In April, President Trump signed an executive order that temporarily halted certain types of immigration to the United States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was done in order to protect American jobs as unemployment rose over the months during the pandemic. Trump stated on the matter, “This order will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens.” While the order initially was meant to be in effect for 60 days, President Trump is extending it until the end of 2020 and expanded to include some guest worker visas.

What is Included in the Extension?

In addition to the immigration halt being extended until the end of the year, additional types of visas were added as well. The new visas included are:

  • L-1 visas for intracompany transfers
  • H-1B visas for workers in specialty occupations
  • H-4 visas for spouses
  • H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers
  • Most J-1 visas for exchange visitors

These new restrictions began to take effect on June 24, 2020.

Who is Not Included in the Order?

It is important to note that the executive order does not cover all types of immigration. There are certain parties that are exempt from the order. This includes lawful permanent residents, spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens, health care professionals, individuals working in the food supply chain, any member of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses/children, anyone entering for law enforcement or national security reasons, and those “whose entry would be in the national interest.”

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The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. Immigration is a sensitive issue, which is why you should consider a compassionate, experienced, and aggressive immigration attorney who will guide you every step of the way. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your circumstances and options.