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U.S. Department of State Ending Extra Passport Pages Practice

The State Department announced Thursday (November 19) that it is ending the practice of adding additional pages in passports for security reasons, beginning January 1, 2016....more

The Department of Homeland Security offers important guidance relevant to foreign national job portability

On November 20, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") issued a significant draft policy memorandum ("PM") containing proposed guidance on the definition of "same or similar" under INA Section 204(j), which is...more

Canada Implements Pre-Flight Electronic Travel Authorization, Counterpart to United States ESTA Program

The eTA system has been implemented in an effort to mirror the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (“ESTA”) that has been in place in the United States for several years. ESTA is an automated system that determines the...more

EEOC Firmará Acuerdo Nacional de Entendimiento con el Ecuador el 10 de Noviembre

El Acuerdo establecerá una colaboración en contra de la discriminación - WASHINGTON - La Comisión para la Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo (EEOC, por sus siglas en inglés) firmará un Acuerdo Nacional de...more

EEOC to Sign National Memorandum of Understanding with Ecuador on Nov. 10

Agreement Will Establish Ongoing Collaboration to Fight Discrimination - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will enter into a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ecuador on...more

CBP Announces the Expansion of Global Entry to UK Citizens

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske announced an expansion of the Global Entry program to include UK citizens at the World Travel Market in London. UK citizens can register beginning...more

Global Employment Lawyer Volume 2, Issue 1 - November/December 2015

Look out, beware—its holiday party season! According to a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., about 88 percent of companies in the US had holiday parties last year. That percentage has been hovering around 90...more

Immigration Update: Holiday Travel for U.S. Visa Holders

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and begin planning for renewals if necessary. Planning ahead can alleviate much of the stress of...more

Proposed Legislation Would Expand EB-5 Visa Program

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has introduced legislation intended to raise the number of EB-5 green cards available to foreign investors while also making permanent the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The Regional Center...more

When Transferring Employees to the U.S., Foreign Employers Should Consider Impact if Proposed Changes to Overtime Exemption Are...

On July 6, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed a revision to the “white collar” overtime exemption rule. As explained by Littler when it testified before the House Subcommittee, “the proposed white collar...more

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the...more

U.S. Consulates, Embassies Closed Friday October 9th for Systems Upgrade

According to Law360, operations will be closed at U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world on Friday, October 9th, for a systems upgrade....more

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers For Not Registering

Multiple firms involved in the solicitation of investment capital for the Immigrant Investor Program (also known as "EB-5") have recently been charged by the SEC with acting as unregistered brokers. Neither In re Ireeco, LLC,...more

EB-5 Regional Center Program Gets Short-Term Extension from Congress

Congress passed a short-term extension late yesterday to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the EB-5 Program) from expiring. The Continuing Resolution will extend the EB-5 Program (and fund the U.S. government) through...more

Congress Extends EB-5 Regional Center Program

On September 30, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution that includes a temporary extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”) which was due to sunset on September 30 absent reauthorization. This extension...more

Short-Term Government Funding Measure Extends EB-5 Regional Center Program through December 11, 2015

A looming federal government shutdown has been narrowly averted through the enactment on September 30, 2015 of a continuing resolution that extends funding for federal agencies through December 11, 2015. Included in this...more

October Visa Bulletin Changed Again by State Department

On September 25, 2015, the Department of State issued a revised October Visa Bulletin which limits the number of people who will be able to file I-485 applications on October 1. This revised bulletin supersedes the bulletin...more

US Visa Options for Foreign Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that about 400,000 new businesses are started annually in the United States. If you’re a foreign citizen who is interested in launching a new business in the United States, a corporate...more

[Webinar] How Businesses Can Benefit from the New CANADA / EU Free Trade Agreement - Sept. 17th, 10:00am CST

The Government of Canada and the European Union signed a free trade agreement on September 26th, 2014. Because of its widespread implications and the scope of its implementation, the CANADA / EU Free Trade Agreement...more

Immigration Law for Startups: Prime Visa Options

This is the second in a three-part series that provides guidance to new or foreign companies that are entering the U.S. market and seeking to employ either foreign nationals already in the United States on non-working visas,...more

U.S. Work Visas for International Startup Entrepreneurs: Plan Well, Know Your Options

The best way to ensure compliance with immigration regulations is to plan as far in advance as possible and to know when it is necessary to obtain a visa. ...more

Traveling to the United States: Restricting the Visa Waiver Program While Expanding the Trusted Traveler Programs

The Department of Homeland Security continues in its attempts to balance security considerations and hospitality to foreign visitors. The fascinating dilemma it confronts can be highlighted by press releases issued on...more

US, Canada, and Mexico to Expand Trusted Traveler Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Public Safety Canada, and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico announced the planned expansion of the existing trusted traveler programs. This expansion is the first step toward...more

UK Skilled Worker Cap Hit For 1st Time

Many US employers are exploring opportunities to expand globally. Due to the English-speaking special relationship between the US and the UK, employers may first look to the UK to for international exapansion. However,...more

U.S. Embassy in London to Be Temporarily Closed August 7 and 10

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States Department of State has announced that the Embassy of the United States of America in London will be closed from Friday, August 7, 2015 through Monday, August 10, 2015....more

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