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Cuban Baseball Players Are No Longer Required to Obtain a License to Play Ball

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Earlier this month, Major League Baseball eliminated a burdensome requirement that made it difficult for MLB franchises to sign Cuban nationals. Until last month, a Cuban national wanting to sign with a MLB franchise as a free agent was required to obtain a specific license from the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). (more…)

Mark Your Calendars: DHS Extends Employment Authorization Eligibility to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Effective May 26, 2015

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

While many immigration practitioners wait anxiously for a resolution to the judicial challenges faced by DAPA and expanded DACA, others let out a sigh of relief at the announcement made today by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez. (more…)

Bridging the Gap to Cuba

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Last December, President Barack Obama announced a series of changes to the United States’ policy toward Cuba. The most significant changes, from a foreign policy perspective, included restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba and opening a U.S. embassy in Havana. But the announced changes also included easing the restrictions on the ability of Americans to travel to and do business with Cuba. Recently, the current administration promulgated amended regulations implementing the policy changes President Obama announced in December. (more…)

Come on, Nightline?!

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

If it’s not bad news, it won’t get good ratings?  When Nightline recently reported on the EB-5 program, “Whistleblowers:  US gave visas to suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals,” alleging that it is prone to fraud, they were looking for good ratings.  Why not report on what the EB-5 program does for the U.S. economy?  Why not report about foreign nationals bringing large amounts of money to the U.S. to invest in businesses with the requirement that they create full time jobs for TEN U.S. WORKERS? (more…)

USCIS Updates EB-5 Processing Time Information

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

On February 11, 2015, U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Services released an updated EB-5 Processing Report reflecting average processing times for the Immigrant Investor Program Office as of December 31, 2014.  (more…)