COVID-19 Coronavirus Immigration News

Latest Update: 5/21/2020 8:00 am PST

Trump Immigration Ban

April 22, 2020 – TRUMP IMMIGRATION BAN – President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning certain immigrant visas. The majority of RapidVisa customers aren’t affected. It doesn’t apply to K1 fiance visas, CR1/IR1 spousal visas (with US citizen sponsors), CR2/IR2 child visas, Adjustments of status, Removal of Conditions, Naturalizations, or Tourist visas. Customers affected at this time are IR5 parent visas and F2A spousal visas (LPR sponsors). 

Even if you are affected, it’s still a good time to get your petition in as the ban is temporary. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

RapidVisa’s Status

✔️ RapidVisa’s online services are open and fully operational.

✔️ RapidVisa’s phones & chats are open and fully operational.

We are taking steps to have contingency plans in place to make sure we can serve our customers through these unprecidented events. As of now, we stand fully ready to serve our customers via phone, chat and through our application.

🕒 We ask for extra patience during longer than usual wait times for phones and chats.

Walk-Ins Temporarily Closed

All physical locations for RapidVisa are currently closed for appointments and walk-ins in an effort to be proactive in preventing the spread of the virus to our communities. We thank you for your patience and understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.

💬 All of our services can be done online or over the phone so there is no reason you need to come to an office.

USCIS Status

 

✔️ Currently, USCIS is still receiving and processing paperwork. Check back for more updates.

Effective March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) effective until at least May 3.

April 24, 2020 – USCIS announced that USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4. Notices will be send to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended temporary closure. 

See USCIS’s office closing page for most recent office updates.

✔️ USCIS announces flexibility in submitting required signatures during COVID-19 national emergency.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency announced by President Trump on March 13, 2020, we will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures. 

See USCIS’s full order for more details.

✔️ USCIS expends flexibility for responding to USCIS requests.

Any response to an RFE, N-14, NOID, NOIR, or NOIT received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken. This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decision is between March 1 and July 1, 2020, inclusive.

✔️ USCIS expends flexibility for delays in extension/change  of status filings

USCIS reminds petitioners and applicants that it can consider delays caused by COVID-19 pandemic when deciding whether to excuse delays in filing documents based on extraordinary circumstances. 

USCIS Response to COVID-19 (All things Coronavirus/USCIS related)

Embassy Status

🕒 Currently, the Department of State is temporarily suspending routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

  • In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State is temporarily suspending routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services. Our overseas missions will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. 
  • Services to U.S. citizens continue to be available. More information is available on each Embassy’s website.

  • This does not affect the Visa Waiver Program. See https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/faq?focusedTopic=Schengen%20Travel%20Proclamation for more information.

  • Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are cancelled, the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
  • Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment. 

DHS Country-Specific Embassy Information Related to COVID-19

Coronavirus Travel Status (Flights)

Countries currently restricted from traveling to the US include:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China (Including those who have traveled to China)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran – (Including those who have traveled to Iran)
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom & Ireland

American citizens and legal permanent residents who have been in high-risk areas and return to the United States are required to fly to one of the following 13 airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

 

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