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Will Trump's New Executive Order Affect Your Immigration Case?

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Understanding Trump’s Executive Order

A new executive order relating to U.S immigration was signed and put into effect by President Donald Trump as of April 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (ET). This new executive order suspends immigration into the U.S. for 60 days. While the executive order does not affect all areas of immigration, there are some critical facts you should know and how it could impact your immigration case.

What is the Purpose of the Executive Order

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, President Trump has deemed it necessary to put this executive order into effect to limit the competition for jobs between American workers and foreign workers. Read on to learn more about who will and will not be impacted by this proclamation.

Who Will Be Affected By The New Executive Order?

If you live outside of the United States, you will not be permitted to apply for a green card during the executive order period. This proclamation affects the following individuals:

  • Parents, adult children, and siblings of U.S. citizens who are seeking a family-based green card.
  • People who are seeking an employment-based green card. There are some exceptions to this provision depending on what type of employment you are seeking in the U.S. An experienced immigration attorney can help you to determine if the type of green card you want to apply for is exempt from the executive order.

Who is Exempt from the Executive Order

You are exempt from the executive order if:

  • You are coming to the United States to work as a healthcare professional; for example, you are a doctor or nurse. You may also be permitted to work in the U.S. if you are conduction medical research or if you are assisting with COVID-19 relief.
  • You have already begun adjustment of status proceedings.
  • You live outside of the U.S., but you have an immediately available visa with a valid stamped passport.
  • You are the spouse or child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen.
  • You are a member of the armed forces. Children and spouses of armed forces members are permitted to remain in the U.S.
  • You meet the requirements to apply for a special immigrant visa.

What is the Chance That the Order Will Be Extended?

There is a chance that the executive order could be extended or changed. The proclamation is set to be reviewed again after 30 days by the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of State.

Contact an Florida & New York Immigration Lawyer

If you are concerned about the new executive order and how it could impact your immigration case, we are here to help. Our team of experienced immigration lawyers in Florida & New York will answer all your questions and address your concerns. Contact The Sekou Clarke Law Group today at (407) 269-8774 to learn more about how we can assist you.