Amidst growing concerns stemming from the continued spread of COVID-19, employers have been prompted to consider travel and work location adjustments for their employees. Employees in non-immigrant status are no exception. Most states and many local governments have already issued “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders throughout the country. Given the very real possibility that working from home, or even placing workers on temporary paid or unpaid leave, may be necessary or inevitable for many workers, employers should take into consideration a number of immigration issues. This article discusses general issues related to some common non-immigrant categories, including H-1B, L-1 and F-1/OPT. It is important to keep in mind that the guidance below may change depending on new information and directives received from the government agencies. Therefore, it is important to discuss immigration issues related to COVID-19 with immigration counsel on a case-by-case basis.
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