EUROPEAN TRAVEL BANS PUT INTO PLACE

Last night President Trump announced a 30-day travel ban that will take effect at midnight on Friday, March 13, 2020.  This announcement has caused a waive of more anxiety and questions than what we were already experiencing especially for our clients.

The restriction applies to foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen Area, which includes – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland – during the prior 14 days. If you have not been in these countries during the prior 14 days you can possibly travel to the United States through the United Kingdom at this time. US Citizens and the following individuals are not subject to this ban but will undergo extensive screening before entry:

  • any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
  • any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  • any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications;
  • any alien traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
  • any alien traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa as a crewmember or any alien otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew.

We are watching and monitoring any developments very closely and will post regularly on our immigration news updates https://szewlaw.com/immigration-news/ of any sudden critical changes to policy directly effecting our clients. Also for any country specific information the following website is a critical resource https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.

If you have any questions please never hesitate to reach out to us. Stay educated, informed and healthy!

 

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