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US Immigration and COVID-19-Related Travel Considerations: Update on Travel to the United States from India

Beginning Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the United States may well restrict travel from India due to the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 cases in India. If you have employees or family members who have recently traveled to India, the following actions can be taken:

  1. If an individual has a valid U.S. visa, they should plan to return to the United States before May 4, 2021. As a reminder, all air passengers two years of age and over who are entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) must present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Individuals should also contact their airline for specific boarding requirements.

  2. If an individual does not have a valid visa to re-enter the United States, they should try to schedule or re-schedule a visa appointment right away. As of today, visa appointments through May 13, 2021, have been cancelled by U.S. consulates in India. If a desired visa appointment date is not available, applicants should continue to check the system regularly to schedule the first available date. As the situation is changing and consular appointments are limited, individuals should plan to remain in India for an undefined period of time.

Applicants should not appear at the document drop-off locations, as they will be turned away if the appointment has been cancelled.

If emergency travel to the United States is required and an individual does not have a valid visa, some consulates may be accepting emergency appointments on a limited basis.

©2021 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 120
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Anna Morzy Immigration Attorney Greenberg Traurig
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Anna H. Morzy has a comprehensive background in providing legal and policy guidance on fast-evolving immigration laws, regulations, and policies, and in the development and execution of complex, industry-tailored mobility programs.

With nearly 20 years of experience in her field, Anna has a deep understanding of immigration law and global mobility and their critical importance to businesses of all sizes and across varying industries. Her practice focuses on providing counsel to start-ups and established companies on the immigration compliance implications of expansions and mergers...

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Katherine M. Rozmus focuses her practice on a full range of business immigration matters, including nonimmigrant visa categories (B, E, H, J, L, O, TN), permanent residency categories (Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researchers, Multinational Managers and Executives, PERM, Adjustment of Status), and naturalization applications.

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