EIG COVID-19 Update | November 13, 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

Austria | Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced new restrictions, closed non-essential shops, and introduced an all-day lockdown, with exceptions for shopping and exercise.
Case Update: 10,368 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/13 2:00 PM CEST

Italy | From Sunday, Tuscany and Campania will join Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle D’Aosta, Bolzano, and Calabria as coronavirus “red zones.” Residents will only be able to leave their homes for work or health reasons.
Case Update: 37,977 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/13 2:00 PM CEST

Montenegro | A two-week overnight lockdown begins on Friday.
Case Update: 0 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/11/13 2:00 PM CEST


On November 2, DHS proposed H-1B rule changes that would eliminate the current random generated selection of H-1B cap registrations and instead replace the selection process with prioritizing higher wage levels first. In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Erickson Immigration Group attorney Krystal Kirst about this potential policy change and the impact on petitioners.


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.