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10/20/2015

DHS Publishes STEM OPT Extension Proposed Rule for F-1 Students

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register relating to Optional Practical Training extensions for F-1 students with science, technology, engineering and math degrees (“STEM OPT extension”).   DHS has issued this notice in response to a recent federal district court order vacating the previous STEM OPT extension
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10/19/2015

USCIS Clarifies Visa Bulletin’s “Dates for Filing” for Adjustment of Status Applications

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has clarified the use of the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin and the recently-introduced “Dates for Filing Applications” charts for family-based and employment-based immigrant visa applications. The Department of State will continue to post the Dates for Filing Applications chart each month in the Visa Bulletin, but applicants
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10/16/2015

Global Immigration Alert – United Kingdom Expands Registered Traveler Service

On October 4, 2015, the UK Home Office invited certain frequent travelers to the UK to apply for the Registered Traveler service. This program offers member travelers faster entry at UK passport control. The program is open to citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States. Applicants must be at least 18
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10/05/2015

Customs Issues Amendments Concerning Disclosure of Information

On September 18, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published a Federal Register notice concerning its adoption of certain amendments to the Final Interim Rule regarding the “Disclosure of Information for Certain Intellectual Property Rights Enforced at the Border”. The amendments allow CBP to disclose information appearing on merchandise or its retail packaging that
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Immigration Alert: U.S. Consular Services Suspended On October 9th

The U.S. Department of State announced that on Friday, October 9, 2015, consular operations will be suspended at all embassies, consulates, and application services centers worldwide due to a consular system upgrade.  Any visa related appointments that have already been scheduled for that day will need to be rescheduled.  Each consular post website will contain
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10/02/2015

Immigration Alert: 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery

 What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of State, permits up to 50,000 diversity immigrant visas to be granted for fiscal year 2017 to persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Foreign nationals are selected for eligibility to file an
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09/28/2015

Revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015

On September 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of State released a revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015. The revised version of the Visa Bulletin supersedes the Visa Bulletin for October 2015 that was originally published on September 9, 2015. The U.S. Department of State will rely on the revised version of the October 2015 Visa
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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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