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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.

Jun 14, 2019

Andy Shung-Heun Jeon Recipient of Jonathan A. Grode New American Scholar Award

Jonathan A. Grode

Congratulations to Andy Shung-Heun Jeon of Abington Senior High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, who has just won the Jonathan A. Grode New American Scholar Award. This scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to an immigrant of a first generation American who has shown academic excellence. Learn more in this blog.

Jun 10, 2019

Premium Processing Now Available for All FY2020 H-1B Cap Petitions

Joshua H. Rolf

Beginning June 10, 2019, USCIS will accept Premium Processing for all Petitions selected in this year’s H-1B Cap Lottery. Learn more in this blog.

Jun 6, 2019

American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 Passes in the House

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

On Tuesday, June 4th, the majority Democratic House of Representatives passed legislation to open up a pathway to citizenship for roughly 2.5 million immigrants. The bill, H.R.6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, was introduced in March of this year and passed 237 to 187. Learn more in this blog.

Jun 4, 2019

Department of State Implements ‘Extreme Vetting’ Social Media Questions on Form DS-160 and Form DS-260

Ashley Patricia Hogan

On Friday, May 31, 2019, the Department of State (“DOS”) updated the online immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications, Form DS-260 and Form DS-160, to include a question inquiring about the history of an applicant’s social media use. The new question requires applicants to fully disclose all the social media accounts they have used within the last five years by providing all their usernames and handles, but not passwords. Learn more in this blog.

Jun 3, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Law Student Lark Scholarship Winning Article

Congratulations to Jeri Milan, winner of the 2019 Law Student Lark Scholarship. Learn more in this blog.

May 30, 2019

Reintroduced Bill to Extend E-3 Visa Access to Irish Citizens

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

A bill with the potential to grant thousands of visas to Irish workers each year has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives. House Democrat Richard Neal brought the bill, H.R. 2418, back in early May in the wake of renewed efforts to win congressional support for the measure. Learn more in this blog.

May 28, 2019

Matthew Galati Elected Vice Chair for the AILA Philadelphia Chapter; Renamed to National EB-5 Committee

Green and Spiegel Senior Associate Matthew Galati was not only re-selected for the national American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Committee, but also tapped to hold the position of Vice Chair of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter for 2019-20. Learn more in this blog.

May 23, 2019

Congress Blasts Trump’s Immigration Overhaul as Comprehensive Reform Remains Unlikely

Ashley Patricia Hogan and Matthew Galati

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, President Trump unveiled his administration’s proposal for a new employment-heavy immigration system that focuses on reworking border security and the current legal Immigration system. Learn more in this blog.

May 14, 2019

Green and Spiegel Attorneys Named Rising Stars in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers

Jonathan Grode and Matthew Galati have once again been named top attorneys by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is the eighth consecutive year for Jonathan since 2012 and fourth consecutive year for Matthew since 2016. Learn more in this press release.

May 10, 2019

Green and Spiegel Discusses the Impact of Legalization of Marijuana in the Workplace at the ABA International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting

Jonathan A. Grode

This year, the American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law International Labor and Employment Law Committee had their Midyear Meeting from May 5-9. The event was held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the full event recap here.

May 3, 2019

U.S. Practice Director Interviews Frank Real, Forensic Auditor with Homeland Security Investigations at AILA Philadelphia April Dinner

Jonathan A. Grode

On Thursday April 25th, U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode curated a conversation for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association as part of their April Chapter Dinner. The insightful, hour-long discussion conversation was between Jonathan and Mr. Frank Real, a Forensic Auditor at Homeland Security Investigations with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). Learn more in this blog.

May 2, 2019

Jonathan Grode Speaks About Immigration for Entrepreneurs at Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering

Jonathan A. Grode

Green and Spiegel, LLC will be at the next Venture Café Thursday Gathering on May 2nd! Don't miss Jonathan Grode's session about Immigration for Entrepreneurs at 4:30-5:30pm. More programs and event details here.

Apr 29, 2019

USCIS Issues Policy Regarding Cannabis and Good Moral Character

Jonathan A. Grode

On April 19, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued an update to their Policy Manual to clarify their position regarding individuals employed by the legal cannabis industry in both the United States and abroad. This memorandum declares all employees of the legal cannabis industry as showing a lack of “good moral character” for Naturalization purposes, even though their conduct is not a violation of many state laws or the federal law of other nations where cannabis has been fully legalized (Canada and Uruguay). Learn more in this blog.

Apr 26, 2019

USCIS Holds a One-Sided Listening Session About the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order Progress

Ashley Patricia Hogan

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, USCIS held a listening session to discuss the progress of implementing President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American (“BAHA”) Executive Order aimed at strengthening protections for U.S. workers. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 25, 2019

I-94 Numbers Now Alphanumeric

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 24, 2019

Presidential Memo Seeks to Curb Business, Tourism Visa Overstays

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

On April 22, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum instructing top officials to do everything in their power to curb the number of nonimmigrant individuals who overstay their visas. Learn more in this blog.