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May 23, 2019

Congress Blasts Trump’s Immigration Overhaul as Comprehensive Reform Remains Unlikely

Ashley Patricia Hogan and Matthew Galati

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, President Trump unveiled his administration’s proposal for a new employment-heavy Immigration system that focuses on reworking border security and the current legal Immigration system. Learn more in this blog.

May 14, 2019

Green and Spiegel Attorneys Named Rising Stars in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers

Jonathan Grode and Matthew Galati have once again been named top attorneys by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is the eighth consecutive year for Jonathan since 2012 and fourth consecutive year for Matthew since 2016. Learn more in this press release.

May 10, 2019

Green and Spiegel Discusses the Impact of Legalization of Marijuana in the Workplace at the ABA International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting

Jonathan A. Grode

This year, the American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law International Labor and Employment Law Committee had their Midyear Meeting from May 5-9. The event was held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the full event recap here.

May 3, 2019

U.S. Practice Director Interviews Frank Real, Forensic Auditor with Homeland Security Investigations at AILA Philadelphia April Dinner

Jonathan A. Grode

On Thursday April 25th, U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode curated a conversation for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association as part of their April Chapter Dinner. The insightful, hour-long discussion conversation was between Jonathan and Mr. Frank Real, a Forensic Auditor at Homeland Security Investigations with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). Learn more in this blog.

May 2, 2019

Jonathan Grode Speaks About Immigration for Entrepreneurs at Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering

Jonathan A. Grode

Green and Spiegel, LLC will be at the next Venture Café Thursday Gathering on May 2nd! Don't miss Jonathan Grode's session about Immigration for Entrepreneurs at 4:30-5:30pm. More programs and event details here.

Apr 29, 2019

USCIS Issues Policy Regarding Cannabis and Good Moral Character

Jonathan A. Grode

On April 19, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued an update to their Policy Manual to clarify their position regarding individuals employed by the legal cannabis industry in both the United States and abroad. This memorandum declares all employees of the legal cannabis industry as showing a lack of “good moral character” for Naturalization purposes, even though their conduct is not a violation of many state laws or the federal law of other nations where cannabis has been fully legalized (Canada and Uruguay). Learn more in this blog.

Apr 26, 2019

USCIS Holds a One-Sided Listening Session About the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order Progress

Ashley Patricia Hogan

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, USCIS held a listening session to discuss the progress of implementing President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American (“BAHA”) Executive Order aimed at strengthening protections for U.S. workers. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 25, 2019

I-94 Numbers Now Alphanumeric

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 24, 2019

Presidential Memo Seeks to Curb Business, Tourism Visa Overstays

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

On April 22, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum instructing top officials to do everything in their power to curb the number of nonimmigrant individuals who overstay their visas. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 16, 2019

Jonathan Grode and Amy Novak Speak on Panel at the Vail Symposium

Jonathan A. Grode and Amy Jill Novak

On Tuesday, April 9th 2019, Green and Spiegel U.S. Practice Director, Jonathan Grode, and Mountain West Practice Director, Amy Jill Novak, convened with a panel of local business leaders at the Vail Symposium in Edwards, CO. These lawyers and business people met to talk about immigration law and policy, specifically the challenges for companies who hire seasonal foreign workers. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 12, 2019

With U.S. Master’s Cap Exceeded and Total Petitions Up, USCIS Completes H-1B Lottery

Joshua H. Rolf

Less than one week after this year’s H-1B Cap filing period ended, USCIS confirmed that on April 10, 2019 it conducted its randomized selection (i.e. “lottery”) for all H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions that arrived between April 1-5, 2019.

Apr 11, 2019

Israeli E-2 Visas Confirmed for May 1, 2019

Matthew Galati

The Israeli E-2 visa will soon become a reality. As reported by our office in late March, the long-awaited treaty investor agreement between the United States and Israel was expected to become effective in just few short weeks. As an update, the U.S. Embassy has now confirmed that Israeli E-2 visa applications will be accepted as of Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Learn more in this blog!

Apr 11, 2019

Matthew T. Galati Wins Legal Intelligencer 2019 Professional Excellence Award

Green and Spiegel congratulates Matthew T. Galati, who has just received a 2019 Professional Excellence Award and named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer.

Apr 9, 2019

Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Regular Cap Reached

Joshua H. Rolf

On Friday, April 5, 2019, USCIS announced that it once again reached the limit for H-1B Petitions submitted under the Fiscal Year 2020 Regular Cap, and which arrived at the Service between April 1 - 5, 2019. Learn more in this article.

Apr 5, 2019

Not as Benign as They Seem: SSA No-Match Letters

Jonathan A. Grode

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed notifying employers if the information reported on an individual employee’s W-2 form does not match the SSA’s records by sending them “Request for Employer Information” letters, also known as “no-match” letters. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 5, 2019

H-2B Visa Program Relief

Amy Jill Novak

On March 29, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security indicated plans to release an additional 30,000 visas in the H-2B category. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 4, 2019

Welcome to Catriona Davenport and Ashley Hogan: New Attorneys at Green and Spiegel

Catriona M. Davenport and Ashley Patricia Hogan

Green and Spiegel, LLC continues to grow its immigration law practice, expanding upon business and family immigration services by adding two new associate attorneys to the team. Learn more about Catriona Davenport and Ashley Hogan in this press release.

Mar 27, 2019

Jonathan Grode Moderates ABA Labor and Employment Law Section ERR Committee in Las Vegas

Jonathan A. Grode

Last week, U.S. Practice Director and Managing Partner Jonathan Grode attended the Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting on Mar 19-23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the event recap here!

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

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.