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BREAKING: New Executive Order Suspending Non-Immigrant Visas

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– Hi everybody, this is us immigration, lawyer, Michael Ashoori, and in today's video, I wanna talk to you about the executive order that President Trump signed today, which is impacting non-immigrant visas So really quickly, for those of you that don't know me, my name is Michael Ashoori and I'm a US immigration lawyer based in Los Angeles, California

At my law firm, we regularly post immigration videos to keep you updated and informed with what's going on in immigration So if you haven't yet subscribed to our YouTube channel, go ahead and hit the subscribe button now Now let's get started Today, President Trump signed an executive order, which is temporarily restricting the issuance of non-immigrant visas And we're gonna get into the details about everything that this executive order does, but the first thing that we need to know is why is this happening? And the reason is that due to COVID-19, the United States is facing record unemployment numbers

The level of unemployment that we're experiencing is almost unprecedented and President Trump is signing this executive order in order to encourage US employment, domestic employment So that's the reason why Now, what is specifically happening in this executive order? So the first thing that this executive order does is that it extends the executive order that was signed back in April of 2020 So for those of you that don't know, back in April, two months ago, President Trump signed an executive order, which suspends the issuance of immigrant visas Now that executive order was set to expire in 60 days, which would have been today, but today, as part of the executive order that President Trump signed today, he extended the previous executive order to last until the end of this year, December 31st, 2020

So that's the first thing that this executive order does The second thing that this executive order does is that it suspends the issuance of certain non-immigrant visas The non immigrant visas that are being targeted are the H1-B Visa, the H2-B Visa, the H-4 Visa, the J-1 Visa, with certain exceptions, and the L-1 Visa In addition to those visas, the derivative beneficiaries So the dependents that would accompany on those visas are similarly excluded

Of course, for H1-B, we mentioned H-4 already, but for J-1s and L-1s and H2-Bs, their dependents are also included within this executive order Now, what specifically is happening is that this executive order suspends the issuance of new visas to people that are applying for visas under these categories So, who's being targeted? The people that are being targeted are people that are outside of the United States that do not have a visa already Both of those prongs must be met for this executive order to target you You must be outside of the United States and you cannot have a visa

So who's not targeted by this executive order? The people that are not targeted by this executive order are people that are inside of the United States So if you're inside of the United States, this does not affect you Also, if you're outside of the United States, but you already have a visa, this executive order does not target you, okay? So let's really quickly recap This executive order is impacting and targeting people that are outside of the United States that do not have a visa If you're inside of the United States, this executive order does not directly impact you, and if you're outside of the United States and you do have a visa, this executive order does not impact you

Also, another group of people that are not impacted by this executive order are people that are applying for any other type of non-immigrant visa For example, if you're applying for an E-2 Visa or an O-1 visa or a P Visa, or any of the other number of non-immigrant visas that are not specifically mentioned in this executive order, that is okay Those visas will still be processed once the consulates are resuming in-person visa services So, now again, what we've covered so far is what's going on with this executive order, who's being impacted and who's not being impacted Another important question that I wanna answer is how long is this executive order in place for? So the language in this executive order states that the executive order will last until December 31st, 2020

So the language says that the executive order should last through this entire year But an important point that I wanna mention is that this executive order also leaves open the possibility of extensions to this executive order So it's possible that this executive order could last more than the end of the year So that's an important point that I wanted to mention, okay? So now we know how long the executive order is set to last for Now, I wanna mention a very important point about exceptions

So in this executive order, there are two big exceptions that are mentioned for people that are exempted from this executive order And the two groups of people, I should say two, there's more that I mentioned, but the two that I wanna discuss are people that are working in the national interest So if the services that you're gonna be doing in the United States are in the national interest, then you're exempted from this executive order Also, if you're going to be providing services to assist in the US food supply chain, there's also an exception for you in this executive order So people that are gonna be working in the national interest and people that are gonna be working in the US food supply chain, those are the two exceptions that I wanna mention about this executive order

Of course, there's other exceptions for lawful permanent residents and so on and so forth, but I wanted to specifically mention those two Okay, so now we know the details of the executive order We know who's affected, who's not affected, how long it's going to last for And we also know some exceptions Now, I think it's very important in this video that we talk about some good news, because with this executive order, it's very easy to be distressed by the news and to be saddened and to be scared or nervous

So I think it's really important to talk about some of the good news about this executive order And the good news that I wanna mention is that the executive order is much more limited than some of the rumors that were floating around One of the rumors that was floating around was that, the H1-B filing fees were gonna shoot up to $20,000 Fortunately, we have not seen that happen Another one of the rumors that we heard was that H4-EAD, that's the work authorization for H-4 Visa holders would be eliminated

We have not seen that happen Another rumor that we heard was that F-1 Visa holders would be affected, but this executive order does not target F-1 Visas And the list goes on Another thing that we heard, was that this executive order could affect people that already had visas, and it would potentially prevent them from entering the United States But that's not the case

As I mentioned earlier in this video, this executive order does not target people that already have a visa Those people can presumably still enter the United States Another piece of good news is that this executive order does not target people that are already inside of the United States So if you're already in the United States, you could do a change of status, you could do an extension of status, and any of these other services that are done inside the United States through USCIS can still be conducted and are unaffected by this executive order So, for example, if you're inside the United States on a B1, B2 visitor visa, you can still do a change of status to L-1 status

Even though the issuance of L-1 Visas are currently suspended outside of the United States, you could still, if you're in the United States, do a change of status to L-1 status locally So that's another very big piece of good news Again, if you wanna look at some more good news, is that really, there's only four non-immigrant visa classifications, four to five that are targeted by this executive order where, again, as we mentioned, there's a number of other non-immigrant visas that you could still potentially apply for So yeah, I hope that helps to put things into some better perspective and helps to brighten up your assessment of this executive order Another thing that I wanna mention is that, I'm going to be recording a video where I discuss some strategies for people that are outside of the United States to be able to carry out your immigration goals, even in light of this executive order

So if you haven't yet subscribed to my channel, go ahead and hit the subscribe button now Being a subscriber to our channel is the best way to stay updated with the different videos that we're putting out And again, as I mentioned, I'm gonna be recording a video on some strategies to be able to go forward with whatever your immigration goals are and different strategies in light of this executive order So again, go ahead and hit the subscribe button If you know anybody that could benefit from this information, definitely please go ahead and share this video with them and share the knowledge to help empower other people, 'cause that's essentially what we wanna do

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So yeah, thank you so much for tuning in and I'll see you on the next video

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