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04/15/2013

Immigration Alert: Paperless Form I-94 Process to Begin April 30, 2013

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) has announced that, effective April 30, 2013, the agency will begin implementing a Form I-94 automation process at all major air and sea ports over the course of a four week period. Once the automation process is fully executed, foreign nationals who arrive in the United States by air
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04/11/2013

Immigration Alert: May 2013 U.S. Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the May 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 additional information
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Immigration Alert: May 2013 U.S. Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the May 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 additional information
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04/05/2013

Immigration Alert: Fiscal Year 2014 H-1B Regular and Advanced Degree Cap Reached

As expected, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014.  In addition, USCIS has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 set-aside for petitions filed pursuant to the advanced degree exemption.   USCIS will not accept any H-1B
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03/27/2013

Emerging Business News: Gibney Sponsors GDC Networking Event for Women In Games International

Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP is pleased to support Women In Games International (WIGI) and sponsor the 6th Annual GDC Networking Event. This year’s reception will be held at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6pm. Through dedicated representation in the areas of Intellectual Property, Business, Immigration and
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03/22/2013

Immigration Alert: Plan to Automate Form I-94 Advances

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on March 21, 2013 that it has submitted a rule to the Federal Register to automate the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record in an effort to streamline the admissions process for entry of foreign nationals into the United States. The change in procedure is expected to take effect thirty
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03/20/2013

IP Alert: Supreme Court – First Sale Doctrine Applies to Foreign Copies of Copyrighted Works

Two years ago, in 2010, the Supreme Court was thrown for a loop in a battle between Costco and Omega over the sale of discounted watches. The copyright question involving the doctrine of fair use and gray market goods led the Court to a stalemate in 4-4 decision. On March 19, 2013, however, the Supreme
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03/18/2013

Immigration Alert: USCIS Anticipates Increased H-1B Cap Filings and Announces Delay in Premium Processing

April 1, 2013 marks the beginning of the filing period for H-1B petitions subject to cap limits for the fiscal year (FY) 2014, which runs from October 1st, 2013 to September 30th, 2014.   Based on information from stakeholders and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, USCIS anticipates that by April 5, 2013, it will receive more
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03/12/2013

Immigration Alert: April 2013 U.S. Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the April 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 additional information
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03/07/2013

Employee Benefits Spotlight: Affordable Care Act Tax on Employers – New Proposed Regulations

On December 28, 2012 the IRS released proposed regulations on the calculation and determination of the employer penalty provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also commonly referred to as “Obamacare”). These provisions impose a tax on “large employers” who do not provide a minimum level of health coverage to full-time employees. Who is a “Large”
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