POINTERS TO KEEP IN MIND DURING TRAVEL BANS
During this very uncertain time for the entire world we wanted to share some quick pointers to keep in mind with regard to nonimmigrant/immigrant visas. The travel bans are affecting every industry and business worldwide, but has a very large impact on global movement. It is key to be aware of your visa status and if inside the United States the date you must leave based on your issued I-94.
- If you have an appointment abroad scheduled, and you cannot get to the appointment, don’t forget to cancel and reschedule. DO NOT JUST NOT SHOW UP!
- If you have an appointment abroad, or are currently looking to schedule an appointment abroad, be sure to allow for the quarantine period once you arrive. Most countries will require a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival so do not book an appointment during that time period.
- Remember that if you are in the United States, and your I-94 is still valid, you are likely fine to remain in the US even if your visa is expired or expiring. Check your I-94 online. If you don’t know how to find your I-94 please read our blog that provides easy step by step instructions at https://szewlaw.com/how-do-i-find-my-i-94/. Note: if you are no longer working for the company that you last entered with or you are not acting with the same intentions you informed customs upon entry – your I-94 may no longer valid and you must leave US immediately.
- Don’t stop scheduling visa appointments worldwide or stop your nonimmigrant/immigrant petitions from moving forward because as soon as travel bans are lifted, and everything gets back to normal, the consulates will be inundated with appointment requests lowering your chances of getting a visa promptly. DO IT NOW so when the travel bans are lifted you have your visa in hand ready to travel.
Here is a very good article that was released by the NY Times today March 16, 2020 listing all the latest worldwide travel bans as of today. https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-travel-restrictions.html (note that this is constantly changing so please check back with us or a credible news source regularly for any updates).
We at Szew Law Group are here to help you through this incredibly unique and challenging time. Please stay calm, this too shall pass.