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Employment and Immigration Issues Facing Banks

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES - 1. No compensation for compensable work - Many banks—including large, sophisticated banks—are facing class action lawsuits for not compensating non-exempt employees for compensable work....more

Department of State Releases January 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category remain severely backlogged, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by seven months, cutoff dates for China advance by nine months, and EB-3 China is still ahead of EB-2...more

Why is My I-94 Expiration Date Different from My Form I-797 or Visa?

Form I-94 is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Arrival/Departure Record issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to foreign nationals admitted to the U.S. Form I-94 designates the duration of authorized...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry Into New Zealand

ENTRY TO NEW ZEALAND - A visa or permit is not required to visit New Zealand if the visitor is an Australian citizen, British citizen, or a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand...more

Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

The changes relate to amendments being made to the Tier 2 category, business visitors, and several Tier 1 categories and will affect employers in the UK....more

I-9 Forms, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, EB-5 Visas, and Reform Q&A - This month in Immigration

I-9 Audits - A fine for a couple of I-9 violations pales in comparison to the $34 million settlement paid by Infosys in 2012 for repeated I-9 violations and omissions discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...more

Nonimmigrant Business Visa Chart

The chart linked here provides some introductory information regarding the different visa categories compiled by Williams Mullen’s Immigration Practice Group. Please see full chart below for more information....more

EB-5 and the Tenant Occupancy Issue as Applied to Hotel Employees

Since the release of its “Tenant Occupancy” Notice on February 17, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has begun issuing Requests for Evidence on pending regional center applications and exemplar...more

Legislative and Other Developments Affecting California Employers in 2014

This year has brought many significant changes that will impact all California employers. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Group summarizes some of the most important new federal and state legal...more

New regulation on foreigners' exit and entry administration takes effect on 1 September 2013 in China

After the new PRC exit-entry law has come into force on 1 July 2013, the State Council issued a new regulation on the administration of foreigners' exit and entry (New Regulation) on 12 July 2013 to clarify the rules relating...more

Want To Create American Jobs? Remove American Barriers To Immigration

While America is often called the land of opportunity, immigration law often serves as a barrier for many business owners and foreign entrepreneurs. In an editorial in The Washington Post, Facebook founder and CEO Mark...more

USCIS Inspector General Issues Report regarding L Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a report to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding the implementation of L-1 visa regulations....more

Summaries of Administrative Appeals Office EB-5 Decisions Posted for 2012

Below are my summaries of the 2012 EB-5 AAO decisions recently posted by USCIS, which can be a accessed from www.uscis.gov > Administrative Decisions and choosing the "Folders" for B7 and K1....more

Employment Law Insight - June 2013

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Employment Law Insight, a service of the Employment Law practice group at Patton Boggs LLP... ...Why “Employment Law Insight”? Employers have available to them, and indeed are...more

Want to Start A Business In The U.S.? Which Immigration Visa You Should Select If You Are An Entrepreneur, Investor or Business...

Many foreign nationals who want to start a business in the United States have asked the lawyers at Scott Legal Services, P.C. to explain the different Visa options available to them. This article reviews four very popular...more

Focus On Public Policy - March 2013: Federal Budget 2013

On March 21, 2013, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled the Conservative government’s new budget entitled Economic Action Plan 2013. As expected, the key themes are job creation, skills development, infrastructure...more

USCIS Proposes Changes to EB-5 Policy for Foreign Investors

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) published on Feb. 14, 2013, a revised draft of a proposed policy memo concerning the Immigrant Investor Program (otherwise known as the EB-5 visa program). This...more

E-2 Treaty Investor Visa – A Great Visa Option For Those Who Wish To Start A Small Business In The United States – Top E-2 Visa...

An E-2 Visa is a Visa Classification that is available for foreign nationals who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business. The business can be large or small and an E-2 Visa is a great Visa...more

New Class of Entrepreneur Visas Coming?

As the push for immigration reform gains momentum on Capitol Hill, more bipartisan immigration measures are being introduced, some of which have a good chance of being incorporated into any sweeping reform package....more

This Week in Washington - February, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - U.S. Economy. Preliminary figures released this week revealed that the U.S. economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, marking...more

Top 6 Questions Clients Ask About the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

Scott Legal Services, P.C. often fields questions from potential investors regarding the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program. In order to assist our clients, we have developed this summary of the top 6 questions asked about...more

Selective Overview of U.S. Immigration Law Issues

I. EB-5 Regional Center - HISTORY: Congress created the fifth employment-based prefernce (EB-5) immigrant visa category in 1990 for immigrants seeking to enter to engage in a commercial enterprise that will benefit...more

Reauthorization of EB-5 Program to Spur Business Development

The City of Miami is pushing for job creation and economic development through the establishment of an EB-5 immigrant investor regional center. The EB-5 program, initially created in 1990 by Congress, allows for foreign...more

Investment-Based Employment Visa Finds Judicial Support

The “E-2 Treaty Investor” employment visa classification was established by Congress to promote capital inflow by foreign investors and to create additional employment opportunities for U.S. citizens. Currently, the United...more

Mayor Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch tout benefits of a liberal immigration policy to the U.S. economy

On Tuesday, August 14th Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch visited Boston to tout the economic benefits to the United States of a liberal immigration policy focused on entrepreneurship and job creation. At a forum...more

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