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Russia: Citizens with Dual Citizenship Have to Inform Migration Services of Their Second Citizenship

As of August 4, 2014, citizens with dual citizenship have to inform Migration Services of their second citizenship. Criminal liability for non-compliance with the requirements is fee from RUB 200,000 or compulsory community...more

Large Increase in Fee to Renounce Citizenship

Beginning September 6, 2014, the U.S Department of State fee to renounce U.S. citizenship increased fivefold—from $450 to $2,350. The increase, intended to discourage dual citizens from renouncing U.S. citizenship, comes...more

DOJ and DOE Warning: School Enrollment Practices Must Not Discourage Enrollment of Immigrant Students

According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, U.S. school districts are discouraging student enrollment based on their parents’ illegal immigrant status. The Departments issued guidance, a frequently asked...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes: Is It Worth It?

As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more

FinCrimes Update - Volume 1, Issue 3

On May 8, OFAC released enforcement information regarding “apparent violations” of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by Canadian subsidiaries of a U.S. insurance company. The U.S. company self-reported 3,560 apparent...more

FinCEN Advisory Addresses Risks Presented By Citizenship-by-Investment Program

On May 20, FinCEN issued Advisory FIN-2014-A004, warning financial institutions about the risk of illicit financial activity conducted by individuals with passports from St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN), which allows individuals to...more

Canada: Changes to Federal Permanent Residence Programs Announced

New instructions revise caps and eligible occupations for federal immigrant worker programs. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released new instructions regarding the processing of applications under the...more

Fiscal Year 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

On April 1, 2014 USCIS began accepting applications for a competitive grant funding opportunity to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. USCIS will offer up to $10 million in...more

New 21-Page Citizenship Form Becomes Mandatory on May 5, 2014

We wish to remind you that as of May 5, 2014, the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept the previous revision of the Form, N-400, used to apply for U.S. Citizenship. The new form has an...more

Aircraft Transaction Basics - A Business Development Opportunity

This paper will describe the basics of aircraft transactions, including aircraft sale, purchase and ownership issues and how current aviation practitioners can expand their practice area to include aircraft transactions, pull...more

Who Is a U.S. Person? Disparities Between U.S. Tax and Immigration Law

The question of who is a U.S. person has always been relevant for tax purposes because it determines who is subject to (a) U.S. income, gift and estate tax, (b) filing Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), and (c) the ‘‘exit...more

USCIS Updates Naturalization Application

On February 4, 2014, USCIS released a revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The revisions are designed to provide USCIS with additional information to make eligibility determinations, present customers with...more

Report Indicates Wealthy Chinese to Emigrate to US

Many foreigners crave United States citizenship even though it comes with corresponding obligations and responsibilities (i.e., think about tax compliance). CBS News previously wrote about pregnant women from foreign...more

How the New California Laws Will Impact Your Business in 2014 and Beyond, Part 3: California Immigration Related Legislation

The final post in this three-part series on the newly-signed legislation in California covers the three immigration-related bills that Governor Brown recently signed. I also discuss two significant bills that the governor...more

Immigrants and the Affordable Care Act

There are many questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or the “Act”), and one common question is how it affects immigrants. Naturalized citizens are treated exactly like U.S. born citizens under the Act, and...more

It’s A Small World After All

Our increasingly mobile society has forced estate planning to go international, too. You might have international estate issues: ? You have dual citizenship (US and another country) ? You are a non-U.S....more

Eight Lawmakers Arrested in Immigration Rally

A massive immigration rally held last week resulted in the arrests of approximately 200 people, among them eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The protesters assembled outside the nation’s Capitol on October 8...more

The Going Gets Steeper: 2013 California Employment Legislation Affecting Private Sector Employers

The California Legislature concluded its 2013 regular session on September 12 with a flourish, sending a total this year of 896 bills to Governor Jerry Brown for approval (of 2,256 introduced). By the signing deadline last...more

Change in Policy Regarding False Claims to U.S. Citizenship by Minors

According to correspondence by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to Senator Harry Reid, the U.S. Government has modified its position, with respect to minors, on the...more

President Celebrates Citizenship Day and the Contributions of Immigrants

This week, communities across the country are coming together to celebrate Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, The President celebrated the historical influence of immigrants of all backgrounds in his...more

Leaving Mainland America Yet Remaining in the United States—Puerto Rican Residency as an Alternative To Expatriation

OVERVIEW - One of the news items that generates political fireworks each year is the number and names of famous Americans who renounce their U.S. citizenship. According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States is...more

The Price of Leaving: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship Comes with Costly Consequences

The United States is one of the few countries to tax the worldwide-earned income of its citizens and permanent residents. Millions of American citizens residing outside the U.S. have no direct ties to their home country since...more

Department Of Justice And NLRB Agree To Begin Referring Employee Claims To One Another

In July 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Labor Relations...more

Travel Planning When Naturalization is in Your Future

If you travel frequently and plan to apply for U.S. citizenship in the future, you may need to starting planning far in advance. In order to naturalize, lawful permanent residents must meet “continuous residence” and...more

USCIS Redesigns Special Certificate Of Naturalization and Certificates of Citizenship (Posthumous)

On Aug. 5, USCIS will start issuing redesigned certificates including: Form N-578, Special Certificate of Naturalization; Form N-645, Certificate of Citizenship (Posthumous); Form N-645A, Certificate of Citizenship...more

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