Boston 25 News taps Phil Curtis for an expert opinion on business immigration during an economic downturn.

“If you’re a foreign worker and you’re laid off, your ability to remain in the United States goes away,” said Phil Curtis, a Boston immigration attorney.

There are about one and a half million people in the country on a visa. According to Curtis, right now there aren’t many options for them if these workers are laid off.

“Now is there any kind of an appeal process or any kind of legal recourse that someone in that situation can take?” said Curtis. “If the job goes away that’s not a legal thing, that’s just an unfortunate circumstance, so there’s no way to appeal it.”

Law, Jason. “Anxiety Brews among Work Visa Holders as Thousands Continue Being Laid off Due to COVID-19.” WFXT, 9 Apr. 2020,