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Feb 5, 2020

New Changes to Netherlands Reciprocity Fees, Validity Periods

Jonathan A. Grode and Andrew Clancy Rodgers

On January 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of State announced a revised reciprocity schedule for the Netherlands. In short, the revisions include fee increases and validity period decreases for specific visa classifications (E-1/E-2, F-1/F-2, L-1, and R-1). Learn more in this blog.

Feb 3, 2020

New Version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

David Spaulding

Employers must execute a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) on all employees. The current version is required and a new version was released on Friday, Jan 31, 2020. Learn about new changes to the form in this blog.

Feb 2, 2020

U.S. Imposes Travel Restrictions and/or Quarantines on Recent Visitors to China

Jonathan A. Grode and Joshua H. Rolf

According to President Trump’s Proclamation, as of 5:00PM EST on February 2, 2020, the United States will severely prohibit the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants traveling to the United States within 14 days of having been physically present in mainland China. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 31, 2020

President Trump Signs USMCA, Implementation Still Pending

Joshua H. Rolf

On January 29, 2020, President Trump signed the implementing legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”), which is set to replace the nearly 25-year-old NAFTA. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 28, 2020

Issuing State Identification to Undocumented Immigrants Creates a Catch-22 for Employers

David Spaulding

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia issue some form of driving permission to foreign nationals who don’t have permission to work in the US. Providing documents to those who aren’t lawfully present creates a two-tier identity document system. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 23, 2020

President Floats Possibility of Expanded Travel Ban

Joshua H. Rolf

On January 21, 2020, President Trump confirmed at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos a long-rumored plan to expand the existing Travel Ban to additional countries. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 2, 2020

Emily M. Cohen Joins Green and Spiegel as Partner at Second Office in Philadelphia

Immigration and Nationality Law Attorney Emily M. Cohen joins International North American Immigration Law Firm Green and Spiegel, LLC as a Partner in 2020. Learn more in this press release.

Dec 27, 2019

Establishing the Requisite Good Moral Character in Naturalization

David Spaulding

On December 13, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published new Good Moral Character (GMC) guidelines for its Immigration Services Officers (ISO). Among other adjudications, ISOs make decisions on the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (Naturalization Application), by which foreign nationals seek citizenship in the United States. Learn more in this blog.

Dec 26, 2019

Government is using information in more effective and efficient ways than ever: Companies which adapt to this new reality will thrive

David Spaulding

Green and Spiegel works directly with clients to assess policies and procedures, explore alternative business arrangements, and implement tailored systems that minimize the costs associated with potential and realized government activities. Learn more in this blog.

Dec 9, 2019

Growth at Green and Spiegel New England Prompts Move to Larger Location

To accommodate continued growth, Green and Spiegel U.S. LLC will relocate its Providence, Rhode Island office to a larger space situated at 400 Westminster Street, Suite #49 Providence, RI 02903.

Nov 26, 2019

E-Verify to be Required for All Pennsylvania Construction Companies

Jonathan A. Grode and David Spaulding

The CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EMPLOYEE VERIFICATION ACT (“the Act”) became Pennsylvania law on October 7, 2019 and takes effect on October 6, 2020. The Act requires that all Pennsylvania-based construction companies utilize the E-Verify system for Forms I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Learn more in this blog.

Nov 22, 2019

Green and Spiegel Secures Grenadian E-2 Visa for Chinese Client

Matthew Galati

As a firm dedicated to representing investors and entrepreneurs from around the world, we try to find creative solutions to enable our clients to secure their dreams in the U.S., especially when those options are not readily apparent. We recently had the pleasure of representing Mr. M.L., a successful Chinese businessman who wanted to open an educational company in a major Northeastern U.S. city. Because there is no treaty, ML utilized the Grenada Citizenship by Investment option whereby he was able to secure a passport. Learn more in this blog.

Nov 11, 2019

Proposed Rule Would Eliminate Duration of Status for F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders

Joshua H. Rolf

Reviving efforts initiated last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has once again stated its intent to eliminate the use of “Duration of Status” for certain nonimmigrant visa holders – and, in particular, F-1 Students and J-1 Visitors. Learn more in this blog.

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.

Nov 5, 2019

Jacquelyn Ruiz and Zachary Lyons Partnered with Human Rights Asylum Clinic For "Know Your Rights Presentation"

Jacquelyn A. Ruiz

On November 4, 2019, Green and Spiegel Associate Attorney Jacquelyn Ruiz and her colleague Zachary Lyons of Roberto Gonzalez Law Office partnered up with the Human Rights Asylum Clinic at Brown University to give a Know Your Rights Presentation. Read the full event recap here.

Nov 1, 2019

Update: New Changes Proposed to French Visa Validity Periods

Jonathan A. Grode and Andrew Clancy Rodgers

It was announced yesterday that the reciprocity schedules for various visa classifications for French nationals have once again changed. The visa categories which will be affected by this proposed change are as follows: E, F, H, L, and R. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 29, 2019

UPDATE: French E Visa Maximum Validity Period Will Remain Five Years

Andrew Clancy Rodgers and Jonathan A. Grode

The proposed change to the E visa validity period for French nationals will not take effect. Green and Spiegel has confirmed that the proposed change has been put on hold and French nationals can continue to obtain the E-1 and E-2 visa classification for up to 60 months at a time. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 28, 2019

Matthew Galati To Represent Green and Spiegel LLC at the Seattle 2019 IIUSA Industry Forum

Matthew Galati

Immigration attorney Matthew Galati will represent Green and Spiegel LLC as he joins Breakout 4, USCIS Policy & Actions: Living in a World of Adjudication Backlogs, RFEs, and NOIDs panel on Tuesday, October 29th at 3:30pm. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 25, 2019

Country Cap Removal Legislation Stalls in Senate amid Competing Legislative Proposals

David Spaulding and Matthew Galati

There are significant immigration bills before the United States Senate for the first time since 2013. Senator Lee’s bill is the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (“S-236”) and Senator Durbin’s bill is the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act (“S-2603”). Learn more in this blog.

Oct 18, 2019

Kansas V. Garcia is Before the U.S. Supreme Court... This is One to Watch

David Spaulding

On August 26, 2012, Ramiro Garcia, an undocumented immigrant working under an assumed Social Security Number, was stopped for speeding. Garcia knew he faced immigration consequences, but he likely didn’t expect to be prosecuted for identity theft. The question before the Supreme Court of the United States is whether states can use information reported on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”) to prosecute identity theft cases. Learn more in this blog.