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COVID-19: Immigration and Travel Updates

March 20, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on international travel and immigration is fluid, and rapidly changing hour by hour. It is important to take common-sense measures to stay home and work remotely whenever possible. It is very likely that employees impacted by the border closures may not be able to resume employment on-site in the United States, until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. The definition of who is deemed to be an "essential worker" may change daily. Therefore, we advise all employers to use common sense in light of the advisory.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS ISSUED A LEVEL 4 TRAVEL ADVISORY

US-MEXICO BORDER CLOSURE- IN EFFECT UNTIL APRIL 21, 2020

On March 20, 2020, President Trump (via press conference) announced that the United States–Mexico border will close to all non-essential travel for 30 days.

 U.S.-CANADA BORDER CLOSURE- IN EFFECT UNTIL APRIL 21, 2020

SUSPENSION OF ENTRY OF ALL INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

ALL VISA SERVICES SUSPENDED

MAINTENANCE OF NONIMMIGRANT H-1B STATUS DURING COVID-19:

MAINTENANCE OF F-1 NONIMMIGRANT STATUS DURING A LAYOFF:

If you have questions about how the COVID-19 travel restrictions impact you, please contact the authors or your Miller Canfield attorney.