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My flight is booked for April 21. I would like to keep this ticket in hopes Covid-19 restrictions will have been lifted. However, Philadelphia is currently NOT on the list of cities that are accepting travelers arriving on the legal permanent resident visa. ref. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/19/2020-05783/notification-of-arrival-restrictions-applicable-to-flights-carrying-persons-who-have-recently

Is it my best bet to try to change my flight to arrive at one of the approved cities? Should I just keep my fingers crossed and hope restrictions are lifted? As I've already submitted paperwork to end my lease, and my landlord has found a tenant to take over my flat, I will be in a terrible spot affording to find other accommodations as I await a viable alternative to the travel dates I anticipated. Thank you.

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Is it my best bet to try to change my flight to arrive at one of the approved cities? Should I just keep my fingers crossed and hope restrictions are lifted? As I've already submitted paperwork to end my lease, and my landlord has found a tenant to take over my flat, I will be in a terrible spot affording to find other accommodations as I await a viable alternative to the travel dates I anticipated.

Your only hope of entering the US on April 21, as far as I can see, is to find somewhere that isn't subject to a travel restriction and get yourself there by April 7. The presidential proclamation of March 14 suspends entry of aliens "who were physically present within the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or the Republic of Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry."

Permanent residents are exempt from that suspension, but you are not yet a permanent resident.

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  • So very informative and well-written. Thank you. Mar 31 '20 at 3:53
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No one knows if the travel restrictions presently in place will be lifted by April 21. Lifting restrictions is a political decision that will be made in the future, and probably the people who will make the decision don't even know now what they're going to do then.

Your options and choices will reduce the longer you wait to act. And as your options and choices constrict, your tension and uncertainty will rise.

Thus, the best course of action is to now change your flight to arrive at approved airport, and as @phoog comments below, to make sure you're eligible to enter the US as an immigrant by not arriving from the UK, Ireland, or the Schengen area and having been outside all those areas for at least 14 days.

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  • Changing the airport is not sufficient. The proclamation suspends entry of people "as immigrants," so OP cannot enter without being outside the UK (and Ireland, and the Schengen area, etc.) for at least 14 days. Permanent residents are exempt from this restriction, but OP is not yet a permanent resident.
    – phoog
    Mar 31 '20 at 3:09
  • Very very appreciated. I understand none of my options are those I can count on. My goal is to make sure I haven't overlooked any options that might be those that might eventually work. Mar 31 '20 at 3:55

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