Published on 4/21/2020
President Trump in a tweet last night announced that he will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States in order to protect the safety and jobs of American citizens impacted by COVID-19. The Executive Order has not been signed as of now and the White House and the Department of Homeland Security have not commented. We will advise further once the President issues the Executive Order.
U.S. Consulates and Embassies already have been closed around the world since March, which has resulted in the suspension of visa applications with the exception of emergency situations. USCIS has also closed its local offices and suspended interviews and biometrics processing until at least May 3, 2020. However, USCIS is continuing to process petitions and applications at its service centers.
In addition, the borders between the U.S. and Canada and the U.S. and Mexico have been closed for non-essential travel. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced that the U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel at their shared borders for an additional 30-day period, with exceptions for farmworkers, healthcare workers, and essential workers.
The immigration attorneys at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland will monitor this closely and post any developments once available. Please contact your immigration attorney at Ryan Swanson if you have any questions.
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This message has been released by the Immigration Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC to advise of recent developments in the law. Because each situation is different, this information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances. Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm located in Seattle, Washington.