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Welcome to The Law Offices of Richard S. Goldstein’s Privacy Notice

  

The Law Offices of Richard S. Goldstein (“LORSG” or “we”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the personal information that we receive and process on behalf of our clients. We also wish to be transparent as to how such personal information is collected, used and shared in relation to the client services that we provide.

This Privacy Notice also describes the measures we take to protect the information that we receive and process relating to you. In addition, we provide information on how to contact us in order to:

  1. Access, correct or delete your personal information;
  2. Exercise choice regarding the processing of your personal information, in accordance with applicable laws;
  3. Ask any questions you may have regarding our privacy practices.

Where our services are engaged by your employer on your behalf, you may also address any concerns regarding your personal information directly with your employer.

The Information We Collect and Process

Personal Information

For purposes of providing U.S. immigration consulting and legal services, LORSG may collect and process certain personal information about you, your family members (if applicable) and your employer. As such, we act as the Data Controller in relation to your personal information.

The personal information we collect may include your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, marital status, passport number, employment history, educational background, tax status, employee number, job title and function, and expatriate status.

We may obtain this personal information from a number of sources, such as online questionnaires and forms you complete. In addition, we may obtain personal information from third-party sources, such as former employers, educational institutions you attended and your current or prospective employer.

Additionally, many of our client services, including visa extensions, green card applications and other types of cases require us to use the information we have previously collected in order to provide the additional services for which we have been engaged.

 

The reason we collect this information is to provide the U.S. immigration services that you or your employer have requested, including analyzing your immigration status, preparing and submitting immigration-related filings to U.S. government agencies and providing you with access to online case management tools. Additionally, we may use your personal information in order to assist in the administration of clients’ U.S. visa activities, such as the tracking of visa expiration dates, analyzing immigration trends, reviewing processing times and approval rates where requested to do so by your employer.

If you fail to provide the personal data we request, we may not be able to provide the U.S. immigration services that you or your employer have requested.  

Sensitive Personal Information

Certain categories of personal information may be considered “sensitive” and are subject to a higher level of data protection. These categories may include race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, sex life or sexual orientation, physical or mental health or condition, and data relating to offenses, and/or criminal convictions.

We will only collect this sensitive personal data to the extent necessary. For example, in order to analyze your eligibility for a U.S. visa or to complete an immigration-related filing on your behalf. In particular, we may need to ask you to provide information regarding your race or ethnic origin, physical or mental health/condition and whether you have been previously convicted of any criminal offenses.

Pre-employment Verification

Certain countries may require verification of new employees’ employment eligibility at the time of hire. Examples of such requirements include the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (“IRCA”) in the United States and the Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Act 2006 in the United Kingdom, pursuant to which LORSG may collect and process personal information such as your name, email address, home address, military service and citizenship status.

Information Requests

If you request information about our services, you may choose to provide personal information such as your name, address, email address and telephone number. We use your information to respond to your request.

Other Uses of Information

We may use personal information we collect for other purposes, such as administration, client reports, compliance with applicable laws and internal policies and procedures.

Information We Collect by Automated Means

We use cookies and related technologies on our website. We use these technologies to understand how many users visited our sites and the pages they accessed so that we can best tailor our web services to our visitors.

Retention of Information

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

The Information We Share

We do not disclose information except as described in this Privacy Notice. We will not sell, share, transfer, rent, use, or distribute your information for purposes other than those disclosed here unless required by law or as authorized by you or your employer. We may share the information you provide with our New York affiliate, Goldstein & Lee, P.C., and your employer or a third party as your employer instructs us, as appropriate or necessary in connection with the U.S. immigration services that we provide.

In addition, as part of the immigration consulting and legal services we have been directed to provide, LORSG may disclose personal information to government agencies, your former, current, or prospective employer and its related entities. We may also share the information with certain service providers we have retained in connection with the services we provide, such as case management software providers, translators, education evaluation services, couriers or other necessary entities. We take steps to require that service providers protect the information consistently with this Privacy Notice. These service providers are authorized to use the information only as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with law or legal process. Where we have knowledge that a service provider processes your personal information in a manner contrary to this Privacy Notice, we will take reasonable steps to prevent or stop the processing. In addition, we may disclose information about you if:

  1. We are required to do so by law;
  2. We believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity; and
  3. Disclosure is necessary to protect the vital interests of any person.

