EIG US and Global Update | December 14, 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

Germany | From Wednesday, the government will increase restrictions, closing all nonessential shops and businesses.
Case Update: 16,362 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/12/14 5:00 PM CET

Israel | The Israeli Health Ministry has shortened the compulsory isolation period from 12 to 10 days for those entering Israel from “red” countries. The change of policy will come into effect on Tuesday, December 15, at 6 AM.  To qualify for the reduced quarantine period, individuals must complete the following: 1) Register with the Ministry of Health via the online form or through the Health Center Line upon arrival. 2) Undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 as soon as possible after entering isolation. 3) Undergo a second PCR test for COVID-19 from the 9th day after the entry into Israel and at least 24 hours after the first PCR test.
Case Update: 0 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/12/14 5:00 PM CET

The United Kingdom | From Wednesday, London will move to Tier 3 of restrictions — the country’s highest level. Commerce centers will close, schools and workplaces will remain open.
Case Update: 18,447 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/12/14 5:00 PM CET

In late November, President Donald Trump issued a new temporary rule to pilot a program that would require tourist and business travelers from 24 countries with higher rates of visa overstay — mostly in Africa — to pay a bond as much as $15,000.

In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Erickson Immigration Group attorney Krystal Kirst about the rule, its impact, and what to expect.

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.