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Matthew Galati Esq.

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

Matthew T. Galati is of Counsel to the Firm’s Philadelphia Office. Matt leads the Firm’s U.S. Investors and Entrepreneurs Division, dedicated to representing individuals and companies seeking use of foreign investment in the immigration context. He has experience with nearly every aspect of immigration law and focuses the majority of his practice on EB-5-related matters. Matt has handled the preparation of hundreds of Form I-526 and Form I-829 petitions, as well as regularly advising U.S. companies utilizing the program. Further, Matt has creatively utilized other visa classifications in order to secure immigration benefits for his entrepreneurial clientele.

He also regularly advises companies in the corporate context, with a focus on immigration compliance. Matt’s previous representations have included representing clients before immigration court, in appellate proceedings, and most notably as counsel pro hac vice in the seminal EB-4 Religious Minister case Shalom Pentecostal Church v. Beers, No. 11-4491 (D.N.J. Sept. 16, 2013).

Matt has been a panelist and moderator on immigration law topics for numerous organizations across the country and around the world, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, EB-5 Diligence, NES Capital, The Investment Migration Summit, and in various investor roadshows and migration agent trainings. Matt is a frequent author with dozens of publications in the industry, including in EB-5 Investors Magazine, The Legal Intelligencer, and The National Law Review, amongst others. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on the Philadelphia chapter’s Executive Committee as its Vice Chair. Notably, Matthew has been listed as one of SuperLawyers Rising Stars from 2016-2019 in the field of business immigration.

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2010
  • University of Virginia, BA, 2007

Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar, 2011
  • Virginia Bar, 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Philadelphia Chapter, Executive Committee - Treasurer
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Philadelphia Chapter, Executive Committee - Vice Chair
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce​, Ambassador

Involvement

Kehillah Soccer League – Youth Soccer Coach (2018-Present)

Awards

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2016-2018
  • Listed, EB-5 Investors Magazine, "Top 5 Rising Stars", 2017
  • Listed, EB-5 Investors Magazine, "Top 25 Immigration Attorneys", 2018​

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Blogs

Oct 28, 2019

Matthew Galati To Represent Green and Spiegel LLC at the Seattle 2019 IIUSA Industry Forum

Immigration attorney Matthew Galati will represent Green and Spiegel LLC as he joins Breakout 4, USCIS Policy & Actions: Living in a World of Adjudication Backlogs, RFEs, and NOIDs panel on Tuesday, October 29th at 3:30pm. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 25, 2019

Country Cap Removal Legislation Stalls in Senate amid Competing Legislative Proposals

There are significant immigration bills before the United States Senate for the first time since 2013. Senator Lee’s bill is the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (“S-236”) and Senator Durbin’s bill is the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act (“S-2603”). Learn more in this blog.

Oct 25, 2019

Country Cap Removal Legislation Stalls in Senate amid Competing Legislative Proposals

There are significant immigration bills before the United States Senate for the first time since 2013. Senator Lee’s bill is the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (“S-236”) and Senator Durbin’s bill is the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act (“S-2603”). Learn more in this blog.

Jul 12, 2019

Bipartisan House Overwhelmingly Passes Country Cap Removal Bill, Future Uncertain in Senate and White House

This week in an extremely rare bipartisan action on immigration reform, the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 1044, the“Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019.” Learn more in this blog.

May 23, 2019

Congress Blasts Trump’s Immigration Overhaul as Comprehensive Reform Remains Unlikely

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, President Trump unveiled his administration’s proposal for a new employment-heavy immigration system that focuses on reworking border security and the current legal Immigration system. Learn more in this blog.

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!

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 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 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.

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.

Jan 29, 2019

E-Verify is Back Up and Running as the Government Shutdown Ends

On Friday, January 25, President Trump signed a short-term budget which allows the government to re-open for three weeks, ending the longest government shutdown in history. E-Verify was not available during the shutdown because its authorization had lapsed. With a new temporary reauthorization in place, E-Verify has now resumed operations through at least February 15, 2019. Read the full blog by clicking the link below.

Jan 14, 2019

EB5Investors Magazine Names Matthew T. Galati a Top 25 Immigration Attorney

Congratulations to Matthew T. Galati for being named a Top 25 Immigration Attorney by EB5Investors Magazine in January 2019 for his experience, reputation, and passion.

