COVID-19 Updates

November 12:

State Department continues phased resumption of routine visa services.

October 9:

Court order affects COVID-19 travel restrictions and exempts certain J-1, H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 applicants from Presidential Proclamation 10052.

October 1:

State Department issues National Interest exceptions for some travels coming from Europe, the UK, and Ireland.

August/September:

  • USCIS field offices resume limited in-person appointments. Visitors are required to wear a mask and bring their own pen. Interpreters and legal representatives are encouraged to call in to interview appointments rather than attend in person.
  • Some Naturalization oath ceremonies are held outside.
  • US embassies abroad resume processing of K1 visas and give these applications high priority.

July:

US embassies and consulates abroad begin the first phase of re-opening.

June 22:

The presidential proclamation banning entry into the U.S. for those who pose a threat to the U.S. job market is extended to include more individuals. This travel ban now suspends immigrant visa applications abroad for many applicants, not including spouses of US citizens. The ban is set to expire at the end of December 2020, but could be extended.

May 24:

Travel from Brazil to U.S. is banned to slow the spread of COVID-19. Travelers must not have been in Brazil for the 14 days prior to arrival in the U.S. Exemptions are made for direct relatives of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, diplomats, and those traveling for essential reasons.

April 22:

President Trump suspends entry for immigrants who may pose a risk to U.S. job market through the end of 2020. This ban primarily affects those with employment-based visas and those applying for employment-based visas.

April 1:

USCIS offices remain closed for in-person appointments. All interview appoints and ASC services (including biometrics) are cancelled automatically and will be rescheduled at a later date.

March 18: 

  • ICE announces it will not carry out operations at or near health care facilities, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, or clinics.
  • The Justice Department closes 10 immigration courts.
  • USCIS suspends in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) at least through April 1. Most appointments will be automatically rescheduled and applicants will receive new notices in the mail.

March 17:

The State Department announces: “As a result of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, US embassies and consulates may temporarily modify or suspend consular services.

March 14:

President Donald J. Trump issues a Proclamation restricting travel from Ireland and the United Kingdom.

March 13:

ICE confirms students with F-1 visas will remain in active status if their schools close. However, they must attend online or other alternative courses if offered by their schools.

March 11:

President Donald J. Trump issues a Proclamation restricting travel from the Schengen Area in Europe.

February 29:

President Donald J. Trump issues a Proclamation restricting travel from the Islamic Republic of Iran.