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U.S. Government Resets Cuban Policy and Eases Sanctions Against Cuba

Yesterday, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba will begin talks to resume full diplomatic relations and partially lift travel and economic sanctions and restrictions, some of which have existed for more...more

Obama to Sign Venezuela Sanctions Bill

Last week, the U.S. Congress passed S. 2142 (the “Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014”) and presented the legislation to President Obama for signature. White House officials have indicated that...more

EB-5: A Creative Financing Option for U.S. Developers and Businesses

In recent years, as raising capital has become more difficult for developers and the waiting time for green cards has increased for immigrants from certain countries, the popularity of the EB-5 Regional Center Program (also...more

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

Administrative Changes Will Create Opportunities for Startups

As we recently reported, on November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions broadly covering immigration law. One such action relates to the implementation of a parole system for inventors,...more

Senate Passes Spending Bill: DHS Only Funded Through February 2015

In an unusual weekend session, the US Senate passed the “Cromnibus” government funding bill, providing funding for most government agencies through September 2015. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which includes...more

Foreign Investment + Construction = Green Card

When you talk about construction and immigration it’s usually about undocumented workers and the underground economy, at least here in California and other border states. But a recent article I read wasn’t about poor, illegal...more

Deadline to File Form I-924A is December 29, 2014

Regional Centers are reminded of the upcoming December 29, 2014 deadline to file their regional center reports for the 2014 Fiscal Year. As explained in our October 28, 2014 post, USCIS recommends that regional centers...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

EU adds separatist names to Ukraine-related asset freeze list

As per a recent request from the EU Council, the EU has extended its sanctions in relation to Ukraine by adding 13 persons and five organizations to the asset freeze list based on their involvement in recent elections in the...more

Prediction 2015: Chinese investment wave will create many opportunities in the US

As the Chinese economy continues to become more important globally, we are seeing a shift in Asian investment in the United States, particularly in California. Chinese investors will become even more active and influential...more

Bye Bye Brazil – Considerações Tributárias no Planejamento de Investimento Brasileiro dentro dos Estados Unidos - Parte 1

Sou advogado tributário americano. Me formei na academia militar do exército americano em West Point, Nova Iorque. Me graduei em Espanhol e Português. Meus professores eram um tentente coronel do exercito brasileiro formado...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

CFPB Joins Forces with FDIC on Spanish-Language Tool to Prevent Senior Financial Abuse

Recently the CFPB joined the FDIC’s program against financial abuse of senior citizens by cooperating on the creation of a Spanish language tool for Hispanic seniors. We have previously blogged about the CFPB’s initiatives to...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

More EB-5 Predictions

No one can really predict the future. But as analysts will tell you, we can learn a lot from the past and watching current trends. This is especially true when it comes to immigration, which is in a state of constant flux....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

Banks and the EB-5 Program: Look Before You Leap

Many Washington banks have been asked to serve either as lender for an EB-5 project or as escrow holder to receive EB-5 customer deposits. While the benefits of serving in such roles, especially for a large real estate...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part 3 - Inbound Investment Real...

As an undergraduate at West Point, I was a Spanish and Portuguese major. My Brazilian “thing” had already started a decade earlier as a ten year old growing up in the Panama Canal Zone seeing Pele play for his Brazilian team...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part II – Additional Income Tax...

I have mentioned in prior articles my affiliation with the South Florida law firm Osborne and Osborne, PA in Boca Raton. Back to the beginning! Boca Raton is where I started right out of the Army in 1987. I moved to Miami for...more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the third in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws. ...more

Bye Bye Brazil!- Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part I – Income Tax Considerations

Overview - I have mentioned in prior articles that I was a Spanish and Portuguese major as an undergraduate. During the time that I was attending law school at the University of Miami, the early 1990’s, the Brazilians...more

Immigrant Investor Program Raises SEC Broker Registration Issues

The Immigrant Investor Program (also known as EB-5) was created in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy by allowing foreign investors to qualify for U.S. residency by investing in new commercial enterprises that create jobs for...more

Effectively, China Employment Fifth (EB-5) preference category has become "Unavailable" for the remainder of FY 2014

On August 23, 2014, at the 2014 AILA EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers Conference in Chicago, Charles Oppenheim (Chief of Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting) announced that due to an uptick in demand the China EB-5 visa...more

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