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EIG COVID-19 Update | October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these updates to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information helpful, too.

International Updates

France | From Friday, France will be back under a nationwide lockdown.  People will be required to stay in their homes except for receiving essential goods or medical attention, or for one hour of exercise per day. People will be permitted to go to work if their employer finds that it would be impossible for them to work from home. Schools will stay open.
Case Update: 33,405 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/28 4:00 PM CEST

Germany | From November 2 – 30, German bars, restaurants, and theaters will close. Shopping centers may operate with limited hours. Schools will remain open.
Case Update: 14,964 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/28 4:00 PM CEST

Slovakia | The government has extended the partial lockdown until November 8.
Case Update: 901 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/28 4:00 PM CEST

Switzerland | The government announced various new restrictions to curb the coronavirus’s spread, including closing nightclubs beginning Thursday, in-person university classes at the beginning of next month, and limiting sports and leisure activities. An end date has not been decided.
Case Update: 6,362 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/28 4:00 PM CEST

Following the two rule changes from DOL and DHS that will significantly reshape the H-1B specialty occupation visa program, more than ten lawsuits have been filed against the two agencies. In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we synthesize the Purdue Vs. Scalia lawsuit that challenges the new DOL wage requirements introduced earlier this month.

We will continue to send updates daily or as more COVID-19-related news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or in past updates or want to hear more about a different topic, just reply to let us know. If you have specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.