What’s New 2003

31 December 2003 – The latest monthly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional Newsletter is now online.

22 December 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

15 December 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

15 December 2003 – We’ve posted new processing times for the following service centers: California, Vermont and the National Benefits Center in Missouri.

12 December 2003 – We’ve posted a new State 30 Chart.

9 December 2003 – The latest monthly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional Newsletter is now online.

9 December 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

2 December 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

29 November 2003 – Siskind Susser’s Internet strategy is mentioned in an article in the latest issue of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Magazine.

25 November 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

14 November 2003 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

10 November 2003 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

4 November 2003 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

30 October 2003 – Greg Siskind is on the cover of the new ABA Journal Magazine. The cover picture and the article are posted on the site.

30 October 2003 – The latest monthly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional Newsletter is now online.

28 October 2003 – The lastest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

21 October 2003 – The lastest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

13 October 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

7 October 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

30 September 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

22 September 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

15 September 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

9 September 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

3 September 2003 – The latest monthly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional Newsletter is now online.

2 September 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

25 August 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

20 August 2003 – A special issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin covering the Green Card Lottery is now online.

18 August 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

11 August 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

11 August 2003 – We’ve posted new Office Of Administrative Appeals processing times.

4 August 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

31 July 2003 – The latest monthly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional Newsletter is now online.

28 July 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

21 July 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

14 July 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

23 June 2003 – The lastest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

16 June 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

8 June 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

31 May 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

29 May 2003 – The latest monthly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional Newsletter is now online.

28 May 2003 – The latest monthly issue of the Visalaw.com Health Care Immigration Newsletter is now online.

26 May 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

19 May 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

12 May 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

4 May 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

28 April 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

20 April 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immgration Bulletin is now online.

14 April 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immgration Bulletin is now online.

4 April 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immgration Bulletin is now online.

28 March 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immgration Bulletin is now online.

21 March 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immgration Bulletin is now online.

14 March 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

10 March 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

28 February 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

21 February 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

14 February 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

7 February 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

4 February 2003 – Visalaw.com has been ranked #1 among small/mid-sized law firm Websites. Visit our In The News page for more information.

31 January 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

24 January 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

17 January 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

15 January 2003 – We’ve posted new articles in our press room – SSHD In The News.

10 January 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

3 January 2003 – The latest weekly issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

1 January 2003 – The latest monthly issue of the Visalaw.com Health Care Immigration Newsletter is now online.

In the News

November 2003

Big Idea: Legal Services Online, Big-Time

Siskind’s Susser’s web site is discussed in an article in the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Magazine.

Visa Cap Likely to Hurt Rural Clinics

Greg Siskind is quoted in an American Medical News article about the H-1B visa cap: “Come January when the cap runs out, we’ll start hearing horror stories about people not getting visas.”

On the Street

The Memphis Business Journal provides a brief background into the creation of Siskind Susser and Visalaw.com. By combining the still-new Internet with a growing legal market, Greg Siskind took an opportunity to change the face of immigration law while taking some huge risks. Siskind became successful in the new market by taking a leap of faith – one that would result in heading one of the top immigration firms in the nation.

October 2003

Fight Looms Over Legalizing Immigrant Children

Reuters quotes Greg Siskind about the affects of a bill that would allow the children of illegal immigrants to obtain legal status.

Risking Failure: Some Lawyers Take A Chance – And Gain In The Process (cover)

Risking Failure: Some Lawyers Take A Chance – And Gain In The Process (article)

Greg Siskind is featured on the cover of the November issue of the ABA Journal, pictured for a feature story on attorneys who have achieved success by “risking failure.” (“Risking Failure” by Margaret Graham Tebo, November 2003. Reprinted by permission of the ABA Journal.)

NEXUS

LexisNexis posted an article written by Attorney Greg Siskind on its site. Read about the NEXUS program for frequent travelers between Canada and the United States sponsored by the Canadian and United States governments.

Local Hotels Not Affected By Tighter Restrictions On Foreign Staff

Greg Siskind tells the Memphis Business Journal that additional security restrictions since 9-11, rather than changes to the law, have made it more difficult for the hospitality industry to recruit the workers they need in a timely manner.

September 2003

9/11 Immigration Crackdown Hits Law-Abiding Residents Hard

Tennessean reporter Kelli Hewett quotes Greg Siskind in this article explaining how, since the terrorist attacks on 9-11, “[a] hastily revamped federal immigration service, new FBI security checks and understaffing create backlogs and drama for foreigners trying to legally work, study and resettle” in the United States.

Another Look At Work Visas

BusinessWeek Online published this letter by Greg Siskind addressing some misconceptions of the H-1B and L-1 visas in a recent article on foreign tech workers. “When the H-1B quota is cut,” Siskind writes, “the American public will be hurt.”

August 2003

Chinese Couple Faces Deportation, Loss of Child

The Shawnee News-Star quotes Lynn Susser in this article about a family she is advising.

Four Sri Lankan Trainees Sue Hub Firm

The Boston Globe quotes Greg Siskind in this article on the alleged mistreatment of H-3 workers, who have brought a class-action federal lawsuit against their former employer, the Boston-based franchise Finagle a Bagel: “Trainees shouldn’t be doing anything to bring financial benefit to the employer.”

Audit Uncovers Illegal Immigrants

Greg Siskind is quoted in this Washington Times story on the Social Security Administration’s “No Match” letters. “The letter is causing confusion for companies about what action to take. In a lot of cases, there is a legitimate reason, a potential mismatch on the number, but employers are generally left scratching their heads.”

Honest People Pay For Anti-Terrorism Initiatives

The Atlanta Journal Constitution carried this editorial by Karen Weinstock on the Government’s immigration policies and new security measures since the Sept 11 terrorist attacks. Weinstock is managing partner in Siskind Susser’s Atlanta office.

