Last updated 10 July 2020

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Canada  |  Costa Rica  |  Mexico  |  United States

CANADA

PLANS FOR REOPENING

  • Each Province has launched its own plan for reopening commerce 
  • No public gatherings of more than 5-10 non-family members (number varies by province)
  • Work from home still recommended and social distancing for everyone not providing essential services  
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TRAVEL, BORDERS & IM
MIGR
ATION
TRAVEL: Government advises against all non-essential travel outside of Canada; All travelers from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14 days and must explain their quarantine plan

BORDERS: Borders are closed to all foreign nationals with limited exceptions; The Canada-US border is closed for all non-essential travel until 21 July

I
MMIGRATION:
Immigration application processing delayed due to service reductions

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SETTLING IN SERVICES 
LOCAL/FEDERAL REGISTRATION: Social Insurance Number (SIN) Service Centers are closed until further notice; Services are available online 

DRIVERS LICENSE: Offices are open for license exchange or emergency service only; Appointments are required in most locations; Road tests are unavailable 

BANKING:
Most banks have reduced hours and some closed branches: Online banking is encouraged 

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HOUSING 

  • In person viewings limited to vacant properties in most locations with only virtual viewings of occupied properties 
  • Some landlords are offering month to month lease extensions that otherwise would have been a minimum 12-month renewal 


SCHOOLS
  

  • Schools are closed until September in most locations 
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COSTA RICA

PLANS FOR REOPENING 

  • The government has introduced a phased plan to reopen the economy through 2 August 
  • Movement to Phase 3 of reopening has been suspended since a surge in new cases
  • Restrictions to bars, public parks, cultural and sporting events with large concentrations of people have been reinstated 


TRAVEL
, BORDERS & IMMIGRATION 
TRAVEL: Costa Rica is not restricting citizens, residents, or tourists from leaving the country; New driving restrictions announced that will be enforced until further notice; Public transportation, including buses and trains, can operate with some capacity limits. Taxis can continue to operate at all hours of every day 

BORDERS: Borders are closed to foreigners until 1 August. Only Costa Rican nationals and foreign nationals with a legal residence in Costa Rica can enter; Anyone arriving from another country must self-quarantine for 14 days

IMMIGRATION: New visa issuance is currently suspended until 17 July; Tourist visas for those entering the country after 17 December 2019 are extended until 17 July 2020; All foreigners residing in Costa Rica or with regular migratory status in the country who leave the national territory will automatically lose their immigration status
 

SETTLING IN SERVICES 
LOCAL/FEDERAL REGISTRATION: Social Security registration is completed by the employer; Residency card is received from the immigration provider; Personal income documents required for car or home loan received through Social Security portal. Must apply in person at Social Security office which is now open 

DRIVERS LICENSE: Driver’s license offices have reopened for in-person services by appointment; Grace period for new driver’s license extended to 17 July; License expiration dates have all been extended through January of 2021 

BANKING: Limited in person services; Online banking is recommended 


HOUSING
 

  • Services are being provided virtually, if possible 
  • Third-party property visits are gradually being reinstated by agents, with masks and social distancing. Consultants able to participate via video call 


SCHOOLS
  

  • All schools are closed 
  • Minister of Public Education formed an interdisciplinary team to assess the gradual and controlled return to classroom attendance in accordance with the strictest prevention protocols and as health conditions permit
  • School visits are allowed by appointment with a maximum of 2 visitors
     
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MEXICO

PLANS FOR REOPENING 

  • The return to the “new normal” will be in stages and a four-color traffic light will be used: red, orange, yellow and green, where red represents greater restrictions and green will return to all activities
     

TRAVEL, BORDERS & IMMIGRATION
TRAVEL: No restrictions within Mexico The Government of Mexico advises all citizens avoid nonessential international travel 

BORDERS: The US/Mexican border is closed for non-essential travel until 21 July 

IMMIGRATION: Immigration offices are open but with reduced staff, so expect delays in visa application and processing 

SETTLING IN SERVICES 
LOCAL/FEDERAL REGISTRATION: Customary practice is online so no disruption or delay

DRIVERS LICENSE: Offices will reopen in August. Transferees can drive with their home country driver's license for 6 months 

BANKING: A small number of branches are open for face to face services, however branches located inside buildings, supermarkets or shopping centers/malls are closed; Online services are recommended

HOUSING 

  • Supply is plentiful at all price points, resulting in rent reductions of approximately 10% in major cities
  • Accompanied services are available under social distancing rules


SCHOOLS
 

  • All schools are closed with tentative plans to re-open in mid-August for the new academic school year 

 

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UNITED STATES

PLANS FOR REOPENING 

  • The US Government has released a plan for reopening the country
  • Each state governor has outlined plans for reopening 

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TRAVEL, BORDERS &
IMMIGRATION 
TRAVEL

  • Non-essential domestic travel is discouraged by the CDC
  • The State Department issued a Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory against global travel
  • US citizens and legal permanent residents entering the US from a restricted country will be subject to enhanced entry screening and directed to home-quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines 

BORDERS

  • Borders with Canada and Mexico are closed for all non-essential crossings until 21 July 
  • Travelers that have been to mainland China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Schengen area countries (EU) or Brazil in the 14 days prior to seeking admission to the US will be refused entry. This excludes US Citizens, US Lawful Permanent Residents, and members of the US armed forces and their immediate family members 
IMMIGRATION
  • Certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices have resumed non-emergency face-to-face services. Application support centers will resume services later  
  • Immigration processes have been suspended for those seeking permanent residency to the United States until 31 December
  • The State Department has suspended visa services at all embassies and consulates except for extreme emergencies
     
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SETTLING IN SERVICES 
LOCAL/FEDERAL REGISTRATION: Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are closed for walk-in service; Delay in applying for and receiving a social security number (SSN) may impact becoming established on US payroll, securing a credit card, initiating utility accounts and applying for a driver’s license 

DRIVERS LICENSE: Many states have modified hours and available in person services at the Department of Motor Vehicles; Online service options available 

BANKING: Online services are recommended 

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HOUSING

  • In-person showings are extremely limited and by appointment only
  • Video and virtual tours are the norm, where available


SCHOOLS

  • All 50 states are evaluating the revised structure of classroom learning for the fall with final plans TBD
  • Colleges and universities are announcing fall plans (on-campus versus virtual learning) as they become available 


PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
 

  • The health of customers, transferees, and field agents is being supported by heightened safety measures
  • Scheduled services and cancellations are being handled on a case by case basis
  • Situations are being evaluated where a tenant ceases paying rent due to income loss etc. compared to governmental restrictions on evictions
  • We continue our due diligence to collect rent on behalf of homeowners. Homeowners may be seeing delayed rents, partial payments, and requests for workouts. Homeowners will need to work within the confines of the restrictions put in place in their home state. In many cases, this will mean they cannot take action to collect delayed rents and will need to be open to workouts


APPRAISAL SERVICES
 

  • Heightened measures to support health and safety of customers, transferees, and appraisers are in place 
  • Some secondary market investors including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA have issued temporary guidance on appraisal requirements, including allowing desktop and exterior-only appraisals on many mortgage transactions
  • Scheduling of services and cancellations are being handled on a case by case basis 

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