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The Effect of COVID-19 on your Immigration Case

In the recent months, the entire planet has been under a pandemic that has affected our daily lives.

If you are an immigrant in the United States, this pandemic may affect the way your case is processed.


Many people believe that immigraiton offices are closed during the pandemic, but this is FALSE. Immgriaiton offices and courts remain partially open AND they are accepting new applications.



Below are some examples on how this pandemic can affect your case:


  • If you are applying for an immgiration benefit (like a visa, work permit, green card or citizenship) your case will be delayed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration offices, consulates and embassies around the world are closed and reopening in various phases.


  • If you are in deportation proceedings and waiting for a hearing before a judge, your case will likely be delayed.


Additionally, even throughout this pandemic, the government continues to make constant changes to immigration rules and regulations. For example:


  1. Filing fees are increasing after October 2nd for many immigration benefits

  2. New rules about work permits for asylum seekers are now in effect

  3. Changes to where you need to file certain immigration benefit applications

  4. Public Charge Rule has gone into effect



Do you need help with immigration?

With the never-ending changes during this pandemic, you need to contact an immigration attorney for a consultation where you can discuss exactly how these changes affect your case.

Call us today at (904) 300-0825 to schedule your consultation with attorney Vilerka Bilbao.




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