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Is USCIS continuing to receive applications and issue receipts for cases that are covered by Trump's new immigration ban?

Hi. I'm Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our office here in St. Louis, Missouri. We had our most popular webinar of all time last week.

We had almost 90 people on the call asking questions about the new Trump ban, which was announced on April 22, 2020 and the purports to stop immigration or to stop State Department from issuing visas to many different visa category holders and so we wanted to highlight one point that came up during that webinar and that is do the agencies that are processing these cases, are they going to continue to process them?

In other words, will USCIS still receive and issue receipts for cases that are covered under the ban and will the State Department through the National Visa Center and the embassy continue to process those cases?

The answer to that is apparently yes.

So with prior bans like the Muslim ban, the travel ban, they did still continue to receive them. What happens is that the case gets all the way to the embassy and then they even do the interview.

They just can't give the visa.

So we anticipate that if the courts allow this latest Trump immigration ban to stand, that they will continue to process them. But the embassies themselves will not issue the final visa and that's sort of what the lawsuits are about.

That's sort of what the challenges are about and that's sort of what President Trump's directive is, is that for 60 days he says, but it might be extended, that the State Department is prohibited from issuing visas in those categories. So you should still file your applications. You still want to get your place in line.

There's lots of chances of things that might change. The ban might stop after 60 days. The president might change the ban, might not get re-elected.

There's all kinds of things that might happen. So applications should still be filed and we'll just have to wait and see what happens as the cases make their way through the courts. So there's lots of reasons to keep applying.

If you have questions about this, give us a call. (314) 961-8200. You can email us at [email protected]. Be sure to join us in our Facebook group, which is called Immigrant Home and if you liked this video, we ask that you please share it out on social so that you get updates whenever we make videos just like this one. Thanks a lot. Have a great day.

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