Corona Virus (COVID-19) and Immigration


 

 

04/01/2020 Update: USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public.

USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended temporary closure. USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location of the interview. When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the temporary office closure. You will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again. Please check to see if the office in your jurisdiction has been reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.

Education and precautions are the strongest tools against infection. Get the latest facts by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 website. Continue to practice good health habits, refrain from handshakes or hugs as greetings, and wash hands and clean surfaces appropriately.

USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance. Please also visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for updates.

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03/28/2020 Update

Attorneys Nayef Mubarak and Joel Caminero share important updates regarding COVID-19 in a video, the effects on certain cases. Issues discussed in this video include:

  • Satisfactory departure for ESTA
  • USCIS closures
  • Court closures
  • Public Charge
  • Essential vs. Nonessential business

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03/27/2020 Update

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020.

For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.

USCIS is adopting several measures to protect our workforce and community, and to minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time.

USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance. Education and precautions are the strongest tools against COVID-19 infection. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for latest facts and other USCIS updates.

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ESTA/ Visa waiver program update for those affected by the corona virus

Are you currently in the US on an ESTA, but are unable to depart the US? Normally individuals whom enter the US with ESTA or VWP are not eligible for any extension or change of status. Given the pandemic of COVID/19, and many individuals inability to travel you may be able to obtain what is called a “satisfactory departure.” This will help demonstrate that you did not overstay your visa, and you have done your best to comply with the laws. Contact us today if you need assistance!

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International Students, possible eligibility for work permit by Unforeseen Circumstances cause by Corona Virus (COVID/19)

The COVID virus is affecting everyone in the United States, and worldwide. If you are in the United States on an F-1 international student visa, and you are experiencing severe economic hardship due to this catastrophe of the pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for a work permit (employment authorization). Contact us today to see if we can help you. We will need to demonstrate the following:

  1. Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment (through no fault of your own);
  2. Substantial fluctuations in currency value or exchange rate;
  3. Inordinate increases in tuition or living costs;
  4. Unexpected changes in the financial condition of your source of support;
  5. Medical bills; and
  6. Other substantial and unexpected expenses.

Our experienced immigration attorneys have extensive experience representing international students, humanitarian applicants, and other foreign nationals. Contact us today at 407-502-3000. We pride ourselves for staying on top of the current laws.

 

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03/18/2020 Update

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Our office is still operating in a virtual capacity, offers telephone and Skype consultations and meetings.

Please contact us if you need a consultation or if you need to file an extension of status. If you are here on ESTA there are certain things we can do to assist.

  • Immigration Courts are closed for non detained cases until April 10th.
  • All USCIS appointments are canceled until April 1st, for now this includes marriage based interviews, naturalization, oath ceremonies, etc.
  • Certain consulates are cancelling visa interviews abroad.
  • If you are our client and will be affected by any of the above, we will contact you.
  • If you need assistance and are not our client, contact us today so we may help.

 

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03/16/2020 Update

Office update/COVID-19: We are open, however, we are doing our best to limit in-person meetings. We are also opting to do consultations over the phone as a measure to protect our clients and our team. Many clients can reach us by phone or email. We ask that you mail any documents to the office. If you need to make a payment, you can click here to do so on our website, or you may mail a check/money order or by telephone. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

Immigration Courts/EOIR has postponed all non-detained Master Calendar Hearings until April, 10, 2020. Individual Merits Hearings, filings, etc. will continue as scheduled and usual. If you are a client we will contact you if your hearing is canceled, otherwise plan on attending your hearing.

USCIS: has not decided to cancel any interviews at this time, however, rescheduling is being permitted for those who are ill. Please contact us if you have an upcoming interview with USCIS, and are not feeling well.

Personal Injury Cases/Non-immigration: Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an Administrative Order on March 13 limiting most face-to-face legal proceedings and suspending all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials for a minimum of two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.

Additional information regarding international travel, for US citizens/permanent residents and noncitizens can be found at, www.dhs.gov

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For additional information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov.

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Mubarak Law

Mubarak Law
250 North Orange Avenue, Suite 950
Orlando - Florida 32801
Tel: 407 502-3000
Fax: 407 650-3308

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