On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order limiting immigration. The Executive Order (EO) does not prohibit or restrict submitting visa petitions. USCIS will continue to process existing petitions as usual. Under the current situation with COVID-19, the Department of State has already closed consulates and embassies to the public, so interviews are not taking place. The EO did not change that. If a foreign national already had his or her interview and is just waiting for a visa, he or she will still receive one. The EO does not restrict the issuing of visas, it is merely concerned with immigrants entering the US with a visa issued after the effective date of April 23, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT.
The EO is for 60 days and only applies to foreign nationals who are entering the US with an immigrant visa and:
- Who are outside the US;
- Who do not already have a visa to enter the US; and
- Do not have a travel document, such as advanced parole.
The EO does not apply to:
- Any foreign national who enters the US on a nonimmigrant visa, such as an H1B, O1, L1, etc.;
- Lawful permanent residents;
- Any immigrant who will come to the US to work as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professionals;
- Immigrants coming to the US in the EB-5 category;
- Spouses of US citizens;
- A child of a US citizen who is under 21;
- An alien whose entry is for law enforcement purposes;
- An alien who is in the armed forces and their spouses; and
- An immigrant whose entry is in the national interest of the US.
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