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USCIS to Consider Second Period of Satisfactory Departure

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it will consider granting a second 30-day period of Satisfactory Departure to Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers who were already granted Satisfactory Departure but who are unable to return to their home countries due to COVID-19.

VWP travelers can request Satisfactory Departure through USCIS by calling the USCIS Contact Center. They will be asked to provide basic information including: date and place of most recent entry into the United States; reason for requesting Satisfactory Departure; contact information;  and a copy of the biographic page of their passport.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is also authorized to grant requests for Satisfactory Departure, though the process for doing so varies by location. Travelers are encouraged to engage CBP at their port of entry to request an additional 30-day extension when needed.

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Ceridwen J. Koski, Ogletree Deakins, Investor Start ups lawyer, Global Corporations Attorney

Admitted to the state bars of Colorado, Arizona and New York, Ceri has experience working with clients that range from Fortune 500 companies, individual investors, start-up companies, U.S. branches of global corporations, and entertainers.

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.