On November 2, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the Trump administration from enforcing a recent presidential proclamation requiring health insurance for immigrant visa applicants. The proclamation, which had been scheduled to take effect on November 3, 2019, would have required certain immigrant visa applicants to prove that within 30 days of their entering the United States they would have approved health insurance or that they otherwise possessed the “financial resources” to cover “reasonably foreseeable medical costs.”
The restraining order will remain in effect for 28 days. In the meantime, the court will hear arguments on November 22, 2019, to determine if the proclamation warrants a preliminary injunction.
Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group will continue to monitor developments with respect to the policy changes and will post updates on the Immigration blog as additional information becomes available.