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USCIS announced on October 23, 2017 that prior policy guidance previously issued by the agency directing officers to give deference to the findings of a previously approved petition is rescinded. Under updated policy guidance, USCIS is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, [...]

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     ALBANY, N.Y. (October 24, 2017) – Robert S. Reynolds, partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, has been selected by a nationwide peer review to be listed among the nation’s top lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in the practice area of Trusts and Estates.       Mr. Reynolds is a partner in the Firm’s Estate Planning and Administration and Federal and State [...]

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On October 17, Judge Derrick Watson, a Hawaii federal judge, granted a Temporary Restraining Order or TRO ) in the case Hawaii v. Trump, blocking the majority of the travel restrictions set forth in President Trump’s September 24, 2017 proclamation The TRO invalidated Trump's instruction only hours before it was set to be enforced on October 18, 2017. This decision is not the first time that the judiciary has invalidated Trump's immigration plans as Watson had also blocked the previous [...]

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Oct. 17, 2017

'Spirits of October'

On October 4th, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna teamed up with Schenectady County Community College to present an event celebrating and appreciating the recent boom of the microbrewery industry in our region. The “Spirits of October” event, hosted at our Schenectady office at the Electric City Innovation Center, drew in over 100 attendees. Together, we learned about SCCC’s Craft Beer Brewing program, whilst sampling beer, spirits, and elixirs from local businesses, and sampling [...]

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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna is a proud sponsor of the “Mission Awareness” partnership between CBS 6 and the Double H Ranch. The goal of this program is to raise awareness of the mission of the Double H Ranch, while also providing the opportunity for donations and volunteer support. CBS 6 will air a 60-minute documentary on the Double H Ranch on both CBS and CW 15. The program will feature “telethon breaks” with a call to action for viewers to make a donation. As [...]

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