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COVID-19: Immigration And Travel Ramifications

March 20, 2020

U.S.-CANADA BORDER CLOSURE

On March 18, 2020, the United States and Canada announced that all non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada will be temporarily suspended.

TN VISA RENEWALS IN CANADA AND MEXICO

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL BANS

International Travel Into the United States:

International Travel Into Canada:

CBP CLOSES TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM

Effective March 19, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has temporarily suspended operations at Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers nationwide, continuing until at least May 1, 2020.

Additional information can be found at https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-temporarily-closes-trusted-traveler-program-enrollment-centers.

USCIS FIELD OFFICE CLOSURES

Effective March 17, 2020, USCIS has suspended all routine face-to-face services with applicants at ALL USCIS offices in the United States until at least April 1, 2020.

U.S. CONSULAR POST CLOSURES

As of March 17, 2020, all Consular posts throughout the world have canceled all nonimmigrant visa appointments for at least 30 days or until further notice. India has canceled all nonimmigrant and immigrant visa appointments. Applicants who have paid the MRV fee can apply the fee towards a future visa interview appointment scheduled within one year of payment of the MRV fee. Some posts continue to process immigrant visa appointments on a limited basis. Country-specific information regarding COVID-19 can be found at the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.

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

As an increasing number of U.S. employers are offering or requiring employees to work from home for a temporary period, H-1B employees must be sure to continue to maintain their status during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COMPLIANCE WITH DEPARTMENT OF LABOR NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

RECEIPT OF STATE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DURING COVID-19:

ICE GUIDANCE ON COVID-19:

As of March 17, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in ICE detention facilities and is screening new detainees.

This is part of a series of our COVID-19 alerts providing clients with practical advice on measures they can take to navigate through these troubled times. Please contact the authors or your Miller Canfield attorney with further questions.