EIG COVID-19 Update | July 31, 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

Germany | The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has added Spanish regions Catalonia, Aragon, and Navarre, to the list of countries designated as high-risk for the coronavirus.
Case Update: 902 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/31 5:00 PM CEST

Greece | Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces will be mandatory.
Case Update: 65 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/31 5:00 PM CEST

Namibia | From next week, schools will be closed for the second time in four months.
Case Update: 66 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/31 5:00 PM CEST

The Philippines | President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the quarantine restrictions in the capital Manila to limit business operations and movement for young children and the elderly.
Case Update: 3,888 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/31 5:00 PM CEST

The United Kingdom | The government increased the severity of the lockdown in northern England after a surge in coronavirus cases. Scotland’s government advised against non-essential travel to Greater Manchester and other parts of Northern England facing new lockdowns due to recent surges in cases.
Case Update: 846 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/31 5:00 PM CEST


In last week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked about the impact of ICE modifying the SEVP temporary exemptions to restrict international students from online courses amid COVID-19 and the agency’s reversal. However, we didn’t get a chance to discuss the vital role international students play in the university system, and how they drive innovation. We’re proud to welcome Senior Vice President of Research at Emory University, Dr. Deborah Watkins Bruner, for a faculty perspective. Please note, this episode was recorded before the settlement agreement. However, we capture great insight into international students’ ongoing contributions to discoveries in cancer research and COVID-19 vaccines.

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.