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Nearly four months after U.S. consular posts around the world shut down routine visa services due to COVID-19, the U.S. State Department announced via Twitter on July 13 that beginning on July 15, certain U.S. consulates may begin the phased resumption of routine visa services. U.S. consulates will not reopen in unison, but rather each consulate’s reopening will be based on the specific local conditions […]

In times of economic uncertainty, arguments advocating for increased restrictions on U.S. immigration become more prevalent. Indeed, superficial logic would seem to support the idea that reducing the number of people coming to the United States would protect the jobs of those already here. But this flawed reasoning fails to account for the fact […]

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act provides for economic impact payments, or stimulus payments, as well as unemployment benefits for U.S. taxpayers, which includes lawful permanent residents and certain individuals in nonimmigrant status.  The recently implemented Public Charge Rule provides for an expanded ground of inadmissibility based on […]

On March 20, 2020, the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments announced their collaboration in restricting non-essential travel across their shared borders. On April 20, 2020, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced an extension of these restrictions.   The U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders will continue to […]