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Iraq/Syria Crisis - Early last week, on Tuesday, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 275 U.S. military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in...more

EB-5 Alert: U.S. House of Representatives Approves Three-Year Extension of EB-5 Regional Center Program and Sends to President for...

EB-5 Program Regional Centers Have Been Re-authorized until 2015. EB-5 Regional Centers play an important role in raising EB-5 financing for new business development, and there has been some concern among investors and...more

Closing Time: The Government Shutdown's Impact on Key Trade Agencies

With no Cinderella story last night, as of October 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM, the Federal Government is officially shut down. As a result, all “non-essential” federal workers will be furloughed and federal agencies cannot continue...more

Immigration Reform Marches On

August has been a busy, productive month for immigration reform advocates. From the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic March on Washington, to Women’s Equality Day in Seattle, to town halls across the country, a broad...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

Washington Insight - January 2013

In This Issue: - President Obama Sworn in for a Second Term - 113th Congress Underway - More Fiscal Challenges in Store - Cabinet Re-Shuffle - A Game of Musical Chairs - Tax Reform and...more

E-2 Visas for Israelis: Security Concerns and Upcoming Elections May Delay Implementation

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has not yet issued guidance to the public on the availability of E-2 visas for Israeli citizens. Nearly six months ago, President Obama signed legislation that would add Israel to the list of...more

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Until September 30, 2015

On September 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed bipartisan legislation extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program for an additional three years. The new sunset date for the program is September 30, 2015. Additionally,...more

This Week in Washington - August 17, 2012

In This Issue: DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Political News. Last Saturday in Virginia, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced his choice for Vice President: Representative Paul Ryan...more

Senator Grassley Lifts Hold on Chaffetz Bill

On July 11, 2012, Senator Charles Grassley lifted his hold on HR 3012, the "Chaffetz bill" that will eliminate the per country caps on immigrant visas, presumably speeding immigration for people from India and China, and...more

This Week in Washington - June 15, 20

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Budget/Debt Ceiling/Sequestration. Last Friday, House Armed Services Committee Chair Buck McKeon (R-California), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana...more

Nigeria Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011

Introduction – Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 Terrorism has continued to threaten global peace and prosperity. To address this criminal activity, governments all over the world, including the Nigerian government, have...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

Yes a citizen of a State is also a citizen of the several States under the Constitution

A citizen of a State who is not a citizen of the United States is entitled to privileges and immunities of a citizen of the several States, under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States of...more

Citizenship and Domicile: Before and After the Fourteenth Amendment

A citizen of a State, under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution, has a domicile in a particular State. A citizen of the United States, under Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment has only a residence in a...more

Yes there are two citizens in the nation of the United States under international law

Before the Fourteenth Amendment, there was only a citizen of a State, under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America. Such a citizen was also a citizen of the United States,...more

What was the holding of the Slaughterhouse Cases?

The Slaughterhouse Cases held, one, that citizenship of a State was separate and distinct from citizenship of the United States; that a citizen of a State was separate and distinct from a citizen of the United States. ...more

The “I” Word – Changes to Immigration rules in the UK

The “I” Word – Changes to Immigration rules in the UK The “I” word has been on tip of many a tongue since the general election, and with a crescendo of calls for change to the immigration system, the new year will bring with...more

Shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities IN and OF the several States

Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of Constitution was modified by the Fourteenth Amendment, in particular, Section 1, Clause 2. This was determined by the Supreme Court of the United States, in the Slaughterhouse Cases. ...more

Enrolling in E-Verify limits the Employer's use of H-1B Portability

E-Verify will not confirm clearance of employment authorization until “approval” of H-1B petitions filed under the portability provisions for an employee who previously held H-1B status but has since been holding...more

Citizenship and the Federal Courts after the Fourteenth Amendment

Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States (of America) provides that “[t]he judicial Power shall extend to controversies between Citizens of different States” as well as to controversies between...more

Two State Citizens in every State of the Union

Before the Fourteenth Amendment, one was considered a citizen of a State as well as a citizen of the United States. After the Fourteenth Amendment one changed to being either a citizen of a State OR a citizen of the United...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – July 27, 2010

In this Issue: 1. Openers 2. ABCs of Immigration Law: L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visas 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement (Arizona) News -Arizona immigration law could overwhelm state's court system -ICE...more

Immigration Advisory: Attention Foreign Entrepreneurs: New StartUp Visa Act of 2010 Introduced in Congress

On February 24, 2010, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the StartUp Visa Act of 2010. This proposed legislation, if passed into law, would create a second immigrant (“green card”) investor visa...more

Honduras Consular Section Closed July 1, 2009 - July 3, 2009

The U.S. Embassy in Honduras announced today that due to the political situation in Honduras, the Consular Section will be closed July 1, 2009 and July 2, 2009. Thus, all non-immigrant and immigrant visa appointments for July...more

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