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EU Threatens to Revoke U.S. and Canada Visa Waivers

Today, the European Commission met to discuss whether it should continue to allow U.S. and Canadian citizens the privilege of visiting the region without the necessity of a visa. The Commission asked governments and European...more

What’s to Come….

There has been a lot of excitement lately, as the new Liberal Government has begun to address the promises made during their campaign last year. Proposed amendments to immigration legislation and policy are currently focused...more

Donald Drumpf… Good for Canadian Immigration

During this years’ Super Tuesday, Donald Trump led the Republican primaries winning 7 states and 256 delegates. Perhaps more interesting than the voting polls on Super Tuesday, was the Google trends that followed. Within...more

Immigration Bulletin – Obama Administration Relaxes Travel Restrictions to Cuba

The Obama Administration has recently announced a further relaxation of travel restrictions for U.S. citizens interested in traveling to Cuba. The recent changes would allow individuals to travel to Cuba as part of...more

DOS Announces New Policy for Phasing-out of U.S. Employment Authorization for Diplomats’ Dependents

The Department of State has announced a new policy for phasing out the ability of diplomats’ dependents holding A-2 visas to receive employment authorization in the U.S. For new applications, the Department’s Office of...more

Recent Changes to the Trade Embargo May Facilitate Cuban Baseball Players Being Able to Legally Play for MLB Teams

Last week, President Obama authorized the elimination of a ban on Cuban access to the international banking system, which in turn would allow a Cuban national to make a living in the United States without requiring that...more

Immigration Implications of ‘Brexit’

A “leave” vote on 23 June 2016 could have significant impact on employee and individual mobility, immigration, and UK citizenship status. Considering the charged political atmosphere around immigration issues and EU free...more

Brexit Broker; UK Leader Strikes a Deal (Maybe)

This policy insight highlights some of the key political issues relating to the United Kingdom’s (UK) imminent referendum to decide whether to withdraw from the European Union (EU). After weeks of discussions and...more

Africa Update - March 2016

Leading the News: Burundi - On February 25th, Human Rights Watch (HRW) unveiled a new report documenting a wide range of human rights abuses, including killings, torture, abductions, and arbitrary arrests committed by...more

Government Accountability Office Issues Report on Proposed AML Legislation

Recently, the GAO published a report regarding the potential illicit use of remittance transfers and how, if at all, the proposed Remittance Status Verification Act (RSVA or Act) would assist federal agencies in their...more

Africa Update - February #3

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 12th, the United Nations (U.N.) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) (MINUSCA) announced its decision to repatriate three...more

The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?

Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing - The Senate Committee on the Judiciary (“Committee”) held a hearing on February 2nd regarding the future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The hearing was led by Senators...more

A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: H-1B

From proposals to slash the H-1B cap to overhauling the EB-5 investor program, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of...more

CBP releases FAQ on Visa Waiver Program: Rule Changes

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” into law. On January 21, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State...more

What Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal Means for Non-U.S. Companies

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed, that Iran had implemented its key nuclear-related measures described in the Joint Comprehensive...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Major Immigration Case Just as the Presidential Election Heats Up

Immigration is already a major issue in this year’s presidential race, as candidates from both parties try to score political points out of the presence of roughly eleven million undocumented immigrants in the country and the...more

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program Become Law

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” (H.R. 2029) into law. The law includes several important changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that are fundamentally identical to...more

President Obama's Last State of the Union Address

On the evening of January 12, 2016, in his seventh and final State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Barack Obama delivered a look back at what he hopes will be remembered as his legacy accomplishments in office, as well...more

What Does California’s New E-Verify Law Mean For Employers?

Our blog post on January 5, 2016 summarized California’s new E-Verify law and other updates. So what should California employers do differently now with respect to I-9s and E-Verify? Enrollment in E-Verify remains voluntary...more

New Restrictions for Travelers Entering the USA on the Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of qualifying countries to travel to the United States for business or pleasure without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. The 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029)...more

2016 Federal Spending Bill Will Impact Immigration Programs

The fiscal year 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill funds the Government’s immigration provisions, among others, through September 30, 2016. It will saddle many immigration programs with harsh fees...more

Appeals Court Rejects Obama’s Immigration Plan

A United States Court of Appeals has ruled that President Obama cannot move forward with plans to overhaul immigration rules by providing up to five million people with work permits and protection from deportation. According...more

Congress Extends EB-5 Program without Changes until September 2016

Action Item: The nine-month extension of the EB-5 Program provides a temporary reprieve to the real estate developer and foreign investor communities while Congress and industry groups grapple with a more comprehensive...more

Congress Passes Legislation Affecting Visa Waiver Program

Certain key provisions of the omnibus spending bill will affect travel without visas, e-Passport requirements, EB-5 investors, and H-1B and L-1 “dependent” employers. Included in the omnibus spending bill, which the US...more

AB 622 Restricts the Use of E-Verify

Assembly Bill 622, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, adds section 2814 to the California Labor Code. Section 2814 prohibits employers from using E-Verify to check the employment authorization status of an existing...more

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