New Strategies for H1-B Visa Petitions

New H-1B Visa Petitions must be filed on April 1, 2018. Be prepared.

Join us for a reception and informational conversation on advanced strategies and procedures for H-1B petitions, including new USCIS adjudication trends regarding wage and specialty occupation issues; entrepreneurs self-sponsoring H-1B petitions; cap-exempt H-1B strategies; and other immigration issues (non-immigrant and green card) specific to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Networking Wine and Cheese Reception, 5:30-6:30

H-1B Information Program, 6:30-8:30

WeWork South Station, 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston

All are welcome to this free event co-hosted by Mass Challenge, Startup Leadership Program, Greentown Labs, Immigrant Avenues, MIT’s Engine, MIT’s E14 Fund, UMass Venture Development Center, Flybridge Capital, and Law Offices of Jeff Goldman.


While not required, RSVPs are requested to:



Financial Literacy for Newcomers Program Launched

A Financial Literacy Program for Newcomers was launched at the Massachusetts State House on December 1, 2018. The program, made possible by private donations, is the result of a two-year effort by the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, with support from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants, which Jeff chairs.

Jeff to emcee launch of Financial Literacy for Newcomers program at the State House

Jeff will serve as the emcee at the launch of the Financial Literacy Program for Newcomers on Friday, December 1, at 11:30 am in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Boston. The event is open to the public. The Financial Literacy Program, made possible by private donations, is the result of a two-year effort by the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, with support from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants, which Jeff chairs.Invitation to ORI financial literacy program launch


Revised Form I-9 Now Available

USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Employers can use the revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017. On September 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N.

Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.

There are some revisions related to the List of Acceptable Documents on Form I-9:

  • The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) has been added to List C. Employers completing Form I-9 on a computer will be able to select Form FS-240 from the drop-down menus available in List C of Section 2 and Section 3. E-Verify users will also be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for Form I-9.
  • All the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) have been combined into selection C#2 in List C.
  • All List C documents except the Social Security card have been renumbered. For example, the employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security on List C will change from List C #8 to List C #7.

These changes are included in a revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).

For questions or to discuss internal I-9 audits, contact Jeff Goldman  at 978-219-5055

On the Radio

Attorney Jesse Bless and Paralegal Pamela Zabala were on the air at Mega Radio (890 am and 94.9 fm) during the station’s morning show, which has an audience of 700,000 listeners. As invited guests, Jesse and Pamela provided information about immigration to the underserved Latin American community.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit

Offering cautious optimism about the ability of entrepreneurs to obtain a visa, Jeff spoke on a panel at the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit organized by the University of Massachusetts Venture Development Center on May 24, 2017. Over 225 investors, entrepreneurs and lawyers gathered to give inspiration and practical advice to recent entrepreneurial grads seeking to launch their dreams in Massachusetts. Jeff is a co-founder of the Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program. Watch the panel discussion here:

Jesse Bless Joins JGI as Senior Litigation Counsel

The Law Offices of Jeff Goldman, LLP are pleased to announce that Jesse Matthew Bless has joined the firm as Senior Litigation Counsel.  Mr. Bless previously enjoyed a 12-year career at the United States Justice Department where he litigated thousands of complex immigration matters in federal district court and the circuit courts of appeals. Jesse offers peace of mind to foreign nationals seeking to lawfully remain in the U.S. and will provide a full range of immigration services including:

  • administrative representation for adjustment of status
  • advice on removal prevention and defense
  • representation before immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the circuit courts of appeals
  •  consultation for those with any immigration-related concern.

A national leader on the immigration consequences of state, federal and foreign criminal offenses, Jesse also serves as an advisor to the City of Salem and has appeared as an immigration expert on NBC Boston and NECN. Follow this link to his interview on NBC Boston.

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