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CBP Launches Mobile Passport Control App

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced the release of its first mobile app this week. The app, Mobile Passport Control (“MPC”) will allow eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs...more

What is Happening Now in the Market for EB-5 Financing for Hotel, Multi-Family and Mixed Use Real Estate Developments

Competition for EB-5 Financing is Strong. Demand for EB-5 financing among U.S. real estate developers is at record high levels, and demand for high quality EB-5 investments in China remains strong. Marketing agents in...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

In recent months, a federal political issue has developed regarding undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States. This week, it was revealed that this issue touches on Maine, when Governor LePage was notified by...more

UK Home Office Announces New Technology Sector Visa Route

The exceptional talent route has opened up through Tech City UK. The UK Home Office has announced that, starting 6 April 2014, it will open up a new visa route for the technology sector to reflect London’s growing...more

Computer Consulting and Outsourcing Firms Likely to be Targets of I-9 Audits

In light of the recent $34 million settlement between Infosys Limited, an international business and computer consulting company, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 and other immigration violations,...more

USCIS Approves P-1 Athlete Status for Professional StarCraft Video Game Player

For 23-year -old professional StarCraft video game player, Kim “ViOLet” Dong Hwan, it was a choice between entering the Korean military, or pursuing his dream of competing on a professional level in the United States. He had...more

Here Come the Feds

What President Obama’s second term means for the tech industry - As the first president to appoint a chief technology officer, President Obama has worked hard to portray himself as a friend to the tech industry. He’s...more

Washington Insight - June 2013

In This Issue: - King & Spalding Partners Address Political Intelligence Industry - On the Politics of Immigration Reform - Appropriations and Sequester – Laying Down Markers - The Congressional Appropriations...more

Capital Thinking Updates - June 24, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

U.S. Losing Immigrant Scientists to Canada – Reform Needed Now

For many years now, U.S. employers have increasingly looked to hire immigrant professionals with degrees in the so-called STEM fields: science; technology; engineering; and math. This is not a matter of discrimination against...more

I Want to Live in America!- Part I Tax Planning Considerations for Foreign Scientists and Engineers

Overview - As discussions regarding immigration reform continue to unfold, one point that is not under discussion or subject to debate is the contribution of foreign scientists and engineers to the New Economy. The statistics...more

Congress Returns from Spring Recess

Congress returns to Washington today after a two-week district work period. As we enter the second quarter of the year, we are likely to see continued debate and some progress on: Budget & Appropriations; Presidential...more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Provides Opportunities for President, Republicans, High-Tech Companies, Labor Unions

With the current Congressional focus on discretionary spending and revenue issues surrounding Sequestration, it may seem like little attention can be paid to other policy reforms. In comprehensive immigration reform,...more

Proposed Reform to Fuel Entrepreneurship

In a bid to reduce the loss of talent and jobs to countries like Canada, Chile and the United Kingdom, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Coons, D-Del. and Roy Blunt,...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

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Applies to IT Workers Too?

Overview of the VERY big changes proposed in the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 and how these changes could affect H-1B visa seekers, those in H-1B visa status & their spouses and employers, & employment based green card...more

U.S. Needs More College-Educated Foreign Nationals

According to a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) roughly 25 percent of the 255 million people in the world with a bachelor’s degree currently reside in the U.S., a proportion...more

USCIS Issues RFE Templates for Certain Non-Immigrant Extraordinary Ability Categories

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Requests for Evidence (RFE) can be a source of significant frustration for immigration practitioners and their clients. They sometimes reflect that a) the officer did...more

Employment Litigation in Review #6 (The Summer 2012 Edition)

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court Holds Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives are Exempt from Overtime Pay - USCIS Announces Employers Must Continue to Use the Current Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2012

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives Qualify For Outside Sales Exemption - Possible Implications For California Employers NEWS BITES: - Taking Time Off Work To...more

Study Finds That Foreign-Born Inventors Play Prominent Role at Top U.S. Patent-Producing Universities

A study commissioned by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan group of mayors from across the country and business leaders from all sectors of the economy seeking to raise awareness of the economic benefits...more

H-1B Foreign Worker Slots Filled for FY 2013

As of June 11, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has no more slots left for foreign workers in specialty occupations under the H-1B visa program, as the statutory cap has been reached already for...more

Internet Browser Beware

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) recently issued a warning to the public regarding illegitimate Websites that purport to be government related or otherwise helpful in assisting people to complete...more

Show Us The Workers - U.S. Employers Struggle to Fill Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) Positions

Despite the recession, the lack of jobs and the training fees charged to U.S. employers hiring foreign workers on temporary H-1B work visas, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“USDOL”) recently released Foreign Labor...more

Export Controls Impacting Employers of Foreign Workers

President Obama’s export control reforms were launched in 2009 to tighten controls on the exporting of technology and weapons, but the implications are just now being grasped by many employers who depend upon foreign workers...more

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