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Executive Order Halts Green Cards for 60 Days


President Trump recently signed an executive order that will temporarily suspend the approval of certain green cards during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sweeping measure is set to last for 60 days, though Trump said it may be extended. Here is what you need to know about the green card suspension:

Exemptions Under the Order

The measure aims to halt what the President refers to as “chain migration, “by preventing green card holders from sponsoring extended family members seeking permanent residency in the United States. However, spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of American citizens are exempt from the executive order.

Additionally, the Diversity Visa Lottery is also suspended by Trump’s order. Hundreds of thousands of green card applicants who are already living and working in the U.S. are also exempt. The same goes for green card applicants seeking work in the U.S. as doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals. Temporary guest visas for farm laborers and skilled workers in the H-1B visa program are also exempt.

How the Order Will Impact Immigrants

The COVID-19 pandemic has diluted the immediate impact of the executive order since most visa processing by the state department has completely stopped for weeks due to the closure of consulates. But the Migration Policy Institute reports that President Trump’s order will likely block over 20,000 green card applicants per month. The executive order is expected to be challenged in courts.

Our Immigration Team Can Review Your Case Today

At Mathur Law Offices, we understand that Trump’s executive order will only make the lives of immigrants more difficult during these uncertain times. That is why we are committed to providing top-notch legal services and dependable counsel to clients of all backgrounds. If you are worried that your family-based or employment-based immigration petition might be denied due to the executive order, then please reach out to us to discuss your situation. We are here to guide you through each phase of the immigration process and fight for your rights.

To schedule a consultation with one of our immigration attorneys in Dallas, please call us today at (888) 867-5191.