EIG COVID-19 Update | May 8, 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 emails 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

Australia | Prime Minister Scott Morrison is meeting with cabinet members to determine which restrictions will be released and when. The easing will be done in four-week increments to ensure the virus doesn’t spike.
Case Update: 21 new cases, -6 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/8, 2:40 PM CEST

France | As the nationwide lockdown is planned to end gradually, beginning on May 11, some restrictions will remain in the Paris region. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said France’s borders would remain closed until at least June 15. France’s lockdown began on March 17.
Case Update: 512 new cases, -3,664 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/8, 2:40 PM CEST

Norway | Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced plans to reopen the country by mid-June. Norway was one of the first countries in Europe to restrict activities, beginning on March 12.
Case Update: 42 new cases, -8 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/8, 2:40 PM CEST

Pakistan | Prime Minister Imran Khan announced plans to ease the lockdown in phases beginning Saturday, May 9.
Case Update: 1,193 new cases, -901 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/8, 2:40 PM CEST

Switzerland | On Friday, the government detailed how current restrictions would be eased, including border restrictions with neighboring countries and Europe.

When migration resumes, the government will prioritize processing the backlog of applicants seeking work in Switzerland and allowing for families to reunite.
Case Update: 66 new cases, 15 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/8, 2:40 PM CEST

In this week’s Erickson Immigration Group Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked to Erika Cisneros, an author and immigration attorney who specializes in human trafficking and abuse cases. We recognize that because of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals are staying home, and for some, that means staying in an unsafe environment.

The Immigration Nerds podcast shares stories at the cross-section of immigration news and policy updates, business, culture, travel, developing trends, and, for now, the coronavirus. If you have stories to share, we want to hear from you.

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.