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Jonathan A. Grode Esq.

U.S. Practice Director
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1524 Delancey Street, 4th Floor Philadelphia PA 19102 US
56 Pine Street Suite 3A Providence RI 02903 US

Jonathan Grode serves as the Practice Director for the Firm. Jonathan has worked continuously in the U.S. business immigration law field since 1999 and has amassed considerable experience obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for new company start-ups, professional workers, artists and entertainers, athletes, physicians, and scientific researchers. In addition, Jonathan has significant experience dealing with Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security enforcement actions as well as with EB-5 Investor filings.

Jonathan has been a panelist and moderator on immigration law topics for numerous organizations, including the American Bar Association, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, French Chamber for Commerce and Industry (Paris, France), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He also writes regularly for industry publications and academic journals. In addition, Jonathan is an Adjunct Faculty at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law where he teaches Business Immigration Law, Advising Global Corporations, and Law Practice Management. 

Notably, Jonathan has been listed as one of SuperLawyers Rising Stars from 2012-2018. He has also been honored with the 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for “Dedication and Commitment to the High School Mock Trial Competition”, for which he has served as Lead Author for the past 10 years. Jonathan graduated first in his class from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2008. 

Practice Areas


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 2008
  • Case Western Reserve University, Magna Cum Laude, 1999


  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Immigration and Human Trafficking Administrative Committee
    • Management Co-Chair: 2015 – Present
    • Annual Conference Track Coordinator: 2016
    • Liaison to ABA Business Section: 2015 – Present
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter CBP Committee
    • Co-Chair: 2015 – Present
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Immigration Committee
    • Member: 2009 – 2015
    • Co-Chair: 2011 – 2015
    • Annual Conference Track Coordinator: 2011 – 2015 
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Human Trafficking Task Force 
    • Member: 2013 – 2015
    • Liaison to ABA Business Section: 2014 – 2015
      • Assisted in drafting State Model Law on Employer Liability for Human Trafficking on behalf of Uniform Law Commission: 2013
      • Assisted in vetting Corporate Self-Governance Policies for Labor Human Trafficking: 2013
      • Working Group Leader for Database of Anti-Human Trafficking Resource Material:  2014 - present
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Host Committees
    • 2015 Annual Conference – Philadelphia: 2014 – 2015
    • Annual Mock Trial Philadelphia Regional Tournament: 2014 – Present
  • ABA Leadership Development Program
    • Participant: July 2014
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter New Member Divisions
    • Co-Chair: 2010 – 2014
    • Chair Emeritus: 2014 –2015
  • AILA National Chapter Student Outreach Committee: 2014 – Present 
  • Board Member French American Chamber of Commerce (Philadelphia Chapter): 2014 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. Executive Board Member: July 2009 – Present.
  • National High School Mock Trial Association.  Case Writing Committee: 2013 – Present.
  • AIJA (International Young Lawyers) President, Immigration Commission, 2011, 2012
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Sec. Marketing Committee, 2011, 2012
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter – Annual March CLE Co-Chair: 2012
  • AILA NMD National – NMD Nominating Committee:  2011, 2012, 2013
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter – Nominating Committee: 2013, 2016 


