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US Department of State Releases March 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Cutoff dates for all employment-based categories show minimal advancement. The US Department of State has released its March 2018 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. Fined $29 Million - On January 17, 2018, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board assessed Taiwan based bank Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. a...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. Fined $29 Million - On January 17, 2018, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board assessed Taiwan based bank Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. a...more

Lurches, Leaps, Feints, and Flops: Movements Without Motion in Russian Sanctions Policy

Since the U.S. Government determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, movement around Russia sanctions policy has been vigorous, if not unidirectional. In 2016, the United States implemented twice sanctions...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2018

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. Fined $29 Million - On January 17, 2018, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board assessed Taiwan based bank Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd....more

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Clarifies Policy on Detention, State of the Union Highlights Immigration, and Twins are Born, but Only...

ICE Agents Directed to Detain Undocumented Immigrants Attending Court - On Wednesday, January 31, ICE announced a new set of guidelines pertaining to how they will conduct arrests of undocumented immigrants at federal and...more

Russia Sanctions Developments Incite Controversy And Signal Possible Future Changes

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Congress enacted the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (CAATSA) on August 2, 2017 in response to Russia’s continuing occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine and cyber-interference in the 2018 United...more

How a Federal Government Shutdown Affects U.S. Employment-Based Immigration

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

After a brief federal government shutdown over the weekend, the Senate and the House voted on January 22, 2018, on a temporary spending bill that will fund the government until February 8, 2018. The President signed the bill...more

Navigating Violations in the Export Controls Minefield (Part 3 in a Series)

by Blank Rome LLP on

In the first two parts of this series, we covered companies’ obligations under U.S. export control laws, such as the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) governed by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and...more

Implications of a Government Shutdown

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

On January 20, 2018, the US Government formally shutdown pending approval of a federal spending bill by Congress. Though it appears Congress is working towards passage of a stop gap spending bill, in the interim, the shutdown...more

The U.S. Government is Shut Down but Most Immigration Agencies are Operating

by Clark Hill PLC on

As the U.S. Government shutdown begins, many are left wondering about how such a shutdown may impact immigration-related agencies. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is impacted the most. Typically, if a U.S. government...more

Government Shutdown Is Over, For Now

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Congress reached agreement and voted to end the government shutdown at least until February 8, 2018. In case another impasse occurs, this is how a federal government shutdown would affect immigration....more

Immigration Implications of a Government Shutdown

by Epstein Becker & Green on

With the threat of a federal government shutdown distinctly on the horizon, it is important to consider the implications this may have on the immigration process. As our readers know, there are many federal agencies involved...more

The Government Shutdown's Impact on Immigration

On January 20, 2018, the federal government entered into a partial shutdown following Congress’s failure to reach an agreement to continue funding the federal government. Certain federal agencies that rely solely on...more

Impact of Government Shutdown on Immigration Matters

Here is what we know so far about how this past weekend’s federal government “shutdown” will affect immigration adjudications and other related matters. As U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) operations are...more

What If The Government Shuts Down tonight?(1/19/2018): Impact On Immigration Services

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Congressional negotiations on a federal spending bill remain very active. To avoid a federal government shutdown, a decision or a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government at current levels must be reached...more

Tax Delinquents Beware: Your Passport Is Now Officially at Risk

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Individuals who owe more than $51,000 in back taxes are now at risk of losing their U.S. passports under a new law requiring the Internal Revenue Service to notify the State Department of taxpayers with “seriously delinquent...more

Imminent Government Shutdown?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Congress must pass stopgap legislation to avert a shutdown of the federal government by Friday, January 19th at midnight. The bill, if passed, would fund the government through February 16, 2018, setting up another potential...more

US Department of State Releases February 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

The cutoff dates for China EB-3 show significant advancement. The US Department of State has released its February 2018 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Keppel Offshore Reaches Deal with DOJ and Guilty Plea by Counsel Unsealed – On December 22, 2017, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a Singapore based company that operates shipyards and...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Keppel Offshore Reaches Deal with DOJ and Guilty Plea by Counsel Unsealed – On December 22, 2017, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a Singapore based company that operates shipyards and...more

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Keppel Offshore Reaches Deal with DOJ and Guilty Plea by Counsel Unsealed – On December 22, 2017, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a Singapore based company that operates shipyards...more

Treasury, State and Commerce Implement Regulations Pursuant to the Trump Administration’s Cuba Policy

• On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) took coordinated...more

US Department of State Releases January 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

The cutoff dates for China and other workers show the biggest movement. The US Department of State has released its January 2018 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Government Agencies Targeting Employers That Fail to “Hire American”

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Following President Trump’s inauguration, and in response to his April 2017 “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, various agencies of the federal government have announced enhanced efforts to protect U.S. workers...more

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