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FinCEN and ICE Issue Geographic Targeting Order Against Electronics Exporters in the Miami Area

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) served a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) on about 700 electronics exporter businesses in the Miami area, in an investigation into cash...more

L-1B Policy Development: USCIS Issues L-1B Adjudications Memo for Comment

Today, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum that provides guidance to field adjudicators on things to consider while adjudicating an L-1B petition. Specifically, the new L-1B...more

National Security: Removing Barriers to Intra-Governmental Sharing of Information

The House of Commons in Canada is back in session. The federal Conservative Government wasted no time in introducing sweeping anti-terrorism bill (Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015). I canvassed the legislative and...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

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

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

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

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

The Worldwide Talent Pool Creates Opportunities Plus National Security Challenges for U.S. Firms.

As the global transfer of people, products and technology increases, organizations of all sizes are likely to see an increase in concerns about import and export control regulations. Concerns about "deemed exports" rear their...more

THE NEUFELD MEMO REVISITED AND THE H-1B VISA CLIMATE: The New Face of Enforcement in the H-1B World.

As a result of increased site visits and a general inclination to decrease the number of H-1B’s approved, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") published a watershed memo on January 8th, 2010 (“the Neufeld...more

Technology Exports: Uncertainty Around Form I-129 Persists

Beginning on February 20, 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (“CIS”) assumed a role in the U.S. Government's increasing regulation of technology exports. The new role for CIS relates to the transfer...more

FY 2012 H-1B Quota Opens on April 1, 2011: New H-1B Petitions and Alternatives When H-1Bs Are Unavailable

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept fiscal year (FY) 2012 H-1B petitions on April 1, 2011, for H-1B positions with start dates of October 1, 2011, which is when the next U.S. government...more

Important Export Control Changes: Further Relaxation Of Certain Requirements Governing The Export Of Encryption Software; Export...

Further Relaxation of Certain Requirements Governing the Export of Encryption Software On Friday, January 7, 2011, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published amendments to the Export...more

Export Control Certification Required For Companies That Hire And Seek Visas For Certain Foreign National Employees

Beginning on December 23, 2010, companies petitioning for certain non-immigrant visas to employ foreign persons in the United States will, when completing a Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker – Form I-129, be required to...more

Legal Alert: Visa Waiver Program Travelers Must Have ESTA Approval

Travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries should be aware that they are now required to obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before traveling to the United States. This...more

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