On April 22, 2020 President Trump signed an Executive Order suspending new immigrant visa for 60 days. The temporary pause will be in effect for 60 days as the Administration continues to monitor the labor market. The order only applies to individuals outside the US seeking immigrant visas, and exempts those who are essential workers, including medical personnel, spouses and children of U.S. citizens, members of the Armed Forces, individuals designated by law enforcement, prospective foreign adoptees of U.S. citizens and prospective EB5 investor visa users.
Based on the information available, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is not expected to stop adjudicating cases, either new cases or pending cases. The executive order does not apply to non-immigrant visas, such as H1B.
Since March, US Consulates around the world have been closed. USCIS has suspended interviews and biometric processing. Travel between the US, Canada has been closed, and the Department of Homeland Security has just announced that the U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel for an additional 30 days.
Brown Immigration Law recommends that individuals and employees continue to move forward with their immigration processes to reduce the risk that these matters may be subject to backlogs that may occur. Because the situation continues to remain fluid and the Executive Order indicates that further appropriate action may be taken by the President in the coming weeks and months ahead, we will continue to provide updates as they become available. Should you have specific questions about your case or how the Executive Order may impact a loved one, please feel free to contact our office.