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Aug 30, 2019

Attention Employers- Until the New Version of the Form I-9 is Available, Use the July 17, 2017 Version

The current version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”) is dated July 17, 2017. Employers using the form will note that it expires on August 31, 2019. Learn more in this blog.

Aug 29, 2019

Update: French E Visa Validity Policy Will Take Effect September 26, 2019

The revised reciprocity schedule for E visa classifications for France announced that the validity period of E-1 and E-2 visas issued to French foreign nationals would be reduced to 15 months, down significantly from a maximum validity period of five years (or 60 months). The roll-out date has been pushed back. Learn more.

Aug 23, 2019

Worksite Employment Raids Point to the Employer Need to Take Preemptive Action

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) conducted one of its largest immigration raids, arresting 680 foreign nationals who appeared to the government to be workers without authorization. By the end of the week, ICE agents had arrested more than 850 people in Mississippi alone. Learn more in this blog.

Aug 21, 2019

French E Visa Validity Period Reduced to Maximum of 15 Months (Down From 60 Months)

On August 20, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced a revised reciprocity schedule for France for the E visa classification. Specifically, the validity period of E-1 and E-2 visas issued to French foreign nationals has been drastically reduced to a mere 15 months. Learn more in this blog.

Aug 14, 2019

The New Public Charge Rule: What Receiving a Public Benefit Might Mean for Your Immigration Status

On August 12, 2019, USCIS announced a new rule which identifies any individual who is likely to become a public charge as inadmissible. Under the new regulation issued by the Trump Administration, a foreign national can be categorized as a public charge solely on the basis that he or she accepted a government-offered public benefit. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 24, 2019

What Is FDNS and Why Are They Doing So Many Office Site Visits?

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.

Jul 16, 2019

Josh Rolf Leads Investment Visa Discussion in Buenos Aires

On July 12, 2019, Green and Spiegel Associate Joshua Rolf appeared at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the full event recap here.

Jul 12, 2019

La administración de Trump comenzará las redadas de inmigración el domingo

El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) planea comenzar redadas el domingo para atacar a las familias migrantes recién llegadas que ya han recibido órdenes definitivas de expulsión. La Administración de Trump ha declarado que la operación se enfocará en aquellos con órdenes de deportación, pero las operaciones pueden detener a otros en la escena que no fueron los objetivos iniciales de las redadas.

Jul 12, 2019

Trump Administration to Begin Immigration Raids Sunday

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to begin raids on Sunday to target recently arrived migrant families who have already been issued final orders of removal. The Trump Administration has stated that the operation will focus on those with orders of deportation, but the operations may detain others on the scene who were not the initial targets of the raids. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 12, 2019

Bipartisan House Overwhelmingly Passes Country Cap Removal Bill, Future Uncertain in Senate and White House

This week in an extremely rare bipartisan action on immigration reform, the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 1044, the“Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019.” Learn more in this blog.

Jul 10, 2019

Trump Administration Plans to Replace Immigration Court Interpreters with Informational Videos

The Trump Administration is preparing to end in-court interpreters for initial Immigration Court hearings. While the Immigration Court typically provides in-person or telephonic interpretation for all court hearings, the Trump Administration is planning to end the practice in the coming weeks. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 10, 2019

La Administración de Trump planea reemplazar a los intérpretes de la corte de inmigración con videos informativos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.