Due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in Brazil and the United States, President Donald Trump decided to limit the entry of citizens, of any nationality, who were physically present in Brazil in the 14 days before entering the United States.
Brazil has become the second country with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, behind only the United States itself. The restrictions aim to avoid a source of additional virus infections from Brazilians and do not alter the flow of trade between the two nations.
The decision applies both to individuals who have tourist visas and to those who have study or work visas—such as L-1, H-1B, O-1, E-2, etc.
And it doesn’t apply to:
- Legal permanent residents
- Spouses or children of American citizens or legal permanent residents
- Parents or legal guardians and siblings of US citizens or legal permanent residents under 21
The determination takes effect at 23:59 (BRT) on May 26, 2020 (Tuesday).
Louanni Cesario, a senior lawyer at Drummond Advisors and a specialist in immigration proceedings, says “we reiterate that this is a temporary measure and that work visa processes that are in progress or under analysis will not be impacted, they are still being processed normally.”
The full proclamation can be accessed here.