Global Alert- Thailand: Military Coup- Countrywide Curfew Enforced

The Royal Thai military has taken control of the government in a coup d’état and has suspended the constitution, as announced by the country’s military chief in a national address today. The coup came days after the military had invoked martial law in response to the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on May 7.
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Emerging Business News: Gibney Sponsors Swedish Consulate’s Tech Showcase Mixer on May 21

Gibney’s Emerging Business practice sponsored a Tech Showcase Mixer, “e-Commerce on a Rooftop,” hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York.  The Mixer was held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Studio 450 in New York City.  The program featured a mini-trade show of impressive e-commerce and payments companies, and a tech showcase
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Immigration Alert: June 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the June 2014 Visa Bulletin which shows a very significant retrogression of six years in the EB-3 category for China next month. The EB-3 priority date for most other countries will retrogress by eighteen months to April 1, 2011, while the EB-3 cut-off date for India and the
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IMMIGRATION SPOTLIGHT: New Proposed Rule to Allow Employment Authorization for Spouses of Certain H-1B Holders

On May 6, 2014 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule that would allow H-4 spouses of foreign nationals in H-1B status to request employment authorization as long as the H-1B spouse has applied for employment-based permanent residence status. Currently, H-4 dependents are unable to legally work in the U.S. under any
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Immigration Alert: H-1B Cap FY 2015 Update

Following up on our previous client alert, USCIS has now completed counting all H-1B cap FY 2015 petitions filed from April 1st through April 7th 2014. The total number of cap-subject H-1B petitions filed for FY 2015 was 172,500, up from last year’s 124,000. Yesterday, April 10, 2014, the random lottery for both the 65,000
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Immigration Alert: May 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the May 2014 Visa Bulletin.  The EB-2 category for China has advanced by slightly over one month, while the EB-2 visa priority cut-off date for India remains unchanged from all previous visa bulletins this year. The EB-3 category for professional/skilled workers and the EB-3 category for “other”
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Immigration Alert: H-1B Cap FY 2015 Has Been Reached

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that as of today, April 7, 2014, it has received sufficient petitions to reach the statutory cap for new H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015). In addition, USCIS has confirmed that the U.S. advanced-degree exemption to the
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Immigration Spotlight: The Biggest EB-5 Visa Scam in History- United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Anshoo Sethi, A Chicago Convention Center, LLC and Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago, LLC

The biggest EB-5 Visa scam in history became front and center news in February 2014 when the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Illinois against Anshoo Sethi and the two companies he owned, A Chicago Convention Center, LLC, and Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago,
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Immigration Alert: United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Announces Premium Processing Delay for H-1B CAP FY 2015 Cases

In anticipation of a large volume of H-1B cap FY 2015 filings, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the fifteen-calendar day period for adjudication of cap petitions filed via premium processing will not begin later than April 28th. The mandated cap on H-1B visas FY 2015 is 65,000, although 6,800 of these
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Gibney Professionals to Participate in Totally Expat Show 2014 in New York City

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Gibney Immigration Partners Stephen J.O. Maltby and Ellen Poreda and Gibney Senior Counsel, Deborah Davy, will be attending the 2014 Totally Expat Show, held by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM), at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Ms. Davy will be speaking, along with other field experts, as part of an immigration
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