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Jun 12, 2018

USCIS Changes I-751 Receipt Procedure; Status Now Extended For 18 Months Instead of 12

Emily C. Brown

USCIS announced today that marriage-based Conditional Permanent Residents (CPR) filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, will...

Jun 12, 2018

Matthew Galati Selected to AILA Leadership Positions

Matthew Galati

Green and Spiegel Senior Associate attorney Matthew Galati was recently selected to American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) l...

Jun 11, 2018

Shocking Report: India EB-2 Backlog Calculated to be 151 Years

Matthew Galati

On June 8, author David Bier of the Cato Institute published a sobering analysis of the employment-based Green Card backlogs for India-born benefic...

Jun 8, 2018

The H-2B Temporary Work Visa – Is Partial Relief Better Than No Relief?

Amy Jill Novak

On May 14, 2018, the final rule related to H-2B cap relief for fiscal year 2018 was transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review.&...

Jun 7, 2018

STEM OPT Third-Party Placements Placed in Doubt

Joshua H. Rolf and Jonathan A. Grode

Since May 2016, F-1 STEM graduates have enjoyed up-to three years of employment authorization through post-completion Optional Practical Training (...

Jun 6, 2018

June 19: Join Us for Our Webinar With Pathways EB-5

Matthew Galati

On June 19 at Noon EST, Green and Spiegel will host an EB-5 Webinar with Pathways EB-5, a company owning regional centers coast to coast. Click her...

May 18, 2018

Associated Press: Form I-9 Audits Surge, ICE Mulls Creation of Employer Compliance Inspection Center

Jonathan A. Grode and Matthew Galati

This week, the Associated Press (AP) reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has opened 2,282 audits between October 1 and May 4, 2...

May 18, 2018

Green and Spiegel Attorneys Recognized in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

Jonathan A. Grode and Matthew Galati

Green and Spiegel is pleased to announce Practice Director Jonathan Grode and Senior Associate Matthew Galati have been named to the Pennsylvania&n...

May 17, 2018

USCIS Completes Data Entry for H-1B Cap

Joshua H. Rolf

On May 15, 2018, approximately one-month after completing its selections, USCIS announced that it has finished its data entry for all H-1B Cap Peti...

May 14, 2018

USCIS Reverses Unlawful Presence Policy, Risking Draconian Consequences for Students, Exchange Visitors, and their Families

Matthew Galati

On May 11, 2018, USCIS announced a stunning and unexpected reversal of decades of immigration policy, stating via a Draft Policy Memorandum that th...

May 11, 2018

Green and Spiegel honored at Solas Awards for Pro-Bono Work

Green and Spiegel recently won the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award at the Solas Awards, presented by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanian...

May 11, 2018

Reminder: USCIS Still Denying Advance Parole Applications

Lauren Berkowitz

As a reminder to our clients, USCIS is continuing to deny pending Advance Parole (AP) applications (Form I-131) for applicants who travel abroad be...

May 9, 2018

CBP to Field Test Body Cameras

Harold W. Pike

U.S. News & World Report recently reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has rolled out a new program to test the use of body c...

May 1, 2018

The H-2B, Temporary Work Visa – Waiting for cap relief

Amy Jill Novak

Congress created the H-2B program in 1986 with the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). This new non-immigrant[1] class w...

Apr 25, 2018

Federal Court Opens the Door for Full Reinstatement of DACA

Joshua H. Rolf and Jonathan A. Grode

On Tuesday, the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred...

Apr 16, 2018

Use Your Visas Wisely

Harold W. Pike

As the old legal adage goes, “no man is above the law.” This holds true for all of us: it holds true for me, for you, for the President...

Apr 13, 2018

H-1B Cap Selection Process Completed

Joshua H. Rolf

On April 11, 2018, USCIS announced that it completed the randomized selection of Petitions submitted for the Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap. USCIS repor...

Apr 11, 2018

ICE Continues Pressure on American Businesses with Its Largest Worksite Raid Since Bush Administration

Jonathan A. Grode and Matthew Galati

On April 5, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a worksite raid on Southeastern Provision, a meatpacking plant located in rural Bean Stat...

Apr 10, 2018

Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Reached

Joshua H. Rolf

On Friday, April 6, 2018, USCIS announced that it once again reached the limit for H-1B Petitions submitted for the Fiscal Year 2019 Regular and Ma...

Apr 4, 2018

Trump Administration Seeks Social Media Handles of Immigrants & Nonimmigrants

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

In yet another effort to impose ‘extreme vetting’ of foreign nationals entering the United States, on Friday March 30, 2018, The Depart...