The Japanese government announced that it is banning entry in principle of foreigners who have visited Kenya, Venezuela and 15 other countries for the past 14 days prior to arriving in Japan.  In addition, all Japanese citizens (and any foreigners excluded from the entry ban) who have visited any of the countries subject to the

The establishment of the COVID-19 virus as a global pandemic halted international movement for travelers around the globe since March. Countries across regions enforced varying levels of restrictions on incoming travelers, particularly for non-essential travel, as host governments attempted to restrict additional sources of infection through extraordinary means. Now, an increasing number of countries and regions are working together to bridge the once necessary divide by developing networks of “air bridges” and “travel bubbles” to allow cross-border travel where the virus appears to be under control. “Air bridges,” “air corridors,” “travel bubbles,” or “travel corridors” are reciprocal agreements between any number of countries that allow for non-essential travel, generally without requiring a self-isolated quarantining period upon arrival and return.

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The Japanese government will look to begin discussions around mid-July to resume flights for certain qualified business purposes to China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Mongolia.  Further details on the Japanese government’s plans for negotiations are expected to be announced soon.  As discussed in our prior blog post, this

In June, the Trump administration announced a temporary suspension of H1-B and other US work visas. This decision has already had repercussions for corporate legal departments—larger workloads and new logistical hurdles, for starters. Liz Stern, who leads Mayer Brown’s Global Mobility & Migration practice in Washington DC, shares her insights in a July 2 article

Effective July 1, 2020 at midnight Japan time, the Japanese government announced that it is banning entry in principle of foreigners who have visited Algeria, Cuba, Iraq and 15 other countries for the past 14 days prior to arriving in Japan.  In addition, all Japanese citizens (and any foreigners excluded from the entry ban) who

Effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the US President issued a Proclamation that restricts travel to the United States for certain temporary visa holders in three relevant categories of substantial importance to companies, for the remainder of the year: Please see below for Japanese summary.

トランプ米政権は、多くの企業が使用している下記の就労ビザを使った外国人のアメリカへの入国を今年年末まで停止する大統領令を発表した。本大統領令は、本年6月24日から効力を持つ。

  • H-1B(専門職用ビザ。様々な階級の従業員向けで多く利用される。)
  • L-1(企業内役員、管理職、専門職などの従業員向けビザ。シニアの従業員に利用されることが多い。)
  • J-1(インターン、研修生、教師、キャンプカウンセラー、オーペア、サマー・ワーク&トラベルプログラム参加者向けビザ。利用はそこまで多くなく、ジュニアレベルの従業員に用いられることが多い。)

本大統領令は、各国に所在する米国大使館の各種の新規移民ビザ発給手続きを60日間停止した本年4月22日付大統領令(“Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,”)の条項を延長するものでもある。ただし、米国国内に滞在し、企業のスポンサーを受けて、米国市民権・移民業務局(USCIS)で「グリーン・カード」(米国永住権)の取得手続中の当事者(つまり、海外に所在する米国大使館を通じて手続を行っていない当事者)に影響はない。


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In a sweeping attempt to curb legal immigration, the Trump administration issued a proclamation on June 22, 2020, applying a ban through the end of the calendar year on four visa categories of significance to US companies: the H-1B visa for specialty occupation professionals, the L-1 visa for intracompany executives and managers, the H-2B visa

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order in the next several days either eliminating, or significantly limiting, the availability of non-immigrant visas in categories of substantial importance to US companies (H-1B visas for specialty occupation workers, L visas for intra-company assignees, and other related categories), as well as eliminating or substantially curtailing the

As a first step to implementing a system for broadening entry into the country, the Japanese government is currently engaging in discussions to begin permitting entry of certain individuals from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand for business purposes, including management, executives, specialists, technical trainees and internal company transferees.  As discussed in our prior blog post, these four countries are among the 111 countries whose visitors are largely restricted from entering Japan.  Although individuals who are permitted into the country will be exempt from the overarching travel restrictions currently in place (e.g., 14 day self-isolation in Japan upon landing), such individuals will be permitted to travel within Japan only for specified work purposes (discussed below) and will be banned from using public transportation for two weeks upon landing in Japan.

Continue Reading Japan Considering Entry of Certain Individuals From Thailand and Three Other Countries – a Potential System for Broadening Future Entry

Like a number of states across the country, DC, Maryland, and Virginia (collectively, “the DMV”) have begun to reopen their economies by gradually easing restrictions introduced in late March to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Virginia and Maryland moved to Phase 1 of their respective reopening plans on May 15, 2020, while a number of local jurisdictions in both states and DC opted to delay their Phase 1 transition until May 29. Although the collective DMV has begun reopening, differences among the area’s jurisdictions persist. The easing of restrictions under the DC statewide plan is more limited than Virginia’s or Maryland’s Phase 1 plans, and several Maryland local jurisdictions are leaving in place some of the restrictions that are eased under Phase 1 of the Virginia statewide plan. Businesses with a presence in multiple DMV jurisdictions will need to understand and incorporate these distinctions as they restart operations across the region.

Continue Reading DC, Virginia, and Maryland Reopen Their Economies at Different Speeds, With DC and Several Local Authorities Lagging Behind