There has been a lot of concern and speculation the past several weeks over how the Covid-19 pandemic will affect people applying for U.S. immigration benefits. This speculation intensified on Monday (April 20th) when President Trump released a statement regarding suspending immigration to the United States. Yesterday, the executive order was drafted and released, and I wanted to be among the first to alleviate some of your concerns. I have attached the executive order for you to read at your leisure, however, there are a few salient points I wish to highlight. They are as follows:
1. Thus far, this suspension of immigration benefits only affects individuals applying for permanent resident status. So, at this point in time, no impact on people applying for nonimmigrant visas.
2. The suspension of immigrant visas only applies to people outside the U.S. on the effective date of the order: 11:59 pm EST on April 23, 2020. Thus, no one applying for adjustment of status from within the U.S. is affected by this order.
3. This order does NOT apply to spouses or minor children of U.S. citizens.
4. This order does NOT affect anyone who is already a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
These are some of the provisions that affect many people, but there are several others that may affect you. Please read the full text of the proclamation below.