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2/25/2021 | TChadotsang@Fragomen.com
  • President Biden has revoked the Trump-era ban on certain immigrant entries, effective immediately. The ban was set to expire on March 31, 2021.
  • The nonimmigrant ban affecting certain H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 visa categories remains in effect and is set to expire on March 31.
  • COVID-19 regional public health bans remain in effect for several countries and areas. Even if foreign nationals are no longer subject to the IV ban, they may need to apply for national interest exceptions to the regional COVID bans before they can be issued an immigrant visa.
  • Despite the lifting of the immigrant ban, U.S. consulates worldwide are likely to continue to experience backlogs in appointments and adjudications due to pent up demand and reduced consular operations in connection with COVID-19 public health measures.
2/25/2021 | minor.mendoza@fragomen.com
  • Effective March 1, 2021, nationals of China who are 18 years of age or older and with passports issued in Beijing or Shanghai, will no longer require a consular visa to enter Costa Rica for tourism or business for up to 30 days.
  • In addition to the above requirements, according to the Minister of Tourism, it is expected that eligible travelers will need to purchase a tourism package from a tour agency registered in Costa Rica. Additional details are expected to be released by the government.
  • Other Chinese nationals will still require a consular-issued visa to enter Costa Rica for tourism or business (the issuance of which is currently suspended until at least April 30, 2021 due to COVID-19).
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