The Deadline for Most New York Property Owners to Contest Their Assessment is May 24, 2022 By Nicholas J. Scarantino, Esq. Grievance Day falls on the 4th Tuesday in May every year, and in most New York Counties, that has not changed for 2022. The pandemic will likely continue to affect the real property tax grievance process this year, such as limiting public access into the assessor’s office to review assessment records, how to drop off grievance forms, or if you will be allowed to [...]

Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 2023) H-1B cap will open the electronic registration at noon Eastern on March 1, 2022 and run through noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. U.S. employers file H-1b petitions for foreign nationals who will be employed temporarily in professional fields – referred to as “specialty occupations” or as fashion models of distinguished merit and ability. Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects 65,000 H-1B registrations for foreign [...]

Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Greater Binghamton region, has named Scott R. Kurkoski to the position of managing partner effective January 1, 2022. The members of the firm express their deep gratitude to their Partner, Jeffrey A. Loew, for his leadership as Managing Partner. Mr. Loew has successfully guided the firm for the past ten years, becoming the firm's longest serving managing partner. His departure from the position follows the firm's [...]

U.S. and Canada Land Border is Opening On October 13, 2021, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas announced that DHS will lift the Title 19 Restrictions for land and ferry border crossings from Canada and Mexico in two phases: In early November 2021, consistent with the rescission of the INA 212(f) COVID-19 entry bans for air travelers, DHS will first allow non-essential travel across the land and ferry borders for fully vaccinated individuals, while still [...]

Millions of applicants nationwide are waiting longer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process and approve applications and petitions for immigration benefits. All the categories in family-based benefits, employment-based benefits, naturalization, travel documents, and employment authorization are being affected. Between FY2017 and FY2019, USCIS’s processing times for all petitions and application form types rose more than 37%. For common form types, processing [...]

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