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Joshua H. Rolf Esq.

Senior Associate Attorney
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Philadelphia (US Headquarters)
1524 Delancey Street, 4th Floor Philadelphia PA 19102 US

Josh Rolf is a Senior Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Philadelphia office. Josh focuses his practice on various types of immigrant and nonimmigrant matters, including investor-based petitions. He regularly counsels startups and individuals on immigration options, developing cogent strategies for success. Josh’s professional experience also extends to representing clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He has also litigated cases before Immigration Court and the United States Court of Appeals.

Josh is a fluent Spanish speaker. Immediately after completing his undergraduate studies, Josh moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lived for 1.5 years and taught English at multi-national companies in the agricultural and energy industries. Combined with his studies in Spain and Costa Rica, as well as his wide range of family and friends living all over the world, Josh’s extensive international experience and network allows him to bring a truly global perspective to his practice.

With this perspective, Josh has been interviewed by various leading media outlets on immigration issues, notably including his perspective on potential immigration changes in The Atlantic. As a leader in the immigration law community, Josh has previously served as the Co-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers  Association Philadelphia Chapter’s Law Student Committee.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, The George Washington University, 2008

Additional Languages Spoken

Spanish

Affiliations

  • Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar (2013)

Involvement

  • Volunteer, Project Home – Women of Change, 2014 – Present; I help prepare and serve meals to women currently residing in transitional housing.

Awards

• Rubin Public Interest Scholar, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2013

Blogs

Sep 30, 2020

Breaking – Federal Court Blocks Implementation of Fee Increases

Quick Takeaways: -Blocks rule that was set to go into effect on October 2, 2020. -Current fees, forms, and processing times will remain in effect for now. -DHS expected to appeal injunction.

Sep 18, 2020

Update on Upcoming USCIS Fee Changes

• Fee increases and corresponding versions of new forms will apply to filings postmarked 10/02/2020 or later. • Fee increases by a weighted average of 20%, $10.00 discount available to online filings. • Significant increases for naturalization and overall cost of adjustment of status. • Asylum Applications will now carry $50.00 fee. • Premium Processing will remain the same fee but with 15-business-day deadline. • Most separate biometric fees eliminated and built-in to overall filing fee. • Several fee waivers no longer available. Learn more in this blog.

Sep 17, 2020

Appeals Court Rules Trump Administration Can End Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that President Trump can put an end to Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which would deny more than 300,000 individuals the ability to remain in the United States legally. Learn more in this blog.

Aug 14, 2020

ALERT – USCIS COMMENCES SECOND ROUND OF H-1B LOTTERY SELECTIONS

Second round of selections underway for those Registrations still on file from March 2020. At this time it is unclear how many additional Registrations will be selected or for how long the second round will run. Selected Registrations will have 90 days to submit full Petitions requesting employment as early as October 1, 2020. Premium Processing available at this time.

Jul 16, 2020

UPDATE: Additional Exceptions to Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

Quick Takeaways • Derivatives of H, J, and L exempted from Executive Order and/or in the United States also exempted. • Immigrant Visa applicants protected against aging out. • Valid Diversity Visas will not be revoked. • Irish, UK, and Schengen F-1/M-1 may travel without National Interest Exception.

Jul 15, 2020

U.S. Consulates Begin Phased Resumption of Visa Services

Limited resumption on consulate-by-consulate basis, depending on local conditions. No timetable for universal reopening, resumption of normal workload, or availability of all services. Travel restrictions and visa suspensions still in place. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 09, 2020

Update – 60-Day Extension of Deadlines for RFEs and Other Agency Requests Extended through September 11, 2020

If RFE, NOID, NOIR, Denial, or other Agency request issued between March 1, 2020 and September 11, 2020, may submit up-to-60-days beyond stated deadline or decision date. New notices will not be issued. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 07, 2020

Global Entry Enrollment Reopening Postponed Until at Least August 10, 2020

The Global Entry Program has been closed since March 19th due to COVID-19. Its reopening has been postponed until at least August 10th, 2020. Because of the continued closure applicants have 485 days from their conditional approval to complete the enrollment application. Those who scheduled interviews in July and early August must reschedule their appointments. The Enrollment on Arrival program remains operational. Residents of New York State are still ineligible for Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs.

