The 60–Day Immigration Ban goes into effect tonight April 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm. This ban ends 60 days later on June 23, 2020.
The title of the ban is:
Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.
Purposes of the Ban:
- Relieve the Consulates from handling Immigration tasks while they are understaffed, which would allow them to focus more on US Citizen needs
- Slow the introduction of the Corona Virus to the US over the next 2 months
- Slow the arrival of new people to our workforce when Unemployment is high, supply of jobs are low, and the US Government is attempting to stimulate the economy for US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
In Section 2, Part A: The Ban targets people outside of the US. If you do not already have an Immigrant Visa, you would not be able to receive one for 60 days.
In Section 2, Part B: The Ban DOES NOT APPLY to people/filings outside the US (at the consulates) under the following:
- Anyone who is already a Lawful Permanent Resident
- any spouse of a United States citizen
- any alien who is under 21 years old and is the child of a United States citizen
- any member of the United States Armed Forces and any spouse and children of a member of the United States Armed Forces
(Note: The exception list is longer than above and may be found by visiting the proclamation.)
Regarding US Citizen and LPR Filings:
The Ban does not have an exception for:
- Fiances of US Citizens
- Parents of US Citizens
- Siblings of US Citizens
- Children of US Citizens over the age of 21
- Spouse or Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident, unless they are Lawful Permanent Residents or US Citizens
If the Ban Applies to you
60-days must pass before an affected immigrant can be interviewed or the case can be handled by the US Consulates. It is best to expect at least a 2-month delay. There are no waivers for this ban.
If you would like assistance in an immigration matter, please contact our office to set up a consultation with our immigration attorney.
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