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Sep 17, 2019

Social Security Administration (SSA) Programs Present Challenges to Employers Which Rely Upon Unauthorized Workers

David Spaulding

When we talk about immigration enforcement, we are usually talking about the three “sister” agencies: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We may not easily see the role that agencies like the Social Security Administration (SSA) play in immigration enforcement; yet, the Trump Administration is enforcing a wide field of laws in ways that will likely impact potentially undocumented immigrants and, by extension, their employers. Learn more.

Sep 16, 2019

Foreign Students Subject to Training Location Site Visits

David Spaulding

The Trump Administration is strictly enforcing a number of immigration laws and regulations and in ways not seen in many years. Conducting site visits at OPT training sites fits within the broader thrust of Administration enforcement actions. By carefully following school’s guidelines and making good use of the Designated School Officials overseeing the OPT, both student and employer can avoid complications rising from these site visits.

Sep 5, 2019

Senator Rand Paul Seeks Congressional Action to Halt EB-5 Program Changes

David Spaulding

As we previously discussed, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed substantial changes to the EB-5 regulations on July 24, 2019. The “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Rule” is scheduled for implementation on November 21, 2019. It appears that the Administration will apply the rule, as written, unless Congress acts to stop it. Learn more.

Sep 4, 2019

Green and Spiegel U.S. Practice Director Presents at the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel, OGC University 2019

David Spaulding

Jonathan A. Grode, Esq. is presenting “Immigration Enforcement and Its Impacts on the Keystone State in 2019” during the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel’s September 5, 2019 “OGC University 2019.” During this plenary session presentation, he and Deputy General Counsel Gregory G. Schwab, Esq. will explore the impact of federal administration changes to immigration policy and how those changes impact Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole. Learn more.

Sep 4, 2019

Green and Spiegel Expands into the Midwest through Partnership with Ritter Halliday

Global immigration law firm Green and Spiegel has just opened a new Midwest office location in Cleveland, Ohio. In a new partnership, Marin K. Ritter and Brian J. Halliday of Ritter Halliday, LLP join Green and Spiegel, LLC as Directors of the Midwest office. Read the full press release.

Aug 30, 2019

Attention Employers- Until the New Version of the Form I-9 is Available, Use the July 17, 2017 Version

David Spaulding

The current version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”) is dated July 17, 2017. Employers using the form will note that it expires on August 31, 2019. Learn more in this blog.

Aug 29, 2019

Update: French E Visa Validity Policy Will Take Effect September 26, 2019

Jonathan A. Grode and Andrew Clancy Rodgers

The revised reciprocity schedule for E visa classifications for France announced that the validity period of E-1 and E-2 visas issued to French foreign nationals would be reduced to 15 months, down significantly from a maximum validity period of five years (or 60 months). The roll-out date has been pushed back. Learn more.

Aug 23, 2019

Worksite Employment Raids Point to the Employer Need to Take Preemptive Action

David Spaulding

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) conducted one of its largest immigration raids, arresting 680 foreign nationals who appeared to the government to be workers without authorization. By the end of the week, ICE agents had arrested more than 850 people in Mississippi alone. Learn more in this blog.

Aug 21, 2019

French E Visa Validity Period Reduced to Maximum of 15 Months (Down From 60 Months)

Jonathan A. Grode and Andrew Clancy Rodgers

On August 20, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced a revised reciprocity schedule for France for the E visa classification. Specifically, the validity period of E-1 and E-2 visas issued to French foreign nationals has been drastically reduced to a mere 15 months. Learn more in this blog.

Aug 14, 2019

The New Public Charge Rule: What Receiving a Public Benefit Might Mean for Your Immigration Status

On August 12, 2019, USCIS announced a new rule which identifies any individual who is likely to become a public charge as inadmissible. Under the new regulation issued by the Trump Administration, a foreign national can be categorized as a public charge solely on the basis that he or she accepted a government-offered public benefit. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 24, 2019

What Is FDNS and Why Are They Doing So Many Office Site Visits?

David Spaulding

The Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) has been around for fifteen years but the first time most companies and attorneys hear of it is when officers show up to conduct an inspection on non-immigrant worker visas. Their site visits are unannounced and often send companies scrambling. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 16, 2019

Josh Rolf Leads Investment Visa Discussion in Buenos Aires

Joshua H. Rolf

On July 12, 2019, Green and Spiegel Associate Joshua Rolf appeared at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the full event recap here.

Jul 12, 2019

La administración de Trump comenzará las redadas de inmigración el domingo

Stephen Antwine

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

Stephen Antwine

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 12, 2019

Bipartisan House Overwhelmingly Passes Country Cap Removal Bill, Future Uncertain in Senate and White House

Matthew Galati

This week in an extremely rare bipartisan action on immigration reform, the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 1044, the“Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019.” Learn more in this blog.

Jul 10, 2019

Trump Administration Plans to Replace Immigration Court Interpreters with Informational Videos

Stephen Antwine

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

Stephen Antwine

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.

Jul 9, 2019

Form I-9 Audits Shift Into High Gear

David Spaulding

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), within the Department of Homeland Security, audits and investigates immigration violations of work rules. The document at the center of those inquiries is the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). Form I-9 may not be the easiest form to complete though. Learn more in this blog.

Jun 28, 2019

Trump Administration Issues Immigration Enforcement Threats

Stephen Antwine

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.

Jun 17, 2019

David Spaulding Joins Green and Spiegel as the Head of the Compliance and Regulatory Practice Section

David Spaulding

Green and Spiegel welcomes Former USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate Supervisor David Spaulding to its Philadelphia office, strengthening its Compliance and Regulatory Practice amidst a climate of heightened enforcement. Learn more in this press release.