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U.S. Passport Book Changes

On Nov. 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a final rule on the elimination of the visa page insert service within U.S. Passports.  Earlier in the year, DOS published a notice of proposed rulemaking that eliminated the visa page insert service for regular fee passport book holders. This rule will become effective on … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig to Open Its 38th Office In Berlin, Germany With More Than 50 Lawyers

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has announced that it will open in Germany on Oct. 1, 2015.  The firm will serve the German market from Berlin with more than 50 lawyers and current staff from the Olswang office in Berlin.  The new Berlin office will complement our existing platform in London, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and, through … 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 Attorney Laura Reiff Featured in Law360 Q&A

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Laura Reiff provides insight into her career as an immigration attorney in the recent Law360 Q&A article.  Law360 was interested in learning more about the challenges Reiff faces, what areas of the immigration practice are in need of reform, and other important topics. Read Law360’s Q&A With Greenberg Traurig’s Laura Reiff.… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Expands Asia Practice with Opening of Office in Tokyo

International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP recently announced the opening of a new office in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo office marks the third  in the Asia region for the firm and will work collaboratively with existing teams in Shanghai, China and Seoul, Korea. As Greenberg Traurig’s 37th office worldwide, Greenberg Traurig Tokyo Law Offices will be operated by Greenberg Traurig Horitsu Jimusho, an affiliate of Greenberg … Continue Reading

DOL Announces Historical PERM and LCA Records will be Purged

Employers should take note of two important changes announced by the Department of Labor. First, after a 30-day period of public notice and review, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) approved the revised retention schedule of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), determining that PERM labor certification applications and supporting documentation may be … Continue Reading

FBI Clearance Requests Delayed Following New Computer System Roll-Out

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is presently processing clearance requests at a very slow pace and has suspended processing of all nongovernmental fingerprint requests until further notice due to a new computer system at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service division. The slowdown is affecting requests pending as of September 7, 2014, and possibly … Continue Reading

DOL Institutes Enhanced Password Requirements for PERM Users

Effective August 25, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) has instituted enhanced password requirements for Permanent Case Management System (PERM) users. In the next 90 calendar days, current PERM users will be required to update existing passwords to meet the new security criteria. In addition, all PERM users will be required to update their passwords … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Kate Kalmykov and Jennifer Hermansky Serve as Editors for Immigration Law Book

Greenberg Traurig attorneys Kate Kalmykov and Jennifer Hermansky served as editors for the recently released What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law reference book. The publication highlights the primary areas of immigration law encountered by attorneys of varying disciplines and the impact immigration law has on each, including complex mix of statutes, regulations, … 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

Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice and several attorneys were included in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide. The 2014 guide includes more than 180 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and more than 30 practice areas across various markets in the United States. According to its website, Chambers and Partners selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based … Continue Reading

Hunger Strike at Washington Detention Center Sparks The President’s Interest

On March 7, 2014, 750 of the 1300 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington went on a hunger strike. The strike turned attention to the United States immigration detention and deportation policies. Paulino Ruiz, the detainee who ignited the hunger strike, was sick of eating boiled potatoes at every meal, receiving harsh … Continue Reading

House Member Introduces Bi-Partisan Immigration Legislation to Enhance, Augment the EB-5 Regional Center Program

On March 6, 2014, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO), along with Representative Joe Garcia (D-FL), Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV), introduced The American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2014. A copy of the bill and an official Section by Section overview have been made available. The legislation would, among the other items … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Executive Chairman Cesar Alvarez Honored by National Immigration Forum

Greenberg Traurig Executive Chairman Cesar Alvarez was honored in Miami, Florida for having recently received the 13th Annual Keepers of the American Dream Award with fellow Miami award recipient chef and restaurateur Jose Andres. The award is given by the National Immigration Forum, an organization that promotes responsible federal immigration policies, addressing today’s economic and … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Expands Pennsylvania and New Jersey Immigration Practices

Greenberg Traurig, LLP continues to expand its Business Immigration & Compliance practice as the firm grows its Pennsylvania and New Jersey offices to further address our clients’ needs. The Philadelphia office welcomed attorney Adam Longenbach, who will primarily focus on the firm’s growing EB-5 practice. He assists clients in filing I-526 Petitions for Alien Entrepreneurs, … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration and EB-5 Attorney Kate Kalmykov Elevated to Shareholder

The Business Immigration & Compliance Practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that Kate Kalmykov has been elevated to shareholder. Kalmykov is a seasoned business immigration attorney who has spearheaded the interdisciplinary EB-5 practice at the firm. She is well-respected in the immigration bar and within the field as a leader in the … Continue Reading

GT Immigration Practice Ranks Tier One in The U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 Best Law Firm Rankings

We are pleased to announce that the Immigration Practice of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP earned a first-tier ranking from the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 Best Law Firm rankings for Nationwide, as well as the Washington, D.C. and Miami metropolitan areas. The Immigration Practice has consistently been ranked in the first-tier for the past … Continue Reading

Ali Brodie Presents at Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA) Annual Conference and Trade Show

This week, attorney Ali Brodie spoke at the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA) Annual Conference and Trade Show on “Immigration Update, Intro to EB-5 & Tips on Keeping ICE off your Tailgate”. The conference focused on the economy of Colorado and boasted more than 500 in attendance with speakers and representatives from a wide … Continue Reading

GT To Host Follow-Up Webinar “Government Shutdown: How it Affects Foreign Nationals”

The Business Immigration & Compliance Practice of Greenberg Traurig will host a 30 minute webinar entitled “Government Shutdown: How it Affects Foreign Nationals” this Thursday, October 17th from 1:00–1:30 p.m. EDT, presented by Laura Reiff and Ian Macdonald. Three weeks into the shutdown of the US federal government, the webinar will explore the on-going problems … Continue Reading

GT to Host Webinar – Government Shutdown: How it Impacts Immigration and Global Business

The GT Business Immigration & Compliance Practice is hosting a webinar this Thursday, October 10th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET on the timely topic of the Government Shutdown. The webinar, entitled “Government Shutdown: How it Impacts Immigration and Global Business,” will be presented by Greenberg Traurig attorneys Laura Reiff, Ian Macdonald, Scott Decker and … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Expands Global Immigration Practice With Prominent Atlanta Attorneys

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP welcomes four new attorneys to its Business Immigration & Compliance practice as the firm grows its Atlanta office to further address the market’s global capabilities. Attorney Ian Macdonald, previously Co-Chair of Littler Mendelson’s Global Mobility & Immigration Practice Group, joins as a shareholder. Scott Decker, Emily Liss and … Continue Reading

Update: Office of Special Counsel Clarifies Guidance Regarding Pre-Employment Employer Inquiries

In response to a Greenberg Traurig inquiry regarding the appropriateness of language concerning citizenship status in pre-employment scenarios, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC”) has issued a technical assistance letter clarifying the manner and extent to which employers may ask about prospective candidates’ potential need for employment sponsorship. Specifically, the … Continue Reading
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