April 22, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order (EO) called the “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak”. The order enacts a temporary suspension from April 23 to June 22, 2020, on most forms of permanent legal immigration into the U.S. The action is intended to protect U.S. workers who are unemployed as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis.
An important note is that the order will not affect individuals applying for a green card through the “adjustment of status” process from within the U.S. and should also not impact applicants for nonimmigrant visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, B-1, etc.).