Friday, June 30, 2017

Supreme Court reinstates travel ban: Here’s what you need to know

The Supreme Court reversed actions of the lower federal courts on June 26, after allowing President Trump to reinstate his immigration travel ban. According to the ruling, foreign nationals from six majority-Muslim countries – Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Iran – “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” will be denied entry to the United States for the next 90 days.

Though this updated order is far less restrictive than the president’s initial version, many immigrants looking to gain access to the United States will still be impacted.

Who is affected:

  • Foreigners applying for a visa as a visitor to the United States without a direct tie to the country
  • Foreigners applying through the diversity visa program
  • Foreigners who have no ties to the United States and therefore are not protected by the Constitution

Who is not affected:

  • Foreigners who have been accepted to a U.S. university
  • Foreigners who have been claimed by a close relative who is a U.S. citizen. According to a recent update posted on the State Department website, “a close familial relationship is defined as a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half, and including step relationships. ‘Close family’ does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, fiancĂ©(e)s, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and any other ‘extended’ family members.”
  • Foreigners who are applying for entry through a work visa program

By Joel Pfeffer, Pittsburgh Immigration Lawyer and Chair of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott’s Immigration Group

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MUS Announces Formation of Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP is proud to join with area law firms, in-house legal departments, and law schools to form the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition.​ The organization will work collaboratively to foster the diversity and inclusion of the region’s legal community.

Monday, June 19, 2017

How the Trump Administration is Changing U.S. Immigration

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott immigration attorney Joel Pfeffer will be the featured presenter during a webinar scheduled for this Wednesday, June 21st at 2 p.m. EDT on the topic of: How the Trump Administration is Changing U.S. Immigration – A Sixth Month Look Back. The webinar will address the following issues:

  • What to expect in the future including the call for changes in screening and vetting for visa issuance and entry to the United States;
  • What changes can be anticipated for the H-1B specialty occupation program; and
  • What employers can do now to prepare for changes in policy, adjudications and enforcement.

Mr. Pfeffer is a Pittsburgh-based immigration attorney and Chairs the firm’s Immigration Practice Group. He is also a member of the firm’s Corporate & Business Law and International Law practice groups.

For more information about the webinar and to register, please visit:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lance Woods Named To "40 Under 40"

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott attorney Lance Woods was recently named by the National Bar Association (NBA) as one of this year’s “40 Under 40” award recipients. Read more.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Andrea Geraghty Honored By PBA

Andrea Geraghty was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Board of Governors with a Special Achievement Award. Read more.