What’s New 2006

22 Dec 2006 – The newest issue of the Visalaw Healthcare Newsletter is now online.

12 Dec 2006 – The newest issue of the Visalaw Healthcare Newsletter is now online.

8 Dec 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

1 Dec 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

22 Nov 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

13 Nov 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

3 Nov 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

19 Oct 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

9 Oct 2006 – We’ve added registration information for the 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

2 Oct 2006 – The Newest Issue of Visalaw.com Health Care Newsletter is now online.

27 Sept 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

26 Sept 2006 – We’ve posted the latest processing times for the California, Nebraska, Texas and Vermont Service Centers and the National benefits Center in Missouri.

19 Sept 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

28 Aug 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

18 Aug 2006 – The newest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

7 Aug 2006 – We’ve updated our State 30 chart.

2 Aug 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

19 July 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

12 July 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional is now online.

11 July 2006 – The latest issue of Visalaw.com Health Care Newsletter is now online.

7 May 2006 – Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was quoted in the May 11, 2006, issue of The Globe and Mail in an article discussing the rising trend of arranged, overseas marriages in Canada.

5 May 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

1 May 2006 – The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette profiled Attorney Greg Siskind, explaining how he built up his practice with successful internet marketing initiatives.

28 April 2006 – Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was quoted in the April 28, 2006, issue of The Globe and Mail in an article discussing centralizing processing of visa applications in Canada.

25 April 2006 – Visalaw.com received a 2006-2007 Platinum Internet Marketing Attorney Award and was ranked first among small/mid-size firms by InternetMarketingAttorney.com.

17 April 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

6 April 2006 – Attorney Sergio Karas in our Tornonto office was quoted in a front-page article in the National Post on April 6, 2006.

6 April 2006 – Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office delivered an address at a Special Citizenship Ceremony held at the Ontario Bar Association on occasion of Law Day.

4 April 2006 – Attorney Greg Siskind wrote a column in the April 1st issue of the Indus Business Journal explaining the details of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa.

3 April 2006 – We’ve begun tracking progress on the comprehensive immigration reform bill on our blog.

1 April 2006 – Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office will be the chair and moderator of a session titled Citizenship Immigration Taxation Law; When your clients come to Canada on April 19, 2006. The session is co-sponsored by the Citizenship and Immigration Section and by the Taxation Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

30 March 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional is now online.

29 March 2006 – A special issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

24 March 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

20 March 2006 – The latest issue of The Visalaw.com Healthcare Newsletter is now online.

17 March 2006 – The Episcopal News Service referenced Visalaw.com in an article discussing immigration reform and how it relates to the faith communities.

16 March 2006 – We’ve posted our new chart of National Interest Waiver Requirements for Physicians.

13 March 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

8 March 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

6 March 2006 – Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office wrote an article for the Ontario Bar Association Citizenship and Immigration newsletter on the question of misrepresentations in Canadian immigration law.

2 March 2006 – We’ve posted the State Department Visa Bulletin for March 2006.

28 February 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional is now online.

28 February 2006 – Attorney Karen Weinstock in our Atlanta office is nominated in the 2006 International Women of Influence Awards presented by GlobalEXECWomen and the International Council. The award goes to top female business and technology executives.

27 February 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

21 February 2006 – The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Magazine says immigration law remains a hot practice area and mentions Siskind Susser as the firm illustrating this fact.

17 February 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

7 February 2006 – Siskind Susser and two individual attorneys were ranked by Chambers and Partners. Siskind Susser is ranked in the top 15 immigration law firms in the country. Attorney Greg Siskind was listed among the top 25 immigration lawyers and Attorney Lynn Susser was listed among the top 50.

2 February 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin is now online.

25 January 2006 – The latest issue of Siskind’s Immigration Professional is now online.

18 January 2006 – Attorney Greg Siskind was named one of the top 101 lawyers in Tennessee by Business TN magazine.

13 January 2006 – We’ve posted the latest AAO processing times.

In the News

December 2006

Hiring foreign workers? Tread carefully

The Canadian HR Reporter published an article by Sergio Karas about the serious consequence employers may face if they violate the work permits.

Local law firm reinforces status as global citizen

The Daily News in Memphis published an article about Siskind Susser Bland and the formation of Visalaw International, a worldwide alliance of immigration lawyers.

Employment of foreign nationals presents unique challenges

Attorney Sergio Karas published an article on foreign nationals in Canada that appeared in the Canadian Bar Association’s National Magazine newsletter. The article can be found in the Business Immigration section.

Super Lawyers 2006

Greg Siskind was listed as one of the top attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi in the 2006 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers.

A small immigration firm thinks globally

The National Law Journal featured an article about Siskind Susser Bland’s alliance with Visalaw International.

Matching needs to immigration Colle’s goal

Attorney Sergio Karas was quoted in an article in the Law Times about the creation of the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program announced by the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

C.D. Howe Institute

Attorney Sergio Karas was quoted in this C.D. Howe Institute study on duel citizenship.

Privacy at risk

Attorney Sergio Karas wrote an article warning that data on laptops and electronic devices can be searched without a warrant at a U.S. port of entry.

