EMS BlogGlobal Immigration Updates and Mobility Summary
President Biden administration to offer Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans present in the US.
According to the White House, starting March 8, the US will offer temporary legal protection to an estimated 320,000 Venezuelans who came to the US after fleeing their country because of the economic and political situation.
Monday evening President Donald Trump said that the travel restrictions, which applied to travelers trying to come to the United States after spending time in the Schengen area or Brazil, would no longer be needed on Jan. 26, the date on which those passengers will be required to present proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight.
On January 12, 2021, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States starting January 26, 2021.
The Department of Homeland Security is proposing a new regulation to expand the biometric requisite to more immigration processes and give the administration more flexibility to deal with the increase in needs.
The Immigration Office has suffered a cyber-attack and a complaint has been filed with the Argentinian courts.
Ordinance No. 01/2020 was published on July 29th and brings greater flexibility in the entry of foreigners into Brazil, for another 30 days. Now, all foreigners are allowed, as long as they come by air and follow a few requirements.
The U.S. Embassy in Madrid announced this morning a phased reopening starting July 20 of some of their visa services as well as the limited possibility to make visa appointments for those applicants who qualify for an exception to the COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations with imminent travel necessities.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted Americans’ livelihoods. Since March 2020, United States businesses and their workers have faced extensive disruptions while undertaking certain public health measures necessary to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The overall unemployment rate in the United States nearly quadrupled between February and May of 2020 — producing some of the most extreme unemployment ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We have recently had several inquiries regarding clients that are in the United States in ESTA status, approaching their 90 day stay, and are unable to return to their home country due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Despite the current crisis, our immigration practice is fully operational and we are open for business and stand ready to assist you with any immigration needs or questions you may have. We are however, discouraging in-person meetings; instead, as always, we will be happy to consult with you via telephone, SKYPE, ZOOM, WhatsApp, or a platform of your choice. In addition, our case management system is fully electronic and online and it allows you to upload documents we might require. You already know that immigration law has been a moving target for years and the current world-wide health crisis has only added to the many uncertainties. We are in constant contact with our immigration government agencies, please find below the current status is it stands today.