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Yes, you can file for your green card under the new law, if you are currently living in the United States and eligible to do so.

We are today living in an undefined world with an invisible enemy which fiercely defies borders, cultures, traditions, color and ethnicity.  Life as we knew it has changed and the new “normal” cannot be defined as it is changing every second.  Whatever is true this instant may become obsolete the next.  These uncertain times were made more worrisome for aliens in the United States last week when it was announced on twitter that all immigration would be suspended during the pandemic.

That tweet created further uncertainty for every individual with a pending application for a green card or a work authorization application.  On Wednesday night the entire Executive Order entitled: Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak was published online.  The Order proved to be less broad and carried several exemptions.  

  1. The Executive Order restricts certain immigrants who are currently outside of the United States and have a pending application from entering the United States for the next 60 days; and,
  2. Foreign nationals who are currently in the United States and are applying for a green card remain unaffected by the Order.  Additionally, exempt from the Order are: U.S. citizens’ spouses and children under 21; health care workers, particularly those fighting COVID-19, immigrant investors, members of the U.S. military, and other special immigrant visa-holders.

For every foreign national living within the United States, yes you can apply for your green card if you are eligible.  So what’s next?  No one knows.  The great Maya Angelou said “Hope and Fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” We encourage you to continue creating that best life you want to live; invite Hope into your space. 

We are always here to serve you and steer you on the path to your best life. For more information on your eligibility for immigration relief, call an immigration lawyer or our offices today at (718) 237-0411.