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Immigration newsletter - Spring 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Read our Spring 2018 issue of the Immigration newsletter to learn about the following topics: - Visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone - CBP introduces policies and procedures for searching...more

U.S. Customs Remind Travelers Of Restrictions On Confetti-Filled Eggshells

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The hollowed-out, colored eggshells known as Cascarones that children (and adults) fling at each other often appear around the time of the Easter holiday and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border...more

If You Don’t Need It, Don’t Pack It: Border Searches of Mobile Devices

by Dickinson Wright on

Currently there are a number of pending cases concerning the issue of whether Border searches can include a search of someone’s cellphone. On March 15, 2018, a divided 11th Circuit Court, upheld the conviction of a Florida...more

IRS to Start Revoking and Denying Passports for Tax Debtors

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

After two years of dormancy, the IRS and State Department announced that they will begin denying and revoking passports for individuals with federal tax liabilities exceeding $51,000 authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface...more

La habilidad del IRS de negar o revocar los Pasaportes de los Contribuyentes con deudas fiscales significativas es uno de los...

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

El Departamento de Estado de los EE.UU esta requerido a denegar la solicitud de pasaporte de un individuo y está autorizado a revocar o limitar un pasaporte existente si el IRS certifica que el individuo tiene una deuda...more

National Taxpayer Advocate Boldly Countermands IRS Passport Revocation Efforts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A vocal critic of the Internal Revenue Service’s passport revocation program, the National Taxpayer Advocate recently announced that she had issued hundreds of orders prohibiting the IRS from certifying taxpayers for passport...more

Uncle Sam Says Give Me Your Money or Your Passport

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A “seriously delinquent tax debt” will affect the ability of a U.S. citizen to use, or apply for, a passport. Section 7345 of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) permits the Secretary of State to deny, revoke or limit a...more

Border Searches: Risks to Electronic Devices and Your Data

U.S. citizens who travel internationally, especially corporate executives and high-net-worth individuals, must consider and navigate data security risks when crossing a border—whether into the United States or another...more

International Travelers: You Have No Rights

Not many Americans realize, or think about the fact, that when they enter or exit the United States they essentially do not have any right to privacy. What this means, as a practical matter, is that Customs and Border...more

Inspection of Personal Electronic Devices Conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

International travelers from and to the United States may increasingly encounter an inspection of personal electronic devices conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officers. The selection may be for a...more

The U.S. Will Now Bar Tax Delinquents from Traveling Abroad

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

I wrote back in 2015 here about new legislation that gave power to the Secretary of State to deny, revoke or limit the passport of persons with delinquent taxes. Code §7345 provides that the Commissioner of the IRS will...more

New I-94 Features Provide Visa Waiver Visitors Peace of Mind

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 5, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) kicked off two new “traveler compliance initiatives” aimed at assisting those travelers to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)....more

The IRS's ability to deny or revoke the Passports of Taxpayers with significant tax debts is one of the Most Serious Problems...

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The U.S Department of State is required to deny an individual’s passport application and is authorized to revoke or limit an existing passport if the IRS has certified that the individual has seriously delinquent federal tax...more

IRS Notice 2018-01: Passport Denial/Revocation for “Seriously Delinquent Tax Debts” to Begin

In 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act contained a provision in which the IRS would interact with the State Department to deny or revoke the passports of taxpayers with “seriously delinquent tax...more

Border Searches of Electronic Devices

Earlier this month, MSK attorneys David Rugendorf and Frida Glucoft published an Alert summarizing the latest directive issued by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding the search of electronic devices. A copy of their...more

Customs and Border Patrol Issue New Rules for Searching Devices at Borders

We previously reported that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have been stopping U.S. citizens at the borders of the United States and demanding passwords for access to mobile devices. According to CBP, 19,051 mobile...more

Learning from 2017 and Looking Forward to 2018

by Dentons on

The end of the year is an ideal time for attorneys to look back on the recent developments in legal malpractice law that may impact their practices for years to come. It is also a good time for attorneys to look forward to...more

Hold That Call International Travelers: CBP Doubles Down on Airport Searches of Electronic Devices

Many international travelers express surprise when, after arriving at LAX, JFK or other US airports or land borders, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer directs them to hand over their smartphone, laptop or...more

New Secretary Of DHS Announces New Country Requirements For Visa Waiver Program

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has announced new security measures applicable to all countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows citizens or nationals of 38 participating...more

Guide For Individuals Traveling Outside Of U.S. During Holiday Season

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Extreme vetting, strict scrutiny, travel warnings, and the latest travel ban have made travel abroad more worrisome than ever this holiday season. Reminders for individuals who will have to apply for new U.S. visas while...more

OFAC Increases Clarity Regarding Financial Transactions with Cuba

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), with the stated intent of channeling economic...more

US Implements Changes to Cuba Sanctions

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Government this week announced changes to U.S. sanctions against Cuba to implement various policy changes announced by President Trump in July 2017 (for additional background, see our prior OnPoint from June 2017)....more

Because We Can: Border Patrol Agent’s Presumed Authority To Search Your Electronic Devices

by Ifrah PLLC on

Getting past U.S. Customs used to be an annoyance, an aggravating delay. But unless you were attempting to bring into the country something untoward (say, a delightfully stinky French cheese), you were not overly concerned...more

Japanese Deposition Update: Travel Fees

by Planet Depos, LLC on

As many attorneys in the field know, the world of international law is constantly changing. Standards and practices recently adhered to may not be the norm today, as foreign jurisdictions frequently update their procedures...more

GE, Corporate Jets and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

When do a corporate jets become a compliance issue? That is perhaps one question that is being asked at General Electric (GE) since the revelation came to light that during the tenure of the former Chief Executive Officer...more

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