Postponing my reentry date due to COVID-19

#1
I am currently outside of the US but I need to return to the US on OCT 2020 - This is the date of expiration of my Permit to Re-enter. Due to the Covid-19 situation I do not see how I can manage to come back to the US and renew my permit, also I have a background disease and I’m scared to fly in this situation.

Is there a way to change my reentry date or delay the date?
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
#2
You can contact the embassy, be prepared for the possibility/probability they will tell you that you will need to apply for a SB1 returning resident visa if you can’t return before the expiry of your re-entry permit. If you have a medical condition preventing travel that should fall under acceptable reasons for SB1, be sure you can document it example letter from your doctor telling you not to travel.
 
#3
Thanks for the reply.
I did contact them and they told me to make an appointment and bring with me some forms and “proof” why I cannot come.
I do have a medical condition but it’s not officialy considered as a “high risk” (unlike diabetes, high blood pressure etc) yet I am still afraid to fly in this time. Also because of that my doctor does not want to bring me a letter , he says that it isn’t dangerous (at least for him).
What other proof can I bring? I know that the WHO and CDC don’t recommend traveling right now. Do you think that this is enough? I am literally really afraid of flying right now, it gives me anxiety.
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
#4
I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but I don’t think that’s going to be enough if your doctor is not prepared to give you a letter. if anxiety is the issue might a temporary tranquilizing medication help through the flight?
 

Fin

Registered Users (C)
#6
I’m not sure what US embassy considers as a valid excuse but a worldwide pandemic with 6 million cases in US seems like a good enough reason to me for a SB1 visa or even for a delayed entry without one that a IJ will not consider as a loss of residency. I’m quite a regular flyer with around 40,000 - 50,000 miles clocked yearly including both domestic and international. But I have not been on a plane since March 7. I do not have any medical anxiety but it’s more than reasonable to avoid travel at this time.
 
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