How We Protect Personal Information

We seek to ensure that any personal information that we hold about you is accurate, complete, current and otherwise reliable based on data you or an employer provide in order to provide the immigration consulting and legal services. We seek to collect personal information that is adequate, relevant and not excessive for these purposes.

We maintain appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect against loss, misuse or unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction of personal information.

We educate our employees and strive to maintain appropriate standards of conduct with regard to the protection of personal information.

We take steps to require that third parties who assist in our provision of services abide by all applicable privacy and data protection laws and prohibit them from using your information other than in connection with the services they have been engaged to provide.

Personal Information We Transfer

To provide immigration consulting and legal services, we may transfer the personal information we collect to several countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom or any other country in which LORSG or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or service providers maintain facilities, which may not provide the same level of data protection as the laws in the country in which you reside. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will use, share and safeguard that information as described in this Privacy Notice.

Your Choices and Rights

As set out above, LORSG may collect certain information about you for purposes of providing immigration consulting and legal services. In the unlikely event that LORSG wishes to use this information in a way that is incompatible with these purposes, we will notify, as applicable, either your employer on whose behalf we process your information or you, if you have engaged LORSG directly. We will respect your decision if subsequently your employer informs us or, where we notify you directly, you inform us that you wish to opt-out of personal information about you being processed for the new purpose. If sensitive personal information is involved we will only use your information for the new purpose if you actively communicate your consent to this processing to your employer or us, as applicable, in accordance with the requirements of applicable laws. We will follow the identical procedure if we disclose personal information to third parties that are expected to process the personal information for their own independent purposes.

We also will assist our clients to provide you or provide you directly, as applicable, with reasonable access to your personal information and, where appropriate, with the ability to review and correct inaccuracies. We will use reasonable efforts to assist your employer respond to an access request or, where required under law, to respond directly to a valid access request within a reasonable period of time. To help protect your privacy and provide security, LORSG takes reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access to information. To exercise these rights, please contact your employer or LORSG, as applicable.

You have the right to complain to the relevant supervisory authority for data protection issues at any time. However, we would appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns first, so please contact us initially.

Updates to our Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice may be updated periodically without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our information practices. We will post a notice on our applicable websites or materials to advise of any significant changes to our Privacy Notice and indicate in the notice when it was most recently updated. While this Privacy Notice is designed to comply with the most stringent data privacy laws and represents “best practices,” in certain countries additional or different procedures not inconsistent with this Privacy Notice may apply as necessary to satisfy local legal requirements.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Notice, please contact us by email at lawoffices@goldsteinvisa.com. You also may write to us at:

Attn: Susan Green - Data Protection Officer

The Law Offices of Richard S. Goldstein

22A St. James Square

London SW1Y 4JH

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)203 823-3500

 

 

 

Last updated: May 30, 2018

Welcome to Goldstein & Lee, P.C.’s Privacy Notice

  

Goldstein & Lee, P.C. (“Goldstein & Lee” or “we”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the personal information that we receive and process on behalf of our clients. We also wish to be transparent as to how such personal information is collected, used and shared in relation to the client services that we provide.

This Privacy Notice also describes the measures we take to protect the information that we receive and process relating to you. In addition, we provide information on how to contact us in order to:

  1. Access, correct or delete your personal information;
  2. Exercise choice regarding the processing of your personal information, in accordance with applicable laws;
  3. Ask any questions you may have regarding our privacy practices.

Where our services are engaged by your employer on your behalf, you may also address any concerns regarding your personal information directly with your employer.

