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Jan 19, 2018

Shutdown Watch: Programs and Processes to be Affected

Jonathan A. Grode and Matthew Galati

At midnight on Jan. 20, 2018, the U.S. government will run out of funding, forcing a shutdown of many of its non-essential services. This according...

Jan 15, 2018

DACA News: Federal Court Reinstates Program; Bipartisan Legislative Deal Rejected Amidst Presidential Controversy

Emily C. Brown

Earlier this fall, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program through “...

Jan 12, 2018

CBP Expands I-94 Website and Email Notification System

Harold W. Pike

We are following up on our previous coverage of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recent new initiative to enable Visa Waiver Program (VWP) ...

Jan 10, 2018

Breaking News: ICE Launches Worksite Raid Against Ninety-Eight 7-Eleven Stores

Matthew Galati

As reported by the Washington Post, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a pre-dawn raid on January 10, targeting 98 7-Eleven Stores ...

Jan 10, 2018

El Salvador TPS Status to be terminated as of Sept. 9, 2019

On January 8, 2018, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation f...

Jan 2, 2018

2017 Was Objectively More Difficult for H-1B Nonimmigrants; 2018 Poised to Have Additional Challenges

Jonathan A. Grode

2017 was a challenging year for immigration petitioners and beneficiaries. The Trump administration took incremental steps to change the U.S.&rsquo...

Dec 22, 2017

Client Alert: New USCIS Guidance Narrows Definition of Economists under NAFTA

Joshua H. Rolf

Earlier this week, USCIS issued new guidance restricting the positions that fall under the TN profession of Economist. Importantly, USCIS’ gu...

Dec 6, 2017

District Court Ruling Revives “International Entrepreneur” Parole

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

Foreign-owned start-up companies seeking to establish their headquarters in the United States received a bit of positive news on Friday when the U....

Dec 5, 2017

International Supply Chain Initiative Observes International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2 was recognized around the world as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.  The annual event stems from the UN General ...

Dec 4, 2017

Breaking News: Supreme Court Allows Full Enforcement of Travel Ban

Today, through a brief and unsigned order, the Supreme Court of the United States will immediately allow the Trump administration to fully enforce ...

Nov 16, 2017

New Legislation Targets H-1B Dependent Employers

Joshua H. Rolf

On November 15, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 170, better known as the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act, clearing the way for...

Nov 10, 2017

Green and Spiegel Helps Bring Together Refugee Team In Philadelphia Unity Cup

Jonathan A. Grode

Green and Spiegel was proud to be a part of this year’s Philadelphia Unity Cup, a World Cup-style tournament held over several mont...

Nov 9, 2017

11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Jonathan A. Grode

Practice Director Jonathan Grode attended the 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference which was held in Washington D.C. The conference...

Nov 8, 2017

U.S. and Turkey Resume Limited Visa Services

Joshua H. Rolf

On November 6, 2017, nearly one month after suspending nonimmigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulates in Istanbul...

Nov 1, 2017

Major Immigration Reform Bill Gaining Support

Harold W. Pike

A bipartisan bill proposing major reforms to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is gaining traction in Congress. If signed into law, H.R. 392, or “The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017,” would

Oct 31, 2017

ATTENTION TRAVELERS : ADDITIONAL SECURITY PROTOCOLS IMPLEMENTED

Shanna Stanton

Travelers on non-stop flights to the United States should expect additional delays as they will be subject to further security interviews as part o...

Oct 25, 2017

November Visa Bulletin

Lauren Berkowitz

The Department of State (DOS) has released the November 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Bulletin announces the dates when employment- or family-based appli...

Oct 24, 2017

USCIS Rescinds Guidance Granting Deference to Nonimmigrant Petition Approvals

Andrew Clancy Rodgers and Jonathan A. Grode

On October 23, 2017, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum rescinding previous guidance that directed adjudicators to defer to prior determinations of e...

Oct 20, 2017

Technical Error Resets Diversity Lottery Entry Period for 2019

Calyn Arnold

The U.S. Department of State announced that the Diversity Visa Lottery entry period for 2019 was closed temporarily due to a technical error.  ...

Oct 18, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Blocked Nationwide (Again)

Matthew Galati

Two District Courts have halted the third iteration of the Travel Ban, which was set to go into effect today. In a 91-page opinion issued this mor...