Following up on his Monday night Tweet, yesterday President Trump issued his proclamation about suspension of immigration. The quick takeaway: Despite the harsh tone of the Tweet, the proclamation will affect many fewer individuals than we originally feared.
Key points – The proclamation becomes effective at the end of Thursday, April 23, 2020, and suspends the entry of any individual immigrating to the United States who:
● Is outside the U.S. on the effective date of the proclamation (meaning that if you are in the U.S. and applying for adjustment of status, this does not affect you);
● Does not have a valid immigrant visa on the effective date (meaning that if you were already issued an immigrant visa on or before April 23, you will be able to immigrate to the U.S. once you are allowed to travel); and
● Does not have a valid official travel document (such as a transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document) on the effective date, or issued on any date thereafter that permits travel to the U.S. to seek entry or admission.
Exemptions – This proclamation does not affect people who are already in the U.S., and even if you are outside of the U.S., there are several categories that are exempted, including:
● Lawful permanent residents (LPR) and refugees
● Individuals seeking to enter the U.S. to work as COVID-19 healthcare professionals
● Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens
● Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children
Asylum Seekers and Refugees – An individual’s right to seek asylum or refugee status in the United States is not affected by the proclamation.
Expiration – This proclamation expires 60 days from April 23. Ten days before the expiration date, the Administration will determine if it should extend, modify, or terminate the proclamation.
For questions regarding this proclamation or any other immigration topic, please contact us at 401-784-8600.
You can read more about this topic here: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-04-22/trump-signs-order-further-restricting-immigration