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Check-the-Box Elections: Relevance in the International Context

One of the most powerful tools in cross-border tax planning is the ability to make a “check-the-box” election. Pursuant to the entity classification regulations under Internal Revenue Code §7701 (the “check-the-box...more

Starting A Business In the United States? The Top 6 Things You Should Consider

In addition to the regular business start-up issues, foreign nationals who want to start or expand their businesses in America often find themselves trying to navigate the complicated regulatory scheme that includes...more

When Applying for an E-2 Visa, Should You Apply For A Change of Status Or For the Visa at a U.S. Consulate?

An E-2 visa is a visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business. The visa is perfect for those who want to start a...more

DHS Report Signals New Challenges For L-1 Intracompany Transferees

The L visa allows qualifying multinational companies with a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate abroad to transfer managers and executives (L-1A) and employees with “specialized knowledge” (L-1B) to work in the United...more

Immigration and Citizenship

In this Issue:- 1. Legal Alert – May 2013 – Immigration and Citizenship 2. Disclaimer Notice. 3. Copyright Notice. IMMGRATION The Immigration Act, CAP I1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 provides the legal...more

Total Mobility Law: January 2013

Total Mobility Law launched its website this month, as we intensify our efforts towards our professional goal: providing top-notch international legal advice, excellent service, and maximizing profits for our clients. We...more

Doing Business in Canada

In This Publication: - Forms of Business Organization in Canada 1 - Financing a Foreign Business Operating in Canada 5 - Business Immigration 9 - Climate Change 13 - Offences Under the Competition Act 17 -...more

Doing Business in Canada: Business Immigration

The Canadian immigration process has become increasingly complex and can be very time-consuming. As such, it is prudent for an employer to start the process early to ensure that a worker is able to be in Canada in the time...more

D.LGS. 231/2001: Aggiornamento Normativo

Si riporta qui di seguito una breve rassegna del provvedimento che ha introdotto l’art. 25-duodecies all’interno del D.Lgs. 231/2001, estendendo la responsabilità delle persone giuridiche anche al reato di impiego di...more

THE NEW NIGERIA TAX LAW, FREE TRADE ZONE AND START YOUR BUSINESS.

WITH THE NEW TAX LAW, through FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT SCHEME; AS INVESTOR, ENTREPRENEUR, DOING BUSINESS WITHIN NIGERIA FREE TRADE ZONES: You have right, to do business in Nigeria without paying tax in return, as a result...more

Unfiled FBAR’s and SSI Eligibility

Often individuals who have not filed Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBAR’s) express concern that filing the report will cause them to lose Supplemental Security Benefits, (SSI) and similar benefits from state agencies. It is...more

Doing Business in North America: Volume Two: Mexico

Table of Contents: - Types of Businesses and Operations...1 - Establishing a Business...4 - IMMEX and Shelter Operations ...6 - Labor and Employment...7 - Immigration...12 - Payments to Foreign Persons...more

Canada-U.S. Cross-Border Bulletin: What You Know About FBARs Can Hurt You

An article concerning the U.S. tax reporting obligations of U.S. citizens resident in Canada, including foreign bank account reporting (FBAR) obligations and the Internal Revenue Service's current Offshore Voluntary...more

Misconceptions Regarding L-1B Visa Abuse

It seems that Legacy INS, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) and other immigration authorities hold some misconceptions about abuses associated with the L-1B visa program. ...more

DEVELOPING A CANADIAN BUSINESS IN THE U.S.

Contains the full text of a speech by Joseph C. Grasmick. This surveys immigration tools needed by principals of Canadian businesses who wish to expand their market into the U.S. The conference was the “Export USA...more

Economic Opportunity for Foreign Investors

Foreign investors who have $1 million of capital to invest in the U.S. might find the current economic situation in America very inviting. First, labor costs are lower than they have been in years, and second, there are...more

Independent Contractor Partner Agreement

A unique and commonly demanded template used as an agreement for two conjoining parties....more

Neufeld Memo Revisitied and H-1B Updates and Enforcement

As a result of increased site visits and a general inclination to decrease the number of H-1B’s approved, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") published a watershed memo on January 8th, 2010 (“the Neufeld...more

THE NEUFELD MEMO REVISITED AND THE H-1B VISA CLIMATE: The New Face of Enforcement in the H-1B World.

As a result of increased site visits and a general inclination to decrease the number of H-1B’s approved, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") published a watershed memo on January 8th, 2010 (“the Neufeld...more

THE NEUFELD MEMO REVISITED AND THE H-1B VISA CLIMATE: The New Face of Enforcement in the H-1B World.

As a result of increased site visits and a general inclination to decrease the number of H-1B’s approved, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") published a watershed memo on January 8th, 2010...more

16 tips for companies establishing a U.S. business presence

This document contains 16 tips for succeeding in the US legal environment. If you are considering establishing a subsidiary United States, these tips can help you avoid unnecessary trouble and expense....more

Enrolling in E-Verify limits the Employer's use of H-1B Portability

E-Verify will not confirm clearance of employment authorization until “approval” of H-1B petitions filed under the portability provisions for an employee who previously held H-1B status but has since been holding...more

GRASMICK'S BORDER REPORT-U.S. Immigration for Canadian Businesses and Professionals

In this issue: 1. IMMEDIATE GREEN CARD FOR $500-1000K 2. TYPICAL BORDER PECKING ORDER 3. EMPLOYERS: READY FOR PHONE CALL FROM BORDER? 4. GRASMICK’S “WALLET TEST” EXPANDS TO “CAR TEST”....more

Business Visits to the US: To "B" or Not to "B" - That is the Question!

This article addresses immigration issues that travelers should consider before visiting the United States....more

Immigration Advisory: Attention Foreign Entrepreneurs: New StartUp Visa Act of 2010 Introduced in Congress

On February 24, 2010, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the StartUp Visa Act of 2010. This proposed legislation, if passed into law, would create a second immigrant (“green card”) investor visa...more

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