  • 2012- 2018 SuperLawyer’s Rising Star: for Immigration Law in Pennsylvania
  • Law360  “A New and Promising Immigration Tool for Entrepreneurs​" 
  • 2015 USCIS Naturalization Ceremony at Abington Senior High School – Guest Speaker. 
  • 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for “dedication and commitment to the high school mock trial competition”. May 16, 2014.
  • Quoted in: The P-1 Visa And Suk-Min Yoon: How the Pitcher Will Get His Visa. Global Sports Integration Blog. February 16, 2014.
  • Quoted in: Immigrant Investor Program Gets Watchful Eye. Legal Intelligencer. May 21, 2013.
  • Quoted in: H-1B Visas are Hot Again, for Philly Firms too. Newsworks. April 8. 2013 (aired on WHYY). 
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Accommodation: for pro bono efforts related the high school mock trial competition. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. March 31, 2012.
  • Quoted in: Egg Harbor Township officials see foreign investment as solution for West Atlantic City. Press of Atlantic City. August 12, 2011 and online -
  • Graduation Speaker (Evening Division): Temple School of Law Commencement – May 22, 2008.
  • Albert J. Bricklin Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholastic Performance: given to the 2008 graduating senior with the highest cumulative average in the Evening Division - May 22, 2008. Temple University.
  • The David Adamany Award: given to the 2008 graduating senior who excelled in the study of constitutional law – May 22, 2008. Temple University.
  • The Nat N. Wolfson Memorial Award in Real Property: given to the 2008 graduating senior who earned outstanding grades in the field of real property law – May 22, 2008. Temple University.
  • Greg R. Wiegand ’98 Memorial Fund Award: awarded to a graduating senior who has overcome adversity and demonstrated perseverance and excellence while participating in the John S. Bradway Mock Trial Program – May 22, 2008. Temple University.
  • Temple Law, Education and Participation Project (LEAP) Huey R. Burkett Service Award - March 8, 2008. Temple University.
  • Temple University Law School Louis Matkoff Scholarship for the 2007/2008 academic year, “Outstanding Academic Achievement”. October 2007. Temple University.
  • Temple University Law School Hilary Holloway Scholarship for the 2005/2006 academic year, “Outstanding Academic Achievement”. October 2005. Temple University.
  • Temple University Law School Honor Code Representative: 2005 - 2008.
  • Board Member. Good Shepard Mediation Center. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2006 - 2008.
  • Nominated for the Temple University Law School Student Choice Award for Student Leader 2007.
  • Founder: College Scholars Program at Case Western Reserve University.
  • Showing of authored and produced short films at film festivals.
  • Winner “2002 I Love New York,” Song Writing Contest


Aug 29, 2018

Third-Party-Placements Once Again Permitted under OPT

Earlier this year, we reported on an apparent change to USCIS’ website that would prohibit F-1 Students working under STEM Optional Practical...

Jul 31, 2018

USCIS Delays Rollout of NTA Memo

Last week we wrote in detail about the upcoming USCIS policy change whereby the agency will commence  issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) for...

Jul 25, 2018

Analysis: USCIS Issues Two Policy Memoranda that Could be Significantly Detrimental to Business Immigration

On June 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum in PM-602-0050.1 regarding when the agency will issu...

Jun 27, 2018

UPDATE: Trump’s Executive Order Travel Ban Upheld by Supreme Court in 5-4 decision

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in a 5-4 decision in Hawaii v. Trump, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld President Donald Trump's 2017 travel...

Jun 22, 2018

Green and Spiegel’s Jonathan Grode Named “Distinguished Leader” by The Legal Intelligencer

The oldest daily law journal in the United States, The Legal Intelligencer, has named Green and Spiegel LLC’s U.S. Practice Director Jonathan...

Jun 07, 2018

STEM OPT Third-Party Placements Placed in Doubt

Since May 2016, F-1 STEM graduates have enjoyed up-to three years of employment authorization through post-completion Optional Practical Training (...

May 18, 2018

Associated Press: Form I-9 Audits Surge, ICE Mulls Creation of Employer Compliance Inspection Center

This week, the Associated Press (AP) reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has opened 2,282 audits between October 1 and May 4, 2...

May 18, 2018

Green and Spiegel Attorneys Recognized in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

Green and Spiegel is pleased to announce Practice Director Jonathan Grode and Senior Associate Matthew Galati have been named to the Pennsylvania&n...

Apr 25, 2018

Federal Court Opens the Door for Full Reinstatement of DACA

On Tuesday, the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred...

