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U.S. Immigration COVID-19 Important Updates
(August 2020)

Since our last update, there have been a variety of important changes impacting the U.S. immigration system amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These changes include continued flexibility in the compliance realm as well as the resumption of in-person services in the U.S. and abroad, to name a few. The most significant changes and updates are highlighted below.


White House Further Restricts U.S. Immigration in Response to COVID-19
(June 2020)

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., the Trump Administration has issued a variety of Executive Orders aimed at restricting U.S. Immigration. Yesterday, the White House announced the continuation of its order suspending the entry of certain immigrants as well as announced additional restrictive measures directed at suspending the entry of nonimmigrant workers. Specifically, this latest  Proclamation  will suspend the entry of new H-1B, H-2B, L-1, certain J-1 nonimmigrants, and their accompanying dependents unless they qualify for one of the limited stated exemptions. The application of the ban to Canadian nationals seeking admission in these categories, who are not required to obtain a visa to enter the United States, is still unclear.


U.S. Immigration COVID-19 April Roundup

In March, MVA provided a comprehensive summary regarding the impact the COVID-19 pandemic was having on U.S. immigration.  Below is a roundup of the most important information impacting U.S. immigration since that summary.


Amanda Franklin quoted in Hotel News Now article
Hotel News Now, (April 2020)

Charlotte Immigration Member Amanda Franklin was quoted in the Hotel News Now article titled, “Pandemic cuts into seasonal hotels’ limited time” which was published on April 17.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION IMPACTING U.S. IMMIGRATION DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
(March 31, 2020)

Like many areas, the U.S. immigration system has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the most critical information effecting employers and their foreign workforce during this time.


Immigration Update: USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2021
(March 2020)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the annual limit for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions has been met and that the lottery selection process has been completed.


Immigration Update: Suspension of In-Person Services at US Immigration Offices & US Embassies Worldwide
(March 2020)

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of State (US DOS) announced that in-person services were being temporarily suspended.


Immigration Update: Travel Ban - Europe to U.S.

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Travel Ban - European Schengen Region On March 11, 2020, by Presidential Proclamation, President Trump ordered the suspension of travel to the U.S. from the Schengen region. This travel ban is effective on March 13, 2020 at 11:59 Eastern Daylight Time.


Amanda Franklin quoted in TechTarget
TechTarget, (December 2019)

Charlotte Immigration Associate Amanda Franklin was quoted in the TechTarget article titled, “H-1B lottery change may drive increase in visa applicants.”


Best Lawyers® recognizes 83 Moore & Van Allen attorneys
10 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” across various practices in Charlotte, (August 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that 83 attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Additionally, 10 attorneys from the firm’s Charlotte office were selected for Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions.


Franklin Quoted in SHRM Article
(November 2018)

Charlotte Immigration Associate Amanda Franklin was quoted in the Society For Human Resource Management’s (SRHM) article titled, “Stay Error-Free When Disposing of Old I-9s,” that was published on November 2.


Hader named in Business North Carolina Daily Digest
(October 2018)

Charlotte Immigration Member Steve Hader was named in Business North Carolina Daily Digest on October 15. The article titled, “Foreign business suspending N.C. love affair?,” highlights the N.C. Economic Developers Association’s fall meeting where the key topic likely will be international investment.


Best Lawyers® Recognizes 69 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys
(August 2018)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that 69 attorneys representing each of the Firm’s three offices were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.


MVA Represents Metyx in Opening of First US Plant
(March 2018)

Moore & Van Allen Global Services Member Mike Zeller and Associates Michael Tarwater and Beth Buckner represented Metyx Group in the development and launch of its first U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operations in Ranlo, NC.


Best Lawyers® Recognizes 71 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys
(January 2018)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that 71 attorneys representing each of the Firm’s offices were listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.


Franklin and Hader Published in Law360
(December 2017)

Charlotte Global Services Member Steve Hader and Immigration Associate Amanda Franklin were published in Law360 on December 21. Their article titled, "Make A List, Check It Twice: Preparing For H-1B Cap Filing," provides employers and immigration practitioners with a guide on how to begin preparing now considering the potential pitfalls and recent trends with H-1B adjudications. 


