Trump's Executive Order on Immigration - Coronavirus Response

Updated: Jun 12

On April 22, 2020, Trump has announced an Executive Order to curb immigration as a response to the coronavirus. The goal of the executive order is tosuspend immigration” and has the potential to reduce the number of migrants who can obtain green cards, i.e., become lawful permanent residents (LPRs), by hundreds of thousands if it remains in place for a substantial period of time beyond its initial 60-day duration.

This order will affect "people outside of the United States seeking to legally migrate to the US, with some exceptions. The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, estimates that the order would block around 26,000 green cards monthly or 52,000 over the 60-day period it's in effect. It's important to note, though, that the pandemic has already largely cut off immigration to the United States: countries have put border restrictions in place, visa services have been suspended, and refugee admissions are on pause, among other changes." (

The silver lining is that "the order doesn't apply to spouses and minor children of US citizens; health care professionals; any member of the US Armed Forces and their spouses and children; and anyone entering for law enforcement or national security reasons.

It also doesn't apply to investor visas and special immigrant visas for Iraqi and Afghan nationals who've worked for the US government." (

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