EIG US and Global Update | November 25, 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.

Bulgaria | From Friday, schools, shopping centers, gyms, and restaurants will close until December 21.
Case Update: 3,146 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/24 10:00 AM CET

France | President Emmanuel Macron announced the start of France’s lockdown easing in three-parts:

  • Phase One, From November 28: Lockdown remains in place, but people will be able to go outside for three hours a day and within a 20 km radius of their homes. (Current conditions are 1 hour and 1 km.) Shops selling non-essential items and indoor religious centers will be allowed to reopen.

  • Phase Two, From December 15: Lockdown is lifted with a curfew in place from 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Cinemas and theaters may reopen.

  • Phase Three, From January 20: Bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, and universities can reopen.

The transition from each phase will depend on the continued downward trajectory.
Case Update: 4,150 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/24 10:00 AM CET

Germany | The government is expected to decide today whether to extend the “lockdown light” until December 20. It is expected that the government will limit gatherings to just 5 people from December 1, with an easing to 10 people for Christmas and New Years.
Case Update: 13,554 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/25 10:00 AM CET

Japan | On Tuesday, Japan and China agreed to resume travel between the countries by the end of the month for short-term business travel and long-term travel for expats.
Case Update: 1,471 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/25 10:00 AM CET

Lithuania | The current lockdown has been extended until December 17.
Case Update: 1,179 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/25 10:00 AM CET

Spain | On Wednesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that the government might limit gatherings for December to six people.
Case Update: 15,156 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/25 10:00 AM CET

The United States | US Airline officials told Reuters that the White House may end the COVID-19 related entry bans for most non-US citizens who recently traveled to Brazil, Britain, Ireland, and 26 European countries. The White House, Department of Homeland Security, and Centers for Disease Control did not comment on the reports.
Case Update: 157,180 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/25 10:00 AM CET

In last 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 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.