visas – Travelling from Europe to US while avoiding the Schengen zone ban

I am going to apply soon for a US visa while currently being in the Schengen Zone (Germany). I am not a EU citizen but currently here on a work permit. I want to travel to US to continue my employment in the US. Currently, there is a ban on travel to US from Schengen countries. Assuming that I get my visa soon (it is not under the banned categories), what are the ways for me to fly back to US?

For example, I am thinking to travelling to Croatia or Serbia, staying for 14 days in a quarantine there and then flying to US because I think I can travel to these countries with my National D Visa/Work Permit while these countries are not in the Schengen zone.

What would be your advice? I am also a bit afraid of getting stuck in the e country and not being able to go back to Germany if there are some unknown rules prohibiting me from flying back to US.

What are these regular flights to India amid the ban on international flights?

India has currently banned international flights to reduce the spread of Covid-19. How and why is British Airways operating regular flights various destinations in India like Delhi and Mumbai?

visa refusals – Does a UK entry ban affect travel to other countries?

The UK is part of the Five Countries Conference group, which agreed to share information about visa applications and other immigration intelligence between themselves – the other members of this group include Canada, the US, New Zealand and Australia. It is highly likely that a ban in the UK would affect applications to these countries.

The UK also has access to and informs the Schengen Information System, so there is data sharing occurring there – however, it is noted that as the UK is not a full member it cannot issue SIS alerts but there is no information on whether UK refusals or immigration issues are available to SIS users. It is possible but not certain that a ban in the UK would affect Schengen applications of travel.

The UK and Ireland are part of the Common Travel Area, which means both countries closely cooperate and share data between themselves – a refusal or ban in either country can certainly affect applications to the other country, due to the common travel area movement rules. It is highly likely that a ban in the UK would affect applications or travel to Ireland.

visas – 10 year ban – what can be done to remove that ban?

I’ve got a 10 year Ban under paragraph 320 (7B)

Wrong information submitted by a traveller office in my country in my visitor visa led me to get the ban.

However,
I was unaware about the false documents related to my period of staying, financial status and other wrong details, written by the travel agency until I arrived at Heathrow airport on 12 Nov 2019 and was interviewed by an immigration officer.

I was returned to Saudi Arabia and they issued me a refusal letter and 10 year ban.

What can be done to remove a ban?

10 year ban – what can be done to remove that ban?

I’ve got a 10 year Ban under paragraph 320 (7B)

Wrong informations submitted by a traveller office in my country in my visitor VISA lead me to get the Ban,

however,
I was unaware about the false documents related to my period of staying, financial status and other wrong details, written by the travel agency until I arrived to Heathrow airport on 12/Nov/2019 and interviewed by an immigration officer

I was retuned to Saudi at and they issued me a refusal letter and 10 year Ban

What can be done to remove a ban step by step ?

usa – Does the US ban on visitors from the Schengen area/UK also extend to Puerto Rico?

Yes, the restrictions on entry to the United States for people who have been in the Schengen Area (or Mainland China, Iran, the UK, Ireland, or Brazil; see this question) also restrict entry to Puerto Rico, because Puerto Rico is part of the “United States” for immigration purposes.

INA 101(a)(38) (8 USC 1101(a)(38)) defines “United States” for the purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act:

The term “United States”, except as otherwise specifically herein
provided, when used in a geographical sense, means the continental
United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands
of the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands.

Does the ban on visitors from the Schengen area/UK also extend to Puerto Rico?

The US banned people who have been in the Schengen area in the past 14 days from entering since March 12th. Does this ban also extend to Puerto Rico?

usa – Is there a route that would allow travel to the US from the UK or Schengen area, given the US travel ban?

Given that Canada allows transit and has flight to Europe and Mexico, you can do Europe-Canada-Mexico-14 days-USA, assuming no additional restriction is imposed in coming days (not a safe assumption, so only do this is absolutely urgent and necessary).

The Canadian Embassy in Switzerland suggested to Canadian citizens in Switzerland there are still flights operating from London Heathrow or Frankfurt by Air Canada.

