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Green and Spiegel - An Immigration Law Firm - United States

Stephen Antwine ESQ.

Senior Associate
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Philadelphia (US Headquarters)
1524 Delancey Street, 4th Floor Philadelphia PA 19102 US

Stephen is a Senior Associate with over ten years of experience representing clients in various forms of litigation.

A large part of his practice is representing individuals in removal proceedings in immigration court and presenting their defenses to deportation.  He meets with clients, discusses their individual history, and prepares any defenses.  Defenses to deportation may be cancellation of removal, asylum, protection under the Convention Against Torture, family-based adjustment, U-visas, or a number of other specific defenses.  He has litigated cases in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Newark, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland, York, Pennsylvania; Arlington, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; and, Dallas, Texas.

Additionally, he assists families and individuals with all USCIS and Department of State processes.  USCIS petitions include all family-based petitions, employment-based petitions, waivers and U-visas. Moreover, he assists with consular processing and visitor visas through the Department of State.

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., University of Cincinnati, College of Law, 2006
  • B.A., International Studies, American University, School of International Service, 1999

     

Additional Languages Spoken

Spanish (Fluent); Russian (Intermediate)

Affiliations

  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter, 2012-present
  • Peace Corps, Kazakhstan, 2000-2001​

Blogs

Jun 18, 2020

BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds DACA Program

On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was deemed invalid because the Trump administration made the change without compliance with proper procedural compliance. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 01, 2020

Green & Spiegel Attorneys Earn Approval of H-1B in Federal Court Hospitality Management is a “Specialty Occupation”

A Rhode Island restaurant group challenged a USCIS denial and won H-1B “specialty occupation” status for its General Operations Manager, an Indian national, in federal court. Learn more in this press release.

Mar 15, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Not Subject to Review for Public Charge Rule

USCIS announced Friday, March 13, 2020, that the Public Charge Rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 15, 2020

Six Immigration Courts to Close in Response to COVID-19

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) announced late Friday that Immigration Courts are postponing non-detained Master Calendar Hearings beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 10, 2020 for hearings in Newark, New York City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Boston. The Seattle Immigration Court was previously closed indefinitely in response to the outbreak. Unfortunately, at the risk of further spreading COVID-19, EOIR maintains that all other Immigration Court locations remain operational—this includes the Philadelphia Immigration Court. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 11, 2019

USCIS Oversteps On Demand For Personal Income Information In New, Form I-944 Relating To “Public Charge”

Beginning October 15, 2019, all applicants for adjustment of status will be required to file a new, Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). USCIS has instituted this new form in order for individuals applying for permanent residence to demonstrate that they are not likely be become a “a public charge” pursuant to INA § 212(a)(4). Learn more in this blog.

Jul 12, 2019

La administración de Trump comenzará las redadas de inmigración el domingo

El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) planea comenzar redadas el domingo para atacar a las familias migrantes recién llegadas que ya han recibido órdenes definitivas de expulsión. La Administración de Trump ha declarado que la operación se enfocará en aquellos con órdenes de deportación, pero las operaciones pueden detener a otros en la escena que no fueron los objetivos iniciales de las redadas.

Jul 12, 2019

Trump Administration to Begin Immigration Raids Sunday

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to begin raids on Sunday to target recently arrived migrant families who have already been issued final orders of removal. The Trump Administration has stated that the operation will focus on those with orders of deportation, but the operations may detain others on the scene who were not the initial targets of the raids. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 10, 2019

Trump Administration Plans to Replace Immigration Court Interpreters with Informational Videos

The Trump Administration is preparing to end in-court interpreters for initial Immigration Court hearings. While the Immigration Court typically provides in-person or telephonic interpretation for all court hearings, the Trump Administration is planning to end the practice in the coming weeks. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 10, 2019

La Administración de Trump planea reemplazar a los intérpretes de la corte de inmigración con videos informativos

La Administración de Trump se está preparando para terminar con los intérpretes de la corte para las audiencias iniciales de la Corte de Inmigración. Si bien la Corte de Inmigración generalmente proporciona interpretación en persona o por teléfono para todas las audiencias judiciales, la Administración de Trump planea terminar la práctica en las próximas semanas. En su lugar, a los inmigrantes en los procedimientos iniciales de la Corte de Inmigración se les mostrará un video grabado en varios idiomas que expliquen sus derechos y el proceso judicial.

Jun 28, 2019

Trump Administration Issues Immigration Enforcement Threats

President Donald Trump announced last week that his Administration would begin targeting immigrants for large-scale arrests and deportation. Just five days later, he halted the operation. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 15, 2019

USCIS to End Self-Scheduled InfoPass Appointments at Philadelphia Field Office

On March 29, 2019, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) will end self-scheduled appointments to meet with an immigration officer. These appointments, known as InfoPass appointments, will now be scheduled by USCIS pursuant to the agency’s Information Service Modernization Program. Learn more.

Feb 13, 2019

Migrant Protection Protocol a Failure of Justice

The Trump Administration has instituted a new Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) which calls for certain immigrants seeking admission to the United States at the southern border to be returned to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims in U.S. immigration court. The MPP is being billed as a system to “help restore a safe and orderly immigration process.” Learn more in our blog.

Jan 02, 2019

Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration Courts

President Trump’s border wall impasse and the subsequent government shutdown have affected immigration courts nationwide.Learn how in this blog. Should you need assistance with an immigration court case, please contact Green and Spiegel's removal defense team at (215) 395-8959.

Dec 19, 2018

USCIS Revises Guidelines for I-751 Interviews

In a reversal of policy initially formed under the administrations’ “extreme vetting”, USCIS officers now have the discretion to waive interviews for I-751 petitioners seeking to remove conditions of their permanent residency provided that they have presented sufficient documentary evidence and meet other requirements.

Oct 25, 2018

Green and Spiegel Now Offers Removal and Deportation Defense and Federal Court Litigation

Senior Associate Stephen Antwine joins Green and Spiegel, establishing dedicated practice.

Oct 10, 2018

Fin del TPS Bloqueado por el Tribunal de Distrito

Un juez de un tribunal de distrito de EE. UU. ha impedido temporalmente que la Administración Trump ponga fin al estado de protección...

Oct 10, 2018

End of TPS Blocked by District Court

A U.S. District Court Judge has temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from ending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for immigrants from Nica...

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