Jun 26, 2020

Executive Order Update – Department of State Advises it Will NOT Issue Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas through December 31, 2020

Quick Takeaways: • Changes now in effect. • Unless subject to an exception, U.S. Department of State will not issue new or renewed nonimmigrant visas in the effected classes until December 31, 2020. • Likewise, suspension of immigrant visa issuance also extended through December 31, 2020. • No timeline on resumption of routine, in-person visa services.

Jun 25, 2020

UPDATE: Canadians, Bermudians, and All Current Visa Holders Exempt from Latest Executive Order

Quick Takeaways: • Changes now in effect. • Canadians and Bermudians excluded from Executive Order by virtue of being visa exempt. • All foreign nationals with presently valid H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 Visa holders also excluded, even if they have not entered the United States as of June 24. • Other questions still remain.

Jun 23, 2020

UPDATE: White House Suspends Issuance of H-1B, L-1, J-1, and H-2B Visas for Remainder of 2020

Quick Takeaways: -Changes go into effect 12:01AM EST on June 24, 2020 and unless lifted or enjoined will remain in place through at least December 31, 2020. -Suspends admission of H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain J-1 nonimmigrants and their dependents who are outside the United States and who do not have valid visas or other valid travel document as of the effective date. -Also extends existing suspension of immigrant visa issuance through December 31, 2020, subject to previously announced exceptions. -Individuals seeking a change to one of the affected statuses within the United States or who have a valid visa are not covered by the Executive Order are able to continuing processing. -Does not include Lawful Permanent Residents,spouses/children of U.S. Citizens, essential workers in food supply chain, and other individuals whose admission would be in the “national interest.” -Other nonimmigrant workers (E-3, TN, H-1B1, O, P, etc.) are not included. -Many questions remain with respect to interpretation and implementation.

Jun 21, 2020

ALERT: White House Expected to Imminently Issue Executive Order Affecting H-1B, L-1, J-1, and H-2B Visas

Proposed suspension of issuing H-1B, L-1, J-1, and H-2B Visas for the remainder of 2020. Would not impact individuals within the United States, unclear how it will impact those who already have these visas. Broad exceptions for foreign nationals whose admission would be in the national interest. Will update after reviewing the signed Executive Order.

May 30, 2020

UPDATE - U.S. Adds Brazil to Ongoing Travel Restrictions

Effective 11:59 PM March 26, 2020, recent visitors to Brazil will also be banned from traveling to the United States. U.S. Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents, and NATO/UN/Diplomatic personnel amongst those who continue to be exempted. Travelers returning from restricted countries subjected to significant delays and uncertainty at designated airports as restrictions take effect.

May 30, 2020

BREAKING: USCIS Will Resume Premium Processing as early as June 1, 2020

Quick Takeaways: • Phased roll-out will begin June 1, full return expected by June 22 when all H-1B Petitions, including Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions, will resume Premium Processing. • Dates subject to change at USCIS’ discretion. Learn more in this blog.

May 01, 2020

ALERT – USCIS Announces 60-Day Extension of Deadlines for RFEs and other Agency Requests

Quick Takeaways: -If RFE, NOID, NOIR, Denial, or other Agency request issued between March 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020, may submit up-to-60-days beyond stated deadline or decision date. -New notices will not be issued. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 24, 2020

UPDATE: USCIS Extends Suspension of Most In-Person Services through June 3, 2020

Appointments, Interviews, naturalization ceremonies, and other face-to-face interactions with the public are cancelled through June 3. USCIS will automatically reschedule and send out new notices to those affected. USCIS Service Centers remain operational. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 23, 2020

