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Immigration & COVID-19 Reference Guide2021-04-26T09:25:03+07:00

Immigration & COVID-19 Reference Guide

Has COVID-19 affected your U.S. Immigration plans? Are you confused or have questions?

We’ve organized our most recent and informative blog posts to help you find answers and continue on your journey to America even through this difficult period.

If you’re unable to find answers below, please contact one of our friendly team members to schedule a consultation to review your immigration plans.

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Travel Issues for Permanent Residents in Pandemic Times

Relevant categories: Immigrant visa

The following is guidance provided by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) for attorneys and their clients to better understand the travel issues for permanent residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Enterline and Partners attorneys are proud to be active AILA members and to share this information with you.

Travel restrictions can change quickly for both lawful permanent residents (“LPR”) and others seeking to enter or return to the United States. If at all possible, traveling outside the United States should be avoided except in the most urgent situations.

If you are an LPR, you should consider the following when  traveling outside the United States.

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Will U.S. Immigration Services Offer Special Relief to Permanent Residents Who Return to the United States After Being Abroad for More Than One Year Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Relevant categories: Immigrant visa

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (“CBP”) has not announced any special relief  to a lawful permanent resident (“LPR’) who has remained outside the United States for more than one year because of  COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions. Currently, a LPR who was remained outside the United States irrespective of his or her reason for doing so are presumed to have abandoned immigrant status and an interviewing CBP officer may determine that he or she is not admissible for admission into the United States upon arrival at the Port of Entry (“POE.”). A LPR who has remained outside the United States for more than one year may either seek relief by applying for a SB-1 Returning Resident Visa at a  U.S. Embassy or Consulate or may travel to the United States and request entry provided his or her Form I-551 (“green card”) has not expired. An LPR who chooses the latter option may have an increased risk of being sent to into secondary inspection upon arrival at an air, land, or sea Port of Entry.

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What Could Happen to My Green Card if I am Outside the United States for More than 180 Days Due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions?

Relevant categories: Immigrant visa

There are many reasons why a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) would remain outside the United States for more than 180 days. However, staying outside the U.S. for a long period could result in the U.S. government taking the position that an LPR has abandoned his or her intent to live in the U.S. as a permanent resident and it could take steps to revoke the LPRs resident status.

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What Happens to a Lawful Permanent Resident if They Have Been Outside the United States for More than One Year Because of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions?

Relevant categories: Immigrant visa

Due to significant travel and movement restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawful Permanent Residents (“LPR”’) have found themselves stranded abroad and thus unable to travel to the United States despite not having the intention of abandoning their LPR status.   All permanent residents receive an identification called a Form I-551 but colloquially known as a “green card”.  A green card serves as an immigrant visa if the LPR has been outside the United States for less than one year. If the LPR has been outside the United States for more than one year, there is a presumption that the LPR has abandoned his or her immigrant status and his or her green card may no longer be considered valid for entry into the United States.

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green card holders outside u.s. during covid-19

Travel Issues for Permanent Residents in Pandemic Times

Relevant categories: Immigrant visa

Travel restrictions can change quickly for both lawful permanent residents (“LPR”) and others seeking to enter or return to the United States. If at all possible, traveling outside the United States should be avoided except in the most urgent situations.

If you are an LPR, you should consider the following when  traveling outside the United States.

Read Full Article
USCIS Scheduled to Increase Family-Based Immigrant and Naturalization Application Filing Fees

Will U.S. Immigration Services Offer Special Relief to Permanent Residents Who Return to the United States After Being Abroad for More Than One Year Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Relevant categories: Immigrant visa

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (“CBP”) has not announced any special relief  to a lawful permanent resident (“LPR’) who has remained outside the United States for more than one year because of  COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions.

Read Full Article
Update Write of Mandamus EB-5 Visa

What Could Happen to My Green Card if I am Outside the United States for More than 180 Days Due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions?