The Information We Collect and Process

Personal Information                    

For purposes of providing U.S. immigration consulting and legal services, Goldstein & Lee may collect and process certain personal information about you, your family members (if applicable) and your employer. As such, we act as the Data Controller in relation to your personal information.

The personal information we collect may include your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, marital status, passport number, employment history, educational background, tax status, employee number, job title and function, and expatriate status.

We may obtain this personal information from a number of sources, such as online questionnaires, forms you complete and information you provide directly to us by email or in conversation with our staff. In addition, we may obtain personal information from third-party sources, such as former employers, educational institutions you attended and your current or prospective employer.

Additionally, many of our client services, including visa extensions, green card applications and other types of cases require us to use the information we have previously collected in order to provide the additional services for which we have been engaged.

The reason we collect this information is to provide the U.S. immigration services that you or your employer have requested, including analyzing your immigration status, preparing and submitting immigration-related filings to U.S. government agencies and providing you with access to online case management tools. Additionally, we may use your personal information in order to assist in the administration of clients’ U.S. visa activities, such as the tracking of visa expiration dates, analyzing immigration trends, reviewing processing times and approval rates where requested to do so by your employer.

If you fail to provide the personal data we request, we may not be able to provide the U.S. immigration services that you or your employer have requested.  

Sensitive Personal Information

Certain categories of personal information may be considered “sensitive” and are subject to a higher level of data protection. These categories may include race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, sex life or sexual orientation, physical or mental health or condition, and data relating to offenses, and/or criminal convictions.

We will only collect this sensitive personal data to the extent necessary. For example, in order to analyze your eligibility for a U.S. visa or to complete an immigration-related filing on your behalf. In particular, we may need to ask you to provide information regarding your race or ethnic origin, physical or mental health/condition and whether you have been previously convicted of any criminal offenses.

Pre-employment Verification

Certain countries may require verification of new employees’ employment eligibility at the time of hire. Examples of such requirements include the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (“IRCA”) in the United States and the Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Act 2006 in the United Kingdom, pursuant to which Goldstein & Lee may collect and process personal information such as your name, email address, home address, military service and citizenship status.

Information Requests

If you request information about our services, you may choose to provide personal information such as your name, address, email address and telephone number. We use your information to respond to your request.

Other Uses of Information

We may use personal information we collect for other purposes, such as administration, client reports, compliance with applicable laws and internal policies and procedures.

Information We Collect by Automated Means

We use cookies and related technologies on our website. We use these technologies to understand how many users visited our sites and the pages they accessed so that we can best tailor our web services to our visitors.

Retention of Information

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

The Information We Share

We do not disclose information except as described in this Privacy Notice. We will not sell, share, transfer, rent, use, or distribute your information for purposes other than those disclosed here unless required by law or as authorized by you or your employer. We may share the information you provide with our London affiliate, The Law Offices of Richard S. Goldstein, and your employer or a third party as your employer instructs us, as appropriate or necessary in connection with the U.S. immigration services that we provide.

In addition, as part of the immigration consulting and legal services we have been directed to provide, Goldstein & Lee, P.C. may disclose personal information to government agencies, your former, current, or prospective employer and its related entities. We may also share the information with certain service providers we have retained in connection with the services we provide, such as case management software providers, translators, education evaluation services, couriers or other necessary entities. We take steps to require that service providers protect the information consistently with this Privacy Notice. These service providers are authorized to use the information only as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with law or legal process. Where we have knowledge that a service provider processes your personal information in a manner contrary to this Privacy Notice, we will take reasonable steps to prevent or stop the processing. In addition, we may disclose information about you if:

  1. We are required to do so by law;
  2. We believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity; and
  3. Disclosure is necessary to protect the vital interests of any person.

How We Protect Personal Information

We seek to ensure that any personal information that we hold about you is accurate, complete, current and otherwise reliable based on data you or an employer provide in order to provide the immigration consulting and legal services. We seek to collect personal information that is adequate, relevant and not excessive for these purposes.

We maintain appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect against loss, misuse or unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction of personal information.

