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President Trump Announces 60-Day Pause in Issuing Green Cards

April 22, 2020

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Following up on his recent tweet to temporarily halt all immigration to the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump announced his upcoming Executive Order would be limited to those people seeking permanent resident status in the United States (“green cards”) and would last for 60 days.

This will apparently not apply to those seeking to enter the United States on non-immigrant visas. 

It is unclear at this point how the 60-day halt will affect the current situation. Most immigrants receive their green cards following interviews at U.S. consulates abroad or at USCIS offices in the United States. U.S. consulates are closed for routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing and USCIS offices are closed to the public so green card-related interviews are not now taking place.

We will continue to keep you abreast of these developments once the Executive Order is issued.

For more information about these and other immigration issues, please contact the author of this alert, James G. Aldrich, Jr., at jaldrich@dykema.com or 248-203-0583.

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