EIG COVID-19 Update | April 20, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information helpful, too.

International Updates

Canada, Mexico, United States | The border restrictions between the countries, which were set to expire on April 27, will extend for another 30 days. The terms remain unchanged, allowing essential service workers and goods to cross between the countries.

“As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions, and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread of coronavirus and allowing the phased opening of the country,” Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, said in a tweet.
Canada Case Update: 1,509 new cases, -232 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/20, 8:00 PM CEST
Mexico Case Update: 622 new cases, 44 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/20, 8:00 PM CEST
United States Case Update: 28,252 new cases, -1,711 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/20, 8:00 PM CEST

Hungary | Prime Minister Viktor Orban plans to release a plan in early May to outline Hungary’s return to normal life.
Case Update: 68 new cases, -14 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/20, 8:00 PM CEST

New Zealand | Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that on Monday, April 27, New Zealand would deescalate the nationwide restrictions, shifting from a level 4 alert to level 3.

At level 3, construction, manufacturing, and forestry industries will be able to operate. Additionally, the beach, walking, fishing will be allowed. Retail and restaurants will remain closed.
Case Update: 7 new cases, 3 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/20, 8:00 PM CEST

Spain | Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will ask parliament for another 15-day lockdown extension. The new extension would end on May 9.
Case Update: 4,218 new cases, 560 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/20, 8:00 PM CEST

Erickson Immigration Group’s Immigration Nerds podcast is sharing stories at the cross-section of immigration, culture, travel, and, for now, the coronavirus. If you have stories to share, like this week’s guest Amin Hasani, who shares his experience as an immigrant entrepreneur pursuing the American dream one product at a time, we want to hear from you.

We will continue to send updates daily or as more COVID-19-related news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or in past updates or want to hear more about a different topic, just reply to let us know. If you have specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.