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Changes in Extension of Status to Non-Immigrants due to COVID-19

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS) announced Monday “various policies and procedures to improve employment opportunities for American workers during this pandemic.”

In a statement, the agency said that it “recognizes that there are challenges related to immigration due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”

Workers and non-immigrants – who regularly must leave the territory to reapply – can involuntarily remain in the United States – beyond their authorized period of admission due to COVID-19 – and if so, indicates DHS, they remain available some options.

Those involved in these cases can request an Extension of Stay , a document that the department assures that it currently “accepts and processes applications and petitions,” adding that many of its forms are available for submission online.

In case of filing the application “in a timely manner,” the department said that “employment authorization with the same employer will be automatically extended” and that it will be “up to 240 days after the expiration of the I-94.”

The entity indicates in its announcement that there is flexibility in the “cases of Late Applications” and that the Immigration Service “could consider delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Under current regulations and as indicated on the Special Situations page, “if a petitioner or applicant files a petition to stay or change of status (on forms I-129 or I-539) after the expiration of the period of Authorized admission, USCIS, at its own discretion, could excuse the failure to file the petition on time if it was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond its control, such as those that may be caused by COVID-19. ”

For these exemptions “the petitioner or applicant must present credible evidence to support her request, which USCIS will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.”

Such special situations have been used several times in the past, including during natural disasters and similar crises.

Immigration recommends reviewing the pages of forms I-129 and I-539 for specific filing and eligibility requirements for extensions of stay and status changes.

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No arrestarán a inmigrantes sin cargos criminales durante la pandemia del coronavirus

El Servicio de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE), aseguró que para garantizar el bienestar y la seguridad del público en general, así como de sus oficiales y agentes, a la luz de la respuesta pandémica en curso del COVID-19, temporalmente enfocará sus esfuerzos solamente actividades que salven vidas y precautelen la seguridad pública.

Las deportaciones

La Oficina de Operaciones de Cumplimiento de la Ley y Deportaciones (ERO) de ICE se enfocará en indocumentados que representen un peligro para la seguridad pública y personas sujetas a detención obligatoria por motivos penales.

Para aquellas personas que no entran en esas categorías, ERO ejercerá la discreción para retrasar las acciones de arresto y deportación hasta después de la crisis o utilizar alternativas a la detención, según corresponda.

Las investigaciones

Las agencia de Investigaciones de Seguridad Nacional continuará llevando a cabo sus tareas de investigaciones criminales y operaciones de arrestos según se determine necesario para mantener la seguridad pública y la seguridad nacional.

Algunos ejemplos de las acciones que se seguirán llevando a cabo incluyen: investigaciones sobre explotación infantil, pandillas, narcotráfico, trata de personas, tráfico de personas y participación continua en la Fuerza de Tarea Conjunta contra el Terrorismo.

Este trabajo se llevará a cabo en función de la capacidad de coordinar y trabajar con fiscales del Departamento de Justicia, junto con otras agencias federales y locales.

No habrán arrestos en hospitales

De acuerdo con su política de ubicaciones sensibles, durante la crisis de COVID-19, ICE no llevará a cabo operaciones de arresto de inmigrantes en o cerca de las instalaciones de atención médica, como hospitales, consultorios médicos, clínicas de salud acreditadas e instalaciones de atención de emergencia o urgencia, excepto en la más extraordinaria de las circunstancias. Las personas no deben evitar buscar atención médica porque temen la aplicación de la ley de inmigración civil, dijo la agencia en un comunicado oficial.

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