect thousands of people overseas seeking entry.
Who does the executive order include?
In short, individuals seeking green cards. People outside of the United States seeking to legally migrate to the United States, with some exceptions. The measure is expected to stop the practice of green card holders sponsoring their extended families for permanent residency.
What are Green Cards?
Green cards give noncitizens legal permanent residence and the opportunity to apply for American citizenship. In a typical year, nearly one million green cards are issued, a majority of which go to those with relatives in the United States. The steps an individual must take to apply for a Green Card will vary depending on their situation.
Who is exempt?
The order does not apply to spouses and minor children (under 21) of United States citizens. It also excludes healthcare professionals, any member of the US Armed Forces and their spouses and children, and anyone entering for law enforcement or national security reasons. Additionally, this order does not apply to investor visas and special immigrant visas for Iraqi and Afghan nationals.
Could the executive order continue past the original 60-day ban?
This is a real concern. The executive order is tied to unemployment and the economy. President Trump and his administration could seek to extend it if they feel unemployment is too high.
What should I do?
Contact a knowledgeable attorney to review your case to determine the best avenue for entry. An attorney will also be able to advise you regarding the timeline and the application process for Green Cards once available. Although the coronavirus outbreak has largely halted immigration to the United States, we believe opportunities will exist to gain entry in the months to come. If you have questions, please contact LaGrone Law. We advocate for fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers. Our goal is to keep your family together.