Foreign Nationals

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2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

Update on EEA applications for UK Permanent Residence

Due to continuing uncertainty following the Brexit vote, EEA nationals who qualify are acting now to secure their right to stay in the UK. No doubt to help with the influx of applications received from EEA nationals, the Home...more

2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Program: Cuba, Ecuador, and Guatemala Eligible to Register

For the 26th year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued registration instructions for the annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. Registration for the 2018 lottery opens 12 noon eastern daylight time (EDT) on October 4,...more

2018 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens in Two Weeks

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 4, 2016 and noon on November 7, 2016,...more

Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

On September 29, 2016 the leniency period will end and all visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). An eTA can be obtained through an online pre-screening...more

Tax Alert for Foreign Investors Looking at U.S. Investments

Pre-immigration and Non-U.S. Resident Planning - It does not matter whether foreign individuals are investing in U.S. property and hoping to become residents in the U.S., or are planning to invest in U.S property...more

EEOC Renews Collaborative Agreements With Mexican Consulates in Pacific Northwest

Offices Agree to Work Together to Fight Discrimination - SEATTLE - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle....more

[Webinar] U.S. Tax and Estate Planning for Foreign Persons - Meritas Capability Webinar - September 27th - 1:00p.m. U.S. CDT

Many successful people come to the United States from other countries, either permanently or on study or work assignments that are intended to last just for a few years. These people may earn income in the United States and...more

EEOC's Milwaukee Area Office and Mexican Consulate Sign Historic Cooperation Agreement

Offices Agree to Work Together to Fight Discrimination - MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Milwaukee this...more

EEOC Richmond Office and Mexican Consulate Sign Historic Cooperation Pact

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Local Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Washington, D.C. Consulate of Mexico today. The agreement...more

DHS Proposes Long-Awaited International Entrepreneur Rule

On August 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released advance notice of proposed rulemaking designed to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship within the United States. The notice was published in the...more

September 2016 UK Immigration Update

New developments include a number of Immigration Act provisions, changes to the recording of right-to-work checks, and early invitations to sponsor licence extension applications. Although the United Kingdom has voted in...more

Back to Work from Travel Abroad? Check Your Form I-94!

As foreign national employees come back from summer vacations and travel abroad, one of the most overlooked immigration documents and pitfalls is Form I-94. If Form I-94 is issued for a shorter validity period than the...more

Application of Home Country Inheritance Law

The Personal Status Law provides in Art. 1(2) the general rule that" the provisions of this law shall apply to non-UAE nationals" and the exception that "unless the foreigner elects to apply his or her personal status law"....more

Are Foreign Nationals on H-1B Work Visas Eligible for FMLA Leave?

Over the past few months, I’ve been asked by clients whether foreign nationals who are in the United States on work visas are eligible for FMLA leave. Honestly, I didn’t know the answer to the question when I was first...more

New Immigration Rule to Welcome Start-Up Foreign Entrepreneurs

Following up on President Obama’s proposal to acknowledge the global marketplace of ideas and leverage current immigration law to encourage entrepreneurship and economic growth, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service...more

Export Licenses vs. Anti-discrimination: Hiring Non-U.S. Persons at Colleges and Universities

Imagine your institution has employed a graduate student to support a technology research program. The student is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and holds a student visa, but is not authorized to view certain...more

International Entrepreneurs Receive Welcome News from USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced a proposal to grant international entrepreneurs temporary admission to the United States in order to start or scale their businesses here. On Friday, August...more

DUI Arrest Could Now Lead to Visa Revocation for Employees in U.S. Even Without a Conviction

Employers should be aware that foreign nationals in the United States on nonimmigrant work visas (such as H-1B, L-1, and O-1 visas) are subject to severe consequences following an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI)...more

Pre-immigration and Non-U.S. Resident Planning

Foreign individuals who intend to permanently reside in the U.S., or do not intend to reside in the U.S. but intend to own U.S. property, need considerable legal and tax planning. The definition of “U.S. property” for...more

Employment Matters – UK

When Do the ‘Self-Employed’ Qualify for National Minimum Wage and Holiday Pay? This is a hot topic at the moment with three large employers under scrutiny for their pay structures: Uber, the transport company, has...more

New Entry Requirement When Traveling to Canada

Canada has a new entry requirement that applies to visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to the country on a temporary basis. The program is called the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and was implemented on March 15,...more

Summer Slow Down: For the first time in memory, the quota reserved for the most desired immigrant applicants retrogresses for...

The Department of State published its August 2016 Visa Bulletin and it has a few impactful surprises. This is not good news for companies and foreign nationals. Indian and Chinese foreign nationals, as usual, are the hardest...more

New Jersey Man Prosecuted for Funneling Campaign Contributions from Foreign Source

Much of the U.S. media overlooked a Bill of Information filed in United States District Court in New Jersey on June 29. The information charged Bilal Shehu, an Albanian immigrant, with unlawfully funneling $80,000 from a...more

New Electronic Visa Update System (“EVUS”) required by U.S.A. for B-1/B-2 & B-2 Chinese Nationals after November, 2016 | Industry...

Effective November, 2016, Chinese nationals, including nationals from People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will be required to use an on-line enrollment system, referred to as EVUS to update biographic...more

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