We educate our employees and strive to maintain appropriate standards of conduct with regard to the protection of personal information.

We take steps to require that third parties who assist in our provision of services abide by all applicable privacy and data protection laws and prohibit them from using your information other than in connection with the services they have been engaged to provide.

Personal Information We Transfer

To provide immigration consulting and legal services, we may transfer the personal information we collect to several countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom or any other country in which Goldstein & Lee or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or service providers maintain facilities, which may not provide the same level of data protection as the laws in the country in which you reside. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will use, share and safeguard that information as described in this Privacy Notice.

Your Choices and Rights

As set out above, Goldstein & Lee may collect certain information about you for purposes of providing immigration consulting and legal services. In the unlikely event that Goldstein & Lee wishes to use this information in a way that is incompatible with these purposes, we will notify, as applicable, either your employer on whose behalf we process your information or you, if you have engaged Goldstein & Lee directly. We will respect your decision if subsequently your employer informs us or, where we notify you directly, you inform us that you wish to opt-out of personal information about you being processed for the new purpose. If sensitive personal information is involved we will only use your information for the new purpose if you actively communicate your consent to this processing to your employer or us, as applicable, in accordance with the requirements of applicable laws. We will follow the identical procedure if we disclose personal information to third parties that are expected to process the personal information for their own independent purposes.

We also will assist our clients to provide you or provide you directly, as applicable, with reasonable access to your personal information and, where appropriate, with the ability to review and correct inaccuracies. We will use reasonable efforts to assist your employer respond to an access request or, where required under law, to respond directly to a valid access request within a reasonable period of time. To help protect your privacy and provide security, Goldstein & Lee takes reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access to information. To exercise these rights, please contact your employer or Goldstein & Lee, as applicable.

You have the right to complain to the relevant supervisory authority for data protection issues at any time. However, we would appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns first, so please contact us initially.

Updates to our Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice may be updated periodically without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our information practices. We will post a notice on our applicable websites or materials to advise of any significant changes to our Privacy Notice and indicate in the notice when it was most recently updated. While this Privacy Notice is designed to comply with the most stringent data privacy laws and represents “best practices,” in certain countries additional or different procedures not inconsistent with this Privacy Notice may apply as necessary to satisfy local legal requirements.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Notice, please contact us by email at goldsteinlee@lorsg.com. You also may write to us at:

Attn: Tammy M. Lee - Data Protection Officer

Goldstein & Lee, P.C.

145 West 57th Street, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10019

United States of Americas

Tel: +1 (212) 957-0500

UK Affiliate – Data Protection Officer

Attn: Susan Green - Data Protection Officer

The Law Offices of Richard S. Goldstein

22A St. James Square

London SW1Y 4JH

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)203 823-3500

 

Last updated: May 30, 2018

Welcome to our Cookie, Log File, Usage Data and IP Address Policy

  

Goldstein & Lee, P.C. and The Law Offices of Richard S. Goldstein (“we”), the owners of www.goldsteinvisa.com, use cookies and related technologies on this website in order to understand how many users visited our site and the pages they accessed so that we can best tailor our website to our visitors. This policy describes how we use these technologies.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit websites that help collect data. We may use cookies to tell us, for example, whether you have visited us before or if you are a new visitor and to help us identify site features in which you may have interest. Cookies may enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you are visiting a particular site.

Most internet browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies, you may not be able to take advantage of all our website features.

Additionally, when you first visit our website a cookie consent notice will be displayed asking you to consent to our use of cookies for the above reasons.

Log Files, Usage Data and IP Addresses

Log files are web server files (containing information such as domain name or IP address, URL, http response code, or the date and duration of your visit) that are automatically created when you visit a website. An IP address is an identifier that certain electronic devices utilize to identify and communicate with each other on the internet. When you visit our website, our servers log your IP address. In combination with other data, this information helps us understand which features are of interest to our visitors and the regions of the world where these visitors are located. In addition, log files help detect disruptions that may interfere with the provision of our website.

Last updated: May 30, 2018