According to sources inside the Trump administration, the immigration restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic may be in place until at least October of this year. This will severely limit the ability of many individuals to live and work in the United States and will create added burdens on U.S. businesses that depend on skilled workers. Understanding the coronavirus immigration policies currently being considered or currently in place will help prospective immigrants to navigate the new normal in the current political environment.
Highly Restrictive Coronavirus Immigration Policies
An executive order drafted by the Trump administration indicates that the government may be restricting immigration into the United States indefinitely. Individuals and families seeking work-related visas are among the hardest hit by the new restrictions, which have effectively eliminated new H-1B visas and work permits for most immigrants to the United States. This has created issues not only for these immigrants but for the companies that depend on their labor to stay productive and profitable.
A Pattern of Anti-immigrant Initiatives
While these coronavirus immigration policies are allegedly intended to curtail the spread of COVID-19 that could be caused by new arrivals into the United States, it is also in line with other policies put in place by the administration before the coronavirus outbreak. Increasingly harsh enforcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies has resulted in serious concerns for immigrants already living, working and studying in this country. For those who are currently navigating the visa process, working with an experienced and knowledgeable New York immigration attorney can provide the support needed during this difficult time.
The Importance of Legal Representation
Your attorney can provide you with the help you need to complete all visa documentation correctly and in a timely manner. If you are required to meet with immigration officials, your attorney will typically accompany you and provide you with legal support to protect your rights and to help you complete the interview process successfully. Your New York immigration attorney will work with you to find ways to resolve outstanding issues with visas and to help you and your family remain in the United States legally.
At Oltarsh & Associates, P.C., we work with immigrants throughout the New York area to provide the support and legal representation needed to resolve issues with ICE and other federal immigration agencies. Give us a call today at 212-944-9420 to schedule your free initial case evaluation. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.