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Executive Order Temporarily Freezing Certain Categories of Immigration

President Trump signed an executive order that restricts the entry of people applying to seek admission to the U.S. as permanent residents for 60 days.  That is, the order restricts the people outside the U.S. from coming to the U.S. as permanent residents for 60 days. It affects people applying for green cards through employment, family or other means, with some exceptions.

Who’s affected?

The order temporarily (for 60 days) prohibits people outside the U.S. from getting green cards. It affects most the people who are seeking green cards though a family member of a US citizen parent, an adult child or a sibling.

The order also temporarily stops Permanent Residents (Greencard holders) from applying for a spouse or child for permanent residency.

Finally, the order also bars people from entering the U.S. to get their green cards through employment or the Employment Based First Preference (EB-1) category.

Who is exempt?

There are several exceptions to the temporary ban. People in the following categories can still get their Greencards.

  • Spouses and children (under 21 years of age) of U.S. citizens.
  • Medical professionals (and their spouses and children under 21 years of age), including physicians, nurses, or “other healthcare professionals” who are working to combat COVID-19.
  • People applying for a green card though the EB-5 Investment program.
  • Members of the U.S. military.
  • People “whose entry would be in the national interest.”

People on Temporary Work Visas:

The order does not ban people from getting non-immigrant visas such as H-1B specialty workers, H-2A agriculture workers, TN workers, and others

People who are already in the U.S. can still apply for the Greencards, and are not affected by the temporary ban.  

The process of Naturalization is not affected and people who are eligible can still apply for Naturalization to become U.S. citizens.



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