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BALCA Affirms CO’s Denial Where Beneficiary Has an Ownership Interest in Closely Held Company

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) upheld a Certifying Officer’s denial of an Employer’s Application for Permanent Certification due to the fact that the beneficiary and her husband each had a 50%...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

USCIS Finalizes New Guidance on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Petitions

On August 17, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final Policy Memorandum on L-1B visa adjudications (L-1B Memo). The L-1 (intracompany transferee) nonimmigrant visa classification permits...more

Treat Your Immigration Goals Like You Treat Your Finances – Plan, Plan, Plan

Whether you are an employer or an individual – when it comes to your immigration goals it pays to look at all of your options. Everyone takes their financial picture seriously — from the simplest budgeting of having to live...more

Immigration Law for Startups: Best Practices, Prime Options, and Common Pitfalls

Guidance to new or foreign companies that are entering the U.S. market and seeking to employ either foreign nationals already in the United States on non-working visas, or foreign nationals overseas who wish to enter the...more

Overview of the Bipartisan EB-5 Reauthorization Bill: The American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Senator Patrick Leahy introduced sweeping, bipartisan legislation on June 3, 2015, to reauthorize and reform the EB-5 Regional Center program, which is...more

EB-5 Project Finance–Investor Visa Option - Creative Financing for U.S. Developers and Businesses

In recent years, developers seeking to raise capital have taken a keen interest in the EB-5 regional center investor visa program. Regional centers are entities designed to use immigrant investor capital to promote economic...more

Williams Mullen FDI USA Newsletter - June 2015

- In this Issue: - Welcome - About Us - Results Of 2015 SelectUSA Summit - 2015 Upcoming Events - RAISING CAPITAL: Simplifying the U.S. Capital Markets - Recent FDI Success Stories - FDI...more

Business Travel to Australia with a Criminal Background

2015 marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Australia. In 1940, the two countries established diplomatic relations following the United Kingdom's recognition of Australia's domestic...more

Coming to America Part II: Legal & Cultural Challenges for Emerging Companies

In our last post “Coming to America Part I,” we discussed why emerging companies would choose enter the US market to do business. In this post, we will discuss the many interrelated legal and cultural factors non-US companies...more

CBP Now Using Checklist for U.S.-Canada Port-of-Entry L-1 Applications

The L-1 visa is for employees of multinational corporations who wish to come to the U.S. to work for a U.S. parent, branch, or subsidiary corporation. In order to obtain an L-1 visa, you must either be coming to the U.S. in 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

Pieces of Immigration Reform Relevant to Employers, H-1B visa Holders & Seekers, Entrepreneurs, and Students

Overview of the recent pieces of legislation related to immigration reform including the Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, and the Startup Act 3.0. A MUST read...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

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

Doing Business in North America: Volume One: United States

Table of Contents: - Types of Businesses and Operations... 1 - Establishing A Business... 3 - Labor and Employment... 4 - Immigration... 9 - Payments To Foreign Persons...11 - Customs...12 - Federal Income...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

The Legal Monitor / BrownWinick Law Firm's Newsletter

The March edition of BrownWinick's The Legal Monitor contains the following articles: • Growth and Developments at BrownWinick • The I-9 Audit: Why You Should Care and How You Can Prepare - United States Immigration and...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


The Legal staff of NPZ Law Group will be based in the Ridgewood, New Jersey and will maintain an office in New York, N.Y. NPZ Law Group is also pleased to announce added services for the Firm's clients in Canada and India....more

New Opportunities for Immigration Through Investment in the US May Be Expanding

The Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napalitano, and the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas, are promoting “a series of new policy, operational and outreach efforts...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...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

Feds Using Forfeiture Laws in Aggressive Employer Audit Campaign

Federal authorities have begun using forfeiture statutes against businesses employing illegal aliens and undocumented workers....more

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