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Brazil added to list of Suspended Entry Countries

Starting Thursday, May 28, Brazil is added to the list of Suspended Entry Countries because of the risk for COVID-19 transmission.
“The entry into the United States, as immigrants or non-immigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding, is hereby suspended” announced President Trump on May 24.

As before, the rule does not apply to U.S. citizens and their immediate relatives/family members. It also does not apply to permanent residents of the U.S. Certain categories of non-immigrants are excluded too.
These travelers will be redirected to one of the specially-designated Ports of Entry and are subject to screening. They can be mandated to self-isolate and monitor their health for at least two weeks.

Brazil is the latest addition to the list of countries from which “unrestricted entry would be detrimental to the interests of the U.S.”

On January 31 the White House issued a Proclamation on Suspension of Entry for immigrants and non-immigrants because of the risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Initially the rule impacted foreign nationals who in the last 14 days before the intended entry into the U.S. traveled in China (excl. Hong Kong and Macau). The rule went into effect in February 2.

Travelers from South Korea were subject to extended screening upon arrival in the U.S.

On February 29 the Suspended Entry Proclamation came into effect for Iran, starting March 2.

On March 11 President Trump announced in a televised speech that all travel from Europe* to America was suspended for 30 days starting March 13.
*The ruling pertained to the border-free Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

The written text issued afterwards did not include the 30-day timeline but said the restrictions would “remain in effect until terminated by the President.”

On March 13 the White House issued Proclamation 9994, declaring COVID-19 a National Emergency.

On March 14 the U.K. (excl. overseas territories outside of Europe) and Ireland were added to the Suspended Entry list, effective March 16.

On March 21 all U.S. land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico were closed to non-essential traffic.


New Date For Entrant Status Check DV-2021

The U.S. Department of State announced that the opening of the Entrant Status Check (ESC) for DV-2021 is postponed.
The new date is Saturday, June 6, 2020.

The delayed opening will not negatively impact the State Departments ability to pre-process and schedule DV-2021 interviews, which are scheduled to begin on October 1, 2020.


Changes in DV-Lottery Entry Rules

Requirements to enter the Diversity Visa Lottery will change with the coming lottery, DV-2021. This was announced in the Federal Register (a publication of the US Government about changes in regulations of federal agencies).

Entrants must now include on the Entry Form the number of their passport, the name of the country/authority that issued the passport and the expiration date.
The requirement only applies to the principal petitioner, not to his/her derivatives (spouse, child/children) listed when entering.

The requirement is waived is the entrant is stateless or a national of a communist-controlled country, unable to obtain a passport, or the beneficial of a passport-waiver issued by DHS and DOS.

Furthermore it is now explicitly stated that individuals who enter but not provide all required information on their Entry Form will be immediately disqualified.
“Current instructions are not clear that failure to provide that information results in mandatory disqualification” according to the US Department of State.

What does this new rule mean ?

Until now a passport was not needed to enter the DV Lottery. It became only necessary when an entrant was “selected for further processing”, which means allowed to apply for a Diversity Visa. But starting with DV-2021 a valid, unexpired international travel passport is required to submit the Entry Form.

Why is this rule implemented ?

The State Department encountered more and more fraudulent entries each year. Criminals even submitted Entry Forms for individuals without their knowledge, then blackmailed them when they were selected.

Will this effect DV-2020 Selectees ?

No. The rules for DV-2020 will stay as they were.

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