Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain Immigrants

Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain Immigrants

On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed a ‘Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak’.

The purpose of the Presidential Proclamation

This Proclamation will curtail unemployment in the US as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19.

President Trump has specifically stated “without intervention, the United States faces a potentially protracted economic recovery with persistently high unemployment if labor supply outpaces labor demand.

What has changed?

Please be aware that this Proclamation restricts those applying for immigrant visas at a Consulate or Embassy and entering the US as lawful permanent residents (“green card holders”) upon approval since on their first entry, green card holders are granted “open-market” employment authorization documents.
It is important to note that this does not apply to those foreign nationals under a non-immigrant status including:

  • H-1B visas
  • L-1 visas
  • F-1 visas
  • Students and other temporary visa categories
  • Current U.S. permanent residents, including those that are in the U.S. applying for an Adjustment of Status in order to become Permanent Residents

What to expect / impact

The Proclamation is due to be enacted from 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time on April 23, 2020 and those affected will not be allowed entry for a period of 60 days, with an option to be continued “as necessary”.

In effect, the Proclamation affects a small number of foreign nationals, namely those that are outside the US and who are applying for a Green Card.

For more information regarding the Presidential Proclamation, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at 

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