COVID-19 Critical Immigration Measures Report: Response of authorities worldwide and its effect on the immigration status of employees - Tax and Legal blog

COVID-19 Critical Immigration Measures Report:  Deloitte

What effect has COVID-19 had on your immigration programme? How has it affected the immigration status of your employees?

The Critical Immigration Measures Report outlines the response of immigration authorities to the COVID-19 situation, focusing on measures that businesses may be considering, such as reduced working hours and salary, unpaid leave/furloughs, redundancies and remote working. It highlights actions, time limitations and other immigration-related issues that need to be considered when changing conditions of employment in the current climate.

The COVID-19 pandemic will inevitably have a significant impact on immigration policy, business travel and global mobility. Around the world, many governments have reacted quickly by applying concessions for employers and their employees.

With measures being implemented worldwide, Deloitte understands the impact on the business of our clients and the challenging workforce decisions they face in these uncertain times. Immigration professionals in Deloitte firms around the world continue to liaise with the relevant local authorities in order to provide up-to-the-minute analysis and advice.

The Critical Immigration Measures Report covers s key jurisdictions across Africa, APAC, Europe, MENA, LATAM, Canada and the USA.

The key topics explored in the report include:

  1. Temporary reduced salary
  2. Unpaid leave/ Furlough
  3. Mandated reduction in working hours
  4. Voluntary reduction in working hours
  5. Visa/Permit cancellations
  6. Automatic/Exceptional extensions
  7. Redundancies
  8. Impact on future employer sponsorship/licence
  9. Working from home
  10. Remote working
  11. Actions required if regulatory measures are reversed

Download a short summary of the report here.

Get a full report here.


Visit our Swiss Tax & Legal specific Covid-19 webpage to get the latest update.

Explore our Deloitte immigration solutions.


If you would like to discuss this topic further, please reach out to our key contacts below.

Key contacts


David Wigersma - Partner, Global Employer Services

David has 20 years of experience in the area of international corporate and individual taxation planning. He specialises in addressing the complex compliance needs of a cross-border workforce with varied elements of compensation.


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Julia Stutzer - Director, Immigration

Julia is an Immigration Director at Deloitte in Switzerland. She has been supporting both global companies as well as medium and small-sized enterprises with their immigration needs for more than 10 years. Julia puts her focus on immigration advisory services, advising clients on best practice and coordinating complex interdisciplinary requests with the tax and social security teams.


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Christine Bassanello – Senior Manager, Deloitte Legal

Christine leads the Swiss Employment Law Practice of Deloitte in Switzerland. She joined as a Senior Manager in March 2020. Christine is a Swiss-qualified attorney-at-law with over 11 years of professional experience. She advises Swiss and international clients on all public and private employment law matters and has an in-depth knowledge of immigration law.



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