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Immigration Law

Trump's Hong Kong EO Affects IVs and NIVs

Executive Order 13936 of July 14, 2020

Nutshell for immigration lawyers and their clients:

1.  Hong Kong-born foreign nationals will now be charged to the PRC quota for green cards, rather than the "Worldwide" quota, meaning longer wait times and backlogs for many IV categories; and

2.  Hong Kong SAR passport holders with H, L and O visas will now suffer shorter visa validity periods, per the reciprocity tables, and L visas will now incur a $120 reciprocity fee.

Stand by for memos, regs, etc. from DOS and DHS in the coming weeks.