EIG US and Global Update | November 30, 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

Brazil | Sao Paolo imposed stricter measures on Monday, including limiting hours of operation and capacity at public gathering places.
Case Update: 51,922 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/30 3:30 PM CET

Georgia | From Saturday, November 28 to at least January 31, there will be increased restrictions, including a nightly curfew, closed non-essential businesses and recreation centers, and a ban on events. Restrictions will be eased from December 24 – January 3 and January 6-7.
Case Update: 3,216 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/30 3:30 PM CET

Ireland | The ‘traffic light’ program, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA (+ the UK), asks travelers to restrict movements for 14 days before arriving in Ireland. This request does not apply to travelers from green regions and those arriving from Northern Ireland. Other exceptions apply to International Transport Workers, essential travelers, travelers arriving for imperative family reasons, and returning travelers who traveled for essential functions. From November 29, travelers from orange, red, or grey regions are to restrict their movement for 14 days on arrival. This period of restriction can end following a negative PCR test taken 5 days after arrival.
Case Update: 299 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/30 3:30 PM CET

Italy | From Sunday, the government decreased restrictions in 5 regions. Calabria, Lombardy, and Piedmont shifted from red to orange; Sicily and Liguria went from orange to yellow. Fiumicino Airport (Rome) will offer COVID-tested flights to and from the US by Delta and Alitalia. This will be the first airport to offer this transatlantic service. In December, passengers going between Rome and Atlanta or New York can test for the coronavirus 48-hours in advance and at the airport, avoiding the 14-day quarantine Italy requires.
Case Update: 20,646 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/30 3:30 PM CET

Russia | Family members of HQS employed in the field of sports, as well as family members of people participating in sporting events, may now enter Russia based on approved lists.
Case Update: 26,338 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/30 3:30 PM CET

Spain | On Friday, November 27, the government extended the Order INT 657/2020 from July 17 to December 31, 2020.
Case Update: 4,841 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/30 3:30 PM CET

The Philippines | On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that the current restrictions would remain in place until the year’s end.
Case Update: 2,067 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/30 3:30 PM 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?


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