Apr 11, 2018

ICE Continues Pressure on American Businesses with Its Largest Worksite Raid Since Bush Administration

On April 5, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a worksite raid on Southeastern Provision, a meatpacking plant located in rural Bean Stat...

Mar 02, 2018

FAM Changes Made to Consular Officer Limitation of Non-Immigrant Visas

Recently announced changes to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) have altered the way U.S. Consular Officers’ issue validity periods for non-im...

Feb 28, 2018

ICE Heavily Targeted California Businesses in February

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appears to be making good on its Director’s promise to potentially quintuple worksite enforcement a...

Feb 02, 2018

Jonathan Grode to Speak at the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) conference

February 2, 2018 – U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode will be speaking today at the HRPA conference, at 10 am EST in Toronto, Canada. The ...

Jan 30, 2018

Practice Director Jonathan Grode Speaks Today on National AILA Webinar about H-1B visas

January 30, 2018 – U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode will be co-presenting a national webinar today for The American Immigration Lawyers ...

Jan 25, 2018

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to Introduce Bill Increasing H-1B Cap Numbers

Bloomberg Politics is reporting that legislation that would provide needed H-1B cap relief to a system perennially oversubscribed will be soon be i...

Jan 19, 2018

Shutdown Watch: Programs and Processes to be Affected

At midnight on Jan. 20, 2018, the U.S. government will run out of funding, forcing a shutdown of many of its non-essential services. This according...

Jan 02, 2018

2017 Was Objectively More Difficult for H-1B Nonimmigrants; 2018 Poised to Have Additional Challenges

2017 was a challenging year for immigration petitioners and beneficiaries. The Trump administration took incremental steps to change the U.S.&rsquo...

Nov 10, 2017

Green and Spiegel Helps Bring Together Refugee Team In Philadelphia Unity Cup

Green and Spiegel was proud to be a part of this year’s Philadelphia Unity Cup, a World Cup-style tournament held over several mont...

Nov 09, 2017

11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Practice Director Jonathan Grode attended the 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference which was held in Washington D.C. The conference...

Oct 24, 2017

USCIS Rescinds Guidance Granting Deference to Nonimmigrant Petition Approvals

On October 23, 2017, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum rescinding previous guidance that directed adjudicators to defer to prior determinations of e...

Oct 18, 2017

Employers Beware: ICE Director Warns of ‘Quintupling’ Worksite Enforcement Actions

In statements made to the Heritage Foundation on October 17, acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan stated that he has...

Sep 21, 2017

USCIS Significantly Increases H-1B RFE Issuance in 2017

USCIS Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for H-1B petitions have increased by more than 45% this year compared to the same timeframe in 2016, Reuters rep...

Sep 06, 2017


Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program today, with “w...

Sep 01, 2017


A senior administration official told Fox News yesterday that President Trump is expected to announce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood ...

Aug 30, 2017

USCIS to Implement Regular Interview Requirement for Employment-Based Immigrants in the Era of “Extreme Vetting”

In the latest wave of the Trump Administration’s “extreme vetting” immigration campaign, USCIS has announced that all employment-...

Jun 26, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trump Travel Ban Case, Reinstates Part of Ban

In an unsigned, per curiam opinion issued today, the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear the revised Trump Travel Ban cases ...

Jun 14, 2017

Jonathan Grode Featured as Panelist on Cross-Border Perspectives, Philadelphia Bar Reporter

As reported in the June 2016 issue of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode recently served as a panelist in a progr...

Jun 02, 2017

Following Defeats, Trump Administration Takes Travel Ban to Supreme Court

Following last week’s appellate defeat before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Trump Administration requested that the U.S. Supreme C...

May 24, 2017


Super Lawyers Magazine has selected U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode and Senior Associate Matthew Galati to the 2017-...

May 12, 2017


On May 1st, U.S. Practice Director, Jonathan Grode was invited to be a guest speaker for the USCIS Naturalization Ceremony at Abington High School ...

