Immigration Alert: Projections on U.S. EB-5 Visa Availability

According to the latest update from Charlie W. Oppenheim, Chief of Immigrant Control & Reporting of the State Department, visa availability in the Employment-Based Fifth Preference Category (EB-5) will stay “Current” for the foreseeable future.  Mr. Oppenheim further stated that because the EB-5 category is presently underutilized by about 15%, sudden and unanticipated changes in
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Global Alert- Israel: Work Sanctions Abruptly Stop Visa Processing at Israeli Consulates

On March 4, 2014, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs stopped all visa processing at Israeli Consulates due to a year-long labor dispute with diplomats. Israeli diplomats may no longer engage with foreign representatives or make official visits of any kind, nor may they provide any consular services including adjudications of visa applications. It is
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Immigration Alert: April 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the April 2014 Visa Bulletin.  As we saw in the March Visa Bulletin, the EB-2 category for China has advanced by approximately one month, while the EB-2 visa priority cut-off date for India remains unchanged. Similarly, the EB-3 category shows slight movement by approximately a month, for
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Immigration Alert: Increased H-1B Filings for Fiscal Year 2015 Expected

April 1, 2014 marks the beginning of the filing period for H-1B petitions subject to cap limits for the fiscal year (FY) 2015, which runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.  Last year the available visa numbers were exhausted very quickly leading USCIS to announce on April 5th – only 5 days after
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Global Alert- Switzerland: Voters Pass Measure to Restrict Immigration

On February 24, 2014, voters in Switzerland passed a popular referendum to amend Switzerland’s constitution and restrict immigration, reflecting a departure from the freedom of movement allowed European Union (EU) nationals under existing agreements.  The Swiss Federal Council interpreted the referendum as a response to population growth, increased immigration, and an attempt to protect the
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Immigration Alert: U.S. Visa Waiver Program to Include Chile

On February 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Chile’s designation as the newest member of the Visa Waiver Program. Eligible Chilean nationals who have an electronically readable passport and have obtained authorization for travel from Electronic Screening System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to initiating travel will be able to visit the
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Gibney Attorneys to Present at 2014 Bay Area Mobility Management (“BAMM”) Annual Conference

Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP attorneys Minal Shah and Deborah Davy will be presenting at the 2014 BAMM Annual Global Mobility conference.  BAMM is a relocation council in Northern California that provides networking and educational opportunities to all related industry professionals.  Ms. Shah will be moderating the panel entitled “Adapting to Global Changes:  Immigration, Tax
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Private Client Alert: IRS Revenue Procedure 2014-18 Extends Taxpayer Deadline to File Portability Elections

Beginning in 2011, the surviving spouse was able to inherit the portion of the deceased spouse’s unused estate tax exemption.  This was called portability of the exemption.  In order to qualify for portability the executor of the estate of a deceased spouse was required to timely file an Estate Tax return (Form 706) even though
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Immigration Alert: March 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the March 2014 Visa Bulletin which illustrates slight movement in the EB-2 category for China of approximately one month and no advancement in the EB-2 category for India. In the EB-3 category, priority cut-off dates for most countries will advance by three months to September 1, 2012
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Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty Attorneys to Present at CIS Wealth Conference in Russia

On February 18, 2014, Gibney Attorneys Rosanna M. Fox (Immigration Practice Group) and Meredith M. Mazzola (Tax and Estate Planning) will speak at the CIS Wealth St. Petersburg in Russia, a pan-regional conference for the leading professionals representing HNWI and UHNWI from Europe, the Americas, Middle East and CIS countries.  Ms. Fox and Ms. Mazzola
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