Visa and visa status expiration during international travel bans

| Mar 30, 2020 | Immigration |

Coming to America is a dream come true for many workers, students and extended family members. However, with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many visa holders face concerns both about remaining in the country legally and returning home, or obtaining visas to allow travel to the U.S.

The global response to the virus has prompted closed borders for many nations. This includes strict travel limitations to and from the United States, including our Northern border with Canada and our Southern border with Mexico.

Health and safety are the primary international concern. Yet, if you approach your visa expiration date, you might worry about will how a travel ban will affect your immigration status.

What should visa holders know about the U.S. response to the Coronavirus?

At this time, there is no way of knowing how long decreased air travel and border restrictions will affect immigration matters. While a limited number of airports handle flights, quarantines also factor into the equation.

It is important to know that while routine visa services have been suspended by the Department of State, emergency appointments may still be available under specific circumstances.

The Visa Waiver Program remains unaffected.

For those of you currently in the U.S. with visas, speak to a lawyer about the possibility of requesting an extension of your visa status.

This situation is complex, and many answers to questions remain unknown. Hopefully, the coming weeks will allow officials proactive ways to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Meanwhile, you can stay up to date with changes in travel allowances and rest assured that we can help you understand the best options for your unique situation.