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matthews94 Jun 5th 2020 3:04 pm

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Originally Posted by petitefrancaise (Post 12862397)
If you only want to stay a couple of months in any case, I would wait. Your baby's immune system is not yet fully developed and there is still coronavirus circulating. If they were older,perhaps, but not a baby.

I really appreciate your view but I’d feel safer living on our rural family property in the US then in our city right now. There are also other circumstances why I want to go over, I’m just asking to see if I can reasonably enter without my husband being with us. Thank you though.

bex20 Jun 5th 2020 3:18 pm

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Originally Posted by TexanScot (Post 12862378)
I'm not sure what your employer does, but do you have any way of construing your employment in the US as a bona fide emergency or being in the national interest?

I'm in IT and really don't think I can justify that, but thanks for the info.

lizzyq Jun 6th 2020 3:38 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
Most recent tweet from US Embassy Consular


Relevant for non-students too.

Rete Jun 6th 2020 4:05 pm

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Originally Posted by matthews94 (Post 12862389)
I should probably clarify that my I-130 petition has only just been approved so I can visit the USA with the ESTA. As I explained, my daughter’s US citizenship has not been established yet due to the embassy’s closure so she only has her UK passport. I would need to apply for an ESTA for her as well if we left. We only want to stay a couple of months.

You cannot apply for an ESTA for a US Citizen. Coming to visit instead of emigrating is not a good idea. Bide your time and do it when you can entry the US with your approved visa.

bc2015 Jun 10th 2020 2:21 am

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Seems like Trump is going to issue another EO which will ban entry for those with L-1, HB-1 and J-1 visas.

petitefrancaise Jun 10th 2020 2:41 am

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Originally Posted by bc2015 (Post 12864428)
Seems like Trump is going to issue another EO which will ban entry for those with L-1, HB-1 and J-1 visas.

where are you getting this from?
In the last executive order he said that there would be reviews but as far as I know there has been no definitive announcement, a little bit about H1b being limited to higher salary levels but form what I read, that wouldn't make much difference. I can't see him banning these visas tbh - they're not lower salary positiions and not in sufficient numbers to make a difference to the unemployment situation.

bc2015 Jun 10th 2020 2:53 am

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Originally Posted by petitefrancaise (Post 12864436)
where are you getting this from?
In the last executive order he said that there would be reviews but as far as I know there has been no definitive announcement, a little bit about H1b being limited to higher salary levels but form what I read, that wouldn't make much difference. I can't see him banning these visas tbh - they're not lower salary positiions and not in sufficient numbers to make a difference to the unemployment situation.

It's been reported on CNN and various immigration lawyers say they have been put on notice that this is coming

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/09/polit...rus/index.html


I agree it doesn't make sense but it's Stephen Miller dictating this policy and he would be totally fine with no legal immigration.

petitefrancaise Jun 10th 2020 1:43 pm

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Originally Posted by bc2015 (Post 12864439)
It's been reported on CNN and various immigration lawyers say they have been put on notice that this is coming

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/09/polit...rus/index.html

https://twitter.com/gsiskind/status/1270064149763108864

I agree it doesn't make sense but it's Stephen Miller dictating this policy and he would be totally fine with no legal immigration.

What this lawyer is writing doesn't make sense. If you are currently outside the USA and in EU/UK etc then you CANNOT currently re-enter the US quickly. I'm calling BS on this guy.

postbox134 Jun 10th 2020 1:43 pm

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Why affect people who are currently in the US? I really don't appreicate being trapped in the US for fear of not being able to come back.

Surely no new visas are being issued right now achieves the protect jobs for US citizens objective? Unless they want even more people to lose their jobs.

lriii Jun 10th 2020 1:47 pm

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So can we travel to the US on IR1 right now??

TexanScot Jun 10th 2020 9:47 pm

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Originally Posted by postbox134 (Post 12864601)
Surely no new visas are being issued right now achieves the protect jobs for US citizens objective? Unless they want even more people to lose their jobs.

It doesn't matter if well paid, imported coastal elite foreign tech workers lose their jobs, at least not as far as those whom this policy is aimed at pleasing are concerned.

It's well known that visa nationals aren't competing in the same labor pool and for the same jobs as those who are unemployed thanks to COVID-19, but this is an election year...

matthews94 Jun 10th 2020 10:04 pm

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Originally Posted by Rete (Post 12862857)
You cannot apply for an ESTA for a US Citizen. Coming to visit instead of emigrating is not a good idea. Bide your time and do it when you can entry the US with your approved visa.

My daughter’s American citizenship hasn’t been established yet so she’s only a British citizen right now, thus she’s eligible for an ESTA. I’m thankful for your advice but I wasn’t looking for an opinion on if I should travel, just whether it was possible. I have good reason to come for personal circumstances, it’s not a decision I’m considering lightly .

tht Jun 10th 2020 10:12 pm

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Originally Posted by matthews94 (Post 12864889)
My daughter’s American citizenship hasn’t been established yet so she’s only a British citizen right now, thus she’s eligible for an ESTA. I’m thankful for your advice but I wasn’t looking for an opinion on if I should travel, just whether it was possible. I have good reason to come for personal circumstances, it’s not a decision I’m considering lightly .

what do you mean by established, in most cases she will either already be a US Citizen if she is eligible by birth or won’t be eligible... the fact you have not informed the US of her birth does not mean she is not a USC. There may be some corner cases where this does not apply but that’s less likely.

matthews94 Jun 11th 2020 6:30 am

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Originally Posted by tht (Post 12864893)
what do you mean by established, in most cases she will either already be a US Citizen if she is eligible by birth or won’t be eligible... the fact you have not informed the US of her birth does not mean she is not a USC. There may be some corner cases where this does not apply but that’s less likely.

Thank you for your reply, I’ve looked up the laws granting automatic citizenship at birth and I falsely believed my daughter wasn’t included. Slightly complicates getting back but we have a legitimate reason to travel so I’ll be in touch with the embassy today. Again, I appreciate your help.

christmasoompa Jun 11th 2020 6:52 am

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Originally Posted by matthews94 (Post 12865025)
Thank you for your reply, I’ve looked up the laws granting automatic citizenship at birth and I falsely believed my daughter wasn’t included. Slightly complicates getting back but we have a legitimate reason to travel so I’ll be in touch with the embassy today. Again, I appreciate your help.

No point in contacting the Embassy tbh, if your daughter was born a USC then you simply have to apply for her US passport.

Good luck.


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