Immigration Alert: USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions. USCIS will continue to accept Premium Processing for non-cap subject petitions, including H extensions, H amendments, and H change of employer cases. Petitioners may request expedited processing of H-1B
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Immigration Alert: Update: Immigration Related Services Functioning as Government Shutdown Ends

As an update to the recent alert “Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration Related Services” on January 23rd, 2018, the U.S. Congress passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government through February 8th, 2018. All government services, including immigration services which were temporarily suspended during the shutdown, have now resumed. At this time, it is unclear
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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 January 20, 2018 at 12:01 AM. The shutdown is expected to impact 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
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Immigration Alert: Plan Now for H-1B Cap Filings

Monday, April 2, 2018 marks the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B petitions subject to the annual cap for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which begins October 1, 2018. Preparation for H-1B cap season starts much earlier, with the identification of prospective beneficiaries and gathering of supporting documentation. With increasing
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Gibney Program: Managing Global Mobility Challenges: Brexit and The Trump Administration

Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP will host the program “Managing Global Mobility Challenges: Brexit and The Trump Administration” in conjunction with BritishAmerican Business and our associated firm, Magrath Sheldrick LLP on January 17, 2018. This program will feature a panel discussion focusing on the critical issues of immigration and employment in the age of Brexit
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IP Partner Angelo Mazza to Speak at IQPC 20th Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Summit

IP Partner Angelo Mazza is speaking at the IQPC 20th Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Summit from January 29-31, 2018 in San Francisco. The event brings together brand leaders, customs officials, law enforcement and legal counsel to discuss best practices and strategies for fighting counterfeiters. Angelo serves on the group’s on the 2018 Advisory Board. His
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Brian Brokate and Angelo Mazza to Speak at PLI Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018

IP Chair Brian Brokate will serve as Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018 on January 25, 2018. This program will provide developments on recent copyright and trademark cases, and developments in anticounterfeiting. Brian will also speak on the panel “Anticounterfeiting Update.” Topics will include recent updates on direct liability case
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The New Provisions and How to Prepare Your Individual and Business Income Taxes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 by President Donald Trump. Changes to individual income taxes include lowered tax brackets, increased Alternative Minimum Tax thresholds and higher estate, gift and generation skipping tax exemptions. For businesses, changes include a reduced corporate tax rate and the repeal of the
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U.S. Senate Passes the Tax Overhaul Bill: U.S. Senate Passes the Tax Overhaul Bill: What’s Next and How to Plan for 2018

In the early hours of December 2nd, the U.S. US Senate passed the tax overhaul bill in a vote of 51-49 mostly along party lines. Tax Planning in December 2017 In planning for the final tax bill to become effective for 2018, there are many opportunities to delay recognition of income now that may be
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Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Permits Travel Ban Enforcement While Legal Challenges Continue

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court granted the Administration’s request to stay preliminary injunctions which had temporarily blocked the Administration’s travel ban from taking effect. With this decision, the Supreme Court allowed the travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges against it continue. The Supreme Court urged the lower appeals courts to render decisions quickly on
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