Jan 11, 2019

Employment-Based I-485s: Ability to Use the Earlier Date for Filing Charts May Come to a Close

Back in September, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) was allowing applicants to file their I-485 applications for adjustment of status in both the employment-based and the family-based categories according to the earlier-in-time Filing Date Charts. Put another way, USCIS has been accepting Form I-485 filings for all prospective qualifying immigrants before a visa number is technically available. Green and Spiegel has been filing our clients’ files in light of this change for months, however, it appears that this will shortly come to an end. Learn more here.

Jan 03, 2019

ICE Stats Show Massive Increase of Worksite Compliance Investigations for FY2018, Agency Expected to be More Aggressive in 2019

ICE’s published statistics mirror our own experience in 2018, as our firm has received an unprecedented number of inquiries from employers receiving visits from HSI. We strongly advise that employers should take proactive and/or remedial measures – such as internal Form I-9 audits -- in order to avoid the costly and unfavorable consequences of ICE audits that can damage businesses and their employees’ welfare.

Jun 12, 2018

Matthew Galati Selected to AILA Leadership Positions

Green and Spiegel Senior Associate attorney Matthew Galati was recently selected to American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) l...

Jun 11, 2018

Shocking Report: India EB-2 Backlog Calculated to be 151 Years

On June 8, author David Bier of the Cato Institute published a sobering analysis of the employment-based Green Card backlogs for India-born benefic...

Jun 06, 2018

June 19: Join Us for Our Webinar With Pathways EB-5

On June 19 at Noon EST, Green and Spiegel will host an EB-5 Webinar with Pathways EB-5, a company owning regional centers coast to coast. Click her...

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...

May 14, 2018

USCIS Reverses Unlawful Presence Policy, Risking Draconian Consequences for Students, Exchange Visitors, and their Families

On May 11, 2018, USCIS announced a stunning and unexpected reversal of decades of immigration policy, stating via a Draft Policy Memorandum that th...

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...

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...

Jan 25, 2018

MATTHEW GALATI QUOTED IN BLOOMBERG BNA ARTICLE ON E-VERIFY, EB-5 EFFECTS OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

On January 22, 2018, Senior Associate Matthew Galati was quoted in  “E-Verify Loses Reauthorization Amid Government Shutdown,&rsquo...

Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-Day Extension: E-Verify and Additional Programs Revived, Government to Reopen

This weekend’s government shutdown and lapse in several immigration programs proved to be relatively short lived. Early this aftern...

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 10, 2018

Breaking News: ICE Launches Worksite Raid Against Ninety-Eight 7-Eleven Stores

As reported by the Washington Post, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a pre-dawn raid on January 10, targeting 98 7-Eleven Stores ...

Oct 18, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Blocked Nationwide (Again)

Two District Courts have halted the third iteration of the Travel Ban, which was set to go into effect today. In a 91-page opinion issued this mor...

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 26, 2017

Trump Administration Announces Third Iteration of Travel Ban; Supreme Court Cancels Oral Argument

Over the weekend, the Trump Administration announced its third version of a travel ban against nationals of eight nations, adding three new countries to the list for the first time. Unlike previous bans, the travel restrictions are mostly indefinite in duration. The new restrictions prompted the Supreme Court to cancel upcoming

Sep 15, 2017

REMINDER: EMPLOYERS MUST USE NEW I-9 EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION FORM AS OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Starting Monday, September 18, USCIS will no longer accept previous versions of Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification. As of this date, all employers must begin using the latest edition (edition date (7/17/2017) for all new-hire verifications. The new Form I-9 is available on the USCIS website. The revisions to the form were largely technical in nature. The specific modifications to Form I-9 have been documented in greater detail in a post we published on July 21. Contact Green and Spiegel today if you have any questions or concerns relating to Form I-9 or your company’s employment verification processes.

Jul 21, 2017

Attention Employers: USCIS Released New Form I-9, Use Mandatory as of Sept. 18, 2017

This week, USCIS issued a new Form I-9 (edition date: 7/17/2017) that all employers must begin using for new-hire verifications starting on or afte...

May 24, 2017

GREEN AND SPIEGEL ATTORNEYS, JONATHAN GRODE AND MATTHEW GALATI NAMED 2017-2018 RISING STARS FOR BUSINESS IMMIGRATION

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

Jan 04, 2017

The Israeli E-2 Visa is Finally Moving Forward

An important new source for foreign investment immigration is now about to take hold. News broke in the New Year that the Israeli government will f...

Nov 16, 2016

USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-9; New Version Mandatory Effective Jan. 22, 2017

USCIS published a new version of Form I-9 (11/14/2006 ed.), which includes new features for users completing the form on a computer. Empl...

