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TN Visa Program Subject To Higher Scrutiny, Possible Limits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It has been reported that the Trump administration is working toward limiting the number of TN visas. Based on the precepts of the Buy American, Hire American executive order, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has...more

Alternative Strategies for Rejected FY19 H-1B’s

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has started returning H-1B petitions to employers whose cases were not selected in the recent H-1B lottery selection process. The USCIS reported that a total of 195,000 H-1B...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 20

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Farm Bill Re-vote? Last week’s vote on the farm bill failed after the Freedom Caucus refused to support the measure. A roll call vote on the motion to reconsider was postponed...more

Akin Gump Announces the Launch of the TPA Timeline

The current news coverage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations has touched heavily on the tight deadlines set around reaching an agreement. There is, however, a lot of unnecessary confusion—even...more

This Week in Congress: May 2018 #2

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate convenes today at 3 p.m. The House returns Tuesday at noon. House - Farm Bill. The 2018 farm bill (H.R. 2) may land on the House floor for debate as early as Wednesday, May 16. ...more

Trade & Manufacturing - May 2018

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Commerce Department Imposes Strict Export Denial Order On ZTE - On April 15, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed a seven-year Denial Order (Order) against Zhongxing...more

The Weekly Hill Update

by BakerHostetler on

HEADLINES - Foreign policy is likely to lead headlines this week, as President Trump plans to decide whether the U.S. will remain in President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, and he may also announce specifics on a plan to meet...more

NAFTA Renegotiations Continue As Trump Administration Hopes for Agreement In Early May

by King & Spalding on

In April, leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the United States met again in Washington to continue negotiating amendments to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The meetings among the Parties reached the point of...more

This Week in Congress: May 2018 #1

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The House and Senate convene today at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. The White House is expected to submit an $11 billion rescissions package to Congress this week. The proposed spending cuts would target unused funds that...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 15 - Negotiators Holding Out Hope

by Benesch on

This publication is our fifteenth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any actions taken by the Trump...more

Infrastructure Series: NAFTA Renegotiation: Energy Infrastructure and Investor-State Disputes

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Negotiations to reshape the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Canada and Mexico have recently intensified as various factors—upcoming elections in Mexico in July and in the United States in...more

Ambassador Lighthizer Urged to Include Intellectual Property Protections in New NAFTA

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As China’s intellectual property practices continue on to be a centerpiece of the Trump Administration’s trade policy, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Finance Committee Member Bill Nelson...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2018

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FERC Initiates Sweeping Reform of Ratemaking Treatment for Income Taxes - On March 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a series of issuances intended to address the need to reflect the lower...more

Trade & Manufacturing - April 2018

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Trump Administration Rolls Out Section 232 Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum Imports - On March 8, 2018, President Trump exercised “his authority to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In what can only be deemed a major reversal, the White House has reportedly ordered its economic adviser and trade representative to study rejoining the Trans Pacific Partnership, just a year after yanking the US out of deal...more

What's New In Washington - April 2018

Congress returned from its spring recess with a host of issues to address—trade, Trump administration nominations and opioid legislation sitting atop the priority list. Given the ongoing data scandal at Facebook, privacy...more

Energy and Finance Sectors Drive Growing International Arbitration Caseloads

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Energy and Finance Sectors Drive Growing International Arbitration Caseloads - International arbitration case filings are surging and show no signs of letting up, according to recent reports from the world’s leading...more

NAFTA Renegotiations Continue

by King & Spalding on

In late February and early March, leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the United States met in Mexico City for the seventh round of negotiations to amend the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The negotiators succeeded...more

U.S. Investors Face Possible Loss of Investment Treaty Arbitration Under NAFTA - A Look at the Potential Risks for Foreign...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The survival of investment treaty arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process is at a critical point. • An agreement in principle, which could be announced soon, potentially...more

Trump Administration Rolls Out Section 232 Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum Imports

by King & Spalding on

On March 8, 2018, President Trump exercised “his authority to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports” under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. U.S. Customs and...more

U.S. to Raise “Misleading” Food Labeling Rules in NAFTA Discussions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The New York Times reported on March 20 that the United States was seeking to table a proposal in the NAFTA negotiations to limit the placement of consumer warnings on food packaging with respect to foods that are high in...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 14 - NAFTA Renegotiations: Tariffs and Retaliation

by Benesch on

This publication is our fourteenth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

New Exclusions Process Opens Up Potential Relief from Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs for Automotive Companies

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 23, automotive companies that rely on imported steel and aluminum were confronted with new special tariffs of 25 percent on all imports of steel and tariffs of 10 percent on all imports of aluminum, with temporary...more

L Intracompany Transfers Pilot Program For Canadian Citizens

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS and CPB at the Blaine, Washington, Port of Entry (POE) have formally announced that from April 30, 2018, until October 31, 2018, the agencies jointly will implement a pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking entry in...more

New Expedited U.S. Immigration Process for Canadian Execs, Managers, and Specialists

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Under a pilot program commencing Monday, April 30, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will offer expedited mail-in processing of L-1 intracompany transfers for Canadian executives, managers and specialized...more

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