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Unintended Consequences of Sanctions Intensify Syrian Refugee Crisis

Last week I wrote about one of the unintended consequences of OFAC’s “scorched earth” enforcement policy against banks and payment processors, namely, the blocking of funds transfers where the memo or the transferee name...more

Overview of US and EU Trade Sanctions

Overview of US and EU Trade Sanctions - Following is a summary of the current US and EU sanctions that restrict trade with and/or investment in certain countries, “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDNs) and “Blocked...more

European Union and United Kingdom Sanctions Update: May 2016

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in March relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Iran, North Korea and other jurisdictions as well as highlights of recent changes with respect to the...more

Sanctions Round Up First Quarter 2016

OFAC amends the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to ease Cuban sanctions in response to President Obama’s policy changes announced on December 17, 2014. These revisions have major implications for the banking and financial...more

FBI’s cyber most wanted: Spotlight on Firas Dardar and Ahmed Agha

New additions to the FBI’s Cyber’s Most Wanted List show “the line between ordinary criminal hackers and potential national security threats is increasingly blurry,” according to Assistant Attorney General for National...more

Refugee Resettlement

On average, Canada approves approximately 10,000 refugee applications for permanent residence each year. Due to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Government of Canada announced last year that it would admit 25,000 Syrian...more

Changes to Immigration Law Block Journalist’s Entry to the U.S.

A BBC journalist was recently rejected from boarding a plane to the U.S. under new immigration rules rules passed in 2015. Rana Rahimpour, a London based journalist with dual British-Iranian citizenship, was attempting to fly...more

New U.S. Visa Restrictions Eased for European Countries

The Obama administration recently announced that it was relaxing newly implemented restrictions to the Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program. The announcement marks the quick backtracking of travel restrictions set up by...more

New U.S. Visa Restrictions Eased for European Countries

The Obama administration recently announced that it was relaxing newly implemented restrictions to the Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program. The announcement marks the quick backtracking of travel restrictions set up by...more

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program Enacted

On December 18, 2015, Congress enacted HR 158 “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” (“the Act”), which changed Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”) traveler eligibility requirements for a...more

Iran Sanctions Implementation Day: Engaging in Business in Iran through Foreign Subsidiaries?

On January 16, 2016, various iterations of "Iran Sanctions Lifted" appeared in the headlines. Taking this quote literally, the assumption is that the doors are now open to freely engage in business with Iran. A closer look,...more

The Visa Waiver Program – Know Before You Go

Almost everyone who enters the U.S. for business visits must either (a) have a B-1 visa (which may include a B1/B2 visa) or (b) be eligible to enter without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you have a...more

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

In the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) was amended significantly on December 18, 2015, when the enactment of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029) was signed...more

New Limitations on Visa-Less Travel to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State on Jan. 21, 2016, commenced implementation of changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) pursuant to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist...more

Changes to Visa Waiver Program Take Effect

The US Department of State (DOS) has begun implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Signed into law on December 18, 2015, the Act establishes new criteria for...more

DOS and DHS Announce Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The Department of State and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on January 21, 2016 on the implementation of certain changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act...more

ESTA Travel Warning Update – Approval Revoked for Travelers who are Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan

The Department of State announced that travelers who currently have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs) and who have previously indicated holding dual nationality with Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on their...more

United States Implements New Visa Waiver Program Restrictions

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and Department of State (“DOS”) announced immediate implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Under the Act, certain...more

U.S. Department of State Implements Visa Waiver Program Entry Restrictions

The budget bill, which was signed into law in December, disallows “Visa Waiver” entries for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan (whether or not they have ever visited those countries) and persons from any country who have...more

Visa Waiver Program Changes Now Being Implemented

VWP nationals who have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 1, 2011, or who hold dual nationality with one of the countries are no longer eligible for the VWP....more

New Restrictions for Travelers Entering the USA on the Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of qualifying countries to travel to the United States for business or pleasure without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. The 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029)...more

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Highlights of the Resettlement Process and Tips for Employers

The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th have heightened Americans’ concern over security as President Obama has pledged to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing that troubled, violent, and oppressive land. A number...more

Mainbrace: October 2015, No. 4

As with the world economy, the shipping markets are currently experiencing a major bout of volatility. The wide range of matters we are handling in our maritime law practice certainly reflects the current swings the shipping...more

Crime Doesn’t Pay (as much as it used to) – FBI Cracks Down on Trade of Looted Syrian and Iraqi Cultural Artifacts

In support of the international crackdown on the black market trade of looted cultural artifacts, the FBI recently announced that art dealers may be prosecuted for engaging in the trade of stolen Iraqi and Syrian antiquities....more

U.S. State Department Targets Russian, Iranian Firms in Sanctions Move Against WMD and Missile Proliferation

The U.S. Department of State imposed sanctions on September 2, 2015, against 23 companies around the world for involvement in the transfer or purchase to or from Iran, North Korea or Syria of goods, services or technology...more

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