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HTMLGetting UK Business Visas for Chinese Nationals Just got Easier
Ian R. Macdonald; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014
The UK Home Office just announced changes to simplify the application process for Chinese nationals applying for UK business visas. This change follows intense pressure from the UK business community who want to encourage Chinese investment in the United Kingdom.

 

HTMLU.S. DOS Announces December 2014 Visa Bulletin
Shaun Staller; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on November 10, 2014
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced immigrant visa availability numbers and priority date cut-offs in its latest December 2014 Visa Bulletin (FY 2015). Please note, when looking at the availability tables on the DOS website only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off...

 

HTMLSouth Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela Wins Transparency International’s Annual Integrity Award
Benjamin B. Tymann; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on October 24, 2014
Last week the international anti-corruption body Transparency International (TI) awarded its annual Integrity Award to Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s Public Protector. The Berlin-based organization is best known for its yearly Corruption Perceptions Index ranking levels of corruption in each...

 

HTMLFor a Limited Time! Renew Your Green Card Online
Rebecca B. Schechter; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on its website yesterday that from 10 a.m.EST Nov. 12, 2014, to 10 a.m. EST Nov. 15, 2014, permanent residents may apply to renew or replace their green cards online via the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). Applications to...

 

HTMLIndonesian Government Raises the Bar on Documenting Work Permit Recommendation Applications
Shaun Staller; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014
In the world of Indonesian immigration, obtaining a TA.01 work permit recommendation is a preliminary step to ultimately gaining a work permit and a limited stay visa, which authorizes a foreign national to engage in certain delineated activities, such as employment.

 

HTMLIncubating Small Business Exports to Sub-Saharan Africa Through the U.S. Commercial Service
Aron J. Ambia; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
As trade between the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa continues to grow, particular focus should be given to finding strategies that encourage U.S. small businesses to pursue export opportunities for their goods in Sub-Saharan Africa. Because of their role as key drivers of the U.S. economy,...

 

HTMLBIA finds a Form I-9 is Admissible in Immigration Proceedings, Supports Charges of Removability
Scott T. Decker; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
In immigration law a distinction is made between inadmissibility and removability. There are some actions that can render an individual inadmissible (i.e., not eligible to enter the United States), some actions that can render an individual removable (i.e., eligible to be removed from the United...

 

HTMLDe Facto vs Shadow Directorships
Kate Eades, Amy Moore; Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
In a recent case, Smithton Ltd v Naggar [2014] EWHC 680 Ch, the Court of Appeal reconsidered the difference between de facto and shadow directors.

 

HTMLBackward Movement Confirmed Again for Several Immigrant Visa Categories
Christian Triantaphyllis; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
As an update to our prior post, Mr. Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State (DOS), recently gave another update on employment-based permanent residence and retrogression.

 

HTMLDetroit and Stockton Plans Confirmed; Lessons Learned
John B. Hutton, Nancy A. Mitchell; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014
Plans of Adjustment were confirmed recently in each of the landmark Detroit, MI and Stockton, CA bankruptcy cases. Although both cases shared many common legal issues, they took different paths to reach confirmation. Detroit, which resolved its cases by entering into settlements with its major...

 


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