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Coronavirus self-isolating students and UK Tier 4 visa issues
Sanwar Ali comment:
The situation is continuing to evolve. Recently schools throughout the UK have closed. This is yet to happen to Universities. However, increasingly face to face teaching will be replaced by online teaching methods. Nobody knows for sure how long the Coronavirus Pandemic will last. Things may not be back to normal for a long time.
US H1B visa premium processing temporarily suspended
With the economy suffering around the World due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic some H1B visa workers are increasingly worried that they will lose their jobs. The H1B visa is to work for a particular employer. Therefore if you lose your job it is likely that you will either need to find a new employer or eventually leave the US. Fortunately, there is a lengthy grace period to find another job.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that premium processing for H1B visa petitions for the 2021 fiscal year has been temporarily suspended. US employers with H1B visa applications will be unable to request premium processing when it begins accepting petitions on April 1, 2020.
Trump coronavirus US visa travel ban expands to UK and Ireland
The UK also advised their citizens not to travel to the US it seems in retaliation. Matt Hancock wrote in The Sunday Telegraph, that coronavirus was "the biggest public health emergency in a generation." Public health experts have suggested that once a disease has been circulating in a community travel bans make little difference. Perhaps these travel bans by the US, Europe and other Countries are being introduced simply for political reasons.
Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health had the following to say:
“…we’re way past the point where simply restricting travel is a reasonable response…”
UK bed firm advert associating migrants with coronavirus banned
The Coronavirus pandemic continues. Xenophobia against Chinese people and other Asians has been on the increase. There has been a huge decline in visitors to Chinatowns around the World including in London, New York, San Francisco, and Sydney. The affects of Covid-19 are being felt economically as well.
In the UK huge Government funding has been promised to businesses that are being affected by the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Grants and loans are being provided on preferential terms. It is uncertain how long the pandemic will last. Even if it is brought under control now, it has been suggested that it will come back.
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