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US Department of State Releases June 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Final Action dates for China and India EB-1 categories remain unchanged, while EB-2 India advances slightly....more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB1 China/India Retrogress; EB2/3 India/China To Advance; EB2/3 Worldwide Will Remain Current;...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

New State Department Travel Advisory Rating System, Impact on Student Travel Policies

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State launched a revamped travel advisory rating system that warns of unsafe travel destinations. The State Department’s goal is to provide U.S. travelers “clear, timely, and...more

FLIR Systems Pays $15 Million Civil Penalty for AECA and ITAR Violations and Earns First DTCC Monitor (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

In an extraordinary enforcement action, the US Department of State reached a comprehensive settlement with FLIR Systems, Inc. (FLIR) to resolve violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms...more

US Department of State Releases May 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Final Action dates for China and India EB-1 categories remain unchanged, while EB-2 China and EB-3 India cutoff dates will advance....more

Congress Passes, President Signs FY2018 Omnibus Spending Package

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Congress passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill early on March 23, 2018, narrowly averting a government shutdown. Following a 256-167 vote in the House and a 65-32 vote in the Senate, the FY 2018 (FY18) omnibus spending package...more

House Committee Holds Hearing on Export Control Reform Bill

On March 14, 2018, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing titled “Modernizing Export Controls: Protecting Cutting Edge Technology and U.S. National Security” to examine the proposed Export Control Reform Act...more

US Department of State Releases April 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Final Action dates for China and India EB-1 categories will retrogress, while EB-2 China and EB-3 India will advance....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

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

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