Both employers and employees have been struggling to navigate evolving immigration law and find ways to obtain and maintain valid visa status and work authorization for employees present in the U.S. Fortunately, the availability of “changes of status” or “extensions of stay” within the U.S. has remained relatively unchanged throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting fallout.
The more challenging scenario has been obtaining a visa for employees who were outside of the United States when the pandemic hit and who therefore may have become subject to the June 2020 Presidential Proclamation that limited the issuance of H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and many J-1 visas to employees of U.S. companies.
We recently explored these considerations and options in a legal alert – read the full piece here.
Our Immigration Law Practice Group includes immigration attorneys that work across New York state in our Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Long Island, New York City, Rochester and Syracuse offices. Our immigration lawyers focus on strategies – including immigrant visas for permanent U.S. resident status and temporary visas for foreign nationals – to ensure that employers are able to hire, transfer, and retain the brightest and best non-U.S. talent.