President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation temporarily suspending the entry of immigrant-visa applicants for 60 days.
BAL Analysis: Since U.S. consulates have already suspended routine visa operations abroad due to COVID-19, the order will have a minimal immediate impact, but employers with affected employees should plan for additional delays even after consulates resume routine visa operations. Notably, the executive order does not affect nonimmigrant visa applicants outside the U.S., such as H-1B, L-1 or other temporary workers. It also does not affect USCIS’s processing of immigrant petitions (Form I-140 and Form I-130) and adjustment of status applicants who can apply for their green cards from within the U.S. and do not need to obtain an immigrant visa at a consulate abroad. However, the proclamation directs the federal agencies to review nonimmigrant programs and recommend additional measures within 30 days. BAL is closely following developments and will provide additional analysis in the coming days.
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