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What to Expect During Your Citizenship Exam

As part of the requirements for becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, applicants must take several tests, collectively known as the citizenship exam, administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). These...more

Immigration and Nationality Act 50th Anniversary Series: Birthright Citizenship?

In the first of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, this post explores the concept of birthright citizenship. Election years often revive old bones of contention,...more

New IRS Regs Escalate Tax Consequences of Renouncing Citizenship or Surrendering Green Card

On September 9, 2015, the IRS released long-awaited proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code (Code) section 2801, which imposes a tax on the recipient of a gift or bequest from certain individuals who relinquished...more

New Citizen No Longer Have to Pledge to Bear Arms on Behalf of USA

The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently announced that candidates for citizenship may omit the pledge to bear arms for the United States or perform non-combat duties for the U.S. military when taking the...more

The Other EB Visa for Foreign Investors? EB-1(c) Visas as an Alternative to the EB-5 Visa

Overview - I have written a few articles regarding the over-promotion of the EB-5 visa program from the standpoint that frequently the foreign investor’s desire for a Green Card is over-zealous before considering all of...more

Texas Federal Court Addresses Viability Of Extra-Contractual Claims Against Field Adjuster In Removal Dispute

A Texas federal court recently addressed the viability of extra-contractual claims against an individual field adjuster who had investigated a loss on behalf of an insurance company. In Mainali Corp. v. Covington Specialty...more

The “Reed Amendment” and Admissibility to the United States: Will I Be Barred From Reentry After Renunciation?

A common concern about renunciation of U.S. citizenship is that of admissibility to the United States thereafter. Many people tell me that they have read about a permanent ban on reentry to the United States following...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry to New Zealand (Updated)

ENTRY TO NEW ZEALAND - A visa or permit is not required to visit New Zealand if the visitor is an Australian citizen, British citizen, or a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand...more

Texas Denies Immigrant Children Their U.S. Citizenship

Birthright citizenship is a hotly debated topic. The United States and Canada are one of the few nations that automatically grant citizenship so expansively to children born within their borders. Anyone born in the U.S. is...more

New Spanish law to grant citizenship to those with Sephardic origin

Spain’s Congress has approved a law granting Spanish nationality to people with a Spanish-Sephardic origin who have a particular connection to Spain ("the Nationality Law"). The new law is intended to confer citizenship on...more

EB What? Considering Other Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

Overview - The EB-5 Visa program has been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. The program is a great solution...more

As Expatriations Increase, Potential Relief for “Accidental” U.S. Citizens

According to Treasury reports, 3,417 U.S. citizens relinquished their U.S. citizenship in 2014, which is more than the number of expatriations reported in prior years. As required by law, the Treasury publishes a quarterly...more

Obama Budget Proposal Would Provide Relief for Certain Accidental Dual Citizens

A provision contained in the Treasury’s green book explaining President Obama’s 2016 budget proposals may provide U.S. tax and reporting relief for certain dual citizens. An individual can become a U.S. citizen at birth...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 3,415. The number of people who renounced their citizenship in 2014 according to IRS data. This is one of the five highest totals on record since the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance...more

Don’t Mess With Texas Adjusters In Hail Damage Claims

Texas hail claim policyholder lawyers, like many plaintiffs’ lawyers, clearly prefer to be in state court rather than federal court. To accomplish this and prevent the defendant insurer from properly removing the lawsuit to...more

The Immigration Accountability Executive Actions: Ramifications for Business

On November 20 and 21, 2014, President Obama announced his plan for executive action on the United States’ immigration problems, known as the immigration accountability executive actions. The actions represent the most...more

USCIS Policy Alert on Effect of Assisted Reproductive Technology on Immigration and Citizenship

USCIS recently issued policy guidance, published in the USCIS Policy Manual and Adjudicator’s Field Manual, related to the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and its effect on immigration petitions and derivative...more

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

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

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