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Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST, the U.S. will extend the same travel restrictions to the U.K. and Ireland as are already in effect for other European countries, China and Iran.

The Department of Homeland Security also issued a Fact Sheet outlining the return process for persons affected by the March 11 presidential proclamation suspending entry into the U.S.

U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents and other exempted individuals returning from all restricted countries will be required to travel through the following airports.  All travelers will be subject to health screenings and given further instructions regarding best health practices, which includes a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period.

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

DHS Acting Secretary Wolf stated- “I understand this new process will be disruptive to some travelers, however this action is needed to protect the general public from further exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Once back in the U.S. it is imperative that individuals honor self-quarantine directives to help protect their loved-ones and communities.”

The complete DHS press release can be accessed at https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/13/department-homeland-security-outlines-new-process-americans-returning-certain.

This is a rapidly developing story so please check back to this blog for updates.  As always, contact your GT attorney as to specific questions or needs.

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Photo of Anna H. Morzy Anna H. Morzy

Anna H. Morzy has a comprehensive background in providing legal and policy guidance on fast-evolving immigration laws, regulations, and policies, and in the development and execution of complex, industry-tailored mobility programs.

With nearly 20 years of experience in her field, Anna has a

Anna H. Morzy has a comprehensive background in providing legal and policy guidance on fast-evolving immigration laws, regulations, and policies, and in the development and execution of complex, industry-tailored mobility programs.

With nearly 20 years of experience in her field, Anna has a deep understanding of immigration law and global mobility and their critical importance to businesses of all sizes and across varying industries. Her practice focuses on providing counsel to start-ups and established companies on the immigration compliance implications of expansions and mergers and acquisitions and on effective corporate mobility strategy. She provides comprehensive guidance for foreign national employees, evaluates and implements immigration policies, and seamlessly integrates effective mobility and compliance strategies with clients’ unique business models and goals.

Anna’s practice encompasses providing legal guidance on matters related to nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, naturalization, compliance management and audit representation, EB-5 visas, E-Verify and I-9 programs, and ICE enforcement.

Anna also contributes significantly to the business and immigration community across Illinois. As a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, a former president of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Polish Museum of America, she regularly works with top political officials in Illinois to ensure awareness and integration of immigrant communities and businesses. She is a prominent advocate for issues related to U.S. immigration law and the importance of attracting foreign direct investment to Illinois via immigrant-owned businesses and investments.

In addition, Anna is actively involved in immigration policy development through her participation on committees such as the American Jewish Committee/Ford Foundation Immigration Advocacy Project. As a native of Poland, she is fluent in both English and Polish and is personally and professionally a prominent member of Chicago’s Polish community.

Photo of Laura Foote Reiff‡ Laura Foote Reiff‡

Laura Foote Reiff Co-Chairs the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration

Laura Foote Reiff Co-Chairs the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related employment compliance and legislative issues.

Laura advises corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly related to Form I-9 eligibility employment verification matters. Laura has been involved in audits and internal investigations and has successfully minimized monetary exposure as well as civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of her clients. She develops immigration compliance strategies and programs for both small and large companies. Laura performs I-9, H-1B and H-2B compliance inspections during routine internal reviews, while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale) or while defending a company against a government investigation.

Laura represents many businesses in creating, managing and using “Regional Centers” that can create indirect jobs toward the 10 new U.S. jobs whose creation can give rise to EB-5 permanent residence for investment. She coordinates this work with attorneys practicing in securities law compliance, with economists identifying “targeted employment areas” and projecting indirect job creation, and with licensed securities brokers coordinating offerings. She also represents individual investors in obtaining conditional permanent residence and in removing conditions from permanent residence.

Laura’s practice also consists of managing business immigration matters and providing immigration counsel to address the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/ traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees, and students. She is an immigration policy advocacy expert and works on immigration reform policies.

Admitted in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Not admitted in Virginia. Practice limited to federal immigration practice.