The leaders of Canada and the United States have announced on March 18, 2020 that the border between the two countries will soon close to non-essential traffic as response to the Coronavirus outbreak. No other details of the closure including when, what’s included in essential traffic, and who will be exempt is known at this time. More information will be provided as it arrives. Rules of this travel ban may be similar to the travel bans imposed on traveler from China, Iran, Schengen Europe, and the UK and Ireland. For more information on those travel bans, please click here. If the ban is similar, US citizens, legal permanent residents, and holders of certain visas should still be able to move between the countries.
The two countries share the longest border in the world and its citizens have certain visa privileges in the other country such as the TN work visa. To learn more about the TN visa, please click here. Canada is also a treaty country for E-1 and E-2 applicants. To learn more about the E-1 visa, please click here. Please click here for E-2 visa information.
We have provided a number of links with key immigration information related to the Corona Virus.
- Top 10 Covid-19 Immigration Questions
- Implications of Layoffs for employers who have employees on H-1B and/or E-3 Visas
- USCIS announces flexibility for request for evidence (RFE) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)
- Information on Consular closures during Covid-19
- USCIS issues guidance on Remote 1-9 verification during Covid-19
- USCIS office closures due to Covid-19
- Can I apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits while on a Visa?
- Canada/U.S. Border Closures
- USCIS announces temporary suspension of premium processing
- What can you do if your ESTA is running out?
- Travel Ban for Europe
- Stimulus Bill (All 800 pages)
- Information on Small Business Loans related to the Stimulus package
- USCIS to accept scanned/reproduced signatures instead of “wet” signatures on immigration petitions and forms
- Implications of furlough or termination if you are on a TN visa
- Does the Stimulus Bill impact my immigration status? Is there a public charge concern?
- Understanding the Stimulus Package for Small Businesses and the Paycheck Protection Program
- Small Business Administration COVID-19 Loans
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