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Department of State Releases May 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines retrogress by six years and nine months, cutoff dates for EB-5 China retrogress by two years, cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by seven and a half months, cutoff dates in the...more

State Department Announces Cut-Off Date for Chinese EB-5 Investors

As of May 1, 2015, the EB-5 category will have used up its annual limit of visas and the Department of State will establish a cut-off date of May 1, 2013 for Chinese EB-5 investors. This means that only Chinese nationals with...more

EB-5 Retrogresses By Two Years in May 2015 for Nationals of China

The Department of State has released its Visa Bulletin for May 2015 and, as predicted back in October 2014 by Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charles Oppenheim, the EB-5 category will retrogress for...more

Department of State Inspector General Issues Report on Contractor Confidentiality Provisions with Employees

Monday, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State (OIG) issued a report on its review of the use of confidentiality agreements and policies by Department of State contractors. In preparing the...more

April Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the April Visa Bulletin. Overall, most visa categories moved forward. In particular, EB-2 India and EB-2 China advanced by seven and eight months, respectively....more

Department of State Releases April 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by eight months, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by four months, cutoff dates in the EB-2 China advance by seven months, and cutoff dates for China EB-3...more

State Department to Resume J-1 Visa Program Sponsor Site Visits

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has informed the sponsors of J-1 intern and trainee programs that it will perform site visits to many J-1 Intern and Trainee host organizations in 2015. Some employers have reported that...more

Winds Of Change: A Flurry Of UAS Regulatory Proposals

On February 15, 2015, during a hastily organized press conference, the FAA announced its proposed rules for domestic UAS. But that wasn't the only UAS news coming out of the administration that weekend. ...more

Africa Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

J-1 Site Visits

The Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration has announced that it will perform site visits to many J-1 Intern and Trainee host organizations beginning this month. Most individual participants...more

U.S. Announces Goods and Services Eligible for Import

On February 13, 2015, the U.S. State Department issued new regulations regarding goods and services eligible for export from Cuba to the United States. The new regulations open a new chapter in U.S.–Cuba trade relations that...more

US State Department Issues Section 515.582 List Regarding Authorization of Imports of Certain Goods and Services Produced by...

On February 13, 2015, the US Department of State published its “Section 515.582 List” and related guidance regarding the goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs which have been authorized for immediate...more

Department of State Releases March 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by sixteen months, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by five months, cutoff dates for China advance by five and a half months, and EB-3 China is still ahead...more

Preparing for Depositions in Finland

Taking depositions in Finland is a fairly simple process. There is no visa requirement for U.S. citizens, and no restrictions as far as where in Finland you can depose a witness (see U.S. State Department – Finland). Once...more

Frequently Asked Questions on the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On February 12, the U.S. Department of State released a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”) with regard to the U.S. Government’s efforts to develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The plan is...more

US Sanctions as Diplomacy Tools and Political Weapons: Complexities and Opportunities for the Business Community

Sanctions: Why So Hot Now? - In response to a number of foreign policy crises encountered over the past few years, the Obama Administration has sought a new and more aggressive approach to using sanctions to advance US...more

January 2015 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released its January 2015 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals...more

Alien Tort Case Development: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Occidental Petroleum

In mid-December, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of claims filed pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) against Occidental Petroleum. Plaintiffs in the case argued that Occidental should be held...more

January 2015 Immigration Alert

Happy New Year!!! All of us in the Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green wish you the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2015. We hope that all your petitions and applications are approved and that...more

December 2014 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released its December 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals...more

New J-1 Visa Provisions Effective January 5, 2015

In October 2014, the Department of State (“DOS”) amended Subpart A of the J exchange visitor regulations. These new regulations go into effect in 2015 and apply to all exchange visitor programs and program categories. There...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

Africa Update - December 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

November 2014 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released its November 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals...more

U.S. Government to Launch Refugee/Parole Program for Certain Central American Children

On November 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the anticipated establishment of a refugee/parole program for certain minor children in El Salvador,...more

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