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India Suspends All Inbound International Air Travel Through March 29, 2020

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Government of India has issued an order prohibiting all inbound international flights to India beginning March 22, 2020. The current ban is set to expire on March 29, 2020, but is subject to change. The prohibition applies to all travelers, regardless of nationality, which means that even Indian citizens will not be permitted to travel to India by air during this time. This order escalates previous travel bans adopted by the Government of India, which placed inbound restrictions on non-citizens only.

Employers may wish to consider the prudence and advisability of international travel at this time. The cancellation of visa appointments, combined with growing travel restrictions around the world, may result in a person traveling abroad being unable to return to the United States for a lengthy period. For any grounded Indian citizens in the United States holding U.S. visas, employers may need to consider alternate visa filing options to avoid potential status violations.

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Melina has extensive experience in a broad range of immigration law, with a focus on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions. Melina’s practice includes partnering with multinational corporations on all types of US migration matters in a wide range of industries including engineering, manufacturing, information technology, oil and gas, and construction. Specifically, Melina counsels her corporate clients on immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State.

Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Before TowerCo, she was an attorney with Alan Gordon Immigration and Naturalization Law in Charlotte, NC, representing large and small companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and families in all stages of the immigration process. She regularly appeared before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to advocate on behalf of clients, as well as the EOIR Immigration Court in Atlanta to defend clients against removal and deportation.

Melissa received her J.D. from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law and her B.A. in Journalism from The College of New Jersey. She is licensed by the North Carolina Bar.