UPDATE - Executive Order to Prohibit Issuance of Certain Immigrant Visas for 60 Days

Effective 11:59 PM April 23, 2020 and for the next 60 days thereafter, some individuals outside the United States seeking an immigrant visa will be prohibited from processing that request. Suspension may be extended beyond 60 days, and measures to limit nonimmigrant visa processing may arrive next month. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 22, 2020

UPDATE: Trump Executive Order to Limit Issuance of Certain Green Cards

Less than 24 hours after his initial announcement that he would be signing an Executive Order to halt all immigration to the United States, President Trump announced on Tuesday afternoon that his forthcoming Executive Order would not, in fact, suspend all legal immigration to the United States. Instead, the Order, which is still being drafted and/or reviewed by government attorneys, will suspend the issuance of certain green cards for 60 days. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 21, 2020

Trump Announces Suspension of U.S. Immigration

In a late night tweet on April 20, President Trump announced that he would be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States. The President’s rule via tweet fiat contained no details as to whom this Executive Order would affect, and the White House has yet to provide further clarification as to the Order’s content, timing, or legal justification. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 02, 2020

UPDATE: USCIS Prolongs Suspension of Most In-Person Services through May 3, 2020

USCIS appointments, interviews, naturalization ceremonies, and other face-to-face interactions with the public cancelled through May 3. USCIS will automatically reschedule and send out new notices to those affected. USCIS Service Centers remain operational. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 31, 2020

USCIS UPDATES – Response Times and I-765 Biometrics Data Extended due to COVID-19

USCIS recently announced response extensions have been applied to NOIR, NOIT, and I-290B Filings. Previously gathered biometrics are being utilized for new EAD Applications. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 27, 2020

ALERT: USCIS Announces 60-Day Extension of Deadlines for RFE and NOIDs

If an RFE was issued between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020, you may submit up-to-60-days beyond the stated deadline. It does not appear that new RFE/NOID Notices will be issued. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 27, 2020

ALERT: First Phase of Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Selection Complete

The selection process for Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap is completed. USCIS will alert selected Registrations no later than March 31, 2020. A 90-day filing period will commence April 1, 2020. Unselected Registrations will remain on file until the FY 2021 H-1B Cap has been reached. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 26, 2020

BREAKING: USCIS Extends Suspension of Most In-Person Services through April 7, 2020

Appointments, interviews, naturalization ceremonies, and other face-to-face interactions with the public cancelled through April 7. USCIS will automatically reschedule and send out new notices to those affected. USCIS Service Centers remain operational. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 20, 2020

BREAKING: USCIS Will Accept Photocopies of Signatures but is Suspending Premium Processing

Though its Field Offices have cancelled most face-to-face interactions with the public, USCIS Service Centers remain open and operational. Forms may be submitted with photocopies of original signatures for submissions dated March 21 and beyond. Effective today, March 20, 2020, USCIS will stop accepting new requests for Premium Processing due to COVID-19. USCIS will continue to adjudicate pending Petitions with Premium Processing, and will continue to accept and adjudicate new filings using Regular Processing.

Mar 18, 2020

Premium Processing Suspended for FY2021 H-1B Cap

H-1B Premium Processing will not be available when filing period opens April 1, 2020. It should be available for Petitions requesting a change of status from F-1 to H-1B no later than May 27, 2020, and for all others no sooner than June 29, 2020. For now, suspension only applies to FY2021 H-1B Cap Petitions. Unclear how COVID-19 will affect Premium Processing availability more generally. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 15, 2020

UPDATE - U.S. Adds United Kingdom and Ireland to Previously Announced Travel Restrictions

Effective 11:59 PM March 16, 2020, recent visitors to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland will also be banned from traveling to the United States. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 12, 2020

U.S. Expands Coronavirus Travel Restrictions to Recent Visitors to Europe

United States is now barring entry to non-U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents physically present in almost all of Europe within 2 weeks of seeking admission – even those with valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas – effectively closing off most European travel to United States. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 04, 2020

U.S. Expands Coronavirus Travel Restrictions to Recent Visitors to Iran

The United States is now barring entry to non-U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents physically present in Iran within two weeks prior to seeking admission – even those with valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas. Like February’s proclamation, immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents and NATO/UN/Diplomatic personnel amongst those exempted. Learn more in this blog.

