There have been many rumors during COVID about who can and cannot cross the border from Canada to the United States. The main consensus is that the U.S. has not allowed anyone other than essential workers to enter due to COVID and that the border’s completely closed. I hear this multiple times every day from many Canadians.
Although it is true that essential workers are exempt from any COVID-related travel bans, they are not the only ones that can enter the United States during this time. The ban applies mainly to border, not air travel. So if you want to visit family during COVID, you can, by air. In addition, if you have a valid work visa, you are still able to enter the United States to work. They simply do not want you to commute back and forth. Once you enter, you should plan on staying inside the United States. Finally, the border and USCIS are both still processing TN visas and L1 visas for Canadians. We’ve had many clients successfully obtain work visas during COVID.
If you have any questions about the impact of COVID on your ability to work in the United States, or any U.S. immigration law-related question, give us a call.