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June 26, 2020
  • New White House Executive Order Impacts Immigration

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    June 26, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) -- On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued another executive order that extends limits on legal immigration into the United States until the end of the year and further restricts more visa applications. To read about the first executive order that was issued in April that already limited immigration, click here.

    The Sikh Coalition has updated our COVID-19 Immigration and U.S. Citizenship FAQ to provide up-to-date information on how this new executive order impacts Sikh community members with immigration-related questions. Provided below are important details from the latest executive order. 

    Types of Visas Restricted

    The executive order does not affect current H, J, or L visa holders inside the United States. The new immigration limitations apply to the following visa application types for those outside of the United States:

    • H1-B or H-2B visa and family members;
    • J visa coming to work as an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and their family members. (Not every J category is impacted, such as those seeking admission as a student or scholar); and
    • L visa and their family members.

    The executive order also applies to foreign citizens who:

    • Were outside the United States on June 24, 2020 and thereafter;
    • Do not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid by June 24, 2020; and
    • Do not have an official document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid by June 24, 2020 or issued on any date thereafter that permits travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.

    Who is Exempt

    Consular officers will determine if an individual has established eligibility for an exception. Visa holders are exempt from the immigration limitations if they belong to any of the categories below.

    • Lawful permanent residents (green card holders);
    • Spouse and children of a U.S. citizen;
    • Individuals seeking to provide temporary labor or essential to the U.S. food supply chain; or
    • Anyone whose entry would be in the national interest which includes medical care or research in connection with COVID-19, defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, national security, and those engaged in economic recovery.

    Asylum and Refugee Seekers

    Asylum and refugee seekers are not included in the ban, and the executive order does not limit the ability of individuals to apply for asylum, refugee status, withholding of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture.

    For additional information, read our updated immigration FAQ. We encourage any immigrant seeking entry into the United States to speak with an immigration attorney, who can more fully explain your rights, the application process, and how this latest executive order affects you and your family.

    The Sikh Coalition categorically rejects the blanket ban on immigration through this executive order. Closing our borders indefinitely to legal immigration will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 and puts our nation at a global economic disadvantage. Immigrants are critical to creating more jobs and innovation. Now more than ever, it is important that the federal government reverse this ban immediately and forgo the implementation of any additional arbitrary immigration bans.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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