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Nov 8, 2019

USCIS Continues Increased Scrutiny of H-1B Program

Joshua H. Rolf

The consequences of the Trump Administration’s animus towards legal immigration continue to manifest themselves through one of the White House’s favorite targets: the H-1B Program. This is making life more difficult for specialty occupation workers and the companies that employ them. Learn more in this blog.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 24, 2019

DACA Program Continues in 2019: Supreme Court Declines to Accept Appeal (For Now)

By failing to take action this week on a Trump Administration appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court leaves DACA protections in place for at least the remainder of the year. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 17, 2019

UPDATE: New H-1B Cap Regulations Making Progress

Joshua H. Rolf

Late last week, USCIS took another step towards revamping the H-1B Cap Lottery. As we reviewed in December, the agency proposed a rule that would create an online pre-registration system and reverse the order of Cap selections. Following the end of its comment period in early January, USCIS has now forwarded the proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget, and intends to review and respond to public comments in the coming weeks.

Jan 11, 2019

Employment-Based I-485s: Ability to Use the Earlier Date for Filing Charts May Come to a Close

Matthew Galati

Back in September, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) was allowing applicants to file their I-485 applications for adjustment of status in both the employment-based and the family-based categories according to the earlier-in-time Filing Date Charts. Put another way, USCIS has been accepting Form I-485 filings for all prospective qualifying immigrants before a visa number is technically available. Green and Spiegel has been filing our clients’ files in light of this change for months, however, it appears that this will shortly come to an end. Learn more here.

Dec 27, 2018

Immigration Consequences of Government Shutdown

Joshua H. Rolf

Following a flurry of failed deals to keep the government open during the holiday season, the Federal Government shut down as of 12:00AM on December 22, 2018. This post covers how the shutdown affects immigration processes.

Dec 19, 2018

USCIS Revises Guidelines for I-751 Interviews

Stephen Antwine

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.

Dec 5, 2018

A Potential H-1B Sea Change: DHS’ Proposed H-1B Electronic Registration System

Jonathan A. Grode and Joshua H. Rolf

On December 3, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a proposed rule that, if adopted, will fundamentally alter the H-1B Cap process, replacing the current lottery with an electronic registration system that has the potential to save time, money, and headaches for all H-1B stakeholders.

Oct 4, 2018

USCIS BROADENS SCOPE OF NOTICES TO APPEAR

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

In a move consistent with the Trump Administration’s push to broaden USCIS’ enforcement mandate, USCIS began implementing a Policy Memo...

Sep 18, 2018

Good News for Vietnam EB-5 / EB-1 Worldwide: USCIS Will Allow for Early Employment-based Adjustment of Status Applications in October

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that for the month of October 2018, applicants may file their I-485 applications f...

Jul 31, 2018

USCIS Delays Rollout of NTA Memo

Jonathan A. Grode

Last week we wrote in detail about the upcoming USCIS policy change whereby the agency will commence  issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) for...

Jul 25, 2018

Analysis: USCIS Issues Two Policy Memoranda that Could be Significantly Detrimental to Business Immigration

Jonathan A. Grode

On June 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum in PM-602-0050.1 regarding when the agency will issu...

Jun 12, 2018

USCIS Changes I-751 Receipt Procedure; Status Now Extended For 18 Months Instead of 12

USCIS announced today that marriage-based Conditional Permanent Residents (CPR) filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, will...

May 17, 2018

USCIS Completes Data Entry for H-1B Cap

Joshua H. Rolf

On May 15, 2018, approximately one-month after completing its selections, USCIS announced that it has finished its data entry for all H-1B Cap Peti...

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...

Oct 25, 2017

November Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the November 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Bulletin announces the dates when employment- or family-based appli...