EIG COVID-19 Update | November 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 updates 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

Finland | The government is banning public gatherings of more than 20 people. Travelers to Finland must provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival and self-quarantine for 10 days.
Case Update: 351 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/20 2:00 PM CEST

Greece | The government is closing its land border with Albania and requiring rapid tests on all visitors at the land borders. All visitors are required to provide a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours.
Case Update: 3,227 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/20 2:00 PM CEST

Portugal | The government approved a 15-day extension of the current state of emergency.
Case Update: 6,994 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/20 2:00 PM CEST

Spain | In Catalonia, social gathering places will gradually reopen beginning Monday. From December 21, groups of up to 10 people will be able to gather to celebrate the holidays.
Case Update: 16,233 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/20 2:00 PM CEST

The United States | The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises Americans against travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Around the US, governors are implementing their own local restrictions. In California, from Saturday, November 21, a stay-at-home order will go into effect from 10 PM to 5 AM until December 21 for 41 of California’s 58 counties. A similar restriction is in place in Ohio.
Case Update: 164,560 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/20 2:00 PM CEST

In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Erickson Immigration Group’s Managing Directors Justin Parsons and Hiba Anver about how President-elect Joe Biden could approach immigration. The last four years included significant policy and procedural changes. What would become of the Trump Administration’s travel ban under President Biden, and what does the future hold for DACA, the H-1B program, and public charge? Most of all, what would the Biden Administration try to accomplish in the White House?

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.