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Omicron Covid Variant and US Immigration Impact Thoughts?

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15 minutes ago, stag said:

Do you believe the US may ban foreign citizens (including K1) from entering because of this new variant or will they stick to the vaccinated policy in place now?

SA K1s might be on the ban BUT K1 will hopefully be able to enter... if not, plan on having the fiance fly to Mexico (or another GREEN country that SA citizens/ travelers flying from SA can fly to )  for 2 weeks before entering the States. 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Kazakhstan
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~ Moved from K1 Process to COVID 19 ~
 

When Delta was raging, they only restricted those coming from India and even then, K1s were National interest exceptions (NIE) and could still travel directly from India despite the restriction.


 

 

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6 hours ago, canadian_wife said:

It is not fruitful to speculate.  That will cause worry and panic.  Nothing anyone can do. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

 

good luck 

No more need to speculate 


https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/26/biden-admin-announces-travel-ban-for-south-africa-and-7-other-countries-citing-new-variant-523394

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Mike E said:

I'm kinda shocked how quickly they got that ban in. I just hope it helps contain the spread. I assume K-1's and immigrant visas will be exempt.

 

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The travel restrictions will begin Monday, affecting South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, according to a senior administration official.

 


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12 minutes ago, millefleur said:

I'm kinda shocked how quickly they got that ban in. I just hope it helps contain the spread. I assume K-1's and immigrant visas will be exempt.

 

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The way I understand it, it is not a ban on nationals of those countries. It is a ban on flights from those countries. Nationals of these countries regardless of whether they are K1/ immigrant/ non-immigrant can come to the US by flying from another country.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: South Africa
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Trying to ascertain what this will mean for the trip my wife and I had scheduled for 17DEC21. She's got her Advance Parole doc, but still doesn't fit the exception for LPR. I wonder where that puts her...

Unfortunate timing.

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45 minutes ago, Mike&Heidi said:

Trying to ascertain what this will mean for the trip my wife and I had scheduled for 17DEC21. She's got her Advance Parole doc, but still doesn't fit the exception for LPR. I wonder where that puts her...

Unfortunate timing.

Some AP holders report success returning to the USA from banned countries.  
 

It comes down to whether the airline boards or not. 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Belarus
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I mean, it's too late to really get this under control, it's my understanding it's already confirmed in Canada, Hong Kong, and Belgium. I agree with @millefleur that the bans for Omnicron were incredibly swift. But remember that Delta, too, produced this reaction and while there were immediate bans, countries actually opened during Delta. Take the US for example - I didn't even realize Delta was the most prevalent strain here for months now, and I follow the news pretty avidly.

 

Johnson is already testing and Pfizer is looking into modifying their vaccine, apparently. Even if Omnicron spreads rapidly and is heavily mutated, I'm not sure if we have any correlation between spread and risk of harm. So long as this doesn't start wiping out vaccinated young people, I don't think we'll see further restrictions. I feel awful for those from South Africa, though, they haven't been able to catch a break in forever. 


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1 hour ago, Mike&Heidi said:

Trying to ascertain what this will mean for the trip my wife and I had scheduled for 17DEC21. She's got her Advance Parole doc, but still doesn't fit the exception for LPR. I wonder where that puts her...

Unfortunate timing.

If she's planning to travel soon, I would call the airlines. They are the ones who do all the vetting with vaccines, visas and travel bans. Let us know if you find anything out.


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Info about my DCF Moscow* experience here and here

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad in Russia 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED as of February 28th, 2019.

 

Removal of Conditions - MSC Service Center

 28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office

26-Jun-2019: Case ready to be scheduled for interview 

04-Sep-2019: Interview was scheduled - letter to arrive in mail

09-Sep-2019: Interview letter arrived in the mail! ✉️

17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

18-Oct-2019: Case was approved! 🎉

22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

25-Oct-2019: 10 year GC Card received in mail 📬

 

*I don't understand this status because we DID have an interview!

 

🇺🇸 N-400 Application for Naturalization (Apr 2020-Jun 2021) 🛂

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Filed during Covid-19 & moved states 1 month after filing

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens!

01-Apr-2020: Filed N-400 online 💻 

02-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received online 📃

07-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received via mail

05-May-2020: Moved to another state, filed AR-11 online

05-May-2020: Application transferred to another USCIS field office for review ➡️

15-May-2020: AR-11 request to change address completed

16-Jul-2020: Filed non-receipt inquiry due to never getting confirmation that case was transferred to new field office

15-Oct-2020: Received generic response to non-receipt inquiry, see full response here

10-Feb-2021: Contacted senator's office for help with USCIS

12-Feb-2021: Received canned response from senator's office that case is within processing time 😡

16-Feb-2021: Contacted other senator's office for help with USCIS - still no biometrics

19-Feb-2021: Biometrics reuse notice - canned response from other senator's office 🌐

23-Feb-2021: Interview scheduled - notice to come in the mail

25-Feb-2021: Biometrics reuse notice arrives via mail

01-Mar-2021: Interview notice letter arrives via mail  ✉️ 

29-Mar-2021: Passed interview at local office! Oath Ceremony to be scheduled

13-Apr-2021: Oath Ceremony notice was mailed

04-May-2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled 🎆 Unable to attend due to illness

04-May-2021: Mailed request to reschedule Oath to local office

05-May-2021: "You did not attend your Oath Ceremony" - notice to come in the mail

06-May-2021: Oath Ceremony will be scheduled, date TBA

12-May-2021: Oath Ceremony re-scheduled for June 3rd, then de-scheduled same day 😡 

25-May-2021: New Oath Ceremony notice was mailed

16-Jun-2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled 🎆 - DONE!!

17-Jun-2021: Certificate of Naturalization issued

 

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4 hours ago, Mike&Heidi said:

Trying to ascertain what this will mean for the trip my wife and I had scheduled for 17DEC21. She's got her Advance Parole doc, but still doesn't fit the exception for LPR. I wonder where that puts her...

Unfortunate timing.

If you don't have to travel, I suggest you hold off until everything is under control

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3 hours ago, slavaskii said:

I mean, it's too late to really get this under control, it's my understanding it's already confirmed in Canada, Hong Kong, and Belgium. I agree with @millefleur that the bans for Omnicron were incredibly swift. But remember that Delta, too, produced this reaction and while there were immediate bans, countries actually opened during Delta. Take the US for example - I didn't even realize Delta was the most prevalent strain here for months now, and I follow the news pretty avidly.

 

Johnson is already testing and Pfizer is looking into modifying their vaccine, apparently. Even if Omnicron spreads rapidly and is heavily mutated, I'm not sure if we have any correlation between spread and risk of harm. So long as this doesn't start wiping out vaccinated young people, I don't think we'll see further restrictions. I feel awful for those from South Africa, though, they haven't been able to catch a break in forever. 

They also found a case in Israel. 

SA finally managed to get off the red list in the UK and now they are back on it! People in SA are angry

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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The comments in the UK Media etc where the ban comes in Sunday was that it was far too late, should have happened immediately.


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