E&M Mayock COVID-19 Visa / US Immigration / International Travel Resources

E&M Mayock COVID-19 Visa / US Immigration / International Travel Resources

This blog post is intended to provide a source of COVID-19 information provided by agencies and organizations.  International travel issues and impediments are arising rapidly.  These resources are updated internally by the hosts and reflect the most recent and reliable information available to the public.

We will update this list as more resources become available.

U.S. International Travel Restrictions:  resources for updates on restrictions in travel to the U.S.

Latest Centers for Disease Control map with travel restrictions: COVID-19 CDC Map

U.S. Department of Homeland Security:  Latest arrival restrictions from DHS

U.S. Department of State: DOS announced that, as of 3/20/20, in response to COVID-19, it is suspending all routine visa services at all US Embassies and Consulates worldwide: DOS 3/20/20 announcement

List of country specific information relating to COVID-19: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Canada: the border with Canada is being closed to all but essential traffic:  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse.html

Mexico: Border closed to non-essential travel.  “Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.:  https://mx.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): USCIS has suspended all routine face-to-face services with applicants at all offices, including all interviews and naturalization ceremonies:  USCIS office closure page

USCIS announces suspension of premium processing for forms I-129 and I-140:  3/20/2020 USCIS Announcement

USCIS announces acceptance of all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures dated March 21, 2020, and beyond.  https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-flexibility-submitting-required-signatures-during-covid-19-national-emergency

USCIS announces flexibility for responses to Requests for Evidence / Notices of Intent to Deny:  3/27/20 USCIS announcement

USCIS announces completion of H-1B Cap Selection.  Notifications will be complete by 3/31/20:  3/27/20 USCIS announcement

USCIS announces reuse of biometrics for production of I-765 applications for employment authorization.  3/20/20 USCIS announcement

Department of Homeland Security – I-9 Compliance:  Employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to COVID-19 will not be required to review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence.  DHS Announces Flexibility in Requirements Related to Form I-9 Compliance

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): Special Situations information (national emergencies): https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations

Immigration and Customs Enforcement: including F-1 Student Information:  Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19

US Department of Labor:  Information relating to H-1B and PERM posting requirements:  COVID-19 FAQ

American Immigration Lawyers Association: additional immigration related resources:  https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/covid-19?utm_source=Recent%20Postings%20Alert&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RP%20Instant