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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...

Oct 18, 2017

Employers Beware: ICE Director Warns of ‘Quintupling’ Worksite Enforcement Actions

Jonathan A. Grode

In statements made to the Heritage Foundation on October 17, acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan stated that he has...

Oct 10, 2017

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Visa Services

Joshua H. Rolf

On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Mission to Turkey announced the immediate suspension of all nonimmigrant visas services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, as well as its Consulates in Istanbul and Adana...

Oct 10, 2017

ANALYSIS: “DREAMER” BILLS UNDER CONGRESSIONAL CONSIDERATION

Calyn Arnold

The Department of Homeland Security’s announcement on September 5, 2017, officially ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, has created new momentum in Congress for legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants, or “Dreamers."...

Oct 5, 2017

JONATHAN GRODE SPEAKS AT FAST TRACK USA EVENT IN LYON AND THE Workshop USA in Paris, France

October 4, 2017-  U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode spoke at the CCi FAST TRACK USA event today in Lyon, France. Jonathan will a...

Oct 3, 2017

Practice Director Jonathan Speaks at Fifth Transatlantic Conference in London, UK

October 3, 2017- U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode spoke at the Fifth Transatlantic Conference today in London, UK. The Fifth Transatlanti...

Oct 3, 2017

Employer Alert: All H-1B Premium Processing Now Resumed

Joshua H. Rolf and Matthew Galati

October 3, 2017- Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that is has resumed premium processing for all H-1B extension of stay petitions, thereby enabling petitioners in all circumstances to utilize premium processing for their H-1B employees. Whether filing a new H-1B or seeking to upgrade a pending Petition, Premium Processing and its 15-day money-back-guarantee has been fully reinstated for all types of H-1B Petitions.

Oct 2, 2017

Hiring of Ineligible Workers Nets Major U.S. Employer Criminal Charges, Record-Setting Fine

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

Failure to comply with Immigration and Nationality Act rules regarding unauthorized workers has resulted in a guilty plea to a federal criminal charge for Philadelphia-area company, Asplundh Tree Experts, Co., and monetary penalties totaling $95 million....

Oct 2, 2017

DHS to Collect Social Media Information and Search History

Harold W. Pike

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin expanding the collection of social media information. This policy change was announced as a notice of regulatory modification of the Privacy Act of 1974 System of Records and was published in the Federal Register by the Trump administration September 18, 2017...

Sep 29, 2017

“Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry” New Guidance for Consular Officers

Calyn Arnold

On September 1, 2017, the Department of State issued new guidance for consular officers when adjudicating visa applications, updating what conduct ...

Sep 27, 2017

U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode Moderates Panel at Startup Global Philadelphia

U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode recently had the honor of serving as moderator in a panel discussion titled “Legal Considerations for Global Startups” hosted by the Global Innovation Forum. Jonathan’s panel took place during the Startup Global Philadelphia forum...