Apr 29, 2019
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
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
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
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.
Apr 16, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Effective March 12, 2019, USCIS will resume accepting Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions. Learn more in this blog.
Mar 11, 2019
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
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.