Richard M. Green

Partner & Chair of CDF's Immigration Practice Group
Orange County Office
(949) 622-1661, ext 1432
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If I Wasn't A Lawyer I'd Be: An airline pilot.

I am Most Proud Of: Crossing the finish line of my first marathon.

What Was Your First Job? Bussing tables & washing dishes at Straw Hat Pizza in Huntington Beach.

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About Richard

Immigration Lawyer Richard M. Green understands the importance of work and family, and places special emphasis on helping employers obtain immigration status and employment authorization in the United States for their employees and their family members. A Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, Green is a proud member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has been helping clients with their immigration issues for close to 20 years.  Additionally, Green is an Adjunct Professor at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University where he teaches Immigration Law.

Whether you are an employer or employee seeking an employment based visa for a highly skilled employee, need to establish citizenship, want to bring a family member to the States under a family based visa, or need information regarding immigration opportunities for religious workers, Green puts his years of experience into play to assist his clients in an efficient and timely manner so they get what they need, when they need it.

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Chapman University School of Law, J.D., 1998

  • Chapman Law Review, Staff Member Notes & Comments Section, 1997
  • Nexus, A Journal of Opinion, Circulation Manager, 1997

Trinity Western University, British Columbia, B.A., History, 1993


Foreign Students Can Now File for Work Authorization Online,” Quoted in SHRM article, April 2021

Immigration Service Tightens Rules to Make Deportation Easier,” Quoted in Daily Journal article, July 2018

"Deferred Action Comes To The Workplace," Orange County Lawyer, March 2015

“Ms. Sanchez’s Wild Ride,” AILA Leadership Blog, July 2012

MAVNI: Nonimmigrant to Citizen in Less than a Month,”  Mass. Bar Association, Section Review, 2010

“Adjustment of Status for Family Based Immigrants: Immigration Law Essentials,” Mass. Bar Institute, 2009

Written Opinions

Abou-Haidar v. Gonzales, 437 F.3d. 206 (1st Cir. 2006)


"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Navigating the H-1B Visa in 2024," CDF Webinar Series, February 2024

"From First Day to Green Card: The Lifecycle of an Employment-Based Immigration Case,” CDF Webinar Series, March 2023

“Fair Day’s Wages: Alternative Wage Surveys for PERMs and H-1Bs," American Immigration Lawyers Association, February 2023

"So You Want To Hire an H-1B Professional?  Pros and Cons of Hiring and Retaining Professional Foreign National Talent," CDF Webinar Series, June 2022

"How the New Biden/Harris Administration is Likely to Affect California Employers," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, January 2021

"Ethical Representation of Clients During a Pandemic," 33rd Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association's Virtual California Conference, December 2020

"Square Pegs in Round Holes: Drafting a Job Description," 2019 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference on Immigration Law, June 2019

“Trends in the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law in the Workplace,” Co-Presenter, PIHRA 2019 Legal Update, January 2019

"Attacks on Military, Immigrants and Established Americans," American Immigration Lawyer's Association California Chapters Conference, November 2018

"Putting Together Your First PERM," American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, June 2018

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Member, State Bar of California, 1998 - present

  • Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2001 - present

  • Member, Military Assistance Task Force, 2011 - 2012
  • Vice-Chair, Military Assistance Task Force, 2013 - 2014
  • Chair, AILA Military Committee, 2015 - present

Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2010 - present

  • Chair, Immigration Law Section, 2013 - 2014
  • Arbitrator, Mandatory Attorney-Client Fee Arbitration Panel, 2012 - present

Chapman University School of Law, Alumni Advisory Board, 2010 - present

  • Alumnus of the Year, 2013

Chapman University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2014 - present

Related News

Richard Green Quoted in Article "Work Visas Versus Protectionism: The Winners & Losers"

July 17, 2017

Richard Green Quoted in LA Times Article "Trump's Promise To Ramp Up Deportations Spreads Fear…

February 23, 2017

Todd Wulffson and Rick Green Provide Commentary in the LA Daily News Article "New Business Laws for…

December 24, 2016

Richard Green Quoted In Insights.Dice.Com's Article "Should Companies Push For H-1B Reform?"

