Foreign Nationals

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USCIS Says Green Cards Without Signatures Are Acceptable I-9 Documentation

USCIS recently announced that permanent resident cards (also known as “green cards”) that say “signature waived”, on the front and back of where a signature would normally be located, are acceptable documents to prove...more

Changes on the Horizon for EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

The Obama Administration released a report on July 15 titled “Modernizing & Streamlining our Immigration Legal System for the 21st Century.” The Report, which builds upon the President’s executive action on immigration...more

BALCA Applies Recent Legal Decision to PERM Case Denied Five Years Ago

The permanent labor certification process (PERM) allows employers to hire foreign nationals to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the U.S. Department of Labor...more

Department of State Releases August 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines available, but backlogged to 2004. Cutoff dates for EB-3 China backlogged to 2004, while cutoff dates for Mexico and the rest of the world advance by three and a half months. Cutoff dates for...more

Cross-Border Activities: Benefits of Filing “Protective” Returns

With the increasing focus by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on offshore activities, it is important to understand the tax return and information return filing obligations that may be associated with such activities....more

The EB-5 Visa Program: the Rebirth of the Immigration Investor Program

This is a good news story for once. But, of course, since the father of this soupcon of good news is our government, it’s almost unintended. From the ashes of the economic recession of 2008 came the rebirth of the...more

Update on Temporary Protected Status

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland security designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for a period of 18 months, effective June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016, based on the conditions...more

Travelers Beware: Visa Issuance Delay Due to Worldwide System Failure

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced that it is experiencing a critical failure in its visa issuance systems. This system failure is worldwide. All U.S. Consular Posts have temporarily suspended issuance of...more

Glitch in State Department Systems Causing Worldwide Visa Issuance Delays

U.S. embassies and consulates abroad recently suspended issuing any U.S. visas as a result of worldwide technical issues with State Department computer systems. These technical problems cause considerable delays to foreign...more

Supreme Court Update: Kerry V. Din (13-1402), Mata V. Lynch (14-185) And Baker Botts V. Asarco (14-103)

The Court took care of some additional throat-clearing on Monday, handing down three decisions: Kerry v. Din (13-1402), holding that no additional process was due a U.S. citizen whose husband's visa application was denied;...more

Federal Guidance Clarifies When and How Employers Can Accept California’s New AB 60 Driver’s Licenses from Possibly Unauthorized...

Since early 2015, qualified California residents have been able to apply for and receive a driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles without proving that their presence in the United States is authorized...more

U.S. State Department Consular System Technical Issues Cause Visa Issuance Delays

Action Item: Employers who have foreign national workers with pending visa applications at U.S. consulates, or are travelling to apply for visas, will likely see delays in the workers’ return because of technical problems...more

Overview of the Bipartisan EB-5 Reauthorization Bill: The American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Senator Patrick Leahy introduced sweeping, bipartisan legislation on June 3, 2015, to reauthorize and reform the EB-5 Regional Center program, which is...more

When Is Paying an Honorarium Permissible?

Determining when is appropriate to pay an honorarium to a foreign national on a visitor’s visa often presents a conundrum. Our immigration system is nothing short of complicated with its alphabet soup of visas, but paying a...more

Senn on 10 Best Practices in a Cross-Border Investigation – Part II

Today I conclude a two-part series on how to formulate an effective best practices cross-border investigation based upon an interview I did with Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, who specializes in white collar...more

BALCA on Lawful Reasons for Rejecting U.S. Applicants in PERM Cases

The permanent labor certification process (also referred to as PERM) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the...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

PERM Denial Upheld for Failure to Submit Signed Recruitment Report

The permanent labor certification process (also referred to as PERM) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the...more

[Event] Immigration Basics for Startup Founders - May 7, San Diego, CA

This discussion will focus on simplifying complicated immigration issues, including work visas, investor visas, and permanent residency. This talk is very relevant for our international community of entrepreneurs in San...more

New REIT Bill Coming?

In late April, Senator Orrin Hatch introduced Senate bill 915, the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of 2015. When a foreign person invests in property in the U.S., that person is subject to U.S. tax when he/she/it...more

Work and Resident Permits for Short-Term Working Foreigners

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Culture jointly issued a notice of the Relevant Handling Procedures for Foreigners...more

Foreign National Political Contribution Laws Can Cause Confusion, Pain for Unwary

A business executive writes a small check to a neighbor who is running for a seat on the local school board. It sounds harmless, but the executive isn’t a U.S. citizen and by writing that check, she has broken federal...more

From Hiring To Firing: A Basic Guide To The Thai Employment Law Life Cycle

Recruitment - Recruiting in Thailand is often done through database recruitment, licensed headhunting firms, or by placing advertisements in newspapers and various media or on the internet. With regards to hiring of new...more

From Hiring to Firing: A Basic Guide To The Japanese Employment Law Life Cycle

Hiring: As a general rule, employers in Japan can freely determine the person they would like to hire as an employee, provided that discrimination on the basis of certain protected categories is not permitted. Employees...more

California Supreme Court Decides To Admit Chinese Immigrant After All

I’ve taken a special interest in following the case of Hong Yen Chang (no known relation to my son-in-law).  Mr. Chang arrived in the U.S. in 1872 and graduated from Yale and then Columbia Law School.  ...more

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