Helpful Updates and Resources for our Pearl Community

Updated: September 18, 2020

* August 7, 2020:  After nearly five months, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has lifted its Level 4 travel advisory
warning U.S. citizens to avoid international travel due to COVID-19.
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Travel Restrictions and Permissions, Other Restrictions and Concessions due to COVID-19 (Sept 18)

U.S. Consulate Closures due to COVID-19 (Sept 18)

Coronavirus Impacts on Travel, Public Health, and Economy (Feb. 4)

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U.S. Department of Labor: Unemployment Insurance Relief

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U.S. COVID-19 Alerts:

Department of State Launches Phase Two of Passport Operations in Select Locations (August 10)

Department of State Updates Guidance for National Interest Waivers (August 10)

Department of State Lifts Global Level 4 Travel Advisory for US Citizens (August 7)

Public Charge Rule Upheld by U.S. Appeals Court (August 4)

Federal Judge Blocks Public Charge Test for Green Card and Visa Applicants (July 30)

USCIS Releases Visitor Policies for COVID-19 (July 27)

DHS Allows New Yorkers to Resume Enrollment in Trusted Traveler Programs (July 27)

State Department Issues One-Month Extension for Immigrant Visa Medical Exams (July 27)

State department Issues Guidance on National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Zone, UK, and Ireland (July 27)

ICE Issues Guidance for International Students in Fall 2020 Due to COVID-19 (July 24)

US/CA/MX Land Border Closure Extended Through August (July 20)

ICE Further Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility Due to COVID-19 (July 20)

Plaintiffs Sue Trump Administration Over Suspension of Entry into the United States (July 20)

U.S. Embassies and Consulates announce Phased Resumption of Visa and Passport Services (July 20)

Exceptions Announced for Presidential Proclamations Suspending Immigrants and Nonimmigrants (July 16)

Trump Administration Rescinds Visa Rule for International Students (July 14)

Harvard, MIT Sue Trump Administration Over New Visa Rule for International Students (July 13)

DHS Updates Instructions for Employers on Notating Form I-9 for Remote Inspections (July 7)

DHS Updates Instructions for Employers on Notating Form I-9 for Remote Inspections (July 7)

Foreign Students Must Attend In-Person Classes This Fall (July 7)

New E.U. Approved Travel List Excludes U.S. (June 30)

Department of Homeland Security Reopens Global Entry Enrollment Centers (June 29)

DOL to Issue PERM Labor Certifications Electronically Through September 30 (June 22)

DOS Launches Phase One of its Reopening Plan for U.S. Passport Operations (June 15)

USCIS to Host Webinar on June 18th for its Reopening Procedures and COVID-19 Safety Protocols (June 15)

Presidential Proclamation Suspends Entry of Certain Chinese Nationals (June 1)

USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Select Petitions in June (June 1)

USCIS to Gradually Reopen Select Offices and Resume Non-Emergency Public Services Next Week (May 28)

USCIS Requests Emergency Funding from Congress Due to COVID-10 (May 26)

US Restricts Travelers from Brazil Due to COVID-19 (May 26)

USCIS Further Extends Flexibilities for Responses to Agency Requests (May 12)

FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Results Postponed for COVID-19 (May 4)

USCIS Extends Eligibility for I-9 Identity Documentation Due to COVID-19 (May 4)

Federal Court Upholds Trump Administration’s Temporary Immigration Ban (May 4)

USCIS Announces Intention to Reopen on June 4 (April 27)

State Department Limits Passport Operations Due to COVID-19 (April 20)

State Department Provides Critical Visa Services During COVID-19 Pandemic (April 20)

Extension Permitted for Visa Waiver Travelers Due to COVID-19 (April 20)

USCIS Extends Field Office and Application Support Center Closures Through May 3rd (April 7)

USCIS Adopts Flexible Policies for NOIDs and RFEs (March 31)

PERM Labor Certifications Issued Electronically due to COVID-19 (March 31)

USCIS Extends Office Closures Through April 7 (March 26)

DHS Eases In-Person Requirements for Form I-9 Compliance (March 24)

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