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    Kenji is a member of the Corporate Services Department. A Japanese native, Kenji has worked, researched and taught in the areas of International Maritime Law, International business law and arbitration law for 9 years. He is ...

To increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admission process of foreign nationals into the U.S., U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") began on April 26, 2013, automating CBP Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Form I-94 is the Arrival/Departure Record issued to foreign nationals who are admitted to the U.S.

On March 8, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), issued a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new Form I-9 can be obtained online by clicking here.

Posted in Tax and Finance

On Jan. 24, 2013, Japan and the United States signed a new protocol to the income tax treaty between the two nations. This new agreement updates the existing bilateral treaty, formed in 2003, to conform the treaty more closely to the current international tax policies of both Japan and the U.S. These amendments will hopefully provide clarity for international investors and businesses ...

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will launch the initial release of its new electronic immigration system on Tuesday May 22, 2012.

A Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC Japanese associate was stopped early last week by a local Alabama law enforcement officer under Alabama’s new law which allows police officers to verify the immigration status of any individual who is lawfully stopped, detained or arrested, according to an Automotive News article. The same article reported that a German executive for ...

Due to the unintended negative impact of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ ("USCIS") September 12, 2011 change regarding the mailing of I-797 application and petition receipt and approval notices, the USCIS announced on October 20, 2011 that they are restoring their previous procedures. As a result, starting in approximately six weeks, original receipt and ...

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has changed its procedure for issuing approval notices. Effective September 12, 2011, the USCIS is mailing original I-797 approval notices directly to the Petitioner or Applicant with courtesy copies to the Attorney. This change has the potential to create major problems and will likely lead to lost or misplaced notices.

As ...

ICE Issues 1,000 Notices of Inspection

This summer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued 1,000 Notices of Inspection (NOI) of I-9 forms and administrative subpoenas to U.S. employers.  This is the largest I-9 inspection action since ICE issued 1,000 NOIs in November 2009, but unlike the 2009 action, ICE did not publicize its most recent enforcement effort.  ...

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