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Biden Administration Extends U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada COVID-19 Border Restrictions Through May 21, 2021

On April 19, 2021, the Biden administration extended travel restrictions along the land ports of entry between the United States and Canada and the United States and Mexico through May 21, 2021. The border restrictions were set to expire on April 21, 2021. The restrictions, which have been in effect since March 21, 2020, specifically prohibit all “non-essential” travel at these land ports of entry to prevent the spread of COVID-19. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) defines “non-essential” travel as travel for “tourism purposes (e.g., sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events).” “Essential” travel includes, among other categories, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States, individuals traveling for medical purposes, and individuals traveling to work in the United States. The Federal Register confirms that the current travel restrictions do not apply to air travel, but affect passenger rail and ferry transit, as well as all land crossings. The restrictions are subject to further extension if agreed upon by all government parties.

© 2021, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 131
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Nate Roy Immigration Lawyer Ogletree

Nate Roy practices immigration law in the Denver office of Ogletree Deakins. He has experience providing strategic advice to both large- and mid-size firms with regard to maintaining large-scale global mobility programs, consular practice, and a wide range of non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters, including: L-1s (A/B), O-1s, E-2s, EB-1s, PERM, F-1s, Adjustment of Status, and USCIS appearance work. He has represented clients from multiple industries such as home care and consumer goods manufacturing, paper and turbine manufacturing, and tech.

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Samantha Wolfe Immigration Lawyer Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
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Samantha concentrates in complex corporate immigration matters for companies of all sizes, including H 1B, H-2B, L-1, O-1, and TN nonimmigrant visas; PERM Labor Certifications and EB- 2/3 immigrant petitions; and EB-1 Extraordinary Ability/Multinational Manager immigrant petitions. Samantha also frequently participates in pro bono clinics. After undergrad, Samantha deferred law school for a year to teach English to high-school students in Spain. She is proficient in speaking and reading Spanish.

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