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Just been out to do the last bit of shopping the cupboards are full and had two tins of food fall out!  I see whole foods no longer have the hot food bar, soup bar, and salad bar.  All hot pizza slices are packed in boxes with a label on it. All bread is in plastic and all individual bagels are wrapped in cling wrap. The streets are virtually empty.

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the State Department has cut down the issuing of USA passports for vacation travel. They will only issue passports for life or death situations.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/state-department-reduces-passport-services-to-only-those-with-life-or-death-emergencies/ar-BB11qAqO?ocid=spartandhp

 

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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.)

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14 hours ago, oscar said:

the State Department has cut down the issuing of USA passports for vacation travel. They will only issue passports for life or death situations.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/state-department-reduces-passport-services-to-only-those-with-life-or-death-emergencies/ar-BB11qAqO?ocid=spartandhp

 

Makes sense, those are the only reasons anyone should be traveling now. 

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11 hours ago, SJ272 said:

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.)

I see they have stopped issuing any type of immigration visa, and are really only open to South Africans in distress - and even then, they have strict rules - you HAVE to have an appointment - you can't just pitch up - and you have to use their sanitizer, are not allowed to touch anything, must go alone etc.  https://www.southafrica-newyork.net/consulate/2020_advisories/CORONA Advisory 20200317 long.pdf

 

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South Africa going into a complete lockdown for 21 Days as from Thursday at midnight until April 16. Nobody is allowed to go to work except for essential services.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-safrica-ramaphosa-idUSKBN21A38U

 

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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

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Trump extends Social Distancing guidelines to April 30, 2020 

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looks like we are in for a grueling over the next three weeks. Although we may hit the downward curve by then. A couple of scientists and doctors say we may need another six to ten weeks of Social distancing to get out of this.

We are having more food delivered and not going out. Even Chipoltle is delivering for free. This is really cripling the economy.   

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