UK has no current restrictions for European passengers transiting. But Germany may deny entry (at land borders, at least). Transiting to home countries is allowed by Germany but I’m not sure if this kind of itinerary will be accepted by the border.

The flights to Toronto (YYZ) offer the possibility of airside transfer if the terminal is the same and baggage is checked through. You can check if a pair of flights is compatible at https://www.torontopearson.com/en/connections. Overnight connections may require you to pick up your baggage.


Transit passengers

The Orders exempt foreign nationals in transit through Canada to another country. Given the interplay between the interim order under the Aeronautics Act and related emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, the airport of arrival into Canada must have the facilities to permit the foreign national to connect to their destination without the foreign national having to present themselves for examination to enter Canada.


Canada has a mandatory mask requirement for air passengers. You will be refused boarding without appropriate face coverings.

If you are planning to return to Canada, please note the new Transport
Canada’s requirement:

Since 20 April, Transport Canada will require air operators to verify
that all travellers have a removable cloth face covering available for
use during their trip, even if the travellers are not showing any
symptoms. When travelling by air, you will be asked to cover your
mouth and nose where possible, and must do so when a two-metre
distance between you and others cannot be observed. At a minimum,

  • at airport screening checkpoints, where the screeners cannot always keep two metres of separation from you;
  • when you cannot physically distance from others, or as directed by the airline employees; and
  • when directed to do so by a public health order or Public Health official.

If you do not have one available for your trip, the air operator will
be required to deny you entry into the sterile area, or boarding on
the aircraft.

It is your responsibility to bring the required cloth face covering to
the airport. You will not be provided with one if you do not have one.
Consular officials from the government of Canada will not be in a
position to provide masks either.

How to make simple cloth face coverings

There are many online resources available with information on how to
make simple cloth face coverings. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s
website
(https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/instructions-sew-no-sew-cloth-face-covering.html) provides suggestions for simple “do it yourself” cloth
covers that can be easily made from inexpensive materials found at
home, or even while travelling. In general, though:

choose fabric that can be laundered without damage;
– include multiple layers of fabric;
– allow for breathing without restriction; and
– think about having more than one for each traveller, so it can be replaced if damp or soiled.

Cloth coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of
your face, be secured with ties or ear loops and cover your face and
nose. It should be easy to put on and take off when necessary (e.g.,
identity verification check).

Exceptions

Cloth face coverings should not be worn by:

  • children under the age of two;
  • anyone who has trouble breathing; or
  • anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Also note that you may be asked to remove your face covering for the
purpose of identity verification at the boarding gate and the
customs-controlled area when you arrive at the Canadian airport or
when asked to do so by Canada Border Services Agency officers or
public health officials.

You are encouraged to use hand sanitizer before removing and after
replacing your face covering.

Check our advice for travellers arriving in Canada at
https://www.canada.ca/Coronavirus (restrictions and exemptions, mandatory
face covering and self-isolation).

Frankfurt (Hessen) requires face-nose covering.

Please note that since April 27, 2020, masks have been required all over Hessen in local public transport vehicles and in the public areas of shops, banks and post offices. This regulation also applies to the bus shuttle and SkyLine, as well as shops at Frankfurt Airport.
– https://www.frankfurt-airport.com/en/news/information-on-the-coronavirus.html

usa – Is there a route that would allow travel to the US from the UK or Schengen area, given the US travel ban?

Given that Canada allows transit and has flight to Europe and Mexico, you can do Europe-Canada-Mexico-14 days-USA, assuming no additional restriction is imposed in coming days (not a safe assumption, so only do this is absolutely urgent and necessary).

The Canadian Embassy in Switzerland suggested to Canadian citizens in Switzerland there are still flights operating from London Heathrow or Frankfurt by Air Canada.

UK has no current restrictions for European passengers transiting. But Germany may deny entry (at land borders, at least). Transiting to home countries is allowed by Germany but I’m not sure if this kind of itinerary will be accepted by the border.

The flights to Toronto (YYZ) offer the possibility of airside transfer if the terminal is the same and baggage is checked through. You can check if a pair of flights is compatible at https://www.torontopearson.com/en/connections. Overnight connections may require you to pick up your baggage.


