What is the Impact of the President’s Executive Order Suspending Immigration?

Yesterday evening, President Trump signed an executive order to stop U.S. embassies and consulates abroad from issuing green cards for 60 days.  The order targets both employment and family-based green cards processed abroad.  Given that nearly all U.S. embassies and consulates abroad are already closed for in-person interviews, the executive order’s impact is likely minimal.

Temporary visa holders such as H-1B applicants, students, investors, religious workers, and others will not be impacted by the President’s executive order.  In addition, those applying for green cards in the U.S. through the Adjustment of Status process will also not be impacted as well as EB-5 (investment based green card applicants) and spouses/minor children of U.S. citizens.  Employers who are considering or are currently in the process of sponsoring a green card for an individual who is currently in the U.S., should continue to move forward with their petition and the PERM process.  The President has stated that immigration changes to temporary worker programs will be reevaluated and another executive order may be issued in 30 days.

Given the possibility of additional immigration restrictions, it is vital to maintain your status and seek an extension or change of status if your current status is likely to expire.  If you are eligible for a green card while in the U.S., we strongly advise you to consider applying now.  Contact us for a consultation.  703.348.1663.

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