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Apr 16, 2019

Jonathan Grode and Amy Novak Speak on Panel at the Vail Symposium

On Tuesday, April 9th 2019, Green and Spiegel U.S. Practice Director, Jonathan Grode, and Mountain West Practice Director, Amy Jill Novak, convened with a panel of local business leaders at the Vail Symposium in Edwards, CO. These lawyers and business people met to talk about immigration law and policy, specifically the challenges for companies who hire seasonal foreign workers. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 12, 2019

With U.S. Master’s Cap Exceeded and Total Petitions Up, USCIS Completes H-1B Lottery

Less than one week after this year’s H-1B Cap filing period ended, USCIS confirmed that on April 10, 2019 it conducted its randomized selection (i.e. “lottery”) for all H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions that arrived between April 1-5, 2019.

Apr 11, 2019

Israeli E-2 Visas Confirmed for May 1, 2019

The Israeli E-2 visa will soon become a reality. As reported by our office in late March, the long-awaited treaty investor agreement between the United States and Israel was expected to become effective in just few short weeks. As an update, the U.S. Embassy has now confirmed that Israeli E-2 visa applications will be accepted as of Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Learn more in this blog!

Apr 11, 2019

Matthew T. Galati Wins Legal Intelligencer 2019 Professional Excellence Award

Green and Spiegel congratulates Matthew T. Galati, who has just received a 2019 Professional Excellence Award and named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer.

Apr 9, 2019

Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Regular Cap Reached

On Friday, April 5, 2019, USCIS announced that it once again reached the limit for H-1B Petitions submitted under the Fiscal Year 2020 Regular Cap, and which arrived at the Service between April 1 - 5, 2019. Learn more in this article.

Apr 5, 2019

Not as Benign as They Seem: SSA No-Match Letters

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed notifying employers if the information reported on an individual employee’s W-2 form does not match the SSA’s records by sending them “Request for Employer Information” letters, also known as “no-match” letters. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 5, 2019

H-2B Visa Program Relief

On March 29, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security indicated plans to release an additional 30,000 visas in the H-2B category. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 4, 2019

Welcome to Catriona Davenport and Ashley Hogan: New Attorneys at Green and Spiegel

Green and Spiegel, LLC continues to grow its immigration law practice, expanding upon business and family immigration services by adding two new associate attorneys to the team. Learn more about Catriona Davenport and Ashley Hogan in this press release.

Mar 27, 2019

Jonathan Grode Moderates ABA Labor and Employment Law Section ERR Committee in Las Vegas

Last week, U.S. Practice Director and Managing Partner Jonathan Grode attended the Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting on Mar 19-23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the event recap here!

Mar 20, 2019

The Israeli E-2 Visa Is Expected to Go Live on May 1, 2019

We have tracked the roll-out of the Israeli E-2 visa for several years. Implementation may finally take effect in just six weeks’ time, according to the Israeli office of Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA). Learn more in this blog.

Mar 19, 2019

President Trump Vetoes Congress Resolution That Aimed To End His Declaration of State of Emergency To Fund Border Wall

On February 15, President Trump declared a state of emergency at the southern U.S. border, aiming to build a border wall. Congress challenged Trump’s declaration through a resolution, but ultimately Trump vetoed the resolution this past Friday, March 15. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 15, 2019

USCIS to End Self-Scheduled InfoPass Appointments at Philadelphia Field Office

On March 29, 2019, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) will end self-scheduled appointments to meet with an immigration officer. These appointments, known as InfoPass appointments, will now be scheduled by USCIS pursuant to the agency’s Information Service Modernization Program. Learn more.

Mar 14, 2019

Green and Spiegel Represents Philadelphia at SXSW

On March 9, 2019, Practice Director Jonathan A. Grode, Esq. represented Green and Spiegel at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, one of the largest annual interactive, film, and music conferences and festivals in the world. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 12, 2019

H-1B Premium Processing Is Back

Effective March 12, 2019, USCIS will resume accepting Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 11, 2019

No, U.S. Citizens Won’t Need “Visas” to Visit Europe in 2021- But They Will Need to Register Ahead of Travel

A series of headlines claiming that “United States citizens will need a visa to visit Europe starting in 2021” went viral this past week. However, this “breaking news” was, at best, only half-true. Learn more in this article.

Mar 11, 2019

Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a fraud alert to warn citizens of recent reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone scam across the country. Learn more in this article.

Mar 8, 2019

National Consumer Protection Week Tip: Counterfeit Goods Sold On Online Marketplaces May Be Produced with Forced Labor

This week, Green and Spiegel observed National Consumers Protection Week. Buyers beware: counterfeit goods sold on online marketplaces may be produced with forced labor. Learn more here.

Mar 8, 2019

Call for Content- Law Student Lark and AC19 Scholarship Competition

AILA is gearing up for their next edition of the Law Student Lark and are looking for articles written by law students. Learn more here.

Feb 28, 2019

Matthew Galati Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article EB-5 Regulations at OMB

On Feb. 25, 2019, Matthew Galati, who leads Green and Spiegels U.S. Investors and Entrepreneurs Division, was quoted in “Immigrant Investor Visa to See Regulatory Changes Soon,” printed by Bloomberg ​Law. Read the full article here.

Feb 27, 2019

Law Enforcement Investigation Uncovers Human Trafficking Ring at Massage Parlor and Charges Robert Kraft with Soliciting Prostitution

The shock of the Robert Kraft scandal should put corporate boards on notice. The situation in Jupiter, FL is just the tip of the iceberg of the realities of forced labor and human trafficking. Forced labor not only occurs in the United States but is rampant in the supply chain of many goods sold domestically. While the headlines might not be as scandalous, the effects on the abused workers and brand goodwill cannot be understated. From drops in market share to lost profits, companies can suffer damage to their image, having to answer not only to consumers, but also investors. We cover the realities on our blog.