Our Immigration Practice Group is internationally renowned for delivering innovative and effective solutions to meet the U.S. Immigration and Global Immigration needs of our clients around the world. Our immigration team of over 80 professionals includes more than 25 attorneys dedicated to the practice of immigration law. Known for our collaborative, accessible environment, we offer clients the benefit of our collective experience to create customized immigration programs that reflect the very latest developments in immigration law. Our clients span a broad range of industry sectors including Automotive, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Digital Media, Entertainment, Financial Services and Consulting, Gaming, Food and Beverage, Health and Nutrition, Hospitality, Information Technology, and Luxury Goods.
The Practice Group is large enough to represent institutions with significant foreign national populations, while nurturing our valued client relationships. Our strategic approach to client representation is attorney-driven, and each Gibney professional is committed to delivering personalized counsel and legal representation of the highest quality to all of our clients, whether large multinational corporations, start-up companies, private clients such as entrepreneurs and investors interested in the EB-5 program, and family based immigrants.
Our practice is particularly focused on immigration compliance in each jurisdiction. We provide clients with the training and technology to meet the challenges of an enforcement environment. Throughout the hiring and employment process and in conjunction with Gibney Onboarding Services, LLC we can advise on the legal, technology and administrative challenges relating to worksite compliance, including Form I-9 and E-Verify. We create and disseminate Client Alerts providing relevant legal and policy updates, and we provide clients customized on-site educational programs to ensure adoption of best practices and strategies. We offer access to our web portal (the “Gibney OWL”) for case status and updates, and an online resource to provide information regarding global business visa and work permit requirements and processing times (“Ask Gibney”).
As a full service law firm, our Immigration Practice Group provides a coordinated approach with other practices at Gibney to offer a range of interdisciplinary legal services. Our clients have access to Gibney’s full range of legal services. Corporate personnel and foreign nationals may obtain advice in areas related to immigration law including customs, employment, real estate, social security, compensation and benefits planning, and income tax and estate tax law.
Immigration Alert: USCIS Provides Updated Guidance for STEM OPT
On August 17, 2018, USCIS updated its website to clarify obligations and reporting responsibilities for employees and employers participating in the F-1 STEM OPT program, including obligations related to training at third-party sites, staffing and temporary agencies. Significantly, USCIS clarified that training may take place at third party sites, if certain conditions are met and
Immigration Alert: New Policy Imposes Stiff Penalties for F, J and M Nonimmigrants Who Fail to Maintain Status
Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants in F, J and M status who fail to maintain status will begin to accrue unlawful presence, irrespective of whether there has been an official or formal finding by the Department of Homeland Security on the matter. This is a significant departure from past practice, and one that eliminates a
Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Upholds President’s Travel Ban
On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s ban restricting nonimmigrant and immigrant entry for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of seven countries: Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Iran and Somalia. The decision lifts the temporary injunctions issued by the lower courts, and remands the cases for hearing
Zarina Syed to Speak on H-1B Specialty Workers Visa at AILA Annual Conference
Immigration Attorney Zarina Syed will speak at the 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law “Building Bridges and Standing for Justice” in San Francisco from June 13 – 16. Her presentation is titled “Intro to H-1B Specialty Workers.” The panel will provide a basic overview of the complexities of the H-1B visa category and how
Immigration Alert: FY2019 H-1B Cap Random Selection Process Complete
On May 15, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it completed the computer-generated random lottery selection process for cap-subject H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019). The H-1B Cap Lottery Process USCIS received 190,098 new H-1B petitions for FY2019, exceeding the 65,000 visas