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President Signs Order Halting Immigration for 60 Days

In an effort to limit competition for jobs in the U.S., President Trump has signed a proclamation that suspends immigration to the U.S. for 60 days for those applying for green cards. The proclamation affects only those outside of the U.S. looking to obtain permanent residency and who do not already have an immigrant visa in their passport. It does not impact anyone on nonimmigrant (temporary) visas, such as H1B visa holders. The President wants American-born workers to be “first in line for jobs as the economy reopens,” and he believes this order will protect them from international competition.

There are exceptions for current green card holders, spouses of U.S. citizens and children (under 21 years of age) of U.S. citizens. There are also exceptions for certain health care workers and medical researchers working to combat the coronavirus.

While an order of this scope would have affected millions of people in recent months, it merely solidifies restrictions that have already been implemented. A vast majority of immigration processes have already been suspended, and both immigrants and nonimmigrants are currently in limbo as a result.

Critics of the order point out that immigrants are significantly overrepresented in positions on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. According to a recent report by the Migration Policy Institute, foreign-born workers make up only 17% of the U.S. labor force but comprise much higher percentages of medical professionals, healthcare workers, research and development scientists, food manufacturers, and many more.

This proclamation, therefore, prevents some of our most critical and valued workers from obtaining the immigration benefits and support they need.

Supporters of the proclamation believe it will instantaneously create more jobs for American-born workers during the pandemic—even though countless businesses are currently laying off employees.

Furthermore, employment-based visas are meant to help U.S. employers find qualified workers for hard-to-fill positions.

The President has said he plans to review the proclamation at the end of the 60-day period and decide whether or not to renew it.

Let The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm Address Your Concerns

Are you concerned about how this order could affect your green card application process? At The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm, our team is here to help. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in unexpected consequences for both immigrants and nonimmigrants, and we want to help you navigate these uncertain waters and protect what matters most. With our firm on your side, you will have everything you need to overcome obstacles and delays in your immigration process.

The pandemic and its effects on the legal system are developing rapidly, but we are here for you during this challenging time. Contact us online or give us a call at (650) 931-2509 today!