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How Can I Bring My Family to the U.S. If I Have a Temporary Work Visa?

When a foreign national comes into the U.S. under a temporary work visa, the individual often wants to bring his or her family into the U.S. as well. Depending on the work visa obtained, the duration of the stay, and the...more

Doing Business in Canada: E-Commerce

E-COMMERCE - Canada has a vibrant Internet community. Because of the great expansion of the Internet in Canadian homes and businesses, Canada and its provinces have, in recent years, regulated Internet activity and...more

The Pivot To Asia And The Inevitable Failure Of The Trans-Pacific Partnershps

TPP negotiators have been through more than twenty negotiating rounds since 2010, meeting in ten different countries. We could spend a lot of time on the details. Businesses have lobbied their particular interests, trying to...more

The World Is Your Oyster!

Trade issues have not been front and center for the last several years. However, today I saw a bright light. I have been watching trade matters in Washington since the late 1980s. In some ways not that much has changed....more

US Trade with Mexico Doubles between 2009 and 2012

The Yucatan Times reports that Mexico is the United States’ second largest trading partner with about USD 500 billion worth of goods and services transferred across its borders. The outcome is considered to be the result of...more

Overview of U.S. Immigration Law & Procedures for Employers

In This Presentation: - Government Agencies Involved - Terms & Definitions - U.S. Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents (Immigrants or “Green Card” Holders) - Paths to Permanent Residency -...more

How Businesses Can Plan for Foreign Hires in Light of H-1B Cap

Given that the H-1B visa cap was, once again, met quickly, many U.S. employers are scrambling to figure out how to hire and retain the foreign national employees that they need. As we recently reported, the U.S. Citizenship...more

Guest Post: The U.S. Government Continues to Have "Serious Concerns" with Canada's Heightened Patent Utility Requirements

While the United States and Canada share a border, common values and a strong commitment to international trade and security issues, many are surprised to learn that protection of intellectual property (IP) is a source of...more

An Unprecedented Change in Mexican Energy Politics

In an unprecedented change in Mexican energy politics, the government has amended its Political Constitution to allow the participation of private capital in its upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas businesses. The...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2014

In This Issue: - Prospects for Development of an Asian LNG Trading Hub: Given the scale of LNG imports into Asia and in light of the efforts of different Asian countries in developing their own LNG trading...more

NAFTA Partners Set to Play a Prominent Role in Mexico’s New Energy Regime

December 2013 marked the opening of Mexico’s state-monopolised energy industry after 75 years. The reforms that led to the change will allow international investors to become part of this lucrative sector and ultimately boost...more

Opening of Mexico energy market a benefit to NAFTA partners

On December 12, 2013, Mexico’s lower house of Congress finally passed energy reforms, opening the country’s state-monopolized industry after 75 years. The 353-134 vote will allow private companies as well as international...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 30-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 2 [Video]

This episode 30 is Part 2 of my interview with the FCPA Professor. ...more

Washington Energy Update - November 2013

In This Issue: - Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG Exports - Suit Against Chinese Solar Firms Seeks Nearly US$1 Billion in Damages - Major Energy Bills Get Started in...more

Canada-EU Trade Agreement: Breaking the Log-Jam

Breakthrough - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso today announced a breakthrough in the long-running negotiations to conclude a Comprehensive Economic and Trade...more

Eli Lilly Files NAFTA Arbitration Claim Against Canada for Allegedly Discriminating Against Specific Patented Technologies

Eli Lilly, the U.S. pharmaceutical company, is accusing the Government of Canada of violating its obligations to foreign investors under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because its courts invalidated patents...more

White Paper Asserts That Existing Trade Agreements Provide No Data Exclusivity for Biologics

In a white paper released earlier this month, Professor Brook Baker of the Northeastern University School of Law argues that current trade agreements do not provide data exclusivity for biologics, and therefore, that the...more

ITC Investigates Economic Impact Of Proposed Modifications To NAFTA Rules Of Origin

The U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") has initiated an investigation into the potential economic impact of proposed modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA"). ...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2013

In This Issue: - Commerce Declares No "Free Pass" To Commit Fraud In Trade Cases - ITC Investigates Economic Impact Of Proposed Modifications To NAFTA Rules Of Origin - Global Manufacturers, Encouraged By...more

"The Increasing Appeal and Novel Use of Bilateral Investment Treaties"

Over the last 20 years, bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have provided foreign investors with basic safeguards against expropriation and related risks and guarantee the right to bring claims before a neutral arbitral...more

ITC Investigates Economic Impact of Proposed Modifications o NAFTA Rules of Origin

On March 28, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) initiated an investigation into the potential economic impact of proposed modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The proposed...more

U.S.-Canada Business Travel Guide Released to Public

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters association and the global law firm of Baker & McKenzie recently released a comprehensive overview of visa categories applicable to U.S.-Canada business travelers, which is written in...more

Frito-Lay: CITT Lays Down the Law

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal decision in Frito-Lay v. President of the CBSA, AP-2010-002 (December 21, 2012), reasons January 8, 2013, teaches Canadian importers and the CBSA a number of important lessons. Three...more

Could A US-EU Free Trade Deal Harm The WTO? [Video]

March 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama announced plans to negotiate and execute a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. Jim Bacchus, partner at...more

CETA and USETA: Pieces of an Atlantic Jigsaw Puzzle

It is likely seen as early days given the very recent announcement of the intention of the EU and USA to conduct “free trade” or “economic and trade” agreement negotiations, but with the near advent of CETA, recent...more

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