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Coronavirus impacts Canadian border travel and immigration

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on travel to Canada, and processing of immigration applications in Canada. On April 14, 2020, Canada issued a new Order in Council stating that persons allowed to enter Canada, including Canadian citizens, even if healthy, will be required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. If an adequate plan for self-quarantine is not available, persons may be detained in government quarantine facilities. "Essential" workers, cross- border commuters and several other groups are not required to quarantine. Anyone considering travel to Canada or returning to Canada from abroad must carefully consider these restrictions...

Trump expands entry bar to H-1Bs, H-2Bs, Ls and Js

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a new proclamation - expanding his earlier April 22 proclamation - to bar several classes of nonimmigrants from entering the United States. Both the immigrant and nonimmigrant bars now extend to December 31, 2020. The new proclamation prohibits persons from entering the United States on certain nonimmigrant visas. These include all H-1B, H-2B, and L visas. The proclamation also includes J-1s in the following categories: intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, and summer work travel program. The proclamation extends to dependents of these persons entering as H-4s, L-2s, or J-2s. The proclamation does not...

USCIS publishes Public Charge Rule

On August 12, 2019 USCIS published an Advance Copy of the final Public Charge Rule. The formal version will be published on August 14, 2019 and will take effect 60 days later, i.e., October 13, 2019. It will apply to applications filed on or after that date, and to benefits received on or after that date. It will not apply to benefits received before the effective date of the rule. Section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states that non-citizens are inadmissible to the United States if they are "likely to become a public charge." This law applies both to...