November 3, 2016

Rick Green Quoted in Risk Management Article "Welcome to America: Why Immigration Matters for…

April 6, 2016

Rick Green Helps a Chapman Univ. Law-School Student Save a Korean Immigrant From Deportation

October 2, 2015

Richard Green Appears In Runner's World Magazine - Shares His Personal Story

August 24, 2015

Richard Green Authors Article "Deferred Action Comes To The Workplace" For Orange County Lawyer

March 17, 2015

Richard Green to Lead Immigration Practice Group at CDF

August 6, 2014

Blog Entries

Change is Coming to the H-1B Visa

February 6, 2024

Failure to Disclose Arbitration Agreement In Visa Petition May Nullify Agreement

November 30, 2023

DHS Announces Permanent Remote I-9 Document Verification for E-Verify Employers

July 25, 2023

Employer Remote Verification of I-9 Documents Sunsets on July 31, 2023

May 16, 2023

FY 2024 H-1B Lottery Registration Period Opens March 1

February 1, 2023

USCIS Announces Further Expansion of Premium Processing Service

January 17, 2023

USCIS Proposed Dramatic Rise in Filing Fees Will Impact Employers

January 6, 2023

Employers May Accept Naturalization Receipts and Expired Green Cards for I-9 Purposes

December 12, 2022

State Department Now Issues Five-Year TN Visas to Mexican Citizens

November 22, 2022

Is an End to Remote I-9 Document Inspection Coming?

October 20, 2022

Is the H-1B Visa a Viable Option for F-1 Students and Their Employers Anymore?

April 25, 2022

DHS Rescinds COVID-19 Pandemic Related I-9 Policy Change

March 21, 2022

USCIS Accepts First Time H-1B Applications on March 1, 2022

February 18, 2022

L-2 Spouses No Longer Need a Separate Employment Authorization Document For U.S. Work

November 11, 2021

Alert for Employers of Conditional Permanent Residents: Receipt Notices Now Valid for 24 Months

September 7, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Required to Immigrate to the United States

August 24, 2021

Good News for Employers Seeking to Renew Employee Visa Petitions

April 28, 2021

USCIS to Accept Electronic I-765 OPT EAD Applications

April 14, 2021

What’s Old is What’s New: DHS Releases FY 2022 H-1B Lottery Instructions

February 5, 2021

USCIS Publishes Regulation Implementing Wage-Based H-1B Visa Allocation System

January 7, 2021

District Court Strikes Trump Administration H-1B Wage Regulations

December 2, 2020

Layoffs Averted at USCIS

August 25, 2020

DHS Allows Use of an EAD Paper Approval Notice as Evidence of Employment Authorization

August 20, 2020

The Trump Administration Bans New Temporary Workers

June 23, 2020

Is a Fee Surcharge Coming to USCIS?

May 18, 2020

USCIS Extends RFE, NOID, and Administrative Appeal Response Deadlines

May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Immigrant Entry Ban: So Much Sound and Fury

April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Related Changes to Immigration Employment Verification

March 25, 2020

USCIS Releases New Version of Form I-9

February 3, 2020

USCIS Makes Changes to the H-1B Lottery

January 31, 2019

eVerify:  Good News and Bad News

January 28, 2019

USCIS Proposes Changes to the H-1 Lottery

December 5, 2018

June 2018: The Beginning of the End of the H-4 EAD

March 2, 2018

The End of DACA and its Effect on California Employers

September 5, 2017

President Trump Issues New Travel Ban

March 6, 2017

President Trump Bans Citizens of Seven Nations from Entry to the United States

January 30, 2017

USCIS Launches the Pilot of the Known Employer Program

March 7, 2016

PERM: Where Details Matter

February 10, 2016

USCIS Publishes F-1 STEM Regulation and Expands Employment Authorization to 24 Months

October 22, 2015

Misuse of USCIS’ E-Verify System Is Now Enforceable in California Superior Court

October 12, 2015

Olympic Gymnast’s EB-1 Petition Denial Affirmed by District Court

September 21, 2015

DHS F-1 STEM Employment Authorization Regulations Struck Down

August 13, 2015

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain Spouses of H-1B Workers

February 26, 2015

Employer Agent Who Signs Section 2 the I-9 Form Must Review the Employee's Original Documents

February 4, 2015


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