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Mar 15, 2020

UPDATE - U.S. Adds United Kingdom and Ireland to Previously Announced Travel Restrictions

Effective 11:59 PM March 16, 2020, recent visitors to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland will also be banned from traveling to the United States. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 15, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Not Subject to Review for Public Charge Rule

USCIS announced Friday, March 13, 2020, that the Public Charge Rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 15, 2020

Six Immigration Courts to Close in Response to COVID-19

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) announced late Friday that Immigration Courts are postponing non-detained Master Calendar Hearings beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 10, 2020 for hearings in Newark, New York City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Boston. The Seattle Immigration Court was previously closed indefinitely in response to the outbreak. Unfortunately, at the risk of further spreading COVID-19, EOIR maintains that all other Immigration Court locations remain operational—this includes the Philadelphia Immigration Court. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 13, 2020

The 2020 Form I-9 Audit Season Has Begun!

ICE is aiming at 15,000 Audits this year. For audited companies, the 30 days that the Audit notice gives them to present perfect Form I-9s is daunting. It represents at least three significant threats: 1) fines and penalties, 2) management and administrative disruption, and 3) business disruption if any of the employees are found to be “unauthorized workers.” Learn more in this blog.

Mar 12, 2020

U.S. Expands Coronavirus Travel Restrictions to Recent Visitors to Europe

United States is now barring entry to non-U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents physically present in almost all of Europe within 2 weeks of seeking admission – even those with valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas – effectively closing off most European travel to United States. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 10, 2020

The Supreme Court Says Form I-9 Information Can Be Used Against Employees

Every person we employ in the U.S. has to complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form (“Form I-9”). The burden is on the employer to make reasonably sure that we both employ authorized workers and document their work authorization correctly. Many people, in and out of government, share the view that foreign nationals working without authorization should share some of the penalty with companies unintentionally employing people who don’t have authorization. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 4, 2020

U.S. Expands Coronavirus Travel Restrictions to Recent Visitors to Iran

The United States is now barring entry to non-U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents physically present in Iran within two weeks prior to seeking admission – even those with valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas. Like February’s proclamation, immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents and NATO/UN/Diplomatic personnel amongst those exempted. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 4, 2020

Worksite Enforcement: We either own it or it owns us

I-9 Audits are a real threat to operations. Do we take worksite enforcement on our own terms or let the government dictate it to us? We don’t have to be reactive, we can own the process. The best way to approach worksite enforcement is to address the issues at a time and in a way of our choosing. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 3, 2020

U.S. Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (Final Rule)

A week since the implementation of the Public Charge Grounds (Final Rule), we offer a summary and assessment of its impact. Gain a general understanding of the Public Charge Final Rule and an analysis useful to determining whether someone is likely to be excluded or removed as a public charge in this blog.

Feb 26, 2020

Employers Have Until May 1st to Switch Over to the New Version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

A new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) was released on Friday, Jan 31, 2020. The only things that appear to have changed are the version date (it is now 10/31/2019) and the expiration date (it is now October 31, 2022).

Feb 18, 2020

Construction E-Verify May Force Some Companies Out

Due to shortages in the labor market, employers for highly skilled positions have lowered minimum qualifications. Less skilled laborers are able to move more easily between manufacturing and construction jobs. New immigration policies may force some construction companies out.

Feb 5, 2020

New Changes to Netherlands Reciprocity Fees, Validity Periods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.