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UPDATE: Developments in the Ukraine and Impact on Investments

On Sunday, Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine. The EU and U.S., which consider Sunday’s referendum in Crimea to be illegal, retaliated with sanctions. The nature of these is set out below as a further update to the Alert...more

US-India Relationship is Rocky Over Handling of Alleged Visa Fraud

The arrest, strip-search and brief incarceration of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade last month sparked international outrage, including widespread protests in India, and created tension between U.S.-India relations. A...more

Non-Citizens Risk Immigration Status for Offshore Bank Accounts

The increased focus by the IRS on foreign income has generated a lot of news and a slew of criminal prosecutions. While US citizens need to consider the possibility of monetary penalties or a long prison sentence, resident...more

United States Supreme Court Raises the Stakes for Tax Disclosure by Green Card Holders and Other Resident Aliens

Tax Amnesty Programs As discussed in a number of previous Tax Alerts, since 2009 the Internal Revenue Service has created three separate tax amnesty programs in order to encourage U.S. taxpayers to properly report and...more

Tax Preparer Testimony May Lead to Deportation

Two cases when considered together raise the prospect that communications in writing and notes and recollections of conversations between taxpayers and return preparers may have serious consequences for members of the...more

January 17, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

FBAR Conviction of NJ MD Affect Dual Nationals

On January 11, 2012 Michael Reiss, a physician from NJ was sentenced for failing to report offshore (Swiss) bank accounts(11:CR:0068),United States District Court SDNY. The sentencing memos of the U.S make some important...more

December 1, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Are FBAR Settlement Programs Provoking Expatriation?

Since 2009 the IRS and some state governments have initiated settlement programs designed to encourage taxpayers with offshore financial accounts to come forward with the expectation that by doing so they will avoid criminal...more

Fleeing The Mexican Drug War: Foreign Investors’ Immigration Issues - The Matrix of U.S. Legal Considerations

Background and Context: •Mexico’s Drug War •Drugs going North and Guns going South •Since President Calderon’s election in Dec. 2006, it is estimated there have been over 36,000 deaths •DOJ considers the Mexican drug...more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Torture Suit Against Former Somali Official

In an unanimous decision issued on June 1, 2010, by the Supreme Court of the United States, it was decided that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not protect an individual acting in his official capacity on behalf of...more

Overturn of Montesinos Award "Almighty Blow"

As a US appeal's court overturns a US$10 million award for Jose Guevara, the Venezuelan who helped capture Peruvian spymaster Vladimiro Montesinos, lawyers acting for Guevara say the decision marks a 'dangerous precedent' for...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – March 11, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: 1. Openers 2. ABCs of Immigration: J-1 Visas – Waivers of the Two-Year Home Residency Requirement 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement News 5. News From The Courts 6. News Bytes 7....more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – February 12, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: 1. Openers 2. ABCs of Immigration: J-1 Visas 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement News 5. News From The Courts 6. News Bytes 7. International Roundup 8. Legislative Update 9. Notes from the...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – February 13, 2007

IN THIS ISSUE: 1. Openers 2. ABCs of Immigration: H-1B Visas 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement News 5. News From The Courts 6. Government Processing Times 7. News Bytes 8. International Roundup 9....more

Amicus Brief on Sexual Violence as Torture in Argentine Case

The brief notes that international law concerning sexual violence is a relatively recent development: “When the International Criminal Tribunals for Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda began their work, they encountered a...more

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