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Jan 24, 2019

DACA Program Continues in 2019: Supreme Court Declines to Accept Appeal (For Now)

By failing to take action this week on a Trump Administration appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court leaves DACA protections in place for at least the remainder of the year. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 22, 2019

Green and Spiegel, LLC Announces New Partner in 2019: Dana Imperia

Congratulations to Dana Imperia, ESQ., who has just been named Partner at Green and Spiegel’s Philadelphia office.

Jan 18, 2019

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. In recognition of the fight to end human trafficking and forced labor. Learn about the basics and indicators for identifying human trafficking in this blog.

Jan 17, 2019

UPDATE: New H-1B Cap Regulations Making Progress

Late last week, USCIS took another step towards revamping the H-1B Cap Lottery. As we reviewed in December, the agency proposed a rule that would create an online pre-registration system and reverse the order of Cap selections. Following the end of its comment period in early January, USCIS has now forwarded the proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget, and intends to review and respond to public comments in the coming weeks.

Jan 14, 2019

EB5Investors Magazine Names Matthew T. Galati a Top 25 Immigration Attorney

Congratulations to Matthew T. Galati for being named a Top 25 Immigration Attorney by EB5Investors Magazine in January 2019 for his experience, reputation, and passion.

Jan 14, 2019

MYTH: My company can’t afford sustainability!

Sustainability – what does it mean and how does it affect your company? The pressure to take on sustainability efforts is on the rise, but there is still push back arguing that sustainability is too expensive. However, evidence refuting the notion that sustainability is too expensive is mounting. Learn more in this article.

Jan 11, 2019

Employment-Based I-485s: Ability to Use the Earlier Date for Filing Charts May Come to a Close

Back in September, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) was allowing applicants to file their I-485 applications for adjustment of status in both the employment-based and the family-based categories according to the earlier-in-time Filing Date Charts. Put another way, USCIS has been accepting Form I-485 filings for all prospective qualifying immigrants before a visa number is technically available. Green and Spiegel has been filing our clients’ files in light of this change for months, however, it appears that this will shortly come to an end. Learn more here.

Jan 11, 2019

Australia’s Modern Slavery Law is Now in Effect. Is Your Company Compliant?

On January 1, 2019, the Australia Modern Slavery Act 2018 went into effect. The law asks all businesses operating in Australia with a consolidated revenue of more than $100 million (Australian), to file annual statements on efforts to address the risk of forced and child labor in the supply chain. These statements are due beginning in 2020. To learn more, please contact the International Supply Chain Initiative for a consultation.

Jan 8, 2019

Guidance on E-Verify Procedures during the Government Shutdown

With the Government Shutdown still in effect from December 22, 2018, the E-Verify program has also ceased operations. In light of the recent shutdown, E-Verify has issued temporary policies so that employers do not become noncompliant. If you are an employer and have any questions about E-Verify protocols during the Government Shutdown, please contact us immediately.

Jan 3, 2019

ICE Stats Show Massive Increase of Worksite Compliance Investigations for FY2018, Agency Expected to be More Aggressive in 2019

ICE’s published statistics mirror our own experience in 2018, as our firm has received an unprecedented number of inquiries from employers receiving visits from HSI. We strongly advise that employers should take proactive and/or remedial measures – such as internal Form I-9 audits -- in order to avoid the costly and unfavorable consequences of ICE audits that can damage businesses and their employees’ welfare.

Jan 3, 2019

Jonathan Grode to Speak at the Employer Know Your Rights Training Hosted by the Office of Immigrant Affairs-City of Philadelphia

U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode will be the lead presenter in an Employer Know Your Rights Training session on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Esperanza, 4261 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. If you have any questions regarding Form I-9 or audits, contact us today.

Jan 2, 2019

Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration Courts

President Trump’s border wall impasse and the subsequent government shutdown have affected immigration courts nationwide.Learn how in this blog. Should you need assistance with an immigration court case, please contact Green and Spiegel's removal defense team at (215) 395-8959.

Dec 27, 2018

Immigration Consequences of Government Shutdown

Following a flurry of failed deals to keep the government open during the holiday season, the Federal Government shut down as of 12:00AM on December 22, 2018. This post covers how the shutdown affects immigration processes.

Dec 19, 2018

USCIS Revises Guidelines for I-751 Interviews

In a reversal of policy initially formed under the administrations’ “extreme vetting”, USCIS officers now have the discretion to waive interviews for I-751 petitioners seeking to remove conditions of their permanent residency provided that they have presented sufficient documentary evidence and meet other requirements.

Dec 7, 2018

H-2B Reform: A Christmas Miracle

A tentative bi-partisan deal has been struck to reform the H-2B program, in effect doubling the number of allotted visas per fiscal year from 66,000 to 132,000. However, there is a price to pay for the cap increase, and that price is the new requirement that all H-2B employers perform strict checks on all workers hired since 2012.

Dec 5, 2018

A Potential H-1B Sea Change: DHS’ Proposed H-1B Electronic Registration System

On December 3, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a proposed rule that, if adopted, will fundamentally alter the H-1B Cap process, replacing the current lottery with an electronic registration system that has the potential to save time, money, and headaches for all H-1B stakeholders.

Dec 4, 2018

Honoring International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by Eradicating Forced Labor

On December 2, Green and Spiegel US and the International Supply Chain Initiative (ISCI) observed the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Slavery takes many forms throughout the world. From sexual exploitation to forced labor in the global supply chains, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are over 40 million people trapped in some form of modern slavery globally.

Nov 23, 2018

Consumers Beware: Counterfeit Goods Are An Indicator Of Forced Labor

The bustling holiday shopping season is just around the corner. Many stores have launched their advertisements for all of their best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. More and more consumers are turning to online shopping through websites like Amazon or the Walmart Marketplace. Here, some unscrupulous individual sellers are able to slip counterfeit goods into the market.

Nov 21, 2018

Green and Spiegel Giving Thanks for Ayodele Gansallo This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, Green and Spiegel US is thankful for Ayodele Gansallo, a senior staff attorney at HIAS Pennsylvania and recipient of the fourth annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Immigration Law Pro Bono Award. The award is sponsored by Green and Spiegel LLC and was created to annually celebrate the pro bono accomplishments of an individual or organization working with the Pennsylvania Bar Association in the area of Immigration Law.