EIG COVID-19 Update | April 27, 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

Argentina | The government will extend the nationwide quarantine to May 10. The shelter-in-place orders, which had been in place since March was originally going to expire on Sunday, April 26.
Case Update: 137 new cases, -85 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/27, 10:00 PM CEST

Chile | Paula Daza, the sub-secretary of Chile’s Health Ministry announced that the country would move forward with “release certificates” for individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. Ms. Daza reiterated that the certificates are not a certificate of immunity. The World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that individuals could not experience a second coronavirus infection.
Case Update: 473 new cases, -79 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/27, 10:00 PM CEST

Paraguay | The country will ease the nationwide lockdown in May and initiate a “smart quarantine.”

“The country is going to be divided by areas. We are going to have different phases in which different groups are going to join,” said Health Minister Julio Mazzoleni.
Case Update: 5 new cases, 2 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/27, 10:00 PM CEST

Spain | The government published in the official gazette the Order INT/368/2020 to extend the inland border controls to May 10, 2020.
Case Update: 6,740 new cases, 2,105 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/27, 10:00 PM CEST

The United States | On Friday, the Supreme Court denied the request from states to block the “public charge” rule from being in effect during the coronavirus pandemic. The public charge rule heightens the criterion for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits.

As previously reported in an Immigration Nerds podcast, in March, USCIS announced that in light of the coronavirus, immigrants who undergo medical testing or receive treatment for it, will not be penalized when applying for green cards and visas under the public charge rule.
Case Update: 32,417 new cases, -6,092 daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/27, 10:00 PM CEST

Listen to the latest Erickson Immigration Group Immigration Nerds podcast on President Trump’s executive order proclamation, who will be impacted, and for how long. We’re continuing to share stories at the cross-section of immigration, culture, travel, and, for now, the coronavirus. If you have stories to share, 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.