All you need to know about Trump’s immigration block

US President has issued an executive order on Wednesday which will temporarily block people living outside of the US to obtain a permanent US residency. Trump said this move will benefit Americans and would protect them and their jobs amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

ObserveNow brings to you 5 details to need to know to understand this new US immigration policy: 


1-  Who will and will not be affected-The order specifically blocks individuals living outside of the US looking for permanent residencies based on employment and familial ties in the US but does contain several exceptions. The order will not affect people coming to the US on business or tourist visas. Also, exempts skilled workers on H1-B visas. Immigrants already living in the US will not be affected by it. 

2-  Exemption-Healthcare professionals, Doctors, nurses, and any other workers coming into the country for essential jobs will be exempted from this order. The exemption also includes immigrants applying for the EB-5 visa program, which allows foreigners willing to invest large amounts of money in US projects to generate new jobs. The order also exempts spouses of US citizens and their unmarried children under the age of 21. 

3-  What will happen to temporary foreign workers-Trump’s order states that the government will review all temporary visa programs to determine if additional steps need to be taken. This could include the review of the H1-B visa for which Indians are the biggest beneficiaries. 

4- How long will the ban last-  As of now the Trump administration has put the ban in action from today and is said to last for at least 60 days. After that, the government will review the state of the US economy to make any further decision on the ban. Government sources have indicated there could be a future extension on the ban amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

5-  State of US migration at present- Due to the coronavirus pandemic throughout the world US immigration in the various sectors has been on a decline in the past 2 months. The number of permanent residency visas issued by the state department fell to 24,000 in March which is a sharp 35 % decline. As per numbers given by the state department, the number of temporary visas issued also decreased to one-third of the number last year. 

*Pic Credit- Foogle Law Firm LLC*

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Taniya Tikoo

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder at ObserveNow. A Mountain girl using the power of words to change the world.

I dream to wake up to a world where I see a thriving Kashmir, a free Palestine and a Free Tibet 

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