MVA Represents Phenomenal Industries, Inc. in Grand Opening of its Welding Training Center
(August 2017)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC attorney Michael E. Zeller led the team representing Phenomenal Industries, Inc. in the development and launch of its Welding Training Center in Chambersburg, Pa. The facility’s grand opening is today. MVA has provided legal counsel to Phenomenal Industries since its inception, including its corporate and immigration matters.


Hader Quoted in HR Magazine
(February 2017)

Executive Order Impacting Immigration
(January 2017)

Best Lawyers Recognizes 76 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys
(August 17, 2015)

Seventy-six attorneys representing each of Moore & Van Allen's three offices were listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.


Franklin's "Travel Tips" Featured in Law360
Law360, (May 2015)

Franklin Published in Law350 Newsletter
Law360, (April 20, 2015)

Immigration Associate Amanda Franklin gives advice on preparing an L-1 Visa.


Steve Hader Featured in Law360 Q&A Session
(April 20, 2015)

Hader's Q&A Session featured in Law360 on April 20.


Member Named to CPCC Board of Trustees
(October 2014)

Member Scott Syfert was appointed to the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Board of Trustees.


Syfert Again Featured on "Charlotte Talks"
(September 2014)

Charlotte Corporate Member Scott Syfert was a guest on the WFAE 90.7 show "Charlotte Talks."


Best Lawyers Recognizes 77 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys
Members Ghidina and Oates each named a “Lawyer of the Year”, (August 2014)

Seventy-seven attorneys representing each of Moore & Van Allen's three offices were listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.


Syfert Featured on "Charlotte Talks"
(May 2014)

Scott Syfert was featured on the May 20 segment of WFAE's "Charlotte Talks" with Mike Collins.


Member Publishes Acclaimed "MecDec" Book
Scott Syfert delves into Mecklenburg County history, (March 2014)

Scott Syfert's original non-fiction book explores "one of the greatest mysteries in American history."


Carrano Quoted in Immigration Reform Piece
Yahoo News, (October 2013)

Yahoo News quotes Immigration Associate Amanda Carrano in immigration reform piece.


Best Lawyers Recognizes 77 MVA Attorneys
Members Fisher, Johnson, Hagood each named a “Lawyer of the Year”, (August 2013)

Seventy-seven MVA attorneys and 19 Firm practice areas were represented in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.


Carrano Dissects Immigration Bill
Piece spells out the bottom line of BSEOIMA
Law360, (June 2013)

Amanda Carrano co-wrote an overview of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.


Moore & Van Allen Attorneys and Firm Honored by Safe Alliance
Clay & Vervais Named Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year; Firm Presented with Commitment to Justice Award, (May 2013)

Safe Alliance honored Moore & Van Allen and Litigation Attorneys Cabell Clay and Mindy Vervais at the 3rd Annual Legal Representation Project Attorney Appreciation Event.


Syfert Featured on WFAE 90.7
(August 2012)

Corporate Member Scott Syfert was featured on WFAE's "Charlotte Talks" radio show.


Syfert Co-Leading Creation of the Charlotte Liberty Walk
Featured in CPCC Trail of History Video, (July 2012)

Corporate Member Scott Syfert and the May 20th Society are working to establish an interactive Charlotte Liberty Walk.


Hader Quoted in Reuters Article
(June 2012)

Immigration Member Steve Hader was recently quoted in an article on Reuters.com entitled "The NBA Has America's Model Migrant Worker Program."


Syfert and Boris Published
(January 2012)

Charlotte Corporate member Scott Syfert and Immigration Team Manager Melisa Boris have co-authored a book.


Steve Hader is Recognized As One Of The World's Leading Corporate Immigration Lawyers
(June 10, 2008)

Steve Hader has been recognized by "Who's Who Legal" as one of the world's leading corporate immigration lawyers.


Zirkle Receives 2008 VLP Pro Bono Award
Charlotte and Raleigh, (April 28, 2008)

Kimberly Zirkle was recognized for her outstanding pro bono work at the Power of Justice Luncheon on April 28.


USCIS Changes Security Clearance Policy on Long-Pending Green Card Applications
(February 2008)

As a result of federal litigation, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service ("USCIS") announced a change in their policy for long-pending I-485 ("Green Card") applications.


Hader Appears on CNN

Hader appeared on CNN to talk about securing a work visa for soccer star David Beckham.


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