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09/22/2015

Brian Brokate to Speak at PLI’s Intellectual Property Law Institute

On Monday, September 28, 2015, Brian Brokate will be speaking at PLI’s Intellectual Property Law Institute, which has been named a “must attend” program for IP lawyers. The program provides a complete analysis of key events of all areas of IP, providing updates on cases, legislation and government agency developments that IP lawyers need to
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09/17/2015

Immigration Alert: Reminders for H-1Bs with October 1, 2015 Start Date

H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2016 take effect on or after October 1, 2015. Change of Status Filings: For H-1B Cap petitions that were filed as “change of status” effective October 1, 2015, the beneficiary’s status will change from the current nonimmigrant status to H-1B on October 1, 2015, if the beneficiary: 1. Was physically
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09/16/2015

Gibney Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers

Brian Brokate, Lee Kinnally, Stephen Maltby and Stephen Ruffino have been selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers List. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Houman Afshar, Survi Parvatiyar, Laura Pasternak, Roderick Potts and Kristen
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09/15/2015

Immigration Partners, Filomena Lepore and Aisling Ryan, to Present at the Forum for Expatriate Management, New Jersey Chapter

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Immigration Partners, Filomena Lepore and Aisling Ryan, will address members of the Global Mobility Community at the Forum for Expatriate Management, New Jersey Chapter meeting. Ms. Lepore will speak on issues in institutional compliance, including identifying institution-wide policies, viewing your US immigration program through the lens of DOL and FDNS
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09/09/2015

Immigration Alert: USCIS and State Department to Allow Early Filing for Some Waiting to Apply for Green Cards

As of October 1, 2015, certain eligible foreign nationals with an approved immigrant visa petition will be able to apply for U.S. permanent resident status (i.e., a “green card”) earlier than ever before, relieving some of the pressure of historic backlogs, particularly for Chinese and Indian nationals. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”), in coordination
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07/23/2015

USCIS Provides Guidance on H-1B Worksite Location Changes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has released final guidance on a recent precedent decision clarifying whether amended or new petitions need be filed for H-1B employees who move job locations. The memo, which is effective immediately, includes information and deadlines for being compliant with Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC, 26 I&N Dec. 542 (AAO
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07/10/2015

Global Immigration Alert – Canada New Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Program Announced

On August 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will introduce an Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) Program. The eTA program objective is to establish a uniform process to screen visa-exempt foreign nationals prior to travel to Canada, in order to identify security threats prior to arrival in North America. The eTA program is modelled after
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07/01/2015

Immigration Alert: U.S. State Department Visa Issuance Systems Restored

The U.S. State Department has resumed issuing visas and U.S. passports at its overseas diplomatic missions after a technical problem with its computer database rendered overseas embassies and consulates unable to issue visas, passports, and other travel documents.  All visa-issuing embassies and consulates are back online and are now scheduling visa appointments and interviews as
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06/15/2015

Immigration Alert: State Department Suspends Overseas Passport and Visa Issuance

The State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of U.S. passports and visas at its overseas diplomatic missions due to a technical problem with its computer database. The problem has rendered overseas embassies and consulates unable to issue visas, passports, and other travel documents. As a result, individuals who submitted applications for passports on or
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06/08/2015

Michael Lee to Lecture on 3D Printing and Combatting Counterfeiting at the Rochester Institute of Technology

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, Intellectual Property Partner, Michael Lee, will address participants at the Security Print Technologies Workshop held at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Printing Applications Laboratory. The five day conference commences on June 8th and provides attendees with an in-depth understanding of how and when to employ the latest technologies to combat
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