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** Resource Center: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) **

Latest Updates

  • AILA continues to actively engage with government agencies to obtain the latest information and guidance on how agencies will operate in response to COVID-19. Updates will be posted below as they become available.
  • Take Action: Urge Congress to push the administration to close the detained courts, ensure access to counsel for detainees, and protect immigrants and nonimmigrants from falling out of status during the COVID-19 emergency. Then, join the Immigration Justice Campaign in calling on Congress to demand that ICE take steps to stem the spread of COVID-19 in detention facilities.
  • Register for a webinar hosted by the American Immigration Council on April 8, 2020, 12:00-12:30 pm (ET), on immigration courts during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn about what Council experts are seeing on the ground in immigration courts, and litigation and other advocacy efforts to close the courts and require judges to conduct remote hearings.

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CBP

Check CBP’s website for the latest announcements related to COVID-19, including temporary closures and new hours for border crossings and ports of entry.

Date Announcement
March 30, 2020 BuzzFeed News reporter Hamed Aleaziz shared that administration officials confirmed that the CDC order that bars the entry of those who cross into the country without authorization is being applied to unaccompanied minors and that, therefore, unaccompanied minors are also subject to be “expelled” upon encounter.
March 24, 2020 CBP Notice of Temporary Travel Restrictions for Land Ports of Entry Between U.S. and Canada (85 FR 16548, 3/24/20)
March 24, 2020 CBP Notice of Temporary Travel Restrictions for Land Ports of Entry Between U.S. and Mexico (85 FR 16547, 3/24/20)
March 23, 2020 San Diego Tribune reporter Kate Morrissey shared that CBP San Diego stated on a press call that there is a 48 hour suspension of MPP returnees crossing for court hearings that started the morning of March 23, 2020.
March 19, 2020 Notification of Arrival Restrictions Applicable to Flights Carrying Persons Recently Present in the UK or Ireland (85 FR 15714, 3/19/20)
March 18, 2020 CBP is temporarily suspending operations at Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers nationwide from March 19, 2020, until at least May 1, 2020. This temporary closure includes all public access Global Entry enrollment centers, NEXUS enrollment centers, SENTRI enrollment centers, and FAST enrollment locations.
March 17, 2020 Notification of Arrival Restrictions Applicable to Flights Carrying Persons Who Have Recently Traveled From or Were Otherwise Present Within the Countries of the Schengen Area (85 FR 15059, 3/17/20)
March 13, 2020 Posted on the ESTA website: In accordance with Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus, effective at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020, the entry into the United States is suspended for most individuals, other than United States citizens and lawful permanent residents, who have been physically present within a Schengen Area country within 14 days of travel to the United States. Any traveler with a valid ESTA who is subject to the Proclamation and who attempts to travel the United States in violation of the Proclamation will have their ESTA canceled. ESTA will not refund applications that are canceled due to this Proclamation. Travelers who have questions about whether they are subject to, or exempted from, the Proclamation should refer to the Proclamation language, and consult with the U.S. Department of State and the air carrier, as appropriate, in advance of travel to avoid travel disruptions. Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk) and Proclamation 9992 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus) remain in effect.
March 13, 2020 CBP provided guidance to its Carrier Liaison Program on the presidential proclamation suspending entry of foreign nationals, with certain exceptions, who were present in the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, as well as information on DHS's arrival restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, LPRs, and immediate family members returning home after recently visiting certain European countries, China, and Iran, including a list of designated airports for flights carrying these individuals. Guidance is effective on March 13, 2020, at 11:59 pm (ET).
March 13, 2020 Texas Public Radio reporter Reynaldo Leaños Jr. shared a statement from CBP on the treatment of individuals apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol between the ports of entry.
March 4, 2020 Notice of Arrival Restrictions on Flights Carrying Persons Recently Traveled From China or Iran (85 FR 12731, 3/4/20)
February 7, 2020 Notification of Additional Airports for Flights Carrying Persons Who Have Recently Traveled from or Were Otherwise Present within the People’s Republic of China (85 FR 7214, 2/7/20)
February 4, 2020 Notice of Arrival Restrictions on Flights Carrying Persons Recently Present in China (85 FR 6044, 2/4/20)
February 2, 2020 DHS Issues Instructions for Inbound Flights with Individuals Who Have Been in China


CDC

Date Announcement
March 24, 2020 Notification of CDC Order Suspending the Introduction of Persons from a Country Where Communicable Disease Exists (85 FR 16567, 3/24/20)
March 20, 2020 CDC Order Suspending Introduction of Certain Persons Through Land Ports of Entry
March 5, 2020 CDC Guidance for Travelers from China and Iran Arriving in the United States


DHS

COVID-19

COVID-19 News and Updates

Date Announcement
April 1, 2020 DHS and EOIR Postpone MPP Hearings Scheduled Through May 1, 2020
March 23, 2020 Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling
March 23, 2020 DHS Releases Fact Sheet on Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus
March 20, 2020 U.S. and Mexico Temporarily Restricting Non-Essential Travel Across the Southwest Border
March 20, 2020 Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the U.S.-Canada Land Border for Non-Essential Purposes
March 20, 2020 DHS Announces Flexibility in Requirements Related to Form I-9 Compliance
March 19, 2020 DHS Memo on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response
March 17, 2020 Fact Sheet: DHS Notice of Arrival Restrictions on China, Iran and Certain Countries of Europe


DOL

Date Announcement
April 1, 2020 DOL OFLC Temporarily Suspends Daily Mail Processing at Atlanta and Chicago National Processing Centers
April 1, 2020 DOL OFLC Releases Round Two of Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19
March 24, 2020 OFLC Announces Issuance of Electronic PERM Labor Certifications in Response to COVID-19
March 19, 2020 USDA and DOL Announce Partnership to Identify H-2A and H-2B Workers Who May Be Eligible to Transfer to Other Employers
March 20, 2020 DOL OFLC Releases Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19


DOS

Date Announcement
March 26, 2020 DOS Says It Intends to Continue Processing H-2 Visas as Much as Possible
March 26, 2020 DOS Provides Update on H and J Visas for Medical Professionals
March 20, 2020 DOS Announcement on Intercountry Adoption Cases During the Coronavirus Pandemic
March 20, 2020 DOS Suspends Routine Visa Services at All Consulates and Embassies
March 17, 2020 U.S. Consulate in Monterrey Addresses H-2 Processing During COVID-19 Outbreak
Marh 12, 2020 DOS Announcement on the Temporary Pause of International Exchange Programs Due to COVID-19
March 11, 2020 COVID-19 Country Specific Information from DOS


EOIR

Check EOIR's website for the latest information on specific immigration court's operating status.

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