United States President Joseph Biden has revoked former President Donald Trump’s Executive Order (“EO”) restricting certain immigrant and non-immigrant applicants from visa processing.
Intended to protect U.S. jobs at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump issued an EO on April 23, 2020 suspending selected immigrant visa applicants which was scheduled to be effective for 60 days. On June 23, 2020, Trump extended the EO through December 31, 2020 and expanded it to include certain non-immigrant visa applicants. Trump further extended the EO to March 31, 2021.
While Biden’s revocation of Trump’s EO will allow affected immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicant’s the ability to apply for visas, such processing may still be restricted due to lack of manpower at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad or posts that have not resumed operations because local COVID-19 restrictions. Furthermore, certain immigrant visa applicants such as children petitioned by family members and are considered to have aged-out may be unable to receive their immigrant visas.
For more information on Trump’s EO revocation for immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants and how it might affect you, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.