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10/11/2013

Immigration Alert: November 2013 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the November 2013 Visa Bulletin. The EB-3 “other” workers category for China has advanced markedly from September 22, 2004 last month to October 1, 2010. Priority cut-off dates for the most common employment-based categories are provided below. Foreign nationals having a priority date before the established cut-off
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10/09/2013

Gibney Attorneys to Speak at New York ComicCon

Gibney Attorneys, Michael Lee and Meredith Mazzola will speak at New York ComicCon on Sunday, October 13 at 3:45pm. Their lecture, “What Should I Do?: The Legal Aspects of Making You and Your Business Famous,” will focus on how emerging businesses, artists, authors, app creators and more can protect themselves and their creations. Specific Topics
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10/02/2013

Immigration Alert: Reminders for H-1Bs with October 1, 2013 Start Date

H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2013 take effect on or after October 1, 2013. Change of Status Filings: For H-1B Cap petitions that were filed as “change of status” effective October 1, 2013, the beneficiary’s status will change from the current nonimmigrant status to H-1B on October 1, 2013, if the beneficiary: Was physically present
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10/01/2013

Immigration Alert: Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration Related Services

The failure of Congress to reach an agreement regarding the federal budget resulted in a government shutdown effective October 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM. The shutdown impacts immigration related services provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Department of
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09/25/2013

Brian Brokate to be a Featured Speaker at District Attorney’s IP Rights Enforcement Conference

On Friday, September 27, 2013, Intellectual Property Practice Head, Brian Brokate, will be a featured speaker at the New York County District Attorney’s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Conference. The conference brings together brand owners, law enforcement, attorneys, regulators and business professionals to discuss technological advancements in Intellectual Property Rights enforcement. Mr. Brokate will be speaking
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09/23/2013

Immigration Alert: 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of State, permits up to 50,000 diversity immigrant visas to be granted for fiscal year 2015 to persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Foreign nationals are selected for eligibility to file an
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09/11/2013

Employee Benefits Alert: Employers Must Notify Employees about Health Insurance Marketplaces Beginning October 1, 2013

Beginning October 1, 2013, the “Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act” (“PPACA”) requires employers to notify employees about the new option created by PPACA to obtain health coverage beginning January 1, 2014 through the Health Insurance Marketplaces (“Marketplaces”). Please note, the Marketplaces were formerly called the “Exchanges”. Any employer subject to the Fair Labor Standards
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Immigration Alert: October 2013 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the October 2013 Visa Bulletin.  Priority cut-off dates for the most common employment-based categories are provided below. Foreign nationals having a priority date before the established cut-off date are eligible to file immigrant visa or adjustment of status applications for permanent residence. Click here for information regarding
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09/09/2013

Global Alert: Colombia-Government Introduces Changes to Immigration Processing

On July 24, 2013, Immigration Colombia, in conjunction with the Visas Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, introduced substantial changes to the overall visa application process and revised the application requirements for certain visa types. These changes were implemented to establish greater immigration controls and to update the country’s electronic databases. The new procedures
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09/05/2013

Private Client Alert: Time Running Out for Some Taxpayers with Undisclosed Foreign Accounts

Not surprisingly there are still many people with undisclosed foreign bank accounts.  Many of these account holders for whatever reason, be it procrastination, fear of the IRS, poor advice, or just naiveté, have not taken steps to correct their tax situation and are about to run out of time to do so.  Last week the
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