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Supreme Court Decides Zivotofsky v. Kerry

On June 8, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Zivotofsky v. Kerry, No. 13-628, holding that the President of the United States has the exclusive power to grant formal recognition to a foreign sovereign. ...more

Travel Tips for International Depositions

International depositions require seamless coordination, flawless organization, and good timing. Advanced planning and attention to detail is essential to ensure a successful outcome. When traveling internationally for...more

Depositions in Taipei

Taipei hosts numerous depositions every year. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind when planning your depositions in this lovely city. Situated at Taiwan’s northern tip, Taipei is the nation’s political as well as...more

The Schengen Agreement

If you have ever checked Visa requirements for a European country, you have likely seen the phrase “the Schengen area.” The following 26 countries are members of the Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,...more

China Update February 2015: Settlement of the SEC Action Against Chinese Auditors Regarding Production of Workpapers, and EB-5...

Settlement of the SEC Action Against Chinese Auditors Regarding Production of Workpapers - Earlier this month the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agreed to “stay” the administrative action (meaning the SEC...more

USCIS Seeks Feedback on RFE Template for Multinational Executive and Manager Category

In April 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched its Request for Evidence (RFE) Project, an initiative to review and revise the agency’s Service Center RFE templates. Since then, USCIS has published...more

China Begins Issuing 10-year Visas

For many years, U.S.-China relations have been strained; however, with President Obama’s recent trip to the Asia-Pacific region, tensions seem to be easing. Evidence of this upturn in relations comes as China began issuing...more

Immigration Alert: April 2014

I. USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Cap - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The quota is 65,000 for regular H-1B...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2013: Notable Developments in Russian Employment Law

Significant New Amendments to the Russian Labor Code - During the first half of 2013, a number of amendments were introduced into the Russian Labor Code. These amendments relate to remote employment, production...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

USCIS Issues Final Policy Memo on EB-5

A final policy memorandum on EB-5 adjudications was issued recently by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The final memo comes as the fourth version in a 19 month process. On November 9, 2011, USCIS released...more

Global Connection - May 2013

International trade is critical to our global economy and importers and exporters should stay apprised of new developments, restrictions and potential pitfalls to ensure they remain in compliance with a myriad of laws and...more

Two Distinct State Citizens For Purposes Of Diversity Of Citizenship

In any State of the Union, since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Slaughterhouse Cases, there are now two distinct state citizens. The first is recognized at Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the...more

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