Relevant categories: Immigrant visa

There are many reasons why a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) would remain outside the United States for more than 180 days. However, staying outside the U.S. for a long period could result in the U.S. government taking the position that an LPR has abandoned his or her intent to live in the U.S. as a permanent resident and it could take steps to revoke the LPRs resident status.

Read Full Article

What Happens to a Lawful Permanent Resident if They Have Been Outside the United States for More than One Year Because of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions?

Relevant categories: Immigrant visa

Due to significant travel and movement restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawful Permanent Residents (“LPR”’) have found themselves stranded abroad and thus unable to travel to the United States despite not having the intention of abandoning their LPR status.   All permanent residents receive an identification called a Form I-551 but colloquially known as a “green card”.  A green card serves as an immigrant visa if the LPR has been outside the United States for less than one year. If the LPR has been outside the United States for more than one year, there is a presumption that the LPR has abandoned his or her immigrant status and his or her green card may no longer be considered valid for entry into the United States.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the U.S. government still processing visa applications?

Petition-based applications (i.e. spousal, fiancé, employment, investment) continue to be accepted and adjudicated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). However, most routine visa application appointments based on approved petitions at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, the American Institute in Taiwan and around Asia remain suspended until further notice; although, emergency visa application appointments are available at many posts.

For a detailed list of current routine visa application processing, please contact us directly.

Is the processing time for petitions or visa applications delayed due to Covid-19?

For many petition-based filings submitted during the pandemic to USCIS, processing time remains the same, while petitions submitted and approved before the pandemic have unfortunately been substantially delayed.

How are interviews conducted?

All visa interviews are still conducted in-person with strict social distancing guidelines in place.

Are there any current limitations on travel to the U.S. for immigrant and non-immigrant visa holders?

Those with valid visas to the United States from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan are allowed to enter the United States; however, each departure country has its own set of departure regulations such as limited flight availability.

Should I submit my application now or wait until after the pandemic has finished?

Petition-based visa applicants are encouraged to apply through USCIS as soon as possible to minimize prolonged waiting times and move ahead of those who might wait. Persons applying for non-petition-based visas should contact us directly to determine if their intended visa category is eligible for an interview.

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Nonimmigrant Travelers Required to Present Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Beginning November 8 2021

By |November 3rd, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, Non-immigrant Visa|Tags: , , , |

Beginning November 8, 2021, nonimmigrants arriving in the United States by air will be required to present proof that [...]

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Potential Waivers for COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Immigrants

By |October 22nd, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, Immigrant Visa|Tags: , , |

All immigrants to the U.S. must pass a medical examination prior to their visa interview. One of the criteria [...]

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Why is Your Case Taking So Long? USCIS Processing Delays Remain at Crisis Levels

By |October 8th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, Immigrant Visa|Tags: , , , |

Why Hasn’t Your Case Been Decided Yet? Nationwide, you and millions of families, businesses, and individuals applying for immigration [...]

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DOS Updates on Immigrant Visa Processing Delays

By |September 10th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, U.S. Government|Tags: , |

The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has announced updates to the tiered approach  to remove backlogs and resume [...]

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U.S. Consulate Operations in Vietnam Reduced until September 15th

By |September 2nd, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, U.S. Government|Tags: , |

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has announced a full lockdown of the city until at least [...]

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Immigrant Visa Applicants Beginning October 1st, 2021

By |August 27th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, Immigrant Visa|Tags: , , , , , |

Beginning October 1, 2021, all immigrant visa applicants will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a medical [...]

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Foreign Arrivals to the United States May Soon Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

By |August 9th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19|Tags: , |

Media outlets in the U.S. have recently reported that the White House has started to develop a policy requiring [...]

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Enterline and Partners Receives Approval for I-130 Proxy Marriage Petition

By |August 7th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, Immigrant Visa|Tags: , , , |

Enterline and Partners is pleased to share that we have received approval of an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative [...]

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U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City Cancels All Visa Appointments Until August 16

By |August 6th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, U.S. Government|Tags: , , |

In compliance with Ho Chi Minh City’s Directive 16 which enforces additional social distancing measures, the U.S. Consulate has [...]

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