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Green and Spiegel - An Immigration Law Firm - United States

Emily M. Cohen Esq.

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Philadelphia (Walnut Street)
1608 Walnut Street, Suite 701 Philadelphia PA 19103 US

Emily Cohen has practiced exclusively in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law since 1989. Her practice includes the full spectrum of business and individual immigration clients, including multinational corporations, information technology companies, healthcare institutions, and academic and research organizations.

Early in her career as a private practitioner, Ms. Cohen established the Immigration Law Center in Philadelphia to serve as a community resource on immigration matters. She has written and lectured extensively on immigration at both the university level and for corporate clients who seek information on the growing implication immigration has on their business and human resource needs. She is a leading immigration lawyer in Philadelphia and consults with clients locally, nationally, and abroad.

Ms. Cohen earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Anthropology and Asian Studies and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1988. Prior to joining Green and Spiegel, she was a Partner at Steel, Doebley & Glassman and a founding Partner at Cohen, Fluhr & González, P.C. In her career, Ms. Cohen has also served as a Foreign Student Advisor at Temple University and as an Immigration Caseworker at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia where she was first accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 1982 to represent individuals before the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law,  Juris Doctor (J.D.), 

  •  University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor’s Degree, Anthropology and Asian Studies, 1981

Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Board Member of HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia

Involvement

  • Member, Board of Trustrees for HIAS & Council Migration Service of Philadelphia
  • Member, Board of Trustrees for Harmony for Peace Foundation

Blogs

Jul 27, 2020

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program Announces that New Foreign Students Can Not Take Online-Only Courses and Reside in the United States

On Friday July, 24 the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) once again made an announcement regarding the temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during the Fall 2020 semester. The March guidelines remain in place for nonimmigrant students who were actively enrolled at a U.S. school on or prior to March 9, 2020. However, nonimmigrant students in new or initial status after March 9th will not be able to enter the United States or enroll in a U.S. school for the fall term if the full course of study is 100% online.

Jul 14, 2020

Trump Administration Rescinds Ruling against Foreign Students

We previously reported that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced plans to severely modify temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking courses during the Fall semester that would result in international students enrolled in online programs being stripped of their visas, denied entry to the united States, or forced to depart the country if already here. Today the government has agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 policy and will return to the March 13, 2020 policy which allowed nonimmigrants students to take more online courses than usually permitted by Federal regulations.

Jul 08, 2020

M.I.T. and Harvard Sue the Trump Administration over Plan to Require In-Person Classes for International Students

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced plans to severely modify temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during the fall semester forcing students enrolled in programs operating entirely online to depart the United States or transfer to another school in order to avoid deportation. Universities across the country were swift to criticize and decry this decision by the Trump administration; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and Harvard have filed a lawsuit against them. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 07, 2020

SEVP Modifies Temporary Exemptions for International Students Taking Online Courses During the Fall 2020 Semester

On Monday, July 6th the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that it has implemented modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during the Fall 2020 semester. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a change in policy had permitted nonimmigrant students to take more online courses than usually permitted by Federal regulations to maintain their nonimmigrant status. Learn more in this blog.

May 14, 2020

USCIS Issues Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Foreign Medical Graduates Complying with J-1 Waiver Employment Obligation During the COVID-19 National Emergency

On May 11, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum introducing temporary policy changes regarding the full-time work requirement for H-1B foreign medical graduates who have received a J-1 waiver of the 2 year foreign residence requirement based on an Interested Government Agency (IGA) or through the Conrad State 30 Program. Learn more.

Mar 30, 2020

SEVP Provides Answers to Questions Related to F and M Students and Their Schools About COVID-19

A SEVP Guidance Document was updated and provided on March 20, 2020 addressing frequently asked questions related to F and M students and SEVP-Certified Schools in Response to the COVID-19 situation. Learn more in this blog.

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