Parts of executive order suspended
On Friday, February 3rd, a U.S. District Court in Washington granted a nation-wide temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibits the implementation of select sections of the executive order on immigration. This means that the temporary ban on visa issuance and entry for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is at this time suspended. Visas revoked under the terms of the order have been reinstated, provided they were not physically cancelled by U.S. immigration authorities. We do not know how long the suspension of the entry ban will last, and we expect ongoing legal battles over the issue.
USCIS benefits under executive order
USCIS has confirmed that the agency will continue to process applications for immigration benefits and petitions, without taking into consideration the applicant’s country of citizenship. This means they will continue to process applications and petitions for OPT, Change of Status, H1B, Adjustment of Status, etc., including applicants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.