Transit passengers

The Orders exempt foreign nationals in transit through Canada to another country. Given the interplay between the interim order under the Aeronautics Act and related emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, the airport of arrival into Canada must have the facilities to permit the foreign national to connect to their destination without the foreign national having to present themselves for examination to enter Canada.


Canada has a mandatory mask requirement for air passengers. You will be refused boarding without appropriate face coverings.

If you are planning to return to Canada, please note the new Transport
Canada’s requirement:

Since 20 April, Transport Canada will require air operators to verify
that all travellers have a removable cloth face covering available for
use during their trip, even if the travellers are not showing any
symptoms. When travelling by air, you will be asked to cover your
mouth and nose where possible, and must do so when a two-metre
distance between you and others cannot be observed. At a minimum,

  • at airport screening checkpoints, where the screeners cannot always keep two metres of separation from you;
  • when you cannot physically distance from others, or as directed by the airline employees; and
  • when directed to do so by a public health order or Public Health official.

If you do not have one available for your trip, the air operator will
be required to deny you entry into the sterile area, or boarding on
the aircraft.

It is your responsibility to bring the required cloth face covering to
the airport. You will not be provided with one if you do not have one.
Consular officials from the government of Canada will not be in a
position to provide masks either.

How to make simple cloth face coverings

There are many online resources available with information on how to
make simple cloth face coverings. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s
website
(https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/instructions-sew-no-sew-cloth-face-covering.html) provides suggestions for simple “do it yourself” cloth
covers that can be easily made from inexpensive materials found at
home, or even while travelling. In general, though:

choose fabric that can be laundered without damage;
– include multiple layers of fabric;
– allow for breathing without restriction; and
– think about having more than one for each traveller, so it can be replaced if damp or soiled.

Cloth coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of
your face, be secured with ties or ear loops and cover your face and
nose. It should be easy to put on and take off when necessary (e.g.,
identity verification check).

Exceptions

Cloth face coverings should not be worn by:

  • children under the age of two;
  • anyone who has trouble breathing; or
  • anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Also note that you may be asked to remove your face covering for the
purpose of identity verification at the boarding gate and the
customs-controlled area when you arrive at the Canadian airport or
when asked to do so by Canada Border Services Agency officers or
public health officials.

You are encouraged to use hand sanitizer before removing and after
replacing your face covering.

Check our advice for travellers arriving in Canada at
https://www.canada.ca/Coronavirus (restrictions and exemptions, mandatory
face covering and self-isolation).

Frankfurt (Hessen) requires face-nose covering.

Please note that since April 27, 2020, masks have been required all over Hessen in local public transport vehicles and in the public areas of shops, banks and post offices. This regulation also applies to the bus shuttle and SkyLine, as well as shops at Frankfurt Airport.
– https://www.frankfurt-airport.com/en/news/information-on-the-coronavirus.html

covid 19 – Extend USA B2 Tourist Visa (for My Mother) stay under COVID19 + Flight ban situation

My Mother (63 yrs) is currently visiting me from India on B2 visa.
Now her I94 is valid till Sept 15 this year (visa is 10 yrs). Due to COVID19 India has flight ban imposed, and till now we dont have dates when the flights are going to resume. So I can see there is an option for requesting stay extension by filing a I539 with documents supported and I131 as I (son) will be her sponsor for stay and all expenses. We are looking for a stay request extension for max couple of months.
Now the questions are –

  1. How long it takes to get a decision (approval or rejection) in such cases ?
  2. What is the best time to file the extension request considering we have still 60+ days till the I94 expire in Sept 15.?
  3. If I file now, and we get rejection of extension of stay (before the current I94 expires), do my mother need to leave immediately or she can stay till the current I94 date (which is Sept 15)?
  4. If we get the rejection after I94 has expired (Sept 15), how many days she will have to leave the country? Does she accrues out of status in this case? and does the B2 visa (10 yrs validity) gets void as well?
  5. Last case – we file extension, we don’t get any decision quickly, but she leaves before getting the decision (approval or rejection, say she leaves at October end). In this case is she good in status, means no out of status and visa void?