The Impact of COVID-19 on Noncitizens and Across the U.S. Immigration System

According to the American Immigration Council, the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) pandemic, and the related federal response, disrupted virtually every aspect of the U.S. immigration system. Visa processing overseas by the Department of State, as well as the processing of some immigration benefits within the country by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), have come to a near standstill. Entry into the United States along the Mexican and Canadian borders—including by asylum seekers and unaccompanied children—has been severely restricted. To learn more about the impact of Covid-19 on a crucial sector affecting thousands of Jamaicans globally, click here.