US Travel Bans: News and Expectations

US Travel Bans: News and Expectations

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What are the travel bans currently applicable to citizens of certain countries when coming to the US? What recent changes have taken place? What is their impact? Why are they maintained? What evolution can we expect? In this article we try to answer these questions. 1) Status As is well known, since January 2020, the US government has been imposing a series of entry bans on travelers from a group of countries as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19. These bans, which have hardly changed and currently affect 33 countries, prevent entry when the traveler has been in one of them in the previous 14 days. The countries affected are, in chronological order of their ban, China, Iran, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa…
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Immigration and Travel to the US: Update

Immigration and Travel to the US: Update

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End of immigration suspension Unsurprisingly, quietly and with little media attention, the restrictions on the issuance of nonimmigrant visas H-1B, L-1 and J-1, which had been in force since June 24, 2020, expired on March 31st. Since then, US consulates around the world have restarted the issuance of H-1B, L-1 and J-1 visas without the need for an additional request for a national interest exception. This joins the elimination of the suspension on immigrant visas or 'Green Cards' ordered by President Biden on February 24 and that we already discussed in our article Important news about immigration to the US. Therefore, US consulates have restarted the processing of visas that had been blocked and have started accepting new visa applications. It is expected that it will take some time before consular…
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7 Highlights from my Conversation with two Ambassadors on the Biden Era

7 Highlights from my Conversation with two Ambassadors on the Biden Era

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By Gonzalo García, Founder and CEO of Markentry USA Last Wednesday, April 21st, I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar on behalf of the US Spain Executives Community with the title ''Biden Era, Impact on US Spain relations". We had the privilege of talking with Spain's Ambassador to the US, Santiago Cabanas, and former US Ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont. You can find a full description of the webinar, their bios and the complete video at the event web page. The purpose of the webinar was to discuss the changes derived from the transition to the new Biden Administration and its impact on the bilateral relations between Spain and the US. It focused on economic and business aspects, including topics like multilateralism, immigration, trade, tariffs, business opportunities and other areas. Even though…
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Important news about immigration to the US

Important news about immigration to the US

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On February 24, President Biden signed a Proclamation in which he cancelled some of the limitations on immigration imposed by the previous president Trump. Essentially, the impact of this order is to revoke the following restrictions: Presidential Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020, which established a general suspension of the issuance of new immigrant visas (understood as permanent residence permits or 'Green Cards'), with some exceptions.Section 1 of the Presidential Proclamation 10052 of June 22, 2020, which extended the previous one until December 31 2020Section 1 of the Presidential Proclamation 10131 of December 31, 2020, which extended the previous one until March 31 2021Therefore,  the door opens again for the issuance of new permanent residence permits or 'Green Cards' for people who meet the associated requirements. It is important to note that…
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The Biden Era Begins: Impact on International Companies

The Biden Era Begins: Impact on International Companies

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By Gonzalo Garcia, Founder and CEO of Markentry USA CONTENTS 1. Introduction  2. Biden's real ability to drive meaningful change 3. Biden's priorities 4. People appointed to key positions 5. International trade 6. Immigration and travel bans 7. Opportunities for international companies 8. Conclusions 5. Conclusions 1. Introduction The inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States on January 20 represents a radical change of course with respect to what has been the period led by Donald Trump. Without a doubt, it is going to have a significant impact on international companies that compete or want to compete in the US market, which we will analyze in detail in this article.We will study the depth of the expected changes, taking into account the nuances of the US political…
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