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April 2020 Immigration Ban

On April 22, 2020 President Trump signed a proclamation temporarily suspending the entry of certain immigrants into the United States in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Proclamation builds on a number of anti-immigrant policies put forward by the administration in the last several years by closing off almost all legal pathways to immigration.

 

While this information is subject to change, here is what we know now. 

Timing 

The Ban on entry to the United States with immigrant visas is effective 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 23, 2020. The Ban is to last for 60 days (until June 22, 2020), after which it may be extended.

 

The Ban Does Not Apply To:

  • U.S. Citizens U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders) 
  • Individuals entering the U.S. on non-immigrant visas Individuals who are present in the U.S. and applying for adjustment of status 
  • Individuals entering on immigrant visas as medical professionals 
  • Those seeking entry to the U.S. to do COVID-related work, and their spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old 
  • Individuals seeking to enter on the EB-5 Immigrant Investors Program 
  • Spouses and children under 21 years old of U.S. Citizens 
  • Individuals “whose entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives”  
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children 
  • Nationals of Afghanistan and Iraq who are entering the U.S. on Special Immigrant Visas for having served as interpreters for the U.S. Armed Forces, and their spouses and children
  • Those seeking asylum, refugee status, withholding of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) 
  • Anyone whose entry is deemed to be in the “national interest”

 

THE BAN APPLIES TO:

Any foreign national seeking to obtain an immigrant visa to enter the U.S. who: 

  • Is outside the United States at 11:59pm on April 23, 2020; and 
  • Does not have a valid immigrant visa in their passport as of 11:59pm on April 23, 2020; and 
  • Does not have another valid official travel document, such as a transportation letter, a boarding foil, or an advance parole document.

This means that nearly all parents and adult children of U.S. Citizens, spouses and children of green card holders, and applicants for most employment based immigrant visas will not be able to obtain immigrant visas to enter the U.S. for the duration of this ban. 

 

How YOU CAN Help

Donate to CAIR Minnesota today. Your financial support ensure we are able to continue defending the Constitutional and Civil Rights of Muslims in Minnesota.

We are calling on all Americans to urge their members of Congress to fight President Trump's plans to "temporarily suspend immigration into the United States" in response to the pandemic.

Join our efforts to continue to call for No Muslim Ban Ever in partnership with the National Immigration Law Center and MPower Change. While tonight’s Ban is new, the work to repeal the existing Muslim Ban continues.

 

How to Get Legal Help

CAIR Minnesota provides information and legal services free of charge. Please contact CAIR Minnesota if:

  • You or someone you know is impacted by this ban and would like information or assistance; 
  • Your community would like to request a virtual “Know Your Rights” presentation; or 
  • You or someone you know how been the victim of religious discrimination.

 

 

 

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