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What the 'Proclamation on Suspending Immigration' really means for you

"In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" This is what President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday, 20th March 2020.

But what does the ‘President’s Proclamation on Suspending Immigration’ really mean for you, your family, and your case? Let us break it down into plain and simple English for you.

When does it begin and end? It’s just temporary – began April 23, 2020 and ends June 21, 2020 (60 days only).

Will it stop me from getting my green card?

  • The answer is probably not!

  • If you are inside the US applying for your green card, it will not impact you.

  • If you are outside the US applying for your green card, it will not impact you if you are the spouse or minor child of a US citizen, or one of many other exempted categories.

Who will not be impacted even if they are outside the US right now?

  • Spouses of US citizens

  • Minor Children of US citizens

  • Religious workers

  • National Interest Waiver Applicants

  • Physicians, Nurses, and other Healthcare Professionals

  • Asylum seekers and refugees

  • Most Visitors

  • F-1 Students

  • H-1B Workers

  • K-1 Fiancés

  • O-1 Extraordinary Ability Workers

  • The list goes on and on and on and on and on!

So, who does it really impact? Honestly, not too many people… but it does impact:

  • Parents of US citizens

  • Adult Children of US citizens

  • Siblings of US Citizens

  • Diversity Visa Lottery Winners

  • Select few employment-based green card applicants

What is our opinion of it?


We believe it was a political statement in order to cause panic and scare immigrants! When it’s all boiled down, it does not affect too many types of cases. However, the ones it does affect are quite arbitrary and will not only keep families separated but also prevent good, skilled workers we need in the US from entering the US in the short-term.

Need help? Want to talk about your specific case?


If you are worried about your specific case and want to know how this order impacts you personally, please reach out to us - we are open and here for you!

Phone: 312 -972-7969

Email: info@jlblawgroup.com

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