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US Visa Processing in Turkey Resumes on a Limited Basis; Again, Turkey Responds in Kind

by Mintz Levin on

In early October, we reported that US visa processing in Turkey had been suspended amid security concerns, and that the government of Turkey had responded with a suspension of visa processing for US citizens....more

Paris Embassy Announces Change to the Golden Arrow Program

The U.S. Embassy in Paris has announced a minor change to its Golden Arrow program, affecting French-owned companies that are incorporated in the United States. Effective immediately, French E visa applicants under the Golden...more

U.S. Visa Processing in Turkey Suspended Amid Security Concerns; Turkey Responds in Kind

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Mission to Turkey has announced that it has suspended all nonimmigrant (temporary) visa processing at posts in Turkey. This includes all nonimmigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulate...more

U.S. Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance in Russia

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Russia announced that it would suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting on August 23, in response to the recent Russian decision to reduce U.S. diplomatic...more

U.S. Mission in Russia to Temporarily Suspend NIV Issuance

In a continuation of the diplomatic tit-for-tat with Russia, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced on Monday, August 21, 2017, that it would suspend issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting August 23rd....more

Suspension Of Visa Operations In Russia

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia announced that “[a]s a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning...more

State Department Suspends U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Russia

In response to the Russian decision to cap the number of employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia, the State Department has temporarily halted the processing of non-immigrant visa applications in Russia...more

The U.S. State Department Announces Suspension of Non-Immigrant Visa Operations Across Russia

Due to the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa (“NIV”) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017. Beginning September 1, visa processing will resume...more

Four Critical Components in Scheduling International Deposition Locations

by Planet Depos, LLC on

One of the hurdles to tackle when planning for international depositions is the search for the right location. For someone scheduling their first deposition in Tampere, for example, this can be a bit like chasing a shadow in...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Extreme Vetting or Just Extreme Record Keeping – What Will the Actual...

On June 1st, the Washington Post reported that “Consular officers at U.S. embassies around the world have started more intensive vetting of some visa applicants, including asking for their social media handles, in an effort...more

Mission Impossible: Date Blocked in Japan

by Planet Depos, LLC on

The seemingly impossible has happened – you finally land the perfect dates to take your Japanese depositions! The deponents are available, there are no disputes with any of the parties, and you even found a direct, economical...more

Nine Passport Tips for International Depositions

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International depositions require more planning (and time) than depositions here in the U.S. Travel requirements are a big part of that. Below are a few tips regarding your passport to ensure you aren’t turned away at the...more

Five Considerations When Taking Depositions in Japan

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Depositions in Japan involve a few extra logistical details. With proper planning and adequate lead time (at least 6 weeks, generally speaking), the following five special requirements mustn’t be a barrier to successful...more

Safe Travel Series: Dos and Don'ts of Personal Safety

Basic security consciousness can help keep your travel safe and incident-free. There is no shortage of bad actors preying on travelers. The more time you spend abroad, the more likely you are to cross paths with them....more

District Court Refuses To Bind Surety To Subcontract Arbitration Clause

by Carlton Fields on

An engineering company was hired to perform work in connection with construction and renovation of the South African Embassy, and subcontracted for sheet metal work with a third party. The subcontract contained an arbitration...more

EEOC Baltimore Field Office and Consular Section of the Mexican Embassy Sign Historic Outreach Agreement

Pact Establishes Ongoing Collaborative Relationship to Fight Discrimination - BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Field Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a memorandum of understanding...more

DHS Announces Changes to Benefit Undocumented Immigrants

On July 29, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that expands eligibility or a provisional waiver of unlawful presence, (‘‘provisional waiver’’). For readers who are unfamiliar with the provisional...more

Scheduling International Depositions of an Unwilling Witness, Part Two: Letters Rogatory

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In a previous blog, letters of request were discussed as a means of deposing an unwilling witness. Letters of request, however, can be used only if both the requesting authority and the granting authority are parties to The...more

US Consulates in Canada Expand E-1/E-2 Visa Processing

The US Consulate in Toronto has introduced “streamlined” registration for companies applying for E-1 Treaty Trader or E-2 Investor registrations. In addition, E-1 and E-2 visa processing for employees of companies with valid...more

A Snapshot of Depositions in Europe

by Planet Depos, LLC on

International depositions sometimes involve extra planning and consideration. Europe encompasses several countries imposing certain requirements or restrictions on the process of discovery – over 20, in fact. In addition,...more

Israel Connect - Legal Insight for Success in the US Market

by Mintz Levin on

We are excited to present you with the second issue of Israel Connect — our quarterly newsletter focused on forging new connections and strengthening existing bonds between Israeli businesses and the US market. In our second...more

International Travel Tips for Foreign Nationals

by WilmerHale on

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

U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv Launches Online Videos about the Visa Process

What do Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have in common? The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is using all three to reach visa applicants. The goal is to educate the public in Israel about the visa process. With Israel being the app...more

U.S. Consulates, Embassies Closed Friday October 9th for Systems Upgrade

According to Law360, operations will be closed at U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world on Friday, October 9th, for a systems upgrade....more

All Embassies and Consulates Will Be Closed 10/9/15 Due to Systems Upgrade

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Department of State has announced that all embassies and consulates will be closed to the public on Friday, October 9, 2015 due to a consular systems upgrade. People who have an appointment scheduled for that day will be...more

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