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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

Hybrid Visa Offers Alternative to Limited H-1B Visa

For an ever-increasing number of U.S. employers, the start of another calendar year also means H-1B season has arrived. However, given the competitive nature of the H-1B program, many employers are turning to an alternative...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #4

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 22nd, during a visit to Bujumbura, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council met with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to advocate for peace talks and the deployment of...more

Department of State Releases February 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its February 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...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

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

CBP releases FAQ on Visa Waiver Program: Rule Changes

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” into law. On January 21, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #3

Leading the News - Burkina Faso - On January 15th, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Burkina Faso that took the lives of 29 civilians from at least seven...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

You’ve Been Served Via Registered Agent – And You’re In Default

Did you know that your company may have been sued – and served – and no one in your company knows about it? Did you know that your company may even find itself in default and with a judgment against without anyone at the...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

U.S. Commercial Flights to Cuba to Resume in 2016; Trade Embargo Remains Intact

On December 16, the U.S. government reached (but has not yet signed) an agreement with Cuba that would allow commercial airlines to resume scheduled air service between the two countries. The U.S. State Department said that...more

Africa Update - December 2015 #3

Leading the News - Libya: On December 11th, the new United Nations (U.N.) Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler announced the parties to the country’s political dialogue process reached an agreement to...more

Department of State Releases January 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

Africa Update - December 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya - On December 4th, international media reported that French military aircraft have flown reconnaissance and intelligence missions over Libya, including areas controlled by the Islamic State...more

Africa Update - December 2015

Leading the News - Nigeria: On December 1st, the United Nations (U.N.) reported nearly 450 schools have reopened in Borno state, Nigeria since October after being closed for more than 18 months following the Boko...more

State Department Discusses Whether to Add 'Cyber Products' to the USML

Recent trends and discussions relating to export controls and national security concerns may now capture the attention of software manufacturers, technology firms, and online retailers of software, as well as their global...more

Why E-2s Are An Excellent Option

On a panel recently at a conference sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers (AILA) Conference in London, I was asked why I might advise a client to file an E-2 visa application instead of seeking an L-1 visa. The answer...more

President Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline

On November 6, President Obama announced his decision to deny TransCanada’s application for approval to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. This decision comes over seven years after TransCanada filed its application and after...more

Extra Pages in U.S. Passports Coming to an End

If you’re a U.S. attorney whose practice focuses on international arbitrations, intellectual property matters, or patent litigation, you likely travel internationally quite a bit. Here’s a question – does your passport look...more

Latest USCIS Procedural Changes Add Delays and Uncertainty to Green Card Application Filing

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has again revised its procedures for determining whether foreign national applicants waiting to file their employment-based or family-sponsored preference...more

FCC Seeking Expedited Comment on Opening Service Provider Opportunities between U.S. and Cuba

With President Obama’s announcement last December that the United States is charting a new course in its relations with Cuba, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) is taking expedited steps to open up...more

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

Africa Update - November 2015 #3

Leading the News - Egypt: On November 12th, officials at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) noted while they had offered assistance to both Egyptian...more

The State Department's Recent Federal Register Notice Marks Opening Steps Toward Access to Iranian Market for US Commercial...

On November 2, 2015, the US State Department published a list of contingent waivers to a host of US sanctions on Iran that would apply to US and non-US persons. Included in the publication is an announcement of waivers that...more

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