COVID-19 News Update

April 23rd, 2020

Who is included in the Trump’s executive Order on Immigration, which he signed on April 23rd 2020?

People outside the US seeking to legally migrate to the US. This is applicable to the 26000 Green card applications that are normally processed every month.

Who is exempt?

Spouses and minor children of US citizens, healthcare professionals, People applying for Investor Visa, and special immigrant visas for Iraqi and Afghani Nationals who’ve worked for the US Government.

Sources: CNN , THE HILL

April 22nd, 2020

In this day and age, getting information is very easy. However one needs to discern whether the information provided is fact-based or opinion-based. It has been widely circulated that the US President Donald J Trump has stopped immigration when the fact was that he stated that he will sign an executive order temporarily halting immigration, without giving any more details. This was promoted incorrectly as "Immigration has been stopped".. It was a plan by the US president, but the pan was executed here in India – by people who never gave the details of the facts

These are the facts:

  • The US President Donald Trump has NOT YET signed the Executive Order halting immigration.
  • The law is being written now and will most likely be signed by the President on Wednesday, April 23rd 2020.
  • The order barring new information will apply ONLY to people seeking green cards and WILL NOT affect students or H1-B visa holders.
  • It is a 60-day pause on Permanent Resident Status in the United States.

Source: CNN, ABCNews, WashingtonPost

Another thing to note is that the immigration offices have been closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So the halt has been in place and no applications for Green Card are being processed. This executive order only makes it official and for a period of 60 days. Trump stated that he will review the executive order at the end of the 60-day period and decide if it should be renewed.

This is a developing story and will be updated on a regular basis.

We encourage the reader to use proper judgment and believe only the news that is fact-based and not opinion-based.

Also note that the International students contribute in excess of $ 45 BILLION each year and so the possibility of US wanting to lose this money is highly unlikely. This is a temporary situation, just that the temporal nature of this situation is taking longer than normal. We have to note that US has the resilience to come out of such pandemics as is evident from the Great Influenza of 1918, the Spanish flu, terrorist attacks and the likes. This pandemic will come to an end. The question one has to ask is how prepared are you when this pandemic does end? Are you going to be looking for opportunities and be prepared for the opportunities or are you going to let the opportunities pass by because you are less qualified?