Correct view of the US immigration restriction proclamation following the COVID-19 Outbreak
On April 22, President Donald Trump signed an immigration restriction proclamation to suspend new green cards. This is to reduce employment tensions in the context of the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic.
This proclamation is valid for 60 days and directly affects all applications for permanent residence cards or green cards, except for medical professionals, military members, and people involved in executive or national security.
Aspects of the proclamation
President Trump also repeatedly stated the viewpoint of eliminating illegal immigration. The move aims to reduce "social burdens" for the US, especially in crisis periods.
Many believe that this proclamation is only to protect the interests of US workers and ease tensions, not immigration. This is simply a way to help the US increase job opportunities for American workers who are unemployed.
The suspension and limitation on entry pursuant of this proclamation shall apply only to aliens who:
- Are outside the United States when the proclamation takes effect.
- Do not have an immigrant visa that is valid on the date the proclamation takes effect.
- Do not have an official travel document other than a Visa to allow travel to the US, entry or admission (such as transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, etc.).
The suspension and limitation on entry pursuant of this proclamation shall not apply to:
- United States lawful permanent residents
- Doctors, nurses or health care professionals come to the United States to carry out anti-Covid-19 work; as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees; and any spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old of any such alien who are accompanying or following to join the alien;
- Any alien applying for a visa EB-5;
- Spouse of US worker
- Any alien who is under 21 of U.S. citizens, or prospective adopters, seeking to enter the United States through the IR-4 or IH-4 Visa program.
- Any alien who is important for US law enforcement; as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.
- Any member of the U.S. armed forces and accompanying spouse / children.
- Any alien seeking to migrate under SI or SQ Visa classification.
- Any alien who benefits the nation; as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.
Settlement investors should not worry about this proclamation
President Trump's proclamation only targets people that he thinks will become a "social burden" for the United States. On the other hand, immigrant investors are the ones who will bring huge revenues and jobs to the American people.
President Trump will always give preferential policies for investors to enter the United States. During this period, investors should really calm and wait for the epidemic stage to pass. As the US economy recovers, it is certain that the US will have more open policies to welcome investors back.
Customers interested in immigration programs and citizenship programs, please contact GIS for comprehensive advice. GIS is committed to bringing customers the most suitable settlement program for investors and their families.