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New Rules Affecting Passports Will Help IRS Collect Tax Debts

The Internal Revenue Service has a powerful new tool to help collect tax debts from individuals applying for or using passports for international travel. The new provisions allow the IRS to coordinate with the U.S. State...more

IRS Announces Plans to Move Forward with Passport Revocation Program

U.S. citizens who owe more than $50,000 in unpaid federal taxes are at substantial risk of having their U.S. passports revoked within the next few months. In December 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring the IRS to...more

No Tax, No Travel

If you are not expecting a refund this year, you may be wondering what taxes have to do with your travel plans. A little over a year ago, Congress passed a law to authorize funding for highways known as “Fixing America’s...more

Immigration-Related FAQs In Response to President Trump’s Recent Executive Orders, as of February 2, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: This Management Alert addresses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employers and foreign nationals regarding President Trump’s recent Executive Order on immigration....more

Executive Order Bans Entry of Foreign Nationals From Seven Countries

Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of at least 90 days. The executive order,...more

Another Trump Executive Order Expected Soon

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)anticipates that an Executive Order (EO) will soon be signed by President Trump, which relates to visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees. AILA reports that a...more

Custody Battles

Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant at Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants, Femina ME’s guest columnist continues with last month’s topic, that is, child abduction by a parent. Last month he spoke about the various...more

Holiday Travel Tips for Foreign Nationals

As the holiday season is approaching, foreign national employees with international travel plans should ensure that they have all necessary immigration documents for reentry to the United States. As this may require attending...more

New Canadian Entry Requirement: Mandatory Beginning November 10, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: Beginning November 10, 2016, the Canadian government will require many travelers flying to Canada to first obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The following alert is relevant to...more

Nine Passport Tips for International Depositions

International depositions require more planning (and time) than depositions here in the U.S. Travel requirements are a big part of that. Below are a few tips regarding your passport to ensure you aren’t turned away at the...more

“No Eyeglasses Policy” Issued by the Department of State

For those renewing passports or visas to gear up for holiday travel, be sure to take those photos without your glasses! Effective December 1, 2016, Consular Affairs will no longer accept photographs of visa and passport...more

Are you ready to travel for the holidays?

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and begin planning for renewals if necessary. Planning ahead can alleviate much of the stress of...more

New U.S. Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) required for Certain Chinese Nationals beginning November 29, 2016

On October 20, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule requiring travelers holding People’s Republic of China (PRC) passports with B-1, B-2, or 10-year B-1/B-2 visas to enroll in the Electronic Visa...more

Electronic Visa Update System Affects Some People’s Republic of China Passport Holders

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that effective November 29, 2016 all People’s Republic of China passport holders carrying a 10-year visa are now required to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System...more

UK Home Office Launches Online Application and Check and Send Service

EEA and Swiss nationals applying for a registration certificate or permanent residence can now apply online and avoid the need to surrender their passports. The UK Home Office recently launched two new services for...more

White House Investigating Data Breach of First Lady’s Passport

It has been reported that the White House is investigating a hacking of the Gmail account of a contract worker who was working on the First Lady’s advance team responsible for logistics. The hacking included emails from...more

New Canadian Entry Requirement: Leniency Period Extended to November 9, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Electronic Travel Authorization (the “eTA”), Canada’s new entry requirement for visa exempt nationals entering Canada by air, was announced in March 2016. The eTA effective date has been extended to...more

An Update to our Latest Article on Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

Only days before the electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement was to become mandatory for all visa-exempt foreign nationals* the Government of Canada announced its decision to extend the leniency period to November...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

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

Japan steps into Brexit debate with a message to the UK and the EU

The Japanese government has stepped into the Brexit debate with an unprecedented warning to the EU and the UK, saying that Japanese inbound investment into the UK could be put at risk by Brexit particularly if withdrawal...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

New Canadian Entry Requirement to Become Mandatory on September 29, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: Canada launched a new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) that must be obtained by visa-exempt nationals entering Canada by air on or after September 29, 2016. Individuals requiring an eTA will not be...more

ESMA Publishes Further Advice on the Application of the AIFMD Passport for Non-EU Jurisdictions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published further advice to the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the extension of the AIFMD passport for non-EU jurisdictions on 18 July 2016. Key...more

New confiscation recommendations: a price worth paying?

On 15 July 2016, the Home Affairs Committee published a report on the Proceeds of Crime. The report identifies a number of systemic problems with the current confiscation order system and makes several recommendations...more

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