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Michael H. Neifach

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
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Michael.Neifach@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Michael Neifach is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is a recognized leader on immigration, visa and border security matters, and he is Co-Leader of the firm's Immigration practice group.

Mr. Neifach has held senior positions at the White House Homeland Security Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He served as General Counsel at ICE from July 2007 through January 2009. Following his government service, Mr. Neifach oversaw the Immigration, Compliance, and Homeland Security practice at a boutique immigration law firm until joining Jackson Lewis.

Mr. Neifach's practice focuses exclusively on immigration law. He specializes in advising corporate and individual clients on a broad range of issues, including maintaining strict workplace law compliance in an era of heightened government enforcement targeting employers, assisting clients who may encounter difficulties or delays in the visa process at United States Consular posts abroad, and government relations activities to enable business community dialogue with agency policymakers. He represents a variety of clients, ranging from large companies to private equity funds, and law firms to high profile individuals with specific ongoing immigration or visa problems.

Mr. Neifach has been a frequent speaker and invited participant at business and professional associations, including the American Bar Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and is frequently interviewed for national publications and journals.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Award for Exceptional Service
  • U.S. Department of Justice Federal Service Award

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March 31, 2017
Houston Chronicle

Michael Neifach Comments on New Immigration Rules

March 31, 2017

Michael Neifach comments on the newly enforced immigration policies under the President Donald Trump Administration in "Order to send Houston doctors back to India a sign of 'rigid' new immigration rules," published by Houston Chronicle. Subscription may be required  Read More

March 17, 2017
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Michael Neifach Comments on President Donald Trump’s Proposed Immigration Budget

March 17, 2017

Michael Neifach comments on President Donald Trump’s budgetary proposals relating to immigration in "Trump To Face Tough Road On Immigration Budget Plan, published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

March 8, 2017
Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily

Amy Peck and Michael Neifach Comment on President Donald Trump's New Executive Order on Immigration

March 8, 2017

Amy Peck and Michael Neifach comment on President Trump’s issuance of a new immigration executive order and its impact on employers in "Employment Law Daily Wrap Up, IMMIGRATION NEWS—New immigration executive order, new legal battles," published by Employment Law Daily. Subscription may be required to view... Read More

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April 18, 2017

H-1B Visa Executive Order

April 18, 2017

In the wake of the lowest number of H-1B visa petitions filed in five years (199,000), President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American.” It is focused on reform of the H-1B non-immigration visa program, as well as the elimination of waivers and exceptions that are central to international trade... Read More

March 29, 2017

What Employers Need to Know About Immigration Raids on Their Premises

March 29, 2017

Restaurateurs and other employers usually are not experts in conducting forensic evaluations of work authorization documents — nor are they expected to be. According to some Pew Research Center estimates, 20 percent of cooks in restaurants nationwide and at least 30 percent of dishwashers who may be undocumented nevertheless... Read More

March 6, 2017

Revised Travel Ban Executive Order Targets Six Countries, Drops Iraq

March 6, 2017

The “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order (E.O.), issued by President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017, suspends processing of visa issuance for individuals from six designated countries until June 14, 2017, 90 days from the E.O.’s effective date, March 16, 2017. The... Read More

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Federal Court Blocks Portion of Trump’s Executive Order Denying Federal Grants to Sanctuary Cities
April 26, 2017

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H-1B Visa Executive Order
April 19, 2017

In the wake of the lowest number of H-1B visa petitions filed in five years (199,000), President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American.” It is focused on reform of the H-1B non-immigration visa program, as well as the elimination of waivers and exceptions that are central to international trade  Read More

Reminder: Glitch in Form I-9 in November 2016
April 17, 2017

USCIS is reminding employers that if they are continuing to use a Form I-9 (“Smart Form”) that was downloaded between November 14 (when the form first became available) and November 17, 2016, they should download, save, and start using a new Form I-9, available at uscis.gov/i-9 . Read More