On June 22nd, the Trump administration issued a proclamation limiting certain types of non-immigrant visas into the US for the next six months. As a result of confusion caused by the poorly written proclamation and social media commentary, many people are now worried about whether or not they or their family members will be able to come to the US. This proclamation will affect many people hoping to get WORK visas, but some rumors have suggested family visas for spouses and children will be affected. Today we’re going to set the record straight about which visas will and will not be affected by this proclamation.
The Work Visas that will be affected:
Visas that will NOT be affected
- Lawful permanent residents (green card holders); and
- Spouse or child of US Citizen.
If you are a Green Card holder or the spouse or child of a US citizen, the proclamation will NOT affect you. The proclamation is SILENT about its effect on the spouse and children of green card holders. Therefore the law as it existed before the proclamation remains in effect.
Some of the confusion comes from how covid-19 has affected ALL immigration. For example, consular processing and interviews are currently being delayed in many places until further notice. Most visa interviews are on hold indefinitely. This is stressful for families hoping to rejoin but does NOT target green card holders only.
So, in short, if you are a green card holder, the June 22nd Proclamation will not prevent you from applying for and bringing your spouse or children to the US., But all sponsors (both green card holders and US Citizens) will face delays due to Covid-19. We hope the process to join your family together will happen soon.
If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to our team. We are happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you have about immigration during these difficult times.
This post is not legal advice but for informational purposes only; consult with a qualified attorney for advice about your situation. A signed contract is required to become a client of the firm.
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