Tag Archives: Ian Macdonald

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