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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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May 23, 2018
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Michael Neifach Comments on the Expected Increase of I-9 Audits by ICE

May 23, 2018

Michael Neifach comments on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's plans for a nationwide increase of Form I-9 audits as the agency continues to focus on criminal cases against employers and deporting employees who are in the country illegally in "ICE Planning Surge of I-9 Audits This Summer," published by SHRM. Subscription may be... Read More

March 28, 2018
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Michael Neifach and Amy Peck Discuss the 2018 Immigration Forecast

March 28, 2018

Michael Neifach and Amy Peck comment on what may be in store for immigration, particularly border security and attempts to cut the flow of migrants in "2018 Forecast: What will the High Court, federal agencies, and lawmakers be up to?" published by Employment Law Daily. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

March 20, 2018
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Michael Neifach Comments on E-Verify and Related Services to Be Temporarily Suspended

March 20, 2018

Michael Neifach comments on the federal government's electronic employment verification system becoming temporarily unavailable due to system upgrades in "E-Verify to Go Dark This Weekend," published by SHRM. Read More

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January 25, 2018

Supreme Court Birthright-Citizenship Decision Not Retroactive, State Department Clarifies

January 25, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a federal citizenship statute setting different residency requirements for U.S. citizen fathers and mothers violates the Equal Protection Clause will apply only to individuals born on or after June 12, 2017, according to the updated Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM). It therefore would appear that an... Read More

January 24, 2018

When ICE Knocks

January 24, 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ICE’s mission is to protect the country from cross-border crime and illegal immigration. The agency focuses on illegal trade, prevention of terrorism, and even repatriation of stolen art. ICE also is responsible for enforcement... Read More

January 19, 2018

Implications of a Government Shutdown on Federal Contractors

January 19, 2018

A government shutdown looms on January 20, when the current government funding expires at midnight on January 19. The fact that one political party has control of both the White House and Congress makes this instance historically unique. The 2013 government shutdown lasted two weeks and caused havoc for many government... Read More

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Global Immigration in the Trump Era: a U.S. Perspective

May 22, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Immigration Year-In-Review

December 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Restaurant Industry Insights: What Enhanced Immigration Enforcement Means for Your Business

March 22, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Number of Government Enforcement Investigations Doubles
May 17, 2018

ICE announced its enforcements investigations in the last seven months have already doubled last year’s total. Since October 2017, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opened 3,510 worksite investigations, initiated 2,282 I-9 audits, and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative worksite-related arrests. Read More

USCIS Releases Improvements to E-Verify System
April 23, 2018

After gathering feedback and extensive testing, USCIS has unveiled an updated and modernized E-Verify system to improve the user experience, efficiency, and reduce errors. Read More

ICE Raids Tennessee Meatpacking Plant, Apprehends and Detains Dozens
April 9, 2018

In what appears to be the largest worksite enforcement raid under the current administration, ICE arrested 97 immigrants at a meatpacking plant in Tennessee. Eighty-six of the people apprehended were arrested on immigration charges. According to reports, ICE has detained 54 individuals. Read More