Last week, Trump signed an executive order to halt immigration to the U.S. for 60 days. However, many cases are exceptions to this and will continue to process as normal.
What kind of immigration cases are NOT affected by the immigration ban?
What kind of immigration cases will be affected by the immigration ban?
What should I do if my case is affected?
As of now, the current ban is only in place for 60 days. If the ban is not extended, your case should be processing as normal after 60 days. During the 60 days, continue to contact the embassy and ask for updates on your case.
If I already have my visa but I am one of the cases that will be affected, can I still come to the U.S.?
Yes, we believe that if you have already received your visa in hand but you haven't been able to come to the U.S. yet because of flight cancellations from COVID-19, you should be allowed into the U.S.
Can I still file an immigration case even if it is a type of case that will be affected?
Yes, we recommend that you file your immigration case as soon as possible even if it is one of the affected cases. The ban only applies to embassies, so USCIS will still process your case and once the ban is removed, you will be farther in your immigration case than if you waited the 60 days to file. By filing now, you will effectively secure your spot in line ahead of everyone else who waited to file.
Can this ban be extended longer than 60 days?
Yes, the Trump Administration could extend the ban past 60 days. As of right now, they have not said anything about extending the ban but it is possible.
Do you have more questions about this ban?
If you have more questions about this ban that was not mentioned above, you can email us at i[email protected] or call our office at (314) 961-8200.