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Trump Administration Announces Changes to the H-1B Program

In connection with the Trump Administration’s desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well...more

Crossing the Border with Electronics - Helpful Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid

International travelers have been reporting that cell phones, computers, and other communication devices are being seized by Officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) branch of the U.S. Department of...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Petitons Beginning April 3rd

The USCIS announced on March 3, 2017 that beginning April 3, 2017, it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. According to the USCIS, the suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium...more

New USCIS Regulations To Retain High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published new regulations effective January 17, 2017 which modernize and improve aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. The...more

New Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”). Employers can continue to use the most recent version dated...more

New Electronic Visa Update System (“EVUS”) required by U.S.A. for B-1/B-2 & B-2 Chinese Nationals after November, 2016 | Industry...

Effective November, 2016, Chinese nationals, including nationals from People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will be required to use an on-line enrollment system, referred to as EVUS to update biographic...more

DHS Increases Period of STEM Optional Practical Training to 24 months: Imposes Additional Requirements on Employers and F-1...

The U.S. government never gives without getting something in return, and the same is true with the new STEM 24-month, Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program. On March 11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published...more

New Specialized Knowledge Standards Coming for L-1B Transfers

Multinational companies wishing to transfer foreign national employees to the U.S. under the L-1B program will have to show the employee’s “specialized knowledge” by a “preponderance of evidence” under new guidance published...more

Bill C-290 Losing Steam

Bill C-290 is a private member’s bill which would alter the Canadian Criminal Code to allow for provincial lottery corporations to offer single-game sports betting. Despite passing through the House of Commons...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 11

BEYOND THE SLOT MACHINE: NEW BILL DIRECTS NEVADA’S GAMING REGULATORS TO CRAFT REGULATIONS TO ALLOW “HYBRID” GAMES - Nevada is the world’s preeminent gaming destination. Not by chance, but by being a leader in...more

Internet Gaming Launches in Ontario – Alberta Next?

Pursuant to the Canadian Criminal Code, only provincial governments may conduct and manage Internet gaming. Eight provinces currently conduct and manage Internet gaming, the most recent of which, Ontario, launched its...more

4/8/2015  /  Canada , Gaming , Online Gaming

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 4

IS GAMING IN THE CARDS FOR THE VOLUNTEER STATE? Dickinson Wright has learned that Tennessee House Representative Jason Powell has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment that could permit casino gaming in...more

Amendments to British Columbia Gaming Control Act – Suspension and Cancellation of Gaming Registrations

In October, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 4, Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2014 (“Bill 4”). Bill 4 amends a number of statutes, including section 69 of the Gaming Control Act of that...more

12/17/2014  /  Canada , Gaming

The Recommendations of Québec’s “Working Group on Online Gambling”

Last month, the Government of Québec released its long-awaited report on online gaming (“iGaming”). The Working Group on Online Gambling was struck in February 2010 to analyze the social impact of iGaming in Québec, and...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 7, Number 11

AMENDMENTS TO BRITISH COLUMBIA GAMING CONTROL ACT – SUSPENSION AND CANCELLATION OF GAMING REGISTRATIONS - On October 23, 2014, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 4, Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act...more

11/24/2014  /  Amended Legislation , Canada , Gaming

Auditor General Calls OLG’s Modernization Plan “Overly Ambitious” and “Overly Optimistic”

In April, the office of the Auditor General of Ontario released a special report criticizing the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Modernization Plan as “overly ambitious” and “overly optimistic”. The...more

6/4/2014  /  Canada , Casinos , Gaming , Lottery

Gaming Legal News - May 2014 • Volume 7, Number 9

In This Issue: - AUDITOR GENERAL CALLS OLG’S MODERNIZATION PLAN “OVERLY AMBITIOUS” AND “OVERLY OPTIMISTIC”: On April 28, 2014, the office of the Auditor General of Ontario released a special report criticizing...more

5/27/2014  /  Canada , Gambling , Gaming , Gaming Commissions

Gaming Legal News - February 2014 • Volume 7, Number 4: Digital Currency Identified As An “Emerging Risk” In The Canadian Federal...

On February 11, 2014, the Canadian Federal Government released its 2014 Budget. In the 2014 Budget, the Federal Government pledged to introduce legislative amendments to strengthen Canada’s anti-money laundering and terrorist...more

Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation Releases Request for Pre-Qualification

When the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced its plans to modernize gaming in Ontario on March 12, 2012, one of the most controversial aspects of its plan was the development of a casino in the Greater...more

Gaming Legal News - January 2014 • Volume 7, Number 2

In This Issue: - ONTARIO LOTTERY & GAMING CORPORATION RELEASES REQUESTS FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION: When the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced its plans to modernize gaming in Ontario on March...more

1/17/2014  /  Canada , Casinos , Gambling , Gaming , Lottery

Bill C-290: From Favorite to Underdog

Canadians can place legal, provincially regulated sports bets through lottery terminals found in popular locations such as convenience stores, grocery stores, and shopping malls. According to the Canadian Gambling Digest, in...more

10/30/2013  /  Canada , Sports Gambling

Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 22 - Bill C-290: From Favorite To Underdog

Canadians can place legal, provincially regulated sports bets through lottery terminals found in popular locations such as convenience stores, grocery stores, and shopping malls. According to the Canadian Gambling Digest, in...more

10/23/2013  /  Canada , Gambling , Gaming , Lottery , Sports Betting

Gaming Legal News - July 17, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 15

In This Issue: ENFORCEABILITY OF IGAMING DEBTS IN ONTARIO: As previously reported in Gaming Legal News, in October 2010 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) ruled in the case of Bérubé v....more

7/19/2013  /  Canada , iGaming , Online Gaming

Gaming Legal News - March 22, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 7

In This Issue: - “NO MORE BETS”: ONTARIO COURT OF APPEAL DISMISSES “FLOATING BALL”1 CASE: “The process of removing a floating ball from the wheel, declaring a ‘nospin’, and rendering all bets void has no...more

Gaming Legal News - February 21, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 5: Bill C-290, Single Game Sports Betting And Organized Crime In Canada

Despite the availability of provincially authorized sports lottery parlay games and offshore betting and gaming (iGaming) operations licensed and regulated in other jurisdictions, unlicensed and unregulated sports books run...more

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