November 2006

Texas Democrat gets praise for immigration efforts

Attorney Greg Siskind offered his support for Texas Representative Shelia Jackson Lee in an article that appeared on GovExec.com.

Rebuilding the American dream

Attorney Greg Siskind was featured in an article in Mid-South Super Lawyers about his efforts to help immigrants and immigration attorneys who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Law practice goes global in new network

Visalaw International and Siskind Susser Bland are working together to help clients receive faster, more efficient service around the world. The article can be found in The Commercial AppealMemphis Business Journal and the Memphis Daily News.

Employment of Foreign Nationals Presents Unique Challenges

Attorney Sergio Karas wrote an article on the unique challenges Canada is facing when it comes to hiring outside the country.

Ontario Bar Association Magazine

The Ontario Bar Association Magazine has noted Sergio Karas’ appointment as the chair of the International Bar Association’s Immigration Committee.

NYSBA International Law Practicum

Attorney Sergio Karas’ article ” The Residency Obligation under the Canadian IRPA” was published by the New York Bar Association International Law Practicum.

Nashville families say failed immigration system forcing them away

Attorney Yvette Sebelist in our Nashville office was quoted in an article that appeared in Nashville’s The City Paper discussing the long wait most people face when applying for immigration documents and problems that may occur.

Immigration in Perspective

Attorney Yvette Sebelist in our Nashville office can be heard Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:00 CST on her weekly immigration radio program on WRFN-LPFM Radio Free Nashville 98.9.

October 2006

Immigration target hits 25-year high

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was quoted in the October 31, 2006 issue of The Globe and Mail discussing the increase in Canada’s immigration target and its effect on the economy.

Visa Quotas for Physical Therapists and Nurses Filled

Attorney Karen Weinstock in our Atlanta office was featured in an article in Global Atlanta discussing the shortage of nurses and ways to solve the filled visa quota.

Creative Loafing top 12 law firms

Siskind Susser Bland was ranked 12th out of the top 120 law firms according to Atlanta’s Best 2006.

Business Tennessee Magazine

Attorney Greg Siskind was named one of the best lawyers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee magazine. The article will appear in the January 2007 edition of the magazine.

Siskind Susser Bland merger

The Fulton County Daily Report interviewed Karen Weinstock, in our Atlanta office, about the merger between Siskind Susser and New York based Eric Bland Law Firm.

Skilled Trades Wanted

Attorney Sergio Karas, in our Toronto office, chaired a seminar at the Ontario Board Association on labor shortages in the construction industry.

Refugee judge charged with breach of trust

Attorney Sergio Karas, in our Toronto office, was asked to comment on the growing scandal at the Immigration and Refugee Board, on behalf of the Ontario Bar Association. To see the three minute video, click on the side panel “Videos”.

Norcross man has six wives

Attorney Karen Weinstock, in our Atlanta office, was quoted in this article about a man in the Norcross area who married six women so they could stay in the United States.

Immigration law developments can affect your hiring process

Attorney Yvette Sebelist, in our Nashville office, was recently interviewed by the Nashville Business Journal about current issues in immigration and how they relate to hiring.

Russian Spy Sues Ottawa for Being Left Out in the Cold

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was quoted in an article in Globe and Mail discussing the case of a former Russian spy suing Canada’s immigration department for refusing to allow her to return to Canada as a landed immigrant.

September 2006

Immigration and Nationality Law Newsletter

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was welcomed as the incoming Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee.

Internet Pioneer Now Sits at Helm of Giant Immigration Firm

The Daily News in Memphis interviewed Greg Siskind in an article discussing the success of Siskind Susser Bland and the merger with New York-based Eric Bland Law Firm.

Yvette Sebelist named Best of the Bar

Attorney Yvette Sebelist in our Nashville office was listed in the Nashville Business Journal for Best of the Bar in Immigration.

The Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to Greg Siskind, who was chosen to be included in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Bringing You the Latest in Technology for Lawyers

Attorneys Greg Siskind and David Jones co-wrote an article for Immigration Law Today showcasing the new electronics on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Outsourcing Legal Work Raises Privacy Concerns

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was featured in Law Times explaining the concerns involved with offshore outsourcing.

Suit Snips Red Tape for Iraqi Immigrant

Attorney Karen Weinstock in our Atlanta office represented an Iraqi man who was granted permanent U.S. residency. Now immigration officials are trying to untangle red tape that has left his mother in a holding pattern for seven years. The article appears on Al.com.

August 2006

Physician Immigration Takes Center Stage in Washington

The New England Journal of Medicine’s publication Recruiting Physicians Today has published an article by Greg Siskind on the status of physician immigration legislation in Washington.

Siskind Susser Bland Merger Complete

Siskind Susser Immigration Lawyers has merged with the New York-based Eric Bland Law Firm, creating Siskind Susser Bland, P.C. The article appears in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

July 2006

Greg Siskind on Jobs That Will Get You a U.S. Visa

Forbes Magazine interviewed Mr. Siskind in an article discussing careers that increase the chances of obtaining a H-1B visa.

