Canadian Lawyers in US Worry Amid Closed Borders, Travel Bans and Tougher Immigration Rules
Recently imposed rules do not apply to employment-based immigration for professionals who are in the U.S. on non-immigrant visas, but they do leave open the possibility that these programs will be curtailed in the future.
Canadian lawyers working in the United States on temporary, non-immigrant visas face more restrictions on their movement as a result of the COVID-19 border closures and travel bans.
“Anyone who’s currently in the United States on assignment is anxious because if they have a family member who becomes ill abroad and they want to go visit that family member, for instance, the question is, will they [be able to] come back,” said Betsy Morgan, head of Baker McKenzie’s global immigration and mobility practice. “The short answer is no. The longer answer is if they’re doing work that is essential, they may be able to get back in.”
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