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EB-5 Legislative Update

While the 10,000 visas that have been set aside for the EB-5 foreign investor program are part of the permanent law, the regional center program, which allows businesses and developers to aggregate the investment proceeds for...more

Hotel Lawyer on EB-5 developments? What’s happening with EB-5 renewal legislation?

EB-5 is at a critical renewal point. The next 3 weeks are going to be crucial for the EB-5 industry as the current legislation sunsets on September 30, 2015. While the consensus is that this important program will be...more

2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2015, and Ends on November 3, 2015

The Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2017 Diversity Visa (“DV-2017”) lottery. The registration period begins on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) and concludes on...more

2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

The U.S. Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the DV-2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program. The DV Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence in the...more

Status of the EB-5 Regional Center Program

Last night President Obama signed legislation into law to extend temporarily the Immigrant Investor Program (“Regional Center Program”) until December 11, 2015. Congress created the EB-5 program in 1990 to stimulate the...more

U.S. Court Dismisses Foreign Residents’ Foreign-Law Claims Arising from Securities Purchased on U.S. Markets

Much ink has been spilled since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank about the federal securities laws’ applicability to foreign transactions in foreign securities.  But what happens when...more

USCIS Suspends Final Adjudication of Employment-Based Adjustment Applications Until October 1

Starting today, September 24, 2015, USCIS will suspend final adjudication of employment-based adjustment of status applications filed on Form I-485, because the Department of State reports that the statutory cap has been...more

A Potential Federal Government Shutdown: The Immigration Implications for Employers

Congress has until September 30, 2015 to reach an agreement on the 2016 Fiscal Year federal budget. If an agreement to fund the federal government is not reached, immigration processes are expected to be impacted as they were...more

The State Department’s Revised Visa Bulletin Opens Temporary Window for Those Applying for Green Cards

Action Item: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”), in coordination with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), has announced that it has revised “the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants...more

White House Announces Next Steps in Easing of Cuban Embargo But Broad Restrictions Remain in Place

On September 21, 2015, new amendments that further relax restrictions in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will take effect. In anticipation of the amendments’...more

White House Report Offers Roadmap for Modernizing & Streamlining the U.S. Immigration System

On July 15, 2015, in an action that sought to confront a number of the U.S. legal immigration system’s lingering problems, the White House issued a report entitled “Modernizing & Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for...more

US Reporter Deadlines for Bureau of Economic Analysis BE-180 Report

Every five years, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) conducts a survey concerning financial services transactions between US "Financial Services Providers" (defined below) and entities domiciled or...more

BEA Releases New BE-180 Form and Related Guidance in Advance of Upcoming Deadline

The U.S. Department of Commerce, through the Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”), requires U.S. financial services providers (including investment advisers, funds and their general partners) that had certain financial...more

Circular 122 – China Starts to Unwind Limits on Foreign Investment in Real Estate in Response to Slowing Economy

Nine years ago, in July 2006, six different Chinese government agencies issued Opinion 171, the first of a number of circulars imposing limits on foreign investment in the property market in response to concerns about a...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for August 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month, with links to primary...more

Department of State and Department of Homeland Security Announce a Major Change to the Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2015, the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, acting through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced that they were significantly revising Visa Bulletin procedures....more

Federal Court Invalidates Mere-Conspiracy Theory of FCPA Liability

A recent federal decision has dealt a blow to the Department of Justice’s theory of accomplice liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In United States v. Hoskins, No. 3:12cr238, 2015 WL 4774918 (Aug. 13,...more

USCIS Announces New Process for Determining Eligibility to File for Adjustment of Status in Backlogged Preference Categories

On September 9, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a major overhaul of its system for determining adjustment of status eligibility for individuals with family-based or employment-based petitions...more

My Company Wishes to Hire Foreign National Workers – Now What? Navigating the U.S. Visa Alphabet Soup

Many employers are reluctant to hire foreign national workers because they are intimidated by the difficult and uncertain nature of immigration law. Our clients often find that with proper strategic direction from counsel and...more

DOS and USCIS Revise Permanent Residence Application Procedures

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) jointly announced revisions to the process for determining visa availability that will speed up the...more

USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The...more

Important Changes to the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced important changes impacting certain individuals in the permanent residence (“green card”) process. This...more

Tax-Savvy Planning for Foreign Business Owners Seeking Temporary U.S. Residence: Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

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 to the...more

Moving Into the 21st Century

Despite the fact that parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration currently are being challenged in court, the administration is moving forward with its promise to modernize our antiquated immigration system....more

Even Bears Need Visas: Immigration Law Stalls Kiwi’s Dream of Playing American Football

New Zealander, Paul Lasike, always dreamed of playing American football. This 5’11”, 232 lb. Aukland native came to the United States on a scholarship to Brigham Young University, where he played rugby, but his heart was on...more

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