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U.S. Department of State Ending Extra Passport Pages Practice

The State Department announced Thursday (November 19) that it is ending the practice of adding additional pages in passports for security reasons, beginning January 1, 2016....more

Immigration Update: Holiday Travel for U.S. Visa Holders

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

Another Potential Federal Government Shutdown: Consequences for Immigration Application Processing

Congress is currently at a budget standoff that threatens to shut down the federal government for the second time in two years, effective September 30, 2015 at midnight, the start of the new fiscal year. As with the last...more

The “Reed Amendment” and Admissibility to the United States: Will I Be Barred From Reentry After Renunciation?

A common concern about renunciation of U.S. citizenship is that of admissibility to the United States thereafter. Many people tell me that they have read about a permanent ban on reentry to the United States following...more

Depositions in Croatia

As a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, Croatia requires prior permission from the Croatian Central Authority when taking depositions of Croatian or third-country nationals. Letters of request must be sent to the...more

EBA Final Guidelines on Passport Notifications for Mortgage Credit Intermediaries

On August 11, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its final guidelines (EBA/GL/2015/19) on passport notifications for mortgage credit intermediaries under the Mortgage Credit Directive (2014/17/EU) (MCD). The...more

Traveling to the United States: Restricting the Visa Waiver Program While Expanding the Trusted Traveler Programs

The Department of Homeland Security continues in its attempts to balance security considerations and hospitality to foreign visitors. The fascinating dilemma it confronts can be highlighted by press releases issued on...more

West Virginia Amends State Rule Verifying Legal Employment Status of Workers

On July 1, 2015, a new legislative rule amending the procedures required for West Virginia employers to verify the legal employment status of their workers went into effect in West Virginia. Pursuant to section 21-1B-4 of the...more

AIFMD Passport a "No-Go" for U.S. Managers

On July 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) provided its advice and opinion to the European Commission, Council and Parliament with respect to the extension of the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund...more

International Arbitration in Asia

As a result of the globalization of cross-border business, more commercial relationships than ever before exist between businesses and states. When a dispute arises, it is becoming more and more common for international...more

Mobile Passport Control Expands to SFO

US Customs and Border Protection announced the expansion of the Mobile Passport Control Program (“MPC”) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). MPC is now available at SFO, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International...more

Information on recent amendments to Russian migration rules

Federal Law No 199-FZ on Amendments to Articles 18.10 and 18.15 of the Administrative Penal Code and the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation of June 29.06.2015 (the “Amendment Law”)...more

MiFID 2RTS: Authorisation and Passporting

The MiFID 2 package takes effect (with a few exceptions) from 3 January 2017. We still await key technical measures. Following ESMA's discussion, consultation and advice papers last year, it has now started to publish final...more

Visa Processing Nearly Back Online After Critical Hardware Failure, but Bottleneck May Take Weeks to Clear

After a major hardware failure on June 9th that created significant delays in processing and issuing visas, the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) for U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide is nearly back online. As of...more

Department of State Visa Issuance Problems Resolved in 22 Posts but Delays Continue

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) continues to experience worldwide technical problems with issuing visas, the result of an apparent hardware failure. On June 22, 2015, the DOS announced that the visa issuance problems have...more

US Passport/Visa System-wide Glitch Impacts U.S. Embassies Worldwide

Before Vacation Takeoff, Buckle Up for Delays! U.S. Embassies worldwide currently are experiencing serious technological problems with their passport and visa systems. As a result, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more

Client Alert: Visa and Passport Delays Expected to Continue Through Next Week

On June 12, 2015, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (the “Bureau”) first announced that a hardware failure on June 9 had led to technical problems with overseas passport and visa systems. The hardware...more

US Department of State Visa Systems Continue to Experience Technical Failures

Expect delays in the coming weeks in US visa and passport issuance. The US Department of State (DOS) announced yesterday that it is experiencing technical problems with visa issuance at US embassies and consulates around...more

Overseas Processing of U.S. Passports and Visas on Hold

The Department of State (DOS) has announced that its overseas embassies and consular posts halted the issuance of passports and visas on Friday, June 12, 2015 due to technical problems with its Consular Consolidated Database....more

U.S. Embassies and Consulates Unable to Issue Passports and Visas

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is experiencing technical outages that prevent the issuance of passports and visas at every consulate and embassy around the world....more

Supreme Court Update: Zivotovsky V. Kerry (13-628), Mellouli V. Lynch (13-628) And Order List

The Court issued only one decision this week, but it was a biggie: Zivotovsky v. Kerry (13-628), aka the "Jerusalem passport case," which will surely find its way into the separation-of-powers chapter of Con Law casebooks in...more

Supreme Court Decides Zivotofsky v. Kerry

On June 8, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Zivotofsky v. Kerry, No. 13-628, holding that the President of the United States has the exclusive power to grant formal recognition to a foreign sovereign. ...more

Should Directors Be Required To Have Valid Passports?

Lately, I’ve had occasion to think about director qualifications. Section 212(b)(4) of the California Corporations Code permits the bylaws to to specify the qualifications of directors.  In Section 141(b),the Delaware General...more

FinCrimes Update - April 2015 Summary, Volume 2, Issue 4

OFAC FINES PAYMENT PROCESSING COMPANY FOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO A DESIGNATED NARCOTICS TRAFFICKER - On April 15, OFAC entered into a $23,336 settlement with an Atlanta-based payment processing company for its role in...more

The CSA Proposes Amendments to the Passport System

On April 16, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), except for the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), published a notice and request for comments on proposed amendments to Multilateral Instrument 11-102 -...more

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