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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...

Mar 29, 2018

Human Trafficking on the Web: Congress Fights Back

Emily C. Brown

The internet has become a platform for human trafficking rings, whether it is advertising sex trafficking and forced prostitution, or selling count...

Mar 22, 2018

Reports of a New USCIS Oversight Agency of Adjudication Uncovered

Emily C. Brown

Reports have recently surfaced that USCIS is considering creating an internal oversight department, to monitor the adjudication of permanent reside...

Mar 21, 2018

DOS Terminates Golden Arrow Program in Paris for Established E-2 Companies

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

Effective March 12, 2018, the US Embassy in Paris terminated the “Golden Arrow” program.  The Golden Arrow program was created as ...

Mar 21, 2018

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

Joshua H. Rolf

For the second year in a row, and less than two weeks before April 1, USCIS announced it will suspend Premium Processing for all Petitions subject ...

Mar 2, 2018

FAM Changes Made to Consular Officer Limitation of Non-Immigrant Visas

Jonathan A. Grode and Harold W. Pike

Recently announced changes to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) have altered the way U.S. Consular Officers’ issue validity periods for non-im...

Mar 2, 2018

The H-4 EAD Stays – For Now

Joshua H. Rolf

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has confirmed that it will refrain from issuing draft regulations that would revoke work au...

Feb 28, 2018

ICE Heavily Targeted California Businesses in February

Matthew Galati and Jonathan A. Grode

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appears to be making good on its Director’s promise to potentially quintuple worksite enforcement a...

Feb 23, 2018

CLIENT ALERT: USCIS Heightens Requirements for H-1B Third-Party Placements

Joshua H. Rolf

On February 22, 2018, USCIS issued a Policy Memo outlining the documentary requirements for all H-1B Petitions involving third-party placements. Pe...

Feb 2, 2018

Jonathan Grode to Speak at the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) conference

Jonathan A. Grode

February 2, 2018 – U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode will be speaking today at the HRPA conference, at 10 am EST in Toronto, Canada. The ...

Jan 30, 2018

Practice Director Jonathan Grode Speaks Today on National AILA Webinar about H-1B visas

Jonathan A. Grode

January 30, 2018 – U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode will be co-presenting a national webinar today for The American Immigration Lawyers ...

Jan 26, 2018

Green and Spiegel Attorney Caleb Arnold Joins The Philadelphia District Attorney Office in Newly Created Immigration Advocate Role

It is with great pleasure and sadness to announce that Green and Spiegel attorney Caleb U. Arnold, will be leaving the firm to join the Philadelp...

Jan 25, 2018

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to Introduce Bill Increasing H-1B Cap Numbers

Jonathan A. Grode

Bloomberg Politics is reporting that legislation that would provide needed H-1B cap relief to a system perennially oversubscribed will be soon be i...

Jan 25, 2018

MATTHEW GALATI QUOTED IN BLOOMBERG BNA ARTICLE ON E-VERIFY, EB-5 EFFECTS OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Matthew Galati

On January 22, 2018, Senior Associate Matthew Galati was quoted in  “E-Verify Loses Reauthorization Amid Government Shutdown,&rsquo...

Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-Day Extension: E-Verify and Additional Programs Revived, Government to Reopen

Matthew Galati

This weekend’s government shutdown and lapse in several immigration programs proved to be relatively short lived. Early this aftern...

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...