Immigration Law Articles

Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Immigration.

How Long Does an I-601 Visa Take to Process?

  November 17, 2017     By HG.org
Certain immigrants are considered “inadmissible,” which typically results in them being denied admission into the country or provides grounds to...
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High Net Worth Individual Scheme for Permanent Residency in Malta

  November 17, 2017     By Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates
Malta offers a wide range of schemes and programmes to those individuals opting to establish their permanent residence in its jurisdiction. The...

Refugee Status – Can It Lead to Citizenship

  November 14, 2017     By HG.org
People who leave their home country because of concern regarding their safety may be able to come to the United States. They may be able to...

Green Card Lottery in the U.S. – Selection and Appeals Process

  November 14, 2017     By HG.org
The Visa selection and appeals process is in place for foreign citizens to become temporary and permanent residents and citizens of the United...

Residence Permit in Greece by Civil Partnership: Questions & Answers

  November 14, 2017     By Dafni Siopi & Associates
More and more clients of our office are interested in obtaining a residence permit in Greece based on a civil partnership, under the No....

How to Apply for a Residence Permit in Greece Based on Civil Partnership

  November 10, 2017     By Dafni Siopi & Associates
According to No. 23443/2011 Common Ministerial Decision, third-country citizens are allowed to enter and reside in Greece, on the condition that...

Residence Permit for Investment Activity in Greece

  November 7, 2017     By Dafni Siopi & Associates
Investment activity for non-EU/EEA foreign investors in Greece has proven to be very appealing, since it combines a flexible, fast and...

Golden Visa: Residence Permit for Real Estate Owners in Greece

A residence permit is any documentation issued by the Greek authorities, according to which a third country (non-EU) citizen is given the right...

What Benefits Is My Same-Sex Spouse or Domestic Partner Entitled to?

  By HG.org
Due to a number of important Supreme Court decisions in the 21st century, married same-sex spouses are entitled to a number of benefits that...

Detention of Individuals Seeking Asylum in the UK

  October 30, 2017     By HG.org
Persons that have fled their country or habitual residence are seeking asylum in the United Kingdom. Many of these individuals have been...

Visa and Residence Permit in Albania

  October 18, 2017     By LPA Law Firm
Albania is relatively easy to access. Foreign citizens can enter Albania a er presenting valid passports or any other valid traveling document

Increase in Penalties for Employment Eligibility Form I-9 Violations

  October 13, 2017     By HG.org
Increases in enforcement for the Immigration Reform and Control Act violations affect employees that work as non-home office workers. Many of...

International Crimes and Extradition

  October 12, 2017     By HG.org
When someone has been accused of a crime, he or she is usually provided the right of a fair trial. However, some of these situations involve...

Voter Registration: A Trap for Green Card Holders

  By HG.org
It happens more often than you might think and something to watch out for during this election year – a permanent resident’s name somehow...

US Illegal Immigrants Wise to Look to Canada for Immigration Solutions

  By HG.org
US immigration laws, regulations and policies are complex and contradictory. The impact is profound. Many find themselves struggling for years...

Immigration Consequences for Non-United States Citizens

  October 6, 2017     By Stephen Gustitis, Attorney at Law
The immigration consequences related to criminal charges for non-U.S. citizens can be severe.

Asylum in the USA

  October 5, 2017     By Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal
U.S. immigration law includes protections for “asylees” and “refugees.” Before continuing, it is important to understand the similarities and...

The Malta Declaration and the Italy-Libya Memo

  October 5, 2017     By HG.org
The Malta Declaration has been issued in response to the massive migration of third-country citizens. With the assistance of Libya and other EU...

Identity Malta Agency Updates Citizenship Rules

  October 5, 2017     By GVZH Advocates
Identity Malta, the agency responsible for the administration of Malta’s citizenship by investment programme has issued a circular to all...

Thailand Parliament Makes Business More Friendly

  October 4, 2017     By Harvey Law Group
This year Thailand was ranked 46th in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report, which is three spots higher than last year, and is ranked...

Impact of Trump’s Travel Bans and Extreme Vetting

  September 29, 2017     By HG.org
When travel bans were imposed on certain persons, this affected both the group and everyone involved with these persons. Halting the assistance...

Turkish Citizenship by Real Estate Investment in Turkey

  September 28, 2017     By Cindemir Law Office
Getting Turkish citizenship has become easier for foreign investors with the changes made to Turkey’s current citizenship law. The recent...

Investor Visa Denied - Can I Get My Investment Funds Back?

  September 27, 2017     By HG.org
Visa applications for immigration or remaining in the United States based on entrepreneur matters is based on having a company already and...

Immigrating to Canada with a Criminal Record

  September 26, 2017     By HG.org
For citizens from another country not native to Canada, it is possible that immigration is not possible when the individual has a criminal...

The Brexit Effect - EU Citizens’ Risk of Exploitation in the Workplace

  September 15, 2017     By Giambrone Law
According to the latest research led by FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation) and LEAG (Labour Exploitation Advisory Group), there may be an...

Brexit Immigration Restrictions and Their Potential Impact

  By HG.org
Immigration and the leaving of a country are both difficult to predict, and this makes placing restrictions on these activities complicated....

How Do Divorce and Annulment Affect the Immigration Process

  September 14, 2017     By Apfelbaum Law
Divorce or annulment of marriage can cause some complications with the status of a green card holder. If an immigrant has obtained a permanent...

Brexit and EU Immigration, What Happens Next?

  September 6, 2017     By Giambrone Law
The leak of an 82 page discussion document on how the UK could deal with EU migration post-Brexit has caused considerable comment from all...

Visa Requirements to Enter Armenia

  September 6, 2017     By Vardanyan & Partners
While Armenia generally allows foreigners to get a visa on arrival or to enter the country visa-free nationals of certain Asian and African...

Indian Citizenship: Surrendering and the Bizarre Right to Be Stateless

  September 5, 2017     By Thukral Global Immigrations
India’s nationality laws in light of the current international legal framework surrounding statelessness.

To Give Up or Not Give Up a U.S. Citizenship for Tax Purposes? That Is the Question

  August 28, 2017     By Silver & Co., U.S. Tax Attorneys
Many U.S. citizