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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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Marlisse Silver Sweeney

Marlisse Silver Sweeney is the Canada-based correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues across Canada. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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