Sep 26, 2016

Diversity Visa Application Period Set to Open October 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of State has published in the federal register (81 FR 63841, 9/16/16) that the FY 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa program will be...

Aug 26, 2016

Visa Backlog and Redeployment: Important issues for Investors and Agents

Senior Associate Attorney Matthew T. Galati co-authored “Visa Backlog and Redeployment: Important issues for Investors and Agents,” pub...

Aug 26, 2016

GAMECHANGER: USCIS Publishes Advance Version of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for International Entrepreneurs

Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an advance copy of their proposed new regulatory rule that would allow certain in...

Aug 22, 2016

U.S. Department of State Issues Final Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year; All Applicants Must Use “Final Action Dates” Charts for AOS Filing

Late last week the U.S. Department of State issued the Visa Bulletin for September 2016, the final visa bulletin of the fiscal year. The visa ...

Media and Presentations











  • Lead Presenter “Employer Know Your Rights” City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Training Session, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 2019
  • Webinar Presenter “Indian EB-5: A Faster Route to a Green Card” Green and Spiegel and Pathways EB-5, Philadelphia, PA, Jun. 2018
  • Panel Chair/Moderator “Hot EB-5 Issues for Vietnamese Investors” EB-5 Investors Magazine’s Fall 2018 Ho Chi Minh City Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Sep. 2018
  • Panel Chair “EB-5 Project Due Diligence: Project evaluation criteria considering the current state of Eb-5 Program and Vietnam Market” EB-5 Investors Magazine’s Fall 2019 Ho Chi Minh City Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Sep. 2018
  • Panelist “Alternatives to EB-5” EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Mar. 2018
  • Moderator/Panelist “Emerging CBI Trends” UGlobal Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Mar. 2018
  • Conference Leader for the ILW Vietnam Expo 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jul. 2017
  • “Government releases crucial EB-5 data – but beware, it could be full of flaws.” The Real Deal. Korangy Publishing Inc. 21 Jun 2017. https://therealdeal.com/2017/06/21/uscis-releases-crucial-eb-5-data-but-beware-it-could-be-full-of-flaws/
  • “Chinese investors spent $24B on ‘golden visas’ in U.S. and elsewhere.” Associated Press. 12 May 2017.
  • “Fate of Visa Program Faces ‘Many Known Unknowns.’” Bloomberg BNA. The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. 27 Apr 2017. https://www.gandsinvestors.com/docs/default-source/default-document-library/fate-of-visa-program-faces-many-known-unknowns.pdf?sfvrsn=0
  • “After the Election, What is the Next Step for Immigration?” Metro Chinese Weekly. 02 Dec 2016. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/ZUo1Y4R6VQr7XeqNxTLwUQ?
  • Guest Panelist Speaker of EB-5 Panel, ILW Taiwan Expo 2017, Taipei, Taiwan, Jul. 2017
  • CLE Presenter “The EB-5 Immigrant Visa: Using Foreign Capital to Fund Delaware Projects, Perspectives from Immigration Law Attorneys” Wilmington, Delaware, Feb. 2017
  • Presenter “Alternatives to the Current EB-5 Mainland China Model” 2016 International Migration Summit, Beijing, China, Oct. 2016
  • Moderator/Panelist “International Migration Summit EB-5 Roundtable” 2016 International Migration Summit, Beijing, China, Oct. 2016
  • Presenter “Post-Graduate Immigration Options With a focus on the USCIS EB-5 Visa Program (Rutgers)” Parsippany, NJ, 2015
  • Presenter “Post-Graduate Immigration Options With a focus on the USCIS EB-5 Visa Program (Yale)” New Haven, CT, 2015
  • Presenter “Post-Graduate Immigration Options With a focus on the USCIS EB-5 Visa Program (Princeton)” Princeton, NJ, 2015
  • Presenter “Post-Graduate Immigration Options With a focus on the USCIS EB-5 Visa Program (UIUC)” Champaign, IL, 2015
  • Presenter “Visa Options for Professionals and Entrepreneurs in the Arts” Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, 2013-19
  • CLE Presenter “March 2015 Legislative Update” Philadelphia, PA, 2015
  • Panelist “The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers I-526: Documenting Lawful Source and Path Of Funds” San Francisco, CA ,2013
  • Panelist, “Students and Scholars Gone Wild” NAFSA Region VIII Conference, Pittsburgh PA, 2013
  • Presenter “The Entrepreneurial International Student: Opportunities and Pitfalls” GE Week at Penn State, University Park, PA, 2013
  • Panelist “The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers -- The I-829 Petition -- Removing Conditions on Permanent Resident Status” New York, NY 2012