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Coronavirus impacts Canadian immigration and border travel

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on travel to Canada, and processing of immigration applications in Canada. On March 24, 2020, Canada issued an 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. In some cases persons will be detained in government quarantine facilities for 14 days and will not be allowed to return home. Anyone considering travel to Canada must carefully consider these restrictions before attempting to enter Canada. Click here to read the Order in Council. In addition:…

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…