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How might the coronavirus affect immigration?

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is causing worldwide panic. Many U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens are fearful. Unlike citizens, immigrants may be afraid to seek medical care due to their immigration status.

Fortunately, recent changes allow for people in the U.S., both citizens and non-citizens, to seek medical attention for coronavirus.

What protections are in place?

As a safety precaution, President Trump has implemented travel restrictions. The People’s Republic of China and the Schengen Area have the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The travel ban prevents non-U.S. citizens from either area from entering the United States.

On the other hand, immigrants who are already in the U.S. will be able to receive medical treatment without status repercussions.

Seeking health care will not impact immigration status

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a person’s immigration status will not be harmed for seeking medical care.

The new prevision allows for non-U.S. citizens to seek medical attention for coronavirus symptoms, which means that anyone who thinks they may have the coronavirus can get tested.

Taking care of your health and safety

In this time of uncertainty, it may be wise to check on the safety and well-being of your loved ones. Pay attention to the news, take precautions and utilize the resources available to you.

To best prevent contracting the coronavirus, the Center for Disease Control recommends that you:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
  • Practice social distancing, stay home if possible
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Disinfect surfaces you or others touch frequently

Anyone that is currently in the United States should seek medical attention if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19. You want to ensure you and your loved ones take precautionary measures and get treatment if needed.