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LIPPES MATHIAS WEXLER FRIEDMAN MERGES WITH ALBANY LAW FIRM

LIPPES MATHIAS WEXLER FRIEDMAN MERGES WITH ALBANY LAW FIRM

Buffalo-based Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced today that the firm has merged with Albany-based law Sheehan Greene Golderman and Jacques LLP.  The Sheehan firm represented the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (NYSCOPBA) among other clients. NYSCOPBA, Inc. president Michael B. Powers announced that the union is retaining the Lippes law firm in a legal and government relations capacity.

Daemen Among Best in Private Colleges For Return on Investment

Daemen Among Best in Private Colleges For Return on Investment

A Daemen College education has been ranked among the top 200 of private colleges in the country for best return on investment (ROI), according to PayScale’s 2015 ROI Report. The college is listed at No. 186 in the category for private colleges.

Daemen has also been recognized as one of Upstate New York’s most sound financial investments, ranking 18th on ROI. Daemen is ranked in the top 20 of 37 Upstate New York colleges, joining other prestigious private institutions in the state such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (No. 1), Colgate University (No. 7), and Skidmore College (No. 16).

The report examines the earning potential of graduates from public and private colleges and universities across the United States.

USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

 

On Tuesday, USCIS issued final guidance on a recent decision requiring new H-1B petitions for workers who change job sites, stating the agency will generally not punish employers that don’t file new petitions based on location changes that occurred before April 9. According to the new guidance, if an H-1B employee was moved to a new location on or before April 9, which is the date the Administrative Appeals Office handed down its decision in the Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC, the agency will generally not pursue adverse actions, even if the employer doesn’t file an amended petition. 

However, USCIS will not cancel any adverse actions that it has already started or completed before July 21. 

USCIS Resuming Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

USCIS Resuming Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

 

On May 26, 2015, USCIS temporarily suspended its 15-day premium processing service for Form I-129 H-1B extension of stay petitions. The purpose of this suspension was to allow the agency to implement its final rule regarding employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses. 

While USCIS originally suspended the premium processing service until July 27, 2015, the agency announced yesterday that it would once again resume the service for H-1B extension of stay petitions. All H-1B extension of stay petitions requesting this service between May 26, 2015 and July 12, 2015 were rejected by USCIS. 

Towne Auto Acquires North Collins Dealership; Adds GM Franchises to Portfolio

Towne Auto Acquires North Collins Dealership; Adds GM Franchises to Portfolio

Buffalo, NY – Towne Automotive Group expanded its Western New York presence by acquiring Steve Baldo Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in North Collins, NY. The deal makes General Motors franchises available to Towne customers for the first time, adding to its broad lineup of quality vehicles.

“We have many longtime salespeople with loyal customers who keep coming back to us when they’re searching for a new vehicle,” said Frank Downing Jr., Towne Automotive Group president. “Now, not only are we expanding our customer base, we’re also expanding the number of models we can offer them.”

U.S. Embassy in Cuba to Reopen

U.S. Embassy in Cuba to Reopen

 

President Barack Obama recently announced that the United States and Cuba will soon reopen embassies in each other’s countries. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cuba later this summer to take part in re-establishing the embassy there. While diplomatic relations are set to be re-established on July 20, there is not a firm date set for either country’s opening ceremony or Kerry’s travel. 

The new embassies will also provide a new way to obtain visas or passports. The embassies will replace the current arrangement where consular services are provided by the U.S. and Cuban Interests Sections of the Swiss embassies in Havana and Washington, respectively. 

USCIS Issues Warning Regarding Caller ID Scam

USCIS Issues Warning Regarding Caller ID Scam

 

USCIS recently released a statement warning about fraudulent phone calls from individuals posing as USCIS officials. Using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing,” sophisticated scammers have been making calls using Caller ID aliases that display misleading or inaccurate phone numbers. During these phone calls, the scammers have been requesting personal information and identifying “issues” in the call recipient’s immigration records. They then make threats (e.g. deportation) and often demand that the call recipient makes a money transfer to correct these issues. Even worse, many of these scammers already possess the personal information of their targets.