News Updates

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? Tips to Successfully Manage the Corporate Immigration Process

08:07 02 October in LAC Blog

It is not uncommon for our clients to reach out to us and ask for guidance on how best to internally manage the immigration process for its foreign national employees. Some of our clients are just venturing down this path for the first time and others are struggling to manage the internal demands of a growing immigration need within their companies. As a result, we thought it might be helpful to provide some general guidance on the challenges and the best practices we see on daily basis from the interaction with our clients which range in size from small startups...

CBP Expands Global Entry

21:18 20 July in News Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has expanded eligibility for the Trusted Traveler Program "Global Entry" to include citizens of India.  India becomes the 11th country whose citizens are eligible to enroll in Global Entry. Benefits of the Program Global Entry allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. This allows CBP to focus resources on higher risk (non-vetted) travelers, and for enrolled travelers results in much shorter wait times in clearing Immigration/ Customs at U.S. ports of entry.  Global Entry is currently available at 53 U.S. airports and 15 Preclearance locations.  Global Entry members bypass traditional CBP inspection lines and use an...

Preimmigration Planning: Ten Things You Should Advise Your Clients Before Moving to the US

21:37 12 July in News Updates

At Larrabee Albi Coker LLP, we recognize that navigating the U.S. immigration system can be just one piece of the puzzle for people with global ties and connections. It is also critical for international individuals and their advisors to understand the pre-immigration tax considerations, and US and state tax filing requirements before moving to the US. Advisors such as attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, and corporate human resource personnel play an important role in identifying financial compliance issues for foreign nationals. We would like to invite you to this special event focusing on briefing your incoming executives. LAC is pleased to host...

Special Event – Reporting of Foreign Bank Accounts and Foreign Assets to the IRS

14:12 11 July in News Updates, Uncategorized

At Larrabee Albi Coker LLP, we recognize that navigating the U.S. immigration system can be just one piece of the puzzle for people with global ties and connections. It is also critical for international individuals to understand the US Treasury Department's international reporting requirements. Advisors such as attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, and corporate human resource personnel play an important role in identifying financial compliance issues for foreign nationals. We would like to invite you to this special event focusing on how to spot such compliance issues. LAC is pleased to host a complimentary breakfast featuring Kate Leonard, Partner of Hutchinson and...

July 2017 Immigrant Visa Priority Dates; Predictions of Future Visa Availability

14:04 29 June in News Updates

July 2017 PRIORITY DATES AND PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY Each month, the U.S. Department of State publishes its Visa Bulletin, in which it establishes cut-off dates in each immigration category, for each nationality.  Among the notable developments in the Visa Bulletin for July 2017 is the cut-off date for EB-2 China finally advancing ahead of the date for EB-3 China (due to a large number of EB-3 downgrades) and a nine month advancement in the cut-off date for EB-3 India. WHAT IS A PRIORITY DATE? PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF JULY 1, 2017: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-july-2017.html PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY:    Courtesy of the American...

Trump Travel Ban to be Implemented in Part on June 29, 2017

21:27 27 June in News Updates

The Supreme Court has partially lifted the preliminary injunctions established by the lower courts of appeal of the Trump Administration's travel ban.  For 90 days, the travel ban will only apply to travelers holding a passport from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who cannot establish a credible, bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. The Court provides examples of the types of relationships travelers would need to establish to gain entry into the U.S. For individuals, including tourists, immigrant visa holders, and refugees, a "close familial relationship" is required.  A traveler seeking to enter...

LAC participation in the Food From the Bar campaign with Feeding San Diego

21:36 13 June in News Updates, Uncategorized

LAC is proud to participate in the Food From the Bar campaign with Feeding San Diego. The Feeding San Diego Food from the Bar campaign challenges San Diego law organizations to unite against hunger in a fun and competitive way. The legal community competes head-to-head to see who can make the biggest impact and overrule hunger in San Diego.   <-- Back to News Updates...

LAC Participation in the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2017 Annual Conference

20:49 01 June in News Updates

LAC is a proud sponsor of the American Immigration Council's 2017 American Heritage Awards, which will take place on Friday, June 23rd in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The American Immigration Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Through research and policy analysis, litigation and communications, and international exchange, the Council seeks to shape a twenty-first century vision of the American immigrant experience.  https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/about/our-mission. The AIC benefit dinner takes place during the national American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2017 Annual Conference, to be held from June 21...

Recent Judicial Developments bring Good News for Foreign Nationals

20:52 30 May in News Updates

Federal Court Upholds Block on Trump Travel Ban The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Trump's Executive Order restricting travel to the US from 6 predominantly Muslim countries to be unconstitutional.  The travel ban was announced in the early days of the new administration and was blocked by federal courts within days of going into effect.  The travel ban will not be implemented while the nationwide injunction remains valid and travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen may continue to travel to the US per normal policies and procedures. Lawsuit over Expanded OPT Dismissed  A lawsuit brought...