Presidential Proclamations and Other White House Policies

Last Updated

May 29, 2020


  • May 24, 2020, Proclamation: The White House issued a Presidential Proclamation extending the COVID-19-related travel restrictions to Brazil. The proclamation suspends entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants who were physically present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. The proclamation does not apply to lawful permanent residents, or LPRs, of the United States. There are also exceptions to allow the entry of some close relatives of U.S. citizens or LPRs, those traveling for the purpose of the containment of COVID-19, and several other categories. The proclamation states that it does not affect an individual’s eligibility for asylum, withholding of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture. See the Presidential Proclamation for the full list of exceptions. Although initially scheduled to take effect May 28, the White House issued an amended proclamation to begin the restriction at 11:59 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020.
  • April 23, 2020, Proclamation: The president issued a proclamation suspending for 60 days the entry of certain immigrants applying for lawful permanent residency from abroad. The proclamation was issued on April 22, 2020, and is effective at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23, 2020.
    • The Proclamation applies to: Noncitizens who are outside the United States as of 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23, 2020;
      • Do not have a valid immigrant visa as of that time; and
      • Do not have a valid travel documents such as Advance Parole, Boarding Foil or Transportation Letter.
    • There are exemptions from the suspension for:
      • Lawful permanent residents;
      • Immigrant visa applicants in the following categories: Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age of U.S. citizens and certain prospective adoptees;
      • Special Immigrant Visa applicants in the SI or SQ category.
      • EB-5 investor visa applicants;
      • Any member, and any spouse and children of a member, of the United States Armed Forces;
      • Health care professionals and certain medical researchers performing work related to COVID-19 (as determined by Secretaries of State and DHS), and any spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old who are accompanying or following to join;
      • Individuals whose entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives (as determined by Secretaries of State and DHS); and
      • Individuals whose entry would be in the national interest (as determined by Secretaries of State and DHS).
    • The proclamation does not apply to:
      • Immigrants already present in the United States, including those seeking Adjustment of Status;
      • People seeking asylum, refugee status, withholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture;
      • Individuals seeking nonimmigrant visas. Per the proclamation, the Secretaries of Labor, DHS and State will review nonimmigrant programs within the next 30 days to Recommend other appropriate measures to stimulate the U.S. economy; and
      • Those in the R-1 Nonimmigrant Category or those in the U.S. adjusting their status to permanent resident. This will only affect religious workers who are outside the U.S. applying for permanent residence through consular processing.
  • March 11, 2020, Proclamation: Presidential Proclamation on Novel Coronavirus

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