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They have to apply to transferred their visas but last week the agency in charge of legal immigration US citizenship and immigration services closed its offices to the public and cut back on services that means much longer processing times for work visas and that's just one concern we're hearing now from teaching hospitals that we represent that are in panic mode Greg Siskind is an immigration lawyer in Tennessee he's talking about a huge problem looming this summer when four thousand international doctors are supposed to begin their residencies at US hospitals but US embassies and consulates abroad are closed to those doctors may not get their visas in time we're dealing with those kinds of issues day in day out of how you actually continue on when necessary functions in the immigration system are not happening coronavirus is disrupting the immigration system at nearly every level green card and citizenship interviews are also suspended and it's not just legal immigrants who are affected immigrants in the country illegally are afraid of being deported if they come forward to get tested and treated for coronavirus president trump was asked about that earlier this week our undocumented persons welcome at testing sites and can they show to be tested without fear yes thanks for calling and if that's not the policy of making the policy but his administration has been sending mixed signals immigration and customs enforcement said it is suspending most arrests and focusing only on criminals then an administration official emphasized that deportations would continue advocates say immigrants don't know what to believe Doug rand is a former Obama administration official who now runs an immigration law firm you can imagine the confusion and terror that's rippling through the inner community at this point and some legal immigrants fear they could become targets if their visas expire while immigration offices are closed Roddick how he is an immigrant from Lebanon whose teaching at a school in Memphis she was supposed to get married this week after her boyfriend a U. S. citizen we