Don’t End Travel Programs

Greg Siskind wrote the Opposing view for USA Today‘s editorial on the suspension of the Travel Without Visa programs.

July 2003

Finalists Named For Health Care Heroes Awards

The Memphis Business Journal has named Greg Siskind as a finalist for its annual Health Care Heroes Awards. Mr. Siskind was nominated in the Community Outreach category and became the “first-ever lawyer for the awards” for his service in having “found a way to alleviate the physician shortage in rural areas.”

Restrictions Eased on Foreigners Trained In U.S. as Physicians

Global Atlanta quotes attorney Karen Weinstock in this article on the relaxation of foreign physician home residency requirements. Weinstock is managing partner in Siskind Susser’s Atlanta office.

New Visa Category Needed For Immigrant Laborers

The Chattanoogan has published an editorial written by attorney Greg Siskind on the need for a new guest worker program. “It is time for Congress to deal with establishing a new visa category that is available in large numbers to people coming in to provide needed labor.”

June 2003

Beating The Bug On A Budget: Small Firms Can Find Low-Cost Means To Fight Computer Viruses

The ABA Journal eReport quotes attorney David Jones for this article on affordable ways for small law firms to combat E-mail viruses. In addition to practicing law, Jones manages information technology systems in Siskind Susser’s Memphis office. (“Beating the Bug on a Budget” by Andy Grieser, Friday June 13, 2003. Reprinted by permission of the ABA Journal.)

Book Review: The Lawyer’s Guide To Marketing On The Internet (pdf) | Case Study: Visalaw.com – The Immigration Law Portal (pdf)

The latest issue of FindLaw Australia includes a review of Greg Siskind’s book, The Lawyer’s Guide To Marketing On The Internet Ed. 2, and a case study of our website, visalaw.com.

May 2003

Net Filing Begins For Two Popular Immigration Forms

Greg Siskind is quoted in this Commercial Appeal article about the BCIS’s new electronic filing service.

Visa’s Use Provokes Opposition By Techies, L-1 Regarded As Threat To Workers

San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Carrie Kirby quotes Greg Siskind in this article about a Florida bill that would ban improper use of the L-1 visa. “It’s largely inappropriate for companies to be using the L-1 to bring in workers that are being contracted out to other companies. I would be very surprised if it continues for very much longer without a crackdown.”

April 2003

Legislation Introduced To Expand Foreign Nurse Visas

Nursezone‘s Jennifer Larson quotes Greg Siskind in this article about the H-1C visa. “With a desperate shortage of nurses in this country, I’d consider a rapid migration of nurses here to be like the coming of the cavalry.”

Significant Increase In Number Of Visa Denials By US

Greg Siskind is quoted in this article by The Times of India on increasing visa application refusal levels and government backlogs.

March 2003

Doc Program Targets Need In Rural Areas

The Memphis Business Journal quotes Greg Siskind in this profile of the Delta Regional Authority’s new J visa waiver program and discusses Siskind’s role in the program’s creation.

February 2003

Attorney Karen Weinstock Profiled – Jewish Geography

Karen Weinstock is profiled in this story by the Atlanta Jewish Times. Weinstock discusses her views on the city of Atlanta since opening an office there last summer.

Recruitment Process of Foreign Nurses Gets A Boost From INS

Greg Siskind is quoted in this Memphis Business Journal article discussing recent procedural and regulatory changes for nurses seeking visas.

Best Lawyers in Nashville

Nashville Post Magazine surveyed the membership of the Nashville Bar Association to find out who were the best lawyers in the city. SSHD lawyer Greg Siskind made the list and was also the only immigration lawyer named.

Visalaw.com Named Nation’s Top Law Firm Website For 2003

Visalaw.com received a 2003 Platinum Internet Marketing Attorney Award and was ranked first among small/mid-size firms by InternetMarketingAttorney.com. The firm received the highest score of any law firm regardles of size. The review states, “This is where immigration lawyers go to learn what immigration lawyers should know.”

Bookmarks: The Lawyer’s Guide To Marketing On The Internet, 2nd Ed | view the article in pdf format

Michael L. Goldblatt reviews Greg Siskind’s book, the Lawyer’s Guide To Marketing On The Internet, 2nd Ed., for Law Practice Management’s Bookmarks, calling it “essential reading for firms that want to improve their Web marketing.”

January 2003

INS Signup Deadline Draws Mideast Men, Skepticism

SSHD attorneys Jack Richbourg and Phil Cargile were quoted in this story about special registration for Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal.

Lawyer’s Guide To Marketing On The Internet, 2nd Ed.

Jenkin’s Law Library has listed Greg Siskind’s book, the Lawyer’s Guide To Marketing on the Internet, as a resource, online at jenkinslaw.org.

INS Policy Change Will Ease Visa Processing For Some Nurses, Experts Say

Greg Siskind is quoted in this article for AHAnews.com about nurse immigration.

What Happens When a Foreigner’s Visa Expires?

Slate.com writer Brendan Koerner interviewed Greg Siskind for this article about visa expiry.

INS Provides Guidance On Foreign Nurse Visas

Greg Siskind is quoted in this article by NurseZone.com covering new guidance from the INS on nurses’ H-1B eligibility.

LawMarketing.com Book Review: The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet, 2nd Edition

“It should sell well, and deservedly so,” writes Jerry Lawson of NetLawTools.com in his review of SSHD partner Greg Siskind’s book for the LawMarketing.com Newsletter.

Open the Country’s Doors To Admit Nurses

The Memphis Business Journal includes this letter to the editor written by Greg Siskind about foreign nurse recruitment. “Foreign nurses offer an immediate solution to the nursing shortage and can buy us the time needed to address the long-term shortage.”