May 10, 2017

Green and Spiegel’s Jonathan Grode Quoted in Forbes EB-5 Article

U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode was quoted in a May 10th article featured in Forbes regarding the EB-5 immigrant investor prog...

Apr 18, 2017

H-1B Update: Annual Cap Reached with Fewer Than Expected Numbers, President Trump to Commence Administrative Reforms

The past few days has generated a flurry of news regarding the H-1B specialty occupation visa, including some interesting developments that surpris...

Mar 06, 2017

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

On Friday, March 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective April 3, 2017, it would suspend Premium Process...

Feb 07, 2017

Achieving the American Dream: Green and Spiegel Salutes the Work of Jonathan Grode in Overcoming the Trump Travel Ban for Syrian Family

February 7, 2017- The Executive Order issued by the Trump Administration prohibiting certain nationals from entering the U.S. on their previously v...

Feb 01, 2017

Families Denied Entry at the Philadelphia Airport File Federal Litigation Against the Trump Administration

We would like to congratulate U.S. practice director Jonathan Grode on his tireless work with the ACLU to help families who have been denied entry ...

Dec 15, 2016

Business Immigration: Employers and Beneficiaries Familiarize Themselves with New Regulatory Changes Effective Jan. 17, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security has issued new regulations  that will impact employers and foreign workers in many of the employment-based...

Nov 09, 2016

What does a Trump Victory mean for Business Immigration?

The results from the U.S. presidential election are in, and Donald Trump has eked out an electoral college victory that will send him to the White ...

Oct 18, 2016

Jonathan Grode to assist the Purdue Foundry with J-1 Visa Entrepreneurial Program

Purdue Research Foundation and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced an agreement to support increased sta...

Aug 05, 2016

U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode to present at ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

As part of the Labor and Employment Law Section proceedings at this week’s 2016 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA,...

Jul 20, 2016

Jonathan Grode Named ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration

We are very excited to announce that Jonathan Grode, U.S. Practice Director has been named liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Im...

May 20, 2016

New Changes to Entry in Mexico for visa holders

As of May 18, 2016, any permanent resident or holder of a valid visa issued by the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, or any co...

May 20, 2016

DUI’s and Visa Revocation in the U.S.

May 20, 2016 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Office has recently instructed consular officers to revoke the visas of visa-hold...

Apr 11, 2016

ABA Webinar: Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking- An Introduction to the U&T Visa

US Practice Director Jonathan Grode will be featured in an ABA webinar on April 12, 2016, discussing current government policies regarding the prot...

Apr 11, 2016

ABA: Section on Labor and Employment Law

Green and Spiegel’s US Practice Director Jonathan Grode was featured in the Winter 2016 edition of the ABA newsletter. Jonathan’s artic...

Feb 05, 2016

Jonathan Grode Addresses the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris

January 29, 2016 – The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) hosted a forum to educate and promote French corporate business developm...

Jul 06, 2015

ESU First in Pennsylvania to Offer Innovative New J-1 Visa Program to Attract International Business to Region

East Stroudsbourg University (ESU) will offer a newly expanded J-1 Visa that allows not only visiting scholars and researchers, but also internatio...

Jun 09, 2015

Managing the Unintended Consequences of Immigration Reform

June 9, 2015 – Jonathan Grode, in a recent issue of Labor and Employment Law (published by the American Bar Association) discusses the possib...

Oct 09, 2014

Upcoming Seminar: LGBT Immigration in a Post-DOMA Context

With the fall of the Defence of Marriage Act, full equal rights are now available to same-sex couples with respect to immigration benefits. But wha...

Jun 05, 2014

Jonathan Grode Honored with Special Achievement Award by PA Bar Association

Jonathan Grode was honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association on May 15, 2014 with a Special Achievement Award in recognition of his ongoing work ...

