Tag Archives: Ian Macdonald

GT Immigration Attorneys Recognized in Legal 500 United States 2017 Guide

Greenberg Traurig’s Immigration & Compliance Practice has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States 2017 Guide (Guide) in the area of “Labor and Employment – Immigration.”  GT immigration attorneys Laura Reiff, Kate Kalmykov, Ian Macdonald, Pamela Mak, and Martha Schoonover have once again been recommended by The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial.  The Guide … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Attorney Ian Macdonald Featured in NPR News Marketplace

Greenberg Traurig shareholder Ian Macdonald was recently quoted by National Public Radio (NPR) for a story on the Marketplace Morning Report, which is part of the Marketplace portfolio of public radio programs. Macdonald provided an employer’s perspective on H-1B visas and challenges employers must face when sponsoring highly-skilled workers. To read the full article, click here.  … Continue Reading

Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

Late Friday evening on March 3, 2017, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions, including CAP-subject H-1B petitions.  The temporary suspension will begin on Monday, April 3, 2017, and may continue for up to 6 months.  This procedural change is intended … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Ian Macdonald Featured In LXBN Blogging Is Part Of A Bigger Picture

The Lexblog LXBN article featured Greenberg Traurig’s Ian Macdonald in the LXBN Leaders series.  The article highlights the Inside Business Immigration blog and how the blog has become so successful.  Macdonald provides insights on to maximize exposure and leverage blogs for business development and marketing.  To read the full article click here.… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Hosts 6th Annual Out Leadership Summit

Last week, Greenberg Traurig and Executive Chairman Richard A. Rosenbaum hosted the sixth annual Out Leadership Summit in the U.S., where senior executives gathered to engage in the global conversation at the intersection of LGBTI and business. Out Leadership is a recognized and trusted strategic advisory firm, dedicated to cultivating LGBTI and ally senior leaders … Continue Reading

2017 H-1B Cap Met, USCIS to Conduct Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has reached the 2017 H-1B cap, and will no longer be accepting H-1B cap cases under this year’s cap. USCIS has yet to provide the number of petitions received for this year’s caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced … Continue Reading

Recent Lawsuit Reminds Employers to Offer the Same or Higher Wages and Benefits to H-1B Workers as U.S. Workers

On November 9, 2015, in New York State Court, a group of immigrant software engineers filed a class action lawsuit against a global consulting company.  The suit claims that the company discriminates against foreign workers under the New York State Human Rights Law (N.Y. EXC. LAW § 296), as well as a similar municipal law.  … Continue Reading

Regrettable and Sudden – DOS Issues a Revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015 Leaving Many Foreign Nationals Upset

September 9, 2015, brought great excitement to many foreign nationals—particularly nationals of India, China, and the Philippines—who were anxiously awaiting the opportunity to file their Adjustment of Status applications with USCIS several years earlier than expected so they could secure independent work authorization and travel permission while waiting to obtain their green cards.  GT wrote … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Attorney Ian Macdonald Featured in Computerworld Article on White House faces tight deadlines for saving STEM program

This article addresses a petition urging the White House to act on the court ruling that may force thousands of recent STEM graduates to leave the United States in early 2016.  The petition recently reached 100,000 signatures, which is the threshold for an official government response.  Immigration attorney, Ian MacDonald, comments on the issue of meeting … Continue Reading

USCIS issued Draft RFE Template for L-1B Petitions

In recent years, the USCIS has issued an increasing number of denials and Requests for Evidence (RFE) for L-1B specialized knowledge employees. As defined by regulations, specialized knowledge is special knowledge possessed by an individual of the petitioning organization’s product, service, research, equipment, techniques, management, or other interests and its application in international markets, or an … Continue Reading

Premium Processing of H-1B Extension Petitions Resumes Service After Temporary Suspension

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will resume its premium processing service for H-1B extension of stay petitions (this includes H-1B amendments and change of employer petitions requesting an extension of stay).  Any request for premium processing for H-1B extension of stay petitions received by USCIS before July 13, 2015, will … Continue Reading

USCIS Requires DACA Recipients Receiving 3-Year EAD’s After 2/16/2015 to Return EADs by 7/17/2015

To meet the terms of a recent injunction issued by Federal Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas v. United States, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring individuals who received 3-year Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and may have received 3-year approval notices for Form I-821D (Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “DACA”) after … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Immigration Practice and Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500

Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice has been shortlisted for The Legal 500 United States 2015 Awards in the areas of “Labor and Employment – Immigration.”  The team of more than 100 experienced legal professionals provides a wide range of services including immigration policy development, immigration compliance, U.S. work visas and permanent residence, global immigration, legal … Continue Reading

State Department Shifting E-1 and E-2 Visa Processing Locations in Mexico to Provide Applicants with Higher Levels of Service

Due to recent increases in overall visa applications, the State Department has announced changes to the nonimmigrant E visa application process in Mexico. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City will not process nonimmigrant E visa applications received on or after July 7, 2015. All E-1 treaty trader visa applications received in Applicant Service Centers on … Continue Reading

DHS Launches eFOIA App in Push to Reduce Backlog and Improve Customer Experience

As a result of the passage of the DHS FOIA Efficiency Act, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new mobile application to help reduce the agency’s backlog of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The eFOIA app provides a streamlined FOIA request process allowing users to submit FOIA requests to any DHS … Continue Reading

TPS extension for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

As published in the Federal Register today, the initial registration period for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation was extended for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone nationals currently living in the United States.  Specifically, the initial registration period previously ran from November 21, 2014 to May 20, 2015; however, through the Federal Register notice, the registration … Continue Reading

United Kingdom- Tier 2 Non-EU Skilled Migrants Cap Reached for First Time

The cap for the United Kingdom Non-EU Skilled Migrants (Tier 2) visa category has been met for the first time since it was introduced in 2011. What is the Tier-2 General Category? The Tier-2 visa is split into four categories, including General, Intra-Company Transfers, Sports People and Ministers of Religion. The cap has been met … Continue Reading

Law360 Q&A Highlights Immigration Attorney Ian Macdonald

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Ian Macdonald was interviewed for the Law360 Q&A to discuss his practice and what he believes to be on the horizon for immigration law. Macdonald identifies various areas of immigration that require reform and addresses the importance in the global mobility space. Read Law360’s Q&A With Greenberg Traurig’s Ian Macdonald.… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Immigration Shareholder Ian Macdonald Featured in Corporate Counsel’s ‘6 Immigration Law Mistakes GCs Make When Going Global’

As corporations move into international markets, there are several considerations to take into account to avoid high-profile security problems, political pitfalls and a potentially damaged reputation. Greenberg Traurig Immigration Shareholder Ian Macdonald recently discussed a few of these considerations in a Corporate Counsel article entitled “6 Immigration Law Mistakes GCs Make When Going Global.” The … Continue Reading
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