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Electronic Passports Now Required for Visitors to the U.S. Under the Visa Waiver Program

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: Visa Waiver Program travelers to the U.S. must now possess an e-Passport. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective April 1, 2016, in accordance with the...more

New Law Impacts Certain Foreign Nationals Traveling To The United States As Visitors Under The Visa Waiver Program

In January 2016, the United States implemented changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). Previously, certain foreign nationals could travel to the United States...more

GSB Travel Series: The U.S. Passport

A big part of international business centers on logistics. Shipping and transport are certainly important, but I’m talking about logistics of a more prosaic bent, personal travel. Specifically, the ways we get businesspeople...more

Passport May Be Revoked If Owing More Than $50,000 in Taxes

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) was signed into law. Among other items, the FAST Act gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury power to...more

Employees Traveling Internationally? Read This.

Does your business depend on the international travel of its employees? What would happen to your business if one of your key employees couldn’t get a passport? Beginning this year with the FAST Act, the State Department may...more

Travel to the United States in 2016: The Year of Fear – Restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) ESTA

On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries who have traveled to...more

January 2016 Immigration Alert

I. U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Obama Immigration Plan - On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Obama administration’s appeal from the Fifth Circuit decision that enjoined implementation of its...more

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program Become Law

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” (H.R. 2029) into law. The law includes several important changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that are fundamentally identical to...more

Global Immigration Law Updates

The Global Immigration Group at Cohen & Grigsby would like to make you aware of the following changes in global immigration practice and regulation: UNITED STATES PASSPORTS As of December 31, 2015, the U.S. State...more

New Restrictions on Visa Waiver Program/ESTA

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun the process of implementing changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) after President Obama signed into law the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel...more

Game Changer: Losing U.S. Passport for Unpaid Taxes

If you read one thing... - Enacted on December 4, 2015, as part of the FAST Act, a new law provides for the revocation or denial of U.S. passports to individuals with unpaid U.S. federal taxes of more than $50,000,...more

Will Travel Insurance Cover This? Your Passport Can Be Denied or Revoked for Seriously Delinquent Taxes

If you wrote “travel more” on your 2016 New Year’s resolutions list, you may want to make sure you’re in good standing with the IRS before you make plans to wander too far from home. In early December 2015, legislation was...more

How the Terrorist Attacks in Paris Have Affected International Travel, and What is to Come

Many witnessed increased security over the holidays at airports, train stations and public venues. The planner of the Paris attacks boasted about the freedom of travel through Europe, and the attackers held nationalities of...more

Congress Passes Passport Revocation Bill Aimed At Large Tax Debtors

On December 4, 2015, the President signed into law HR 22, which requires the IRS to notify the State Department of any U.S. citizen who owes more than $50,000 in federal taxes. The State Department is then directed to revoke...more

Where Do You Think You’re Going?

Congress recently passed H.R.22. It was signed by the President on December 4th and it became Public Law No: 114-94. The law is known as the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (“FAST”)....more

Congress Passes Legislation Affecting Visa Waiver Program

Certain key provisions of the omnibus spending bill will affect travel without visas, e-Passport requirements, EB-5 investors, and H-1B and L-1 “dependent” employers. Included in the omnibus spending bill, which the US...more

Urgent: Address Your Tax Issues or Risk Losing Your Passport!

American passport holders now have another reason to get their tax affairs in order. New IRS Code § 7345 was added with the passing of the "FAST Act" or Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. A goliath of a law, the new...more

International Travel Tips for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals who plan to travel abroad during the upcoming holiday season should make sure that they have the requisite immigration documents and instructions before they depart and reenter the United States. Before...more

Owe Federal Taxes? Your U.S. Passport Could Get Yanked

If you have fallen behind with the Internal Revenue Service, you now have a new concern to keep you up at night. In addition to penalties, interest, liens, and levies, under a new federal act just signed into law on December...more

New Law Will Revoke Passports for Certain U.S. Citizens with Tax Debts

Legislation passed by the U.S. Congress December 3 and signed by President Obama on December 4 would allow the IRS to work with the State Department to revoke or deny the passport of a U.S. citizen with “seriously delinquent...more

Find Out What Is Hidden Within The New FAST Act

On December 4, 2015, the President signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act. There’s not much in there about taxes, but here are the plums hidden in the Act’s 1,300 page text...more

Delinquent Taxes May Mean No Passport

Individuals who are “seriously delinquent” on their taxes may not be able to obtain or renew a passport under a new law signed December 4, 2015. The provision is part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, aimed...more

Congress Passes Law Revoking Passports of Those with “Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt”

On December 3, 2015, Congress passed a bill requiring the IRS to notify the State Department of any taxpayer with “seriously delinquent tax debt” and requiring the State Department to revoke that taxpayer’s passport until the...more

New Law Authorizes State Department to Revoke U.S. Passports of Tax Delinquents

This afternoon, President Obama signed into law a five-year, $305 billion highway funding bill that includes several controversial tax measures designed to help fund the legislation. One provision in the legislation...more

Gulag America

A few years back, Congress passed FATCA. While purportedly aimed at reaching money of tax evaders hidden offshore, a practical effect has been it is nearly impossible for U.S. persons to hold or open bank or brokerage...more

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