Apr 21, 2014

2015 H-1B Cap Reached

April 16, 2014 – On April 10, 2014 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a computer lottery of the more than 172,500 pe...

Feb 21, 2014

Jonathan Grode talks P-1 Visas with Global Sports Integration

Check out Green and Spiegel’s very own Jonathan Grode, US Practice Director, quoted in a Global Sports Integration’s article on the sig...

Dec 06, 2013

Civil Lawsuits Increasing Against Employers of Foreign Nationals for Violations of Labor and Immigration Laws

Historically, most enforcement actions against employers for violating labour laws or for discrimination against foreign nationals and domestic wor...

Jul 03, 2013

Even well-meaning employers can run afoul of immigration laws, says Jonathan Grode in ABA article

To remain on the right side of the law, employers need to follow both the changes to immigration laws relevant to hiring workers and to the enforce...

Jul 02, 2013

Supreme Court Ruling means U.S. Citizens can now sponsor same-sex partners

Green and Spiegel U.S. applauds the recent Supreme Court decision holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional ...

Media and Presentations


  • In the Eye of the Visa Holder American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. Volume 44 Number 2. Winter 2016. 
  • Managing Unintended Consequences of Immigration Reform America Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. Volume 43, Number 3. Spring 2015.
  • Temporary Protective Status and Ebola (with Andrew Rodgers) AILA Law Student Newsletter. December 2014.
  • The Politics of Compliance Control Systems Integrators Association Newsletter. July 2014.
  • O-1B: For More than Traditional Artists (with Alex Varghese) AILA New Member Division E-News. Vol. 6. Issue 3 –, July 2014.
  • Changing Immigration Regulations Raise Employment Issues America Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. Volume 42, Number 3. Spring 2014.
  • Immigration Action – the Civil Side of Employing Foreign Nationals (with Brian Green, Esq. & Alex Varghese, J.D.) ABA Labor and Employment Law Section 7thAnnual Conference. November 2013.
  • Avoiding Stumbling Blocks in Acquiring TN Status (with Karen Jensen, Esq.) AILA New Member Division E-News. Vol. 5. Issue 2 –, May 2013.
  • Representing Corporate Clients: Managing Immigration Risk for “Compliant” Employers (with Jane W. Goldblum, Esq.), The Labor Lawyer: A Journal of Ideas and Developments in Labor and Employment Law Spring 2013.
  • Opening Pandora’s Box: Immigration Issues Affecting Labor Lawyers (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq.) Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 18th Annual Employment Law Institute. April 2012.
  • Employer-Related Issues to Spot Before Commencing a PERM Case (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq. & Maria P. Fritzinger, Esq.), AILA’s PERM Labor Cert Guide. AILA December 2011.
  • 3 Practice Pointers for Employment-based Green Card Sponsorship AILA New Member Division E-News. Vol 3. Issue 4 –, December 2011.
  • Organizing CLE Events for Your NMD (with Jennifer Hermansky, Esq.) AILA New Member Division E-News. Vol 3. Issue 1 –, February 2011.
  • Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know About Performing Due Diligence Regarding Immigration Status in Corporate Acquisitions / Mergers (But Were Afraid to Ask) (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq.), New York State Bar Annual Conference Publication. April 2010.
  • Representing Corporate Clients: A New Union between Labor, Immigration and Criminal Counsel (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq.), The Labor Lawyer: A Journal of Ideas and Developments in Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 24, Number 2, p.223, Fall 2008 (Updated Spring 2011).
  • Employer-Related Issues to Spot Before Commencing a PERM Case (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq. & Maria P. Fritzinger, Esq.), David Stanton Manual on Labor Certification, 4th Ed. p.113. AILA 2008-2009. (with Employer Questionnaire Practice Aid p. 314).
  • CHART: Immigrant Visa Options for Scientists and Researchers (with Jane W. Goldblum, Esq.), David Stanton Manual on Labor Certification, 3rd Ed. AILA 2005.