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  1. Our shelter in place has been extended to 3 May.
  2. US looking for medically trained people to come and help https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/update-on-h-and-j-visas-for-medical-professionals.html Update on H and J Visas for Medical Professionals Last Updated: March 26, 2020 We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment. For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States: J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their program sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programs in the United States. Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years. Note that the expiration date on a U.S. visa does not determine how long one can be in the United States. The way to confirm one’s required departure date is here: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home. Those who need to extend their stay or adjust their visa status must apply with USCIS. Their website is here: https://www.uscis.gov/visit-united-states/extend-your-stay
  3. I’m one of the few who has no patience for watching videos on the internet so I don’t know what britsimon says in that one. I would assume the draw would go ahead as normal, but processing of visas will depend on the status of embassies (and USCIS offices for those in the US). To be honest, if everything is still shut down by the time FY DV2021 actually begins in October, I think we will all have much bigger things to be worrying about.
  4. Makes sense, those are the only reasons anyone should be traveling now.
  5. Arbitrary observation, all 3 SA consulates in the US (NYC, Chicago, LA) are in states under stay at home orders now. (Not sure what operations the DC embassy is doing - they do have a consular services section.)
  6. Do any of you have elderly parents back home in SA? I worry that with them at higher risk plus the quarantine being imposed on arrivals from the US, it is just impossible to get to a parent quickly if you need to.
  7. Bay Area (6 counties) “shelter in place” except for essential services till April 7. Groceries, pharmacies etc will remain open, and restaurants remain open for takeout /delivery. on the flipside, safeway has just announced 2000 new job openings in Northern California to help keep up with demand, and amazon 100,000 and at a higher wage.... hopefully these help some people who’ve lost work elsewhere.
  8. US consulates in SA have stopped issuing non immigrant visas till May 31, but are still issuing immigrant visas. This is relatively good news for our forum members - a number of other countries (including in Africa) have seen US suspend all visa issuance including immigrant. https://za.usembassy.gov/cancellation-of-nonimmigrant-visa-appointments-from-march-16-2020-until-may-19-2020/
  9. SA measures are drastic but I think justified. Because of the prevalence of TB/HIV, the at-risk portion of the population in SA is both larger and younger than many other countries.
  10. UK and Ireland added to travel not-quite-ban list.
  11. I was hoping to get a good price on a late summer Alaska cruise but the prices out then haven’t fallen the way the near term ones have. There are huge bargains for those willing and able to cruise in the next month or so.
  12. A number of colleges in affected areas or with exposure have switched or are about to switch to remote classes for the next few weeks. All the major ones in NYC (Columbia, Barnard, NYU, both campuses of Fordham, and Yeshiva) have announced this so far, as has Princeton. UW in Seattle too. A smattering of others around the country... Berkeley just announced same. Jetblue just announced no change or cancel fees on flights booked in March and flown by 8 September. For those of us who have had to change kids’ flights back and forth from college as spring breaks get changed and extended/rolled into remote lessons, those of us booked on southwest have definitely had the easiest time of it judging by the college parent forums.
  13. Saw someone complaining about United’s new change policy, here it is, basically if the new flight leaves within 25 hours of the old one (even if now with stopovers vs direct booked etc) you don’t get a refund on canceled flights. Insane https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/united-tweaks-its-flight-refund-policy-and-customers-are-not-happy most airlines apart from them seem to have been very accommodative around changes with covid19. I have to say, since we arrived here United has been in the news fairly often and never in a good light. We mostly fly Southwest and JetBlue depending on route, and due to some route changes have started flying Alaska a bit. Generally happy with these so far though I still and will always hate southwest’s seating policy.
  14. A lot of the tech companies are either allowing or telling staff to work from home in the Bay Area. I feel sorry for all the ancillary services (cafeterias, restaurants, Starbucks etc) , must be losing so much business, and probably cutting back staff numbers too.
  15. In short: “financial emigration” will be basically phased out (by around March 2021), people will be able to move up to R10m offshore without scrutiny, focus will move more to what is banned (some risk control measures) than what is allowed, that is, most things allowed compared to now when most things you need to apply for. Those wanting to take out more than R10m will face scrutiny on source of funds, tax status etc. This also makes the new tax rules for expats less messy, or at least certainly less frightening than the hype has been, as long as you have permanent residency elsewhere you are ok tax-wise, if not you will be taxed above R1.25m https://www.businessinsider.co.za/a-new-anti-immigration-plan-will-soon-make-it-easier-to-move-up-to-r10-million-out-of-sa-2020-2
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