At Time Doctor we don’t usually get involved in politics.
We have almost 70 people located in 20 countries that encompass all religions, sexual orientations and political beliefs.
Over the last few days of a Trump presidency we’ve been quite concerned at our company for the ability of our employees to travel. Over the next month we’ll have employees travelling in and out of the United States. And several of our employees come from predominantly Islamic countries.
For entrepreneurs in the countries where Trump has instituted a travel ban I can imagine the difficulty of trying to do business now that one of the largest markets in the world has in essence been closed off to you.
So we’ve decided to try to help in our own small way and put together a list of companies that provide support for those under the immigration ban.
Any worker whose work has been affected by the Trump visa ban can receive our software for free and continue working remotely. Time Doctor will track your time worked on each project and you can easily connect your partners.
Even though we’re assured that most employers would have no problem with you working abroad over the short term, if the weeks turn into months problems may arise and Time Doctor can help you and your employer work efficiently in the meantime. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and reference this post to receive Time Doctor free of charge.
Viber offers free international calls from USA to the 7 countries affected by the immigration ban.
“In light of recent events in the United States, we are now offering free calls to any landline or mobile number between the United States and Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen so that those affected will now have one less barrier to cross when trying to reach their loved ones.”
Airbnb provides free accommodation by asking hosts to offer up their homes to refugees for free.
“Airbnb is working with partners around the world to support refugees and those who may have unexpectedly been affected by the recent travel ban into the United States. Chesky announced that Airbnb will provide free housing to refugees who have been turned away from US-bound flights, and are not in their “city/country of residence,” he said.”
Drivers that cannot get back to USA due of the ban will be compensated pro bono for their work hours. Uber have set up a $3mln legal defence fund.
“Uber is reaching out to its drivers who are immigrants that might be affected. “We are working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table. We will have more details on this in the coming days,” he says.”
United Airlines was one of the few airlines to promise fully refunds to those affected who flew from the seven countries listed in the executive order.
University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia set-up a fund of $250,000 to help its international students affected by the visa ban.
The food delivery company have set-up a support page and are offering free to lawyers helping the affected people pro bono.
Microsoft sent a letter to about 80 foreign workers offering legal help to those affected
Persian Tech Entrepreneurs
This group of entrepreneurs based on San Francisco have mobilised groups of volunteers to provide in airports in SF, LA and NY.
Dark Sky App
Dark Sky App have promised to donate their subscription proceeds to ACLU.
CEO of Duolingo promised to match any donation up to $10,000 to ACLU to help those in need during the USA travel ban.
Instacart are donating $100k to ACLU, which will fuel the immigration fund dedicated to helping.
CEO of Slack openly declared his donations to multiple charities.
— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart) January 29, 2017
We will be updating this list according to the news.
Tens of thousands of customers use Time Doctor software every day to help them work remotely. We believe remote work is the future of work. With this travel ban, many workers cannot return to the United States and resume their jobs.
We hope that in some small way this will make this unfortunate situation a little easier for you.