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(US) The EB-5 Visa Program: A Popular Real Estate Financing Program's Reauthorization Is Uncertain

The EB-5 Visa Program has become an increasingly popular vehicle for real estate project financing in the United States. Last year, for the first time in the Program’s history, the annual supply of EB-5 immigrant investor...more

Shifting Course: Expanding the Scope of Permissible Cuba Transactions

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has issued its first set of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) to begin implementing a major policy shift in United States–Cuba...more

CBP Designates Preferred Ports of Entry for First-Time Canadian TN and L-1 Applicants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency charged with overseeing and facilitating international travel and trade across the borders of the United States. The CBP’s mandate includes responsibility over...more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...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

2015 Regulatory Challenges Burdening Manufacturers

As we roll into the new year, this edition of the Manufacturing Industry Advisor takes a look at some of the key regulatory issues that manufacturers will be facing in 2015. Based on recent discussions with key legislative...more

US Authorizes Sanctions and Export Controls Against Venezuela

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The legislation authorizes the United States to impose sanctions against certain...more

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

This article is the fourth 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

Will a U.K. “Caution” Affect My U.S. Immigration Application?

A “caution” is a criminal disposition in the United Kingdom that may be issued to an offender by the police as an expeditious way of dealing with minor offenses that do not require court intervention....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

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

Changes to the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program Are Announced

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced changes to the Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) Program. Currently, no form or fee is required for the CFRP Program. This will no longer be the case....more

The United States and Cuba to Restore Diplomatic Relations

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will resume diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years. In addition to relaxing certain economic restrictions, the President announced...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

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

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New Employment Laws for 2015

With the use of more than a few pens, the Governor of California has enacted more than 50 new laws related to employment, some of which affect all employers, and others that affect only specific industries. Unfortunately for...more

Be Global - November 2014

UK: Potential for significant increase in cost of holiday pay - The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal recently handed down judgment in the closely watched appeals in a number of cases concerning the calculation of holiday...more

U.S. & China Extend Visas for Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

As a reminder, following a meeting with President Xi Jinping from the People’s Republic of China to discuss U.S. and China foreign relations in November of this year, President Obama announced changes to certain visas issued...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

The U.S. and China Agree to Extend Visas for Short-Term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

On November 12, 2014, the United States and the People's Republic of China started to reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas, as well as student and exchange visas issued to each other's...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

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