Law Firm Purchases Room to Grow

Siskind Susser has renovated and moved into a larger office building to accommodate the needs of its clients and staff.

June 2006

Iraqi Refugees Stuck in Limbo in Mobile

Attorney Karen Weinstock in our Atlanta office was quoted in an article in reference to the case of Necheveran Barwary and his mother, who have been trying to gain residency in the U.S. for seven years.

Case in Point: Residency Rules for Immigrants

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office wrote an article about residency that was published in the latest issue of Canadian Employment Law Today.

H-1B Visas About to Expire for Fiscal ’07

Attorney Karen Weinstock wrote an article for GlobalAtlanta.com about the H-1B cap for FY2007.

May 2006

Changes in Immigration Law Could Reap Big Benefits for SBA Winner Siskind Susser

Siskind Susser was featured in the May 18-25 issue of the Memphis Business Journal in an article that highlighted their Small Business Award win.

Coast to Coast – Immigration Show

Attorney Greg Siskind participated in the radio show Coast to Coast, to discuss proposals to change immigration laws that have been in the news lately. The folowing links will lead to the show.

Windows Media Streaming link:http://interface.audiovideoweb.com/lnk/avwebdsnjwin4287/LTN/C2C/C2C_051706.wma/play.asx

MP3 Download Link:http://websrvr82il.audiovideoweb.com/ny60web16519/LTN/C2C/C2C_051706.mp3

Direct Link to Show Page on LTN: http://www.legaltalknetwork.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=91

Coast to Coast RSS Feed: http://www.legaltalknetwork.com/RSS/C2C_feed.xml

Legal Talk Network RSS: http://www.legaltalknetwork.com/RSS/LTN_feed.xml

Arranged Marriages Becoming More Common, Officials Say

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was quoted in the May 11, 2006, issue of The Globe and Mail in an article discussing the rising trend of arranged, overseas marriages in Canada.

Immigration Lawyer Creates Niche for Himself on Internet

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette profiled Attorney Greg Siskind, explaining how he built up his practice with successful internet marketing initiatives.

April 2006

Software to Make Your Practice More Productive

Attorneys Greg Siskind and David Jones wrote a column in the March/April issue of Immigration Law Today, AILA’s monthly magazine, discussing software that immigration lawyers may find helpful and convenient.

Citizenship, Immigration Audit Sparks 106 Probes

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was quoted in the April 28, 2006, issue of TheGlobe and Mail in an article discussing centralizing processing of visa applications in Canada.

Visalaw.com Named America’s Top Small/Mid-Size Law Website

Visalaw.com received a 2006-2007 Platinum Internet Marketing Attorney Award and was ranked first among small/mid-size firms by InternetMarketingAttorney.com.

Immigrant Crackdown? Weigh the Myths First

Greg Siskind’s opinion piece on comprehensive immigration reform is published in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Ottawa slow to deport Rwandan war criminal; Incited genocide in radio broadcasts

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office was quoted in a front-page article in the National Post on April 6, 2006.

Special Citizenship Ceremony

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office delivered an address at a Special Citizenship Ceremony held at the Ontario Bar Association on occasion of Law Day.

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Draws Foreign Cash

Attorney Greg Siskind wrote a column in the April 1st issue of the Indus Business Journalexplaining the details of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa.

Citizenship & Immigration Taxation Law; When your clients come to Canada

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office will be the chair and moderator of the above titled session on April 19, 2006. The session is co-sponsored by the Citizenship and Immigration Section and by the Taxation Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

March 2006

Immigration Reform Involves More Than Immigrants

The Episcopal News Service referenced Visalaw.com in an article discussing immigration reform and how it relates to the faith communities.

Beware of Misrepresentations in Canadian Immigration Law!

Attorney Sergio Karas in our Toronto office wrote an article for the Ontario Bar Association Citizenship and Immigration newsletter on the question of misrepresentations in Canadian immigration law.

February 2006

GlobalEXECWomen 2006 International Woman of Influence Awards(TM) Nominees

Attorney Karen Weinstock in our Atlanta office is nominated in the 2006 International Women of Influence Awards presented by GlobalEXECWomen and the International Council. The award goes to top female business and technology executives.

What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession

The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Magazine says immigration law remains a hot practice area and mentions Siskind Susser as the firm illustrating this fact.

January 2006

The Chambers Global Guide

Siskind Susser and two individual attorneys were ranked by Chambers and Partners. Siskind Susser is ranked in the top 15 immigration law firms in the country. Attorney Greg Siskind was listed among the top 25 immigration lawyers and Attorney Lynn Susser was listed among the top 50.

Probe Could Reveal Type of Law Broken

Attorney Greg Siskind was quoted in an article that ran in southern California’s Daily Bulletin on January 29, 2006.

Texas Bar CLE Immigration Law Institute 2006

Attorney Greg Siskind will be a speaker at the Texas Bar CLE that will take place in Houston March 2-3, 2006. Please click the link above for registration information.

150 Best Lawyers

Attorney Greg Siskind was named one of the top 150 lawyers in Tennessee by Business TN magazine.