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Holiday Travel Information During COVID-19 (Date: 12/08/2020)

06:26 06 January in News Updates
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Below are resources for those considering travel during the holidays.  Due to CDC guidelines, state and local government stay-at-home orders, and unpredictable immigration policies/travel bans, non-essential domestic and international travel is discouraged at this time.  Should international travel needs arise, please contact your LAC attorney to schedule a consultation to discuss the options and potential risks.

Please refer to the below resources for COVID-related restrictions on international travel and visa issuance.

Travel Resources:

Non-COVID-related Alerts/Potential Delays

  • Individuals with DUI-Related Arrests or Convictions

The U.S. Department of State will revoke the visa stamp of visa-holders with a DUI arrest that occurred within the past five years, unless that arrest has already been vetted as part of a prior visa application.

While the revocation of a visa does not affect the underlying status of a nonimmigrant while inside the U.S., the visa stamp would no longer be valid for international travel.  Therefore, after departure from the U.S. that individual must secure a new visa from a U.S. Consulate abroad prior to returning to the U.S.

Applicants for a visa who have had one alcohol related arrest in the last five years, or two or more in the last 10 years, will be referred to a panel physician for a medical examination prior to visa issuance to rule out a medical ineligibility.

Note that under Canadian law, an individual (of any nationality other than Canadian) may not enter Canada if they have a DUI.  A waiver would be required.

Any DUI-related incident should be brought to the attention of your LAC attorney.  Please be sure to contact your LAC attorney to schedule a consultation for an assessment of the potential impacts on the ability to travel and obtain a visa.

  • Individuals with an arrest or conviction for any offense

An arrest or conviction for any offense may result in a visa denial or denial of admission to the U.S.  Please be sure to contact your LAC attorney to schedule a consultation to discuss any such incident prior to departure from the United States.  Under attorney-client privilege, this matter will be kept confidential.

 

We wish everyone a safe and healthy Holiday season.

 

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