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A pause on US permanent residency

Some foreign nationals who have been waiting for green cards in their home countries will now have to wait a little bit longer. This is frustrating, as securing U.S. permanent residency is already a long process. It can also be frustrating for citizens living in Louisiana who sponsored their family members. Here is what people should know about the current situation involving an executive order that affects those who are waiting for their green cards in their home countries.

An executive order from President Trump will prevent immigrants seeking green cards from entering the United States for a period of 60 days. This move is not a ban on potential green card holders and it will not start the whole process over. According to the presidential administration, this move is basically pressing pause on this form of immigration.

Other groups of immigrants will still be allowed to travel to the United States. For example, temporary workers are not affected by this pause. The Department of Homeland Security said this is because they are vital to the country's food supply chain. This includes agriculture, health care and food processing workers, all of whom are currently very important to the American workforce.

There are many uncertainties when it comes to immigration and getting U.S. permanent residency. Changing rules, sudden pauses and other unexpected changes do not help, but they cannot really be avoided either. One way to possibly ease concerns and worries is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney in Louisiana who is experienced with immigration issues.

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