The Trump Tweet on "Suspending Immigration"
Last night, President Trump issued a vague tweet, stating that he is going to sign an Executive Order to "temporarily suspend immigration into the United States" as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While we are still very short on details, the President made a statement
today which indicated that this Executive Order will apply only to immigrant visas and only for 60 days.
It would therefore not affect foreign nationals already here and would not affect nonimmigrant visa entries.
As Politico puts it, "The result will not be nearly as dramatic as the tweet sounded."
Immigrant visas, as opposed to nonimmigrant visas, provide the visa holder with permanent resident status upon entry to the United States.
The President did not indicate whether the freeze would only apply to new immigrant visa issuances, or also to entry for those who already hold valid immigrant visas.
It is worth noting that visa processing at all US Embassies and Consulates has already been suspended since March 20th.