EIG COVID-19 Update | May 11, 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 | President Alberto Fernandez extended the quarantine in Buenos Aires, the country’s capital, until May 24. Elsewhere, restrictions are decreasing. Argentina has been under lockdown since March 20.
Case Update: 244 new cases, 94 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/11, 7:00 PM CEST

Denmark | The government has introduced plans to reopen the country. The Danish Immigration authorities / Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) remain closed until June; caseworkers are working from home but applicants should expect longer processing times.

At this time, only the following are allowed entry into Denmark: Danish passport holders, EU passport holders showing Danish Health card (yellow card), Non-EU citizens with a valid Danish Residence Card, and those with special strong ties to Denmark which include individuals employed in Denmark with Danish work permit letters, those visiting critically or terminally ill family, those participating in a funeral, those exercising visitation rights with a minor or legal guardian(s) for a minor, those engaged in ongoing health treatments, those called for a court case, or passengers in transit.

Business travelers, tourists, and regular family visitors are not permitted to enter Denmark.
Case Update: 110 new cases, 9 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/11, 7:00 PM CEST

Jordan | Civil servants and public sector workers will return to work on May 26, after the end of Ramadan and Eid. Some evening curfews will remain in place until further notice.
Case Update: 22 new cases, 4 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/11, 7:00 PM CEST

Malaysia | The government extended the nationwide restriction for business operations and travel until June 9.
Case Update: 67 new cases, 13 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/11, 7:00 PM CEST

New Zealand | Beginning this week, commercial shopping centers, restaurants, and theaters will reopen, and travel within New Zealand will be allowed. Schools will be back in sessions on May 18. Still, as restrictions are eased, gatherings may not exceed 10 people.
Case Update: 3 new cases, 1 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/11, 7:00 PM CEST

Russia | President Vladimir Putin announced that the restrictions in place would gradually begin to ease as of Tuesday, May 12. Individual regions may tailor their response based on local conditions.
Case Update: 11,656 new cases, 644 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/11, 7:00 PM CEST

Spain | The current state of emergency is scheduled to end on May 24. Spain has been under a nationwide lockdown since March 14.
Case Update: 812 new cases, 91 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/11, 7:00 PM CEST

The UK | The nationwide lockdown will be in place until at least June 1. Still, the government has introduced a phased approach to returning to normal; beginning Monday people who cannot work from home are encouraged to return to work, and on Wednesday, individuals will be able to go outside for as long as they like while maintaining social distance.

The government has told the airlines that it will require a 14-day quarantine period for most people arriving from abroad.
Case Update: 3,923 new cases, 27 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/11, 7:00 PM CEST

In this week’s Erickson Immigration Group Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked to Erika Cisneros, an author and immigration attorney who specializes in human trafficking and abuse cases. We recognize that because of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals are staying home, and for some, that means staying in an unsafe environment.

The Immigration Nerds podcast shares stories at the cross-section of immigration news and policy updates, business, culture, travel, developing trends, 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.