On Feb. 23, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy announced that the U.S. Consulate General in Milan will temporarily suspend its routine visa services until March 2, 2020, due to the recent spread of respiratory illness COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease). See Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy. On the same day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised the travel alert for Italy to Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions.

As discussed in our recent blog, on Feb. 7, 2020, the official U.S. Visa Application in China website announced that effective Feb. 3, 2020, regular visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and U.S. Consulates General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang are all suspended until further notice with limited exception for certain emergency appointments.

The U.S. Consulate in Milan is the first consulate in Europe to reduce services due to decreased staffing levels in connection with the outbreak. If you have an upcoming visa appointment in Italy, or plan to schedule one in the near future, we highly recommend that you continue to monitor consular updates for the latest information regarding visa services. You should also expect longer appointment wait times once the Consulate in Milan resumes normal operations as they work through rescheduling previously cancelled appointments. GT will continue to monitor the situation.

Il Consolato Generale degli Stati Uniti d’America a Milano sospenderà temporaneamente i servizi relativi ai Visti di ingresso

In data 23 febbraio 2020, l’Ambasciata americana con sede a Roma ha annunciato che il Consolato Generale americano, che ha sede a Milano, sospenderà temporaneamente le attività giornaliere inerenti i servizi sui visti fino al 2 marzo 2020 a causa del recente espandersi del virus COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Nello stesso giorno l’istituto americano Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ha innalzato, per i viaggiatori americani in ingresso in Italia, il livello di allerta al Livello 2 – Misure di Precauzioni Avanzate. Come discusso nel nostro recente blog del 7 febbraio scorso, il sito ufficiale statunitense per la richiesta dei Visti in Cina ha annunciato che a partire dal 3 di febbraio 2020, i servizi regolari di visto presso l’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti a Pechino e i Consolati Generali degli Stati Uniti a Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai e Shenyang sono stati tutti sospesi fino a nuovo avviso, tranne per le richieste di estrema urgenza.

Il Consolato americano di Milano è il primo consolato in Europa a ridurre i servizi a causa della diminuzione del personale dovuta all’incremento dei casi di COVID-19 in Italia. Se avete un appuntamento presso il Consolato americano di Milano per la richiesta di una pratica di visto, o prevedete di fissarne uno nel prossimo futuro, vi raccomandiamo vivamente di continuare a monitorare gli aggiornamenti sul sito del Consolato americano per essere sempre aggiornati circa le attività di ripresa dell’ufficio di Milano. Vi segnaliamo, altresì, che, quando il Consolato di Milano riprenderà la sua normale attività, i tempi di attesa per richiedere un appuntamento potrebbero necessitare di periodi più lunghi, dovuti anche alla riprogrammazione degli appuntamenti precedentemente cancellati. GT continuerà a monitorare la situazione giornalmente.

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Photo of Courtney B. Noce Courtney B. Noce

Courtney B. Noce co-chairs the Immigration & Compliance Practice. She focuses her practice on U.S. business immigration, compliance and enforcement actions, as well as global immigration. She represents both large multinational companies and small start-ups on the full range of employment-based immigration, ranging

Courtney B. Noce co-chairs the Immigration & Compliance Practice. She focuses her practice on U.S. business immigration, compliance and enforcement actions, as well as global immigration. She represents both large multinational companies and small start-ups on the full range of employment-based immigration, ranging from permanent residence (PERM, National Interest Waivers, Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researcher, Multi-National Managers, among others) to nonimmigrant visa categories (H-1B, H-3, J-1, L-1A/B, O-1, TN). Courtney has a particular understanding of working with the retail industry and the ever-evolving challenges this industry faces.

Courtney works closely with companies on complex challenges associated with I-9 employment verification, enforcement actions, as well as H-1B and LCA compliance. She provides proactive strategies in the form of onsite training, internal audits and reviews, as well as deploying best practices to minimize exposure and liabilities in the event of government investigations.

Courtney also assists multinational clients in the area of global mobility and immigration. She has experience helping companies move key personnel into all parts of the world.

Prior to practicing law Courtney worked with the Georgia Department of Economic Development as a Business Development and Project Manager. In this role, she helped Life Sciences and Technology companies move to and expand in the State of Georgia. She worked frequently with international and domestic companies addressing global mobility needs, and is acutely aware of the important role immigration plays for global companies.

Courtney has studied, lived, and worked in Canada, France, and Italy. She is fluent in Italian, proficient in French and has basic Spanish skills.

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Donna Rudnicki is an associate in the Immigration and Compliance Practice at Greenberg Traurig. Her practice includes U.S. business immigration matters in the medical, energy, financial services, and communication fields. She has experience with B, L, H, TN, and O nonimmigrant visas as…

Donna Rudnicki is an associate in the Immigration and Compliance Practice at Greenberg Traurig. Her practice includes U.S. business immigration matters in the medical, energy, financial services, and communication fields. She has experience with B, L, H, TN, and O nonimmigrant visas as well as with PERM, multinational manager, outstanding researcher/professor, and national interest waiver based I-140 immigrant petitions and Adjustment of Status applications. She also has experience with drafting complex/specialized RFE responses. Prior to starting with Greenberg Traurig, Donna served as a Federal Law Clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division as well as at another large business immigration-based law firm.