Douglas Hauer

Douglas Hauer

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It’s Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Lottery!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides...more

9/24/2013 - Department of State DIversity Lottery Green Cards Immigrants Visas

It’s Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides...more

9/23/2013 - Department of State Eligibility Green Cards Lawful Permanent Residents Lottery Visas

FINRA provides guidance on immigration due diligence to broker-dealers in EB-5 offerings

There is some interesting but overlooked news on the EB-5 front. In a letter to a broker-dealer dated August 26, 2013, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) confirmed that the suitability rule (Rule 2111)...more

9/17/2013

FINRA Provides Guidance on the Applicability of the Suitability Rule to Broker-Dealers Marketing Private Placements in the EB-5...

In an interpretive letter to a broker-dealer dated August 26, 2013, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) interpreted the suitability requirements under Rule 2111 for recommendations to foreign nationals making...more

9/17/2013 - Broker-Dealer EB-5 FINRA Foreign Investment Suitability Rule Visas

EB-5 Funding: A Possible Financing Option for Commercial Ventures Undertaken by Colleges and Universities

Universities and colleges seeking to start commercial ventures should consider raising capital through the EB-5 program. If you are a university or college and you are considering building a new student union or a stadium as...more

7/25/2013 - Business Formation Choice of Entity EB-5 Funding Immigration and Nationality Act Job Creation Small Business Small Business Formation Startups USCIS Venture Capital

What Windsor Means for Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking U.S. Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. This Section of DOMA prohibited the U.S. government from conferring any...more

7/5/2013 - Citizenship Department of State DHS DOMA Green Cards Lawful Permanent Residents Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS Visas

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional on Equal Protection Grounds

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in United States v. Windsor that the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. The decision of the Court applies to same-sex couples who are legally married as defined by their...more

6/27/2013 - Citizenship Discrimination DOMA Due Process Equal Protection Foreign Nationals Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Employment-Based Third Preference (EB-3) Cut-Off Dates Advance on the Visa Bulletin for All Countries Except India and the...

The Visa Bulletin for July 2013 shows continual movement forward for immigrant visas in the employment-based third preference (EB-3) category for all countries except India and the Philippines. ...more

6/12/2013 - EB-3 India Visa Bulletins Visas

New Form I-9 is now in effect

As a follow-up to our Alerts of March 8, 2013 and May 6, 2013, this is a reminder that the revised Form I-9 must now be used by all U.S. employers for new hires. ...more

5/13/2013 - Forms I-9

Automated I-94s at a Port of Entry Near You

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched an initiative to automate the issuance of Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Records for travelers arriving by sea or air....more

5/13/2013 - Customs and Border Protection I-94 Cards

E-2 Visas for Israelis Still Delayed

Nearly one year ago, President Obama signed legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for E-2 nonimmigrant investor visas to the United States. The legislation would grant E-2 investor visas to...more

5/13/2013 - Delays E-2 Investor Visa Options Visas

Mintz Levin Files FOIA Request for DOL Prevailing Wage Data

On December 7, 2012, Mintz Levin filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) with the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”). The request seeks disclosure of all documentation relating to prevailing wages,...more

12/31/2012 - DOL FOIA Green Cards H-1B Labor Certifications Visas Wages

New EB-5 Program Office to be Established in Washington, DC

During today’s EB-5 Stakeholder’s Meeting, USCIS announced the creation of a new EB-5 Program Office in Washington, DC. The Chief of the new EB-5 Program Office will report to the Deputy Director of USCIS. This is a...more

12/3/2012 - EB-5 USCIS

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