One of my readers (well done Johnny!) bought to my attention that the CBP are varying the way that incoming flights are handled when those flights have come from countries affected by the present restrictions (China, Brazil, Schengen, UK and Ireland). This will be in force from 9/15.
Now it does not mean (as I interpret it) that the ban itself is removed for these countries, it simply speaks to how the arriving flights are handled. BUT the relaxation bodes well to hope the COVID restrictions will soon be removed, giving hope and encouragement to those impacted by the bans and fighting for visas to be issued.
Read the Federal Register document here.
September 12, 2020 at 22:31
Does it mean anything for people who are stuck in Schengen and can’t get their visas issued here?
September 12, 2020 at 22:52
September 13, 2020 at 09:36
Hi Brit, in the Form Ds-5540, there is a question at the end asking for the occupational skills. Does this mean the vocational skills? Can you please explain it. I do appreciate your help!
September 13, 2020 at 15:03
Work skills (like plumber, carpenter and so on).
September 13, 2020 at 12:17
Hi Simon, do you think the embassy could still issue us a visa if we arrived at a non-Schengen country on 15th of September 11:30am local time (Croatia) or 5:30am EST? Technically 14 days will have passed on September 29.
September 13, 2020 at 15:07
Obviously very risky – and that assumes the embassy have willingness and availability to do that.
April 20, 2021 at 19:52
good morning my name is elisa I win in 2019 but due to the covid i entered america on december 25th 2019 and then i had to return to italy for the pandemic i got a return permit 131 I the goverment accepted my permit so march 8th now i’m waiting to be called for fingerprints (for me it would be a real problem to re-enter right now). I read that given the situation they are also using old fingerprints. in my case I gave my fingerprints in the Italian embassy in Naples on 10 September 2019 and then I think they did a check or took my prints again when I first arrived in America on 25 December 2020. According to your experience is it possible that they reuse my fingerprints for the return permit 131? do you think my fingerprints are too old to use? You have some more information to give me regarding this situation.
thank you so much for your help
April 20, 2021 at 23:24
I don’t have any specifics about that process.