Coronavirus’ Impact on Immigration

People who are looking to immigrate to the United States will still need a visa, and the self-petitioning visas (EB-1A and EB-2/NIW) are the best options right now.

Due to the coronavirus, or specifically Covid-19, right now, immigration to the United States has come to a halt. Businesses are either closed or their workers are working remotely at home, and businesses are not hiring at the moment. However, there is good news despite all this.

Visa petitions under EB-1A or EB-2 with a National Interest Waiver (EB-2/NIW) are largely unaffected by the coronavirus and city or state wide lockdowns. Self-petitioners don’t need a job offer, so getting an employer to sponsor them isn’t needed. USCIS is still open and accepting petitions. EB-1A and EB-2/NIW visas are document heavy visa types, meaning the documents can be emailed or uploaded to a secure site. USCIS has even dropped the requirement for an original signature on forms, so petitioners wouldn’t even need to travel to the office or to accept a letter in the mail nor mail out a letter. Everything can be done online.

EB-1A and EB-2/NIW visas take about 9-12 months to process. EB-1As can be expedited and be processed within 2 weeks. However, given the global crisis, that option would not be recommended. But, the situation will likely be under control by the time the petition is processed regularly. Note though that USCIS has a growing backlog of petitions. They had a large backlog before Covid-19 hit, and now, it is only growing. Thus, waiting only means that the backlog will be exponentially larger than it currently is.

We understand the gravity of the situation, and we are not minimizing its impact. However, life goes on. We will need to get back to normal as much as we can. People who are looking to immigrate to the United States will still need a visa, and the self-petitioning visas (EB-1A and EB-2/NIW) are the best options right now. We can help.

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