Q: How would you describe the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. immigration system?
A: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on immigration policies and processes worldwide. The shutting-down of economies and closure of borders is leading to the toughening of migration policies around the world.
In the United States, we are witnessing an unprecedented restriction of legal immigration for skilled workers, investors and families. The post-COVID-19 era will likely see significant changes in immigration policies and practices. In a real sense, the COVID-19 pandemic will be an inflection point of the current immigration framework in the United States.
To me, this presents a new opportunity for industry stakeholders to contribute policy ideas that will ultimately help implementation of long-pending immigration reforms and substantive improvements to our immigration system.
Q: What would be your advice to the temporary foreign workers and immigrants planning to relocate to the United States in the current times?
A: Having practiced for over 20 years in the field of immigration law, I always advise my clients to plan ahead of time to capture the window of opportunity that might come up, with due regard to their long-term goals. At Donoso & Partners, we ensure that we work with our clients to pre-evaluate their eligibility and accordingly design the most suitable pathway to navigate the appropriate visa process.
We are nationally recognized as a leading business immigration firm providing visa services for the U.S. and Canada. Expertise covers visas for technology professionals, researchers, investors, and start-ups as well as family-sponsored visas. Our clients seek experienced, personalized guidance on obtaining work visas or permanent residence status.