Nov 22, 2019
As a firm dedicated to representing investors and entrepreneurs from around the world, we try to find creative solutions to enable our clients to secure their dreams in the U.S., especially when those options are not readily apparent. We recently had the pleasure of representing Mr. M.L., a successful Chinese businessman who wanted to open an educational company in a major Northeastern U.S. city. Because there is no treaty, ML utilized the Grenada Citizenship by Investment option whereby he was able to secure a passport. Learn more in this blog.
Oct 28, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’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
Green and Spiegel Senior Associate attorney Matthew Galati was recently selected to American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) l...
Jun 11, 2018
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
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
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 is pleased to announce Practice Director Jonathan Grode and Senior Associate Matthew Galati have been named to the Pennsylvania&n...
May 14, 2018
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
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
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appears to be making good on its Director’s promise to potentially quintuple worksite enforcement a...
Jan 25, 2018
On January 22, 2018, Senior Associate Matthew Galati was quoted in “E-Verify Loses Reauthorization Amid Government Shutdown,&rsquo...
Jan 23, 2018
This weekend’s government shutdown and lapse in several immigration programs proved to be relatively short lived. Early this aftern...
Jan 19, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Super Lawyers Magazine has selected U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode and Senior Associate Matthew Galati to the 2017-...
Jan 04, 2017
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 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
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
Senior Associate Attorney Matthew T. Galati co-authored “Visa Backlog and Redeployment: Important issues for Investors and Agents,” pub...
Aug 26, 2016
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
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 ...