The 2020 visa suspension has vehemently added to the dozens of telling systematic changes that took effect in America over the last four years, part of an ongoing battle to change the American ethos around immigration and mitigate its importance to the growth and prosperity of the country.
Ran Harnevo, CEO of Homeis, is a technology entrepreneur and an immigrant himself, whose company represents those who often are not. Homeis offers an in-app community for immigrants and a safe space for users to ask about anything from visas to health care. Over the past few months, the platform has transformed into a digital COVID-19 and visa resource center that houses the most up-to-date, accurate info about how the pandemic uniquely impacts immigrants’ specific circumstances and visa status in the U.S. In fact, the visa’s suspension was the single most trafficked day on the Homeis app since the launch of the platform in 2017, witnessing upwards of 300 percent in traffic spikes.