President Donald Trump’s decision to temporarily suspend immigration in the US for 60 days and the rule is applicable to those who have applied for ‘green cards’ for permanent residency.
The immigration will however not affect those who seek to enter the US on a temporary basis. These include those applying for student visas, work visas or temporary visas to the US.
The suspension of immigration will be in effect for 60 days after which it will be resumed depending on the situation.
Trump has justified the move to suspend the processing of green card visas saying that it is a move to give Americans the first opportunity to apply for jobs once the American economy reopens after the Coronavirus crisis.
The move will not affect foreign nationals who are on a temporary visa in the country. These include temporary visa holders in the healthcare and agricultural sectors. These workers are performing a crucial role in the current Coronavirus pandemic. While healthcare workers are in the frontline serving those affected by the pandemic, agricultural workers are needed to keep the food supply chain functioning.
The move will not impact foreigners in the US living on non-immigrant work visas such as the H-1B visa usually issued to foreign technology professionals. Student visa holders are also unlikely to be affected by the move.
The suspension will not affect the visa applications of family members of visa holders who are already in the US and want to join them in the country.
The details of the exemptions to the rule are awaited.
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