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Sep 12, 2018

H-1B Premium Processing Suspension Goes Into Effect

Consistent with our advisory from late August, as of today, September 11, 2018, USCIS will no longer accept Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions u...

Sep 5, 2018

PREMIUM PROCESSING FEE INCREASES BY ALMOST 15%

On August 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would be increasing the premium processing filing fee from ...

Aug 29, 2018

Third-Party-Placements Once Again Permitted under OPT

Earlier this year, we reported on an apparent change to USCIS’ website that would prohibit F-1 Students working under STEM Optional Practical...

Aug 29, 2018

USCIS Extends, and Expands, Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

USCIS announced today that its suspension of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions will be extended through at least February ...

Aug 13, 2018

Trump Proposed Rule Regarding Federal Assistance Is Not Enforceable

Earlier this week, it was leaked that the Trump Administration was proposing a new Federal Rule which would bar foreign nationals, who have legally...

Aug 13, 2018

President Signs KIWI Act Providing E-1/E-2 Eligibility for New Zealand Nationals

On August 1, 2018, the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act, or the KIWI Act, having already passed both the US House o...

Aug 1, 2018

Jonathan Grode named in the National Law Journal’s list of Immigration Trailblazers

Green and Spiegel is pleased to announce Practice Director Jonathan Grode has been named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural li...

Aug 1, 2018

USCIS Data Shows Severe Increase in RFEs and Denials

On July 25, 2018, the nonpartisan National Foundation for American Policy (“NFAP”) published a report that confirms what business immig...

Jul 31, 2018

USCIS Delays Rollout of NTA Memo

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

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...

Jul 20, 2018

Influencing Corporate Action: Industry Reports on Forced Labor Having Strong Impact

Recently, a new Benchmark report was released by KnowTheChain, pertaining to the Information & Communications Technology sector, which outlines...

Jun 27, 2018

UPDATE: Trump’s Executive Order Travel Ban Upheld by Supreme Court in 5-4 decision

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in a 5-4 decision in Hawaii v. Trump, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld President Donald Trump's 2017 travel...

Jun 22, 2018

Green and Spiegel’s Jonathan Grode Named “Distinguished Leader” by The Legal Intelligencer

The oldest daily law journal in the United States, The Legal Intelligencer, has named Green and Spiegel LLC’s U.S. Practice Director Jonathan...

Jun 22, 2018

Consumer Pressure Mounting: Is Your Company At Risk of Forced Labor in Your Supply Chain?

Consumer concerns about the use of forced labor are rapidly growing, putting legal pressure on large corporations such as Costco, to reduce the use...

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...

Jun 12, 2018

Matthew Galati Selected to AILA Leadership Positions

Green and Spiegel Senior Associate attorney Matthew Galati was recently selected to American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) l...

Jun 11, 2018

Shocking Report: India EB-2 Backlog Calculated to be 151 Years

On June 8, author David Bier of the Cato Institute published a sobering analysis of the employment-based Green Card backlogs for India-born benefic...

Jun 8, 2018

The H-2B Temporary Work Visa – Is Partial Relief Better Than No Relief?

On May 14, 2018, the final rule related to H-2B cap relief for fiscal year 2018 was transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review.&...

Jun 7, 2018

STEM OPT Third-Party Placements Placed in Doubt

Since May 2016, F-1 STEM graduates have enjoyed up-to three years of employment authorization through post-completion Optional Practical Training (...

Jun 6, 2018

June 19: Join Us for Our Webinar With Pathways EB-5

On June 19 at Noon EST, Green and Spiegel will host an EB-5 Webinar with Pathways EB-5, a company owning regional centers coast to coast. Click her...