Immigration Alert: USCIS Reports Telephone Scams

In the past few months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association have learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. As reported by USCIS, scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID.
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Gibney Partner Delivers Keynote at Intellectual Property Conference in Florence, Italy

Gibney IP Partner, Angelo Mazza, spoke at a conference called Hold it Real on Friday, October 25, 2013. Mr. Mazza delivered the Keynote address in Italian and highlighted Developments in Intellectual Property Protection. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Florence , the Region of Tuscany and the Amerigo Association. The conference, with
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Gibney Alert: Governor Cuomo Launches Start-Up New York Initiative

On October 22, 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo officially launched the Start-Up New York initiative at an internationally attended conference in New York City. Governor Cuomo is an advocate of investment opportunities yielding new jobs in New York’s Capital Region, including the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The Start-Up New York initiative hopes to further attract
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Immigration Travel Alert- Schengen Area: Implementation of New Guidelines for Foreign Visitors

Effective October 18, 2013, Schengen member states will implement new guidelines to enforce the maximum duration of stay for foreign travellers to the Schengen region.  Foreign nationals visiting the Schengen area on a short-stay visa, for purposes of both business and leisure, will be limited to a maximum cumulative stay of ninety (90) days within
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Immigration Alert: U.S. Federal Government Reopens for Business- Immigration Services to Resume

After sixteen days, the U.S. government shutdown ended last night. Both chambers of the U.S. Congress passed a temporary budget deal which was signed by President Obama shortly thereafter. Federal workers have been instructed to return to work effective today, October 17, 2013. As federal agencies resume operations, it may take time for immigration-related services
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Gibney Webinar: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – Intracompany Transfers of Essential Personnel

Please join Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty for a discussion of immigration trends for intracompany transfers and best practices for global mobility professionals. An archived version of this webinar is available: Intracompany Transfers of Essential Personnel


Immigration Alert: November 2013 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the November 2013 Visa Bulletin. The EB-3 “other” workers category for China has advanced markedly from September 22, 2004 last month to October 1, 2010. Priority cut-off dates for the most common employment-based categories are provided below. Foreign nationals having a priority date before the established cut-off
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Gibney Attorneys to Speak at New York ComicCon

Gibney Attorneys, Michael Lee and Meredith Mazzola will speak at New York ComicCon on Sunday, October 13 at 3:45pm. Their lecture, “What Should I Do?: The Legal Aspects of Making You and Your Business Famous,” will focus on how emerging businesses, artists, authors, app creators and more can protect themselves and their creations. Specific Topics
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Immigration Alert: Reminders for H-1Bs with October 1, 2013 Start Date

H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2013 take effect on or after October 1, 2013. Change of Status Filings: For H-1B Cap petitions that were filed as “change of status” effective October 1, 2013, the beneficiary’s status will change from the current nonimmigrant status to H-1B on October 1, 2013, if the beneficiary: Was physically present
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Immigration Alert: Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration Related Services

The failure of Congress to reach an agreement regarding the federal budget resulted in a government shutdown effective October 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM. The shutdown impacts immigration related services provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Department of
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