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07/10/2015

Global Immigration Alert – Canada New Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Program Announced

On August 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will introduce an Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) Program. The eTA program objective is to establish a uniform process to screen visa-exempt foreign nationals prior to travel to Canada, in order to identify security threats prior to arrival in North America. The eTA program is modelled after
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07/01/2015

Immigration Alert: U.S. State Department Visa Issuance Systems Restored

The U.S. State Department has resumed issuing visas and U.S. passports at its overseas diplomatic missions after a technical problem with its computer database rendered overseas embassies and consulates unable to issue visas, passports, and other travel documents.  All visa-issuing embassies and consulates are back online and are now scheduling visa appointments and interviews as
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06/15/2015

Immigration Alert: State Department Suspends Overseas Passport and Visa Issuance

The State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of U.S. passports and visas at its overseas diplomatic missions due to a technical problem with its computer database. The problem has rendered overseas embassies and consulates unable to issue visas, passports, and other travel documents. As a result, individuals who submitted applications for passports on or
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06/08/2015

Michael Lee to Lecture on 3D Printing and Combatting Counterfeiting at the Rochester Institute of Technology

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, Intellectual Property Partner, Michael Lee, will address participants at the Security Print Technologies Workshop held at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Printing Applications Laboratory. The five day conference commences on June 8th and provides attendees with an in-depth understanding of how and when to employ the latest technologies to combat
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05/21/2015

U.S. Immigration Alert: USCIS Will Accept Applications for Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses Beginning May 26, 2015

As we previously reported, effective May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept applications for employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses. Specifically, to qualify, the H-4 nonimmigrant must be the dependent spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant who: (A) Is the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker;
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05/20/2015

Immigration Alert: USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing Service for H-1B Extension of Stay Petitions Effective May 26, 2015

On May 19, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing service for all H-1B extension of stay petitions from May 26, 2015 to July 27, 2015.  This temporary suspension is intended to provide USCIS an opportunity to implement its final rule regarding employment authorization for
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04/23/2015

Intellectual Property Partners to Attend IP Conferences in San Diego

From April 29 to May 6, Partners from the Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group will be attending major IP conferences in San Diego held by the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) and the International Trademark Association (INTA). IP Practice Head, Brian Brokate will be speaking at both conferences. At the IACC conference (April 29 – May
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04/17/2015

Angelo Mazza to Lecture on Fighting Counterfeiting at the Italian Embassy

On Monday, April 27, 2015, Intellectual Property Partner, Angelo Mazza, will address participants from the public and private sectors at the  Italian Embassy during a program entitled, “Fighting Counterfeits: Future Challenges and Cooperation between the US and Italy”. The all-day event is scheduled to begin at 9:00am in the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC
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Immigration Alert: New AAO Decision Impacts Changes in Worksite Location for H-1B Workers

On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a decision directly impacting many employers who currently employ H-1B nonimmigrant workers. The decision provides that a change to an H-1B worker’s authorized place of employment to a geographical area not covered by the original labor
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04/07/2015

Immigration Alert: H-1B Cap FY 2016 Has Been Reached

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that as of April 7, 2015, it has received sufficient petitions to reach the statutory cap for new H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016). In addition, USCIS has confirmed that the U.S. advanced-degree exemption to the statutory
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