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Mar 20, 2019

The Israeli E-2 Visa Is Expected to Go Live on May 1, 2019

Matthew Galati

We have tracked the roll-out of the Israeli E-2 visa for several years. Implementation may finally take effect in just six weeks’ time, according to the Israeli office of Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA). Learn more in this blog.

Mar 19, 2019

President Trump Vetoes Congress Resolution That Aimed To End His Declaration of State of Emergency To Fund Border Wall

Emily C. Brown

On February 15, President Trump declared a state of emergency at the southern U.S. border, aiming to build a border wall. Congress challenged Trump’s declaration through a resolution, but ultimately Trump vetoed the resolution this past Friday, March 15. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 15, 2019

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

Stephen Antwine

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.

Mar 14, 2019

Green and Spiegel Represents Philadelphia at SXSW

On March 9, 2019, Practice Director Jonathan A. Grode, Esq. represented Green and Spiegel at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, one of the largest annual interactive, film, and music conferences and festivals in the world. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 12, 2019

H-1B Premium Processing Is Back

Joshua H. Rolf

Effective March 12, 2019, USCIS will resume accepting Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 11, 2019

No, U.S. Citizens Won’t Need “Visas” to Visit Europe in 2021- But They Will Need to Register Ahead of Travel

Matthew Galati

A series of headlines claiming that “United States citizens will need a visa to visit Europe starting in 2021” went viral this past week. However, this “breaking news” was, at best, only half-true. Learn more in this article.

Mar 11, 2019

Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a fraud alert to warn citizens of recent reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone scam across the country. Learn more in this article.

Mar 8, 2019

National Consumer Protection Week Tip: Counterfeit Goods Sold On Online Marketplaces May Be Produced with Forced Labor

Emily C. Brown

This week, Green and Spiegel observed National Consumers Protection Week. Buyers beware: counterfeit goods sold on online marketplaces may be produced with forced labor. Learn more here.

Mar 8, 2019

Call for Content- Law Student Lark and AC19 Scholarship Competition

AILA is gearing up for their next edition of the Law Student Lark and are looking for articles written by law students. Learn more here.

Feb 28, 2019

Matthew Galati Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article EB-5 Regulations at OMB

Matthew Galati

On Feb. 25, 2019, Matthew Galati, who leads Green and Spiegels U.S. Investors and Entrepreneurs Division, was quoted in “Immigrant Investor Visa to See Regulatory Changes Soon,” printed by Bloomberg ​Law. Read the full article here.

Feb 27, 2019

Law Enforcement Investigation Uncovers Human Trafficking Ring at Massage Parlor and Charges Robert Kraft with Soliciting Prostitution

Emily C. Brown

The shock of the Robert Kraft scandal should put corporate boards on notice. The situation in Jupiter, FL is just the tip of the iceberg of the realities of forced labor and human trafficking. Forced labor not only occurs in the United States but is rampant in the supply chain of many goods sold domestically. While the headlines might not be as scandalous, the effects on the abused workers and brand goodwill cannot be understated. From drops in market share to lost profits, companies can suffer damage to their image, having to answer not only to consumers, but also investors. We cover the realities on our blog.

Feb 27, 2019

Green and Spiegel Briefs Merrill Lynch Mount Laurel Office on Realities of Human Trafficking Locally and in Global Supply Chains

Emily C. Brown

On Friday, February 22, Emily Brown of Green and Spiegel gave a presentation to the Merrill Lynch office in Mount Laurel, NJ on the realities of human trafficking. Read a full recap of the event here.

Feb 19, 2019

Premium Processing Returns for Certain Pending H-1B Petitions

Joshua H. Rolf

Effective February 19, 2019, USCIS will resume accepting Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. Learn more in this blog.

Feb 15, 2019

State of Emergency: Trump Declares a National Emergency at the Southern Border over Wall Dispute

Catriona M. Davenport

On February 15, 2019, President Trump declared a state of emergency supposedly allowing him to redirect funds, previously allocated to defense, to construct and repair hundreds of miles of fencing and walls at the southern border. The $8 billion funding referenced by the President will consist not only of funds redirected from defense, it will also include funds reallocated from the Department of Treasury. Learn more on our blog.

Feb 15, 2019

ICE Raids Fake University in Michigan

Joshua H. Rolf and Jonathan A. Grode

Over the past two weeks,Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has arrested more than 100 students and 8 recruiters connected with the University ofFarmington, located in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. The University of Farmington is a fake university the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) established to ensnare not only foreign nationals seeking employment authorization while studying in the United States, but also the recruiters who sold them this program. Learn more.

Feb 14, 2019

Clients Show Love for Jonathan Grode on Valentine’s Day as He Wins Client Choice 2019

Jonathan A. Grode

Jonathan Grode of Green and Spiegel, LLC has been selected as a winner of the Lexology Client Choice award for providing top caliber client service in the business immigration law field.

Feb 13, 2019

Migrant Protection Protocol a Failure of Justice

Stephen Antwine

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 31, 2019

UPDATE: DHS Publishes Final Rule for H-1B Cap Lottery

Joshua H. Rolf

Though the government just re-opened a few days ago, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has been working through the shutdown to finalize its proposed rule that would fundamentally alter the H-1B Cap Lottery. Today, DHS announced it has published the Final Rule for public inspection, and that it is set to take partial effect on April 1, 2019. Learn more on our blog.

Jan 29, 2019

E-Verify is Back Up and Running as the Government Shutdown Ends

Emily C. Brown and Matthew Galati

On Friday, January 25, President Trump signed a short-term budget which allows the government to re-open for three weeks, ending the longest government shutdown in history. E-Verify was not available during the shutdown because its authorization had lapsed. With a new temporary reauthorization in place, E-Verify has now resumed operations through at least February 15, 2019. Read the full blog by clicking the link below.

Jan 25, 2019

Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Petitions to Resume

Joshua H. Rolf

On January 25, 2019, USCIS announced a limited return of H-1B Premium Processing. If you are unsure whether this limited return of H-1B Premium Processing benefits your pending Petition, please do not hesitate to contact our office.