Tag Archives: Ian Macdonald

GT Alert – New Immigration Policy Focuses On Alcohol-Related Charges

In an apparent change in policy, U.S. immigration authorities are now taking a hard-line approach to individuals who have alcohol-related charges or offenses, marking a significant shift in how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State treat visa holders in this predicament. Employers and employees alike should take note of this … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Attorney Ian Macdonald is Quoted in Law360

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Ian Macdonald was recently quoted in the Law360 article, “L-1B Site Visit Shift Reported As Trump Ramps Up Scrutiny.” The L-1B visa allows a company to transfer an employee with “specialized knowledge” from a foreign office to a location in the United States. Macdonald discusses the new development of increased site visits … Continue Reading

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Petitions Filed under FY2018 Cap

USCIS announced today that it will resume its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions that are subject to this year’s H-1B cap.  This news provides much needed relief to employers and foreign nationals, particularly in those situations where an employee is relying on F-1 optional practical training (OPT) cap gap provisions for work authorization. … Continue Reading

New DOS Rule Regarding Misrepresentation – An End to the 30/60 Day Rule

On Sept. 1, 2017, the U.S Department of State (DOS) updated the Field Adjudicators Manual (FAM) at 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3).  The Field Adjudicators Manual (FAM) serves to guide consular officers in their adjudications process, and this particular section provides guidance regarding “misrepresentation” by applicants “at the time of visa application or to DHS when applying … Continue Reading

GT’s Ian Macdonald Discusses Advance Parole Denials in Law360

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Ian Macdonald was recently quoted in the Law360’s article, “Attorneys Sound the Alarm over Advance Parole Denials,” discussing an increase in advance parole (AP) renewal denials. Attorneys have noticed a shift in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) handling of AP applications, particularly with an increase of renewal denials as early as … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Ian R. Macdonald Quoted in The National Law Journal

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Ian Macdonald was recently quoted in the National Law Journal article, “What Employers Should Consider After Trump’s DACA Decision,” discussing the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and what actions employers should take to ensure they are compliant.  Macdonald addresses the potential risks and compliance hurdles … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Attorney Ian R. Macdonald Featured in USA Today

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Ian Macdonald was recently quoted in the USA Today article, “As Trump phases out DACA, here’s what it means,” discussing the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Macdonald addresses the potential issues that could arise as DACA enrollees work permits expire and what potential impact that … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Ian R. Macdonald and Jamie R. Adams Featured in SHRM Online

Jamie R. Adams and Ian R. Macdonald recently published an article in SHRM Online titled, “Immigration Rechecks May Violate the NLRA.” The article discusses I-9 rechecks and the potential for violations of federal labor law, as organizations must satisfy their obligations to comply with both the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) and … Continue Reading

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
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