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|U.S. Visa receipts in China will expire March 14, 2013|
January 14, 2013, previously published on January 14, 2013The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in China will soon transition to a new visa fee collection system. As a result of this transition, the U.S. Visa Fee Receipts that applicants currently purchase from select CITIC Bank branches will be phased out and will not be valid after March 14, 2013....
|Department of Justice Obtains First Forfeiture Judgment Under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative|
Thaddeus Rogers McBride, Cheryl Palmeri; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
July 20, 2012, previously published on July 11, 2012On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice executed a forfeiture order over $401,931 in assets traceable to Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, the former governor of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Mr. Alamieyeseigha served as governor of Bayelsa State from 1999 until December 2005, when he was...
|H-1B Visa Petitions Get Closer To Annual Cap|
Jay Carmichael, Mariana R. Ribeiro, Sarah Lea Tobocman; Gunster;
June 5, 2012, previously published on June 5, 2012According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (“USCIS”) most recent count of H-1B Petitions received that are subject to the FY 2013 regular cap:
|Spain to Restore Border Checks from May 2 to 4; All Travelers Must Have a Passport to Enter|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
April 24, 2012, previously published on April 20, 2012On May 2, 3 and 4, Spain will suspend the Schengen Agreement and restore strict border checks for all travelers during a European Central Bank summit in Barcelona, the Spanish Ministry of Interior has announced. Anyone seeking entry should be prepared to present a valid passport and may experience...
|The Non-U.S. Investor: Unforeseen Exposure to U.S. Gift and Estate Taxation for Non-Resident Aliens|
Susan Peckett Witkin; Blank Rome LLP;
July 30, 2010, previously published on July 2010Often, an individual who is neither a resident nor a citizen of the U.S. (referred to here as a “non-resident alien” or “NRA”) is presented with an opportunity to invest in U.S. real estate, tangible property such as art or collectibles that will be located in this country,...
|Supreme Court Narrows Possible Securities Fraud Claims against Foreign Issuers|
Ambreen A. Delawalla; Alston & Bird LLP;
July 27, 2010, previously published on July 14, 2010The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its decision in a so-called “foreign cubed” securities case, Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., No. 08-1191, 2010 WL 2518523 (U.S. June 24, 2010). The Court held that a foreign investor’s complaint against a foreign issuer in...
|Recent Changes to SEC Rating Agency Reform Impose Burdensome Requirements on Structured Products Participants|
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
March 16, 2010, previously published on March 3, 2010Recent amendments to rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) relating to Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (“NRSROs”) will require persons seeking a rating of structured products and asset backed securities to establish and maintain a...
|Federal Government Announces Legacy Loans Program|
Douglas D. Selph, Duncan W. Miller, T. Daniel Brannan; Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP;
July 21, 2009, previously published on April 2, 2009On March 23, 2009, the Obama administration announced plans for two federal programs designed to jump-start bank lending and securitization markets through unique public-private partnerships and committed up to $100 billion in TARP money to fund such programs.
|Business Transfers and Migrant Worker Sponsorship|
Alex Denny, Christabel Oh; Faegre & Benson LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 27, 2008Where there is a transfer of a business or part of a business from one organisation to another and there are sponsored migrant workers who are transferring with the business, the incoming employer will need a sponsor's licence when it takes over the business.
|Layoffs and Increased Scrutiny on Labor Certification Applications|
Gregory P. Adams, Linda A. Ash, Susan A. Smith, Eliza A. Rechul-Stone, Douglas Halpert, Lindsay L. Chichester; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 26, 2008U.S. employers interested in sponsoring foreign nationals for permanent resident (green card) status in the United States are often required first to obtain a labor certification approval from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).