Feb 02, 2020

U.S. Imposes Travel Restrictions and/or Quarantines on Recent Visitors to China

According to President Trump’s Proclamation, as of 5:00PM EST on February 2, 2020, the United States will severely prohibit the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants traveling to the United States within 14 days of having been physically present in mainland China. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 31, 2020

President Trump Signs USMCA, Implementation Still Pending

On January 29, 2020, President Trump signed the implementing legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”), which is set to replace the nearly 25-year-old NAFTA. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 23, 2020

President Floats Possibility of Expanded Travel Ban

On January 21, 2020, President Trump confirmed at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos a long-rumored plan to expand the existing Travel Ban to additional countries. Learn more in this blog.

Nov 11, 2019

Proposed Rule Would Eliminate Duration of Status for F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders

Reviving efforts initiated last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has once again stated its intent to eliminate the use of “Duration of Status” for certain nonimmigrant visa holders – and, in particular, F-1 Students and J-1 Visitors. Learn more in this blog.

Nov 08, 2019

USCIS Continues Increased Scrutiny of H-1B Program

The consequences of the Trump Administration’s animus towards legal immigration continue to manifest themselves through one of the White House’s favorite targets: the H-1B Program. This is making life more difficult for specialty occupation workers and the companies that employ them. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 11, 2019

USCIS Oversteps On Demand For Personal Income Information In New, Form I-944 Relating To “Public Charge”

Beginning October 15, 2019, all applicants for adjustment of status will be required to file a new, Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). USCIS has instituted this new form in order for individuals applying for permanent residence to demonstrate that they are not likely be become a “a public charge” pursuant to INA § 212(a)(4). Learn more in this blog.

Jul 16, 2019

Josh Rolf Leads Investment Visa Discussion in Buenos Aires

On July 12, 2019, Green and Spiegel Associate Joshua Rolf appeared at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the full event recap here.

Jun 10, 2019

Premium Processing Now Available for All FY2020 H-1B Cap Petitions

Beginning June 10, 2019, USCIS will accept Premium Processing for all Petitions selected in this year’s H-1B Cap Lottery. 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 09, 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.

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.

Feb 19, 2019

Premium Processing Returns for Certain Pending H-1B Petitions

Effective February 19, 2019, USCIS will resume accepting Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. Learn more in this blog.

Feb 15, 2019

ICE Raids Fake University in Michigan

Over the past two weeks,Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has arrested more than 100 students and 8 recruiters connected with the University ofFarmington, located in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. The University of Farmington is a fake university the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) established to ensnare not only foreign nationals seeking employment authorization while studying in the United States, but also the recruiters who sold them this program. Learn more.

Jan 31, 2019

UPDATE: DHS Publishes Final Rule for H-1B Cap Lottery

Though the government just re-opened a few days ago, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has been working through the shutdown to finalize its proposed rule that would fundamentally alter the H-1B Cap Lottery. Today, DHS announced it has published the Final Rule for public inspection, and that it is set to take partial effect on April 1, 2019. Learn more on our blog.

Jan 25, 2019

Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Petitions to Resume

On January 25, 2019, USCIS announced a limited return of H-1B Premium Processing. If you are unsure whether this limited return of H-1B Premium Processing benefits your pending Petition, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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.

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 05, 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.

Nov 02, 2018

USCIS Extends Validity of Medical Exams to Two Years

As of yesterday, USCIS has enacted new guidelines that provide welcome relief to foreign nationals with long-pending green card applications, extending the validity of their Form I-693 medical examinations from one to two years, so long as the examinations in question were performed within sixty days of filing for lawful permanent residence.

Sep 12, 2018

H-1B Premium Processing Suspension Goes Into Effect

Consistent with our advisory from late August, as of today, September 11, 2018, USCIS will no longer accept Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions u...

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...

Aug 29, 2018

USCIS Extends, and Expands, Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

USCIS announced today that its suspension of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions will be extended through at least February ...

Aug 01, 2018

USCIS Data Shows Severe Increase in RFEs and Denials

On July 25, 2018, the nonpartisan National Foundation for American Policy (“NFAP”) published a report that confirms what business immig...

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 17, 2018

USCIS Completes Data Entry for H-1B Cap

On May 15, 2018, approximately one-month after completing its selections, USCIS announced that it has finished its data entry for all H-1B Cap Peti...

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 13, 2018

H-1B Cap Selection Process Completed

On April 11, 2018, USCIS announced that it completed the randomized selection of Petitions submitted for the Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap. USCIS repor...

Apr 10, 2018

Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Reached

On Friday, April 6, 2018, USCIS announced that it once again reached the limit for H-1B Petitions submitted for the Fiscal Year 2019 Regular and Ma...

Mar 21, 2018

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

For the second year in a row, and less than two weeks before April 1, USCIS announced it will suspend Premium Processing for all Petitions subject ...

Mar 02, 2018

The H-4 EAD Stays – For Now

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has confirmed that it will refrain from issuing draft regulations that would revoke work au...

Feb 23, 2018

CLIENT ALERT: USCIS Heightens Requirements for H-1B Third-Party Placements

On February 22, 2018, USCIS issued a Policy Memo outlining the documentary requirements for all H-1B Petitions involving third-party placements. Pe...

Dec 22, 2017

Client Alert: New USCIS Guidance Narrows Definition of Economists under NAFTA

Earlier this week, USCIS issued new guidance restricting the positions that fall under the TN profession of Economist. Importantly, USCIS’ gu...

Nov 16, 2017

New Legislation Targets H-1B Dependent Employers

On November 15, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 170, better known as the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act, clearing the way for...

Nov 08, 2017

U.S. and Turkey Resume Limited Visa Services

On November 6, 2017, nearly one month after suspending nonimmigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulates in Istanbul...

Oct 10, 2017

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Visa Services

On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Mission to Turkey announced the immediate suspension of all nonimmigrant visas services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, as well as its Consulates in Istanbul and Adana...

Oct 03, 2017

Employer Alert: All H-1B Premium Processing Now Resumed

October 3, 2017- Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that is has resumed premium processing for all H-1B extension of stay petitions, thereby enabling petitioners in all circumstances to utilize premium processing for their H-1B employees. Whether filing a new H-1B or seeking to upgrade a pending Petition, Premium Processing and its 15-day money-back-guarantee has been fully reinstated for all types of H-1B Petitions.

Sep 19, 2017

USCIS Re-Opens Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

On September 18, 2017, USCIS announced the resumption of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2018 (“FY2018”) H-1B Cap Petitions, effective immediately. These Petitions, which must have arrived at USCIS between April 3 -7, 2017, include the 65,000 H-1Bs selected in the Regular Cap, and the additional 20,000 selected in the U.S. Master’s Cap....

Jul 25, 2017

The Limited Return of H-1B Premium Processing

As of July 24, 2017, USCIS will resume accepting Premium Processing for several H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions. While USCIS’ April 3 suspension of...

Jan 27, 2017

Fact vs. Fiction in U.S. Immigration

The recent debate between real news vs. fake news (or facts vs. alternative facts) has become all consuming, and the topic of immigration is no exc...

Dec 05, 2016

Green and Spiegel Attorney quoted in The Atlantic

   Congrats are in order to Joshua Rolf, an associate at Green and Spiegel U.S., LLC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who shared his 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...

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