The U.S. president signed an executive order on April 22, 2020, putting a 60-day pause (although it can be extended) on those wishing to permanently immigrate to the U.S. This impacts individuals who are currently outside the U.S., who are seeking to apply for immigrant status (i.e., permanent residence or green card), and who do not currently have a valid non-immigrant visa (e.g., H-1B, F-1, J-1, etc.) or have not previously been granted permanent resident status to enter the U.S.
The executive order does not impact:
- Non-immigrant visa issuance (e.g., H-1B, F-1, J-1, etc.)
- Please note, however, that routine visa services remain closed at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide because of COVID-19; only visas for medical personnel providing medical care to COVID-19 patients or conducting research on the virus are being issued at this time.
- Non-immigrants who remain in legal status in the U.S.
- Individuals who have already been granted permanent resident status (regardless of whether you're inside or outside the U.S.)
- Applications that are currently being filed with or processed by USCIS (OPT applications, H-1B applications, I-485 petitions)