United States—USCIS Temporarily Closed Offices to the Public March 18-April 7

Canada—Travel Restrictions due to COVID-19


Ireland– Non-essential entry visas on hold

France—Extension of the Validity of Permits

United States—USCIS Temporarily Closed Offices to the Public March 18-April 7

Effective March 18th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending in-person services at all of its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Covid-19.  This suspension of services will be effective until at least April 7 unless the public closures are extended longer.  USCIS will provide limited emergency services.  USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure.

Canada—Travel Restrictions

At this time only Canadian Citizens, Canadian permanent residents and U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Canada by airplane.  Foreign nationals travelling from the US who have been in the US for at least 14 days will be able to enter Canada.  Any passenger who has symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to board an airplane to Canada.  All travelers arriving in Canada must isolate upon their entry for 14 days.

Ireland—Non-essential entry visas on hold

As of March 20, 2020 all new non-essential Irish entry visa applications have been halted. All visa applications submitted online during this period are still valid as the application lifespan is 28 days, however submission at VFS or the relevant embassy is not possible at this time.  The only exceptions to this are emergency visas for healthcare/elderly care professionals or immediate family members for Irish nationals, immediate family members currently legally resident in the state and persons entitled under the EU Free Movement Directive.

France—Extension of the Validity of Permits

Government order no. 2020-328 released on March 25, 2020 extends the period of validity regarding residence documents. The following permits will be extended by 90 days (provided that the document expired between March 16, 2020 and May15, 2020); Long-stay visas, Residence permits, provisional residence permits, and receipts of applications for residence permits.

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