The President’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants into the U.S. has now been issued and is effective at 12:59 PM ET, April 23, 2020.

The Proclamation applies only to aliens who are outside of the U.S. on April 23, 2020, who do not have an immigrant visa that is valid as of April 23, 2020, or do not have another official travel document such as an advance parole document.

The Proclamation does not apply to Lawful Permanent Residents; certain healthcare professionals and their spouses and children seeking to enter the U.S. on immigrant visas; EB-5 investor immigrants; spouses and children of U.S. Citizens including prospective adoptees; individuals whose entry would further important law enforcement objectives; members of the military and their spouses and children; those seeking entry who are eligible as an Iraqi and Afghan translator or interpreter who worked for the U.S. military or as a U.S. government employee in Iraq (and their spouses and children); and any alien whose entry into the U.S. would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State or Department of Homeland Security.

This Proclamation is valid for 60 days and can be extended or amended at that time.

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Nonimmigrants who are outside of the U.S. have already been unable to obtain visas due to the temporary closure of U.S. consulates so their plight continues. Those in the U.S. need to continue to maintain their status and file for extensions timely.