U.S. Immigration Updates – COVID-19

These are uncertain times for everyone, especially people currently undertaking or considering U.S. immigration or visa application processes. I want to assure you our office will remain open with extended business hours to provide the needed support during this period of uncertainty. If you have a specific question regarding your circumstances, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

IMPORTANT CHANGES:

From July 1, 2020, travelers returning to Queensland from overseas will be charged fees for quarantining in government arranged accommodation. Queensland quarantine details.

From midnight on Saturday March 28, 2020, anyone returning to Australia will be forcibly quarantined in hotels at their port of entry for two weeks. Get more quarantine details.

As of March 25, 2020, a travel ban is in place for all Australians and Australian permanent residents within Australia. Exceptions are being made for people who are ordinarily a resident of another country. Full travel ban details and exceptions.

As of March 18, 2020, the United States Consulates in Australia are reducing routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. They will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, an urgent appointment can be requested.

On March 15, 2010, The Australian government announced a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period for all arrivals into Australia, including from the U.S. More details on Australian mandatory self-isolation.

Circumstances are changing daily, and we intend to keep you updated as we learn more from U.S., Australian and other authorities, as they impact travel and the U.S. immigration process. It’s important to note that additional travel restrictions are certainly possible in the days and weeks ahead.

As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, we are closely monitoring relevant advice and communications daily. Given the changing landscape of U.S. immigration and related travel restrictions, all applicants should anticipate delays from U.S. Consulates & Embassies, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC), as well as possible delays in the processing of Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) for E-3 visas and visa interview availability. 

Some resources regarding the COVID-19, and its possible impacts on U.S. immigration and travel are listed below: 

The U.S. Embassy & Consulates (Australia)

World Health Organization

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The U.S. Department of State

Smartraveller (Australia)

We are here to address questions you may have as it applies to your specific U.S. immigration matter. We wish you good health as we navigate the challenges ahead. We will do everything we can to help those affected by disruptions, and thank you for trusting us with your immigration needs. 

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