COVID-19 and employment issues affecting visa status

COVID-19 and employment issues affecting visa status

COVID-19 has created uncertainty in the workplace with many changes being made to accommodate the need for social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus. These changes may have a multitude of immigration impacts across your workforce, including remote working arrangements, reductions in hours, furloughs, and layoffs. To add further complexity, immigration compliance rules vary widely across the many immigration classifications. Moreover, the government is also adapting its operations to respond to the pandemic, implementing travel bans, suspension of routine consular visa processing, and cancellation of many in-person interviews and services. We anticipate further changes are forthcoming.

As companies respond to COVID-19, it is important to communicate workplace changes, so we can help evaluate the many possible immigration impacts. Given the broad range of the issues involved, the experienced, personalized service provided by Gee & Zhang has never been more valuable. Steps such as updated LCA postings, amendments, and planning renewals in light recent travel restrictions are only a few of the issues many of our clients are facing. We are here to answer any questions and help craft your company’s customized immigration response during these unprecedented times.

James D. Cypert

Presently, our office remains open and operational on a reduced basis with reduced staffing. To comply with the mandates of the Mayor and the County Judge, the rest of the staff is working at home. Please confer with the attorney or legal assistant assigned to your case. Let management, Daniel Zhang or Andrew Gee know if you encounter difficulties connecting. Please bear with us during these difficult and unprecedented times, take care and be well so we can all survive stronger!

Harry Gee, Jr.
Managing Partner