Executive Order suspends entry for certain temporary worker visas

On June 22, President Trump signed an Executive Order that suspends entry of non-immigrant visas holders in the following categories: H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L-1, L-2, and certain J-1 exchange visitors.  This Executive Order will go into effect on June 24 and will expire December 31. The Executive Order only affects foreign nationals who are currently […]

Keeping employees safe at work: An employer’s guide

As states begin to lift stay-at-home orders and businesses plan for reopening, OSHA is asking employers to develop response plans and procedures prior to employees returning to work. Waller partner Aron Karabel, Steve Hawkins, Deputy Commissioner of Labor for the State of Tennessee, and Mike Palmer, principal with EnSafe, offer practical tips for companies as they prepare their […]

Cash Crunch: COVID-19 may prompt REITs to explore non-cash distributions

As a result of significant operational downturns stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many tenants of real estate investment trusts (REITs) are struggling to pay rent and honor other terms of their leases. Consequently, REIT landlords are experiencing or will soon experience a negative effect on their own near-term cash flows and, ultimately, their overall […]

NYSE and Nasdaq provide temporary listing compliance and private offering relief

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) recently granted temporary relief and issued guidance to assist companies that are in imminent danger of immediate delisting and/or that are experiencing urgent liquidity needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief and guidance are designed to reduce uncertainty regarding the […]

IRS lets taxpayers change horses mid-pandemic (Section 163(j) and QIP)

In the age of COVID-19, “irrevocable” doesn’t always mean “forever.” The IRS is providing significant tax advantages to companies that are now permitted to take back their once irrevocable elections regarding the deduction of interest expenses for improvements to non-residential real estate. Previously, businesses with more than $25,000,000 in average annual gross receipts for tax […]

Judge Orders ICE to Release 10 Immigrants from Detention in NJ

March 28, 2020 From Politico’s Josh Gerstein: In her order issued Thursday evening, [US District Court Judge Analisa] Torres also sharply criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for inadequate preparation for the outbreak and a lack of safeguards for the most vulnerable detainees. “Respondents have exhibited, and continue to exhibit, deliberate indifference to Petitioners’ medical […]

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IMG Taskforce Makes Dozens of Recommendations for Health Care Worker Fixes

March 27, 2020 Earlier this evening, firm lawyer Greg Siskind posted a 55-part Twitter thread on immigration changes the various agencies and Congress can make to maximize the number of health care workers in the US workforce and the speed of processing their paperwork. The ideas were the product of brainstorming by dozens of members […]

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USCIS to Provide RFE Response Deadline Extensions

March 27, 2020 Welcome news. Here’s the announcement from a USCIS e-mail: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it is adopting measures to minimize the immigration consequences associated with responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 […]

Jason Susser, Siskind Susser PC

Many Immigrants Will Not Be Eligible for Relief Checks

March 27, 2020 The $2 trillion relief package expected to pass the House today after passing the Senate Wednesday by a 96 to 0 margin, has a provision providing most people in the country with checks of up to $1200. However, the bill specifically excludes “nonresident aliens” and people without valid Social Security numbers. “Nonresident alien” […]

Jason Susser, Siskind Susser PC

Siskind Summary: S.386 – The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

Siskind Summary: A Section by Section Review of S.386 – The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 By Greg SiskindSiskind Susser, PCGSiskind@visalaw.com Section 1. Short Title. The Act is called the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019.” Note: This bill is the companion to HR 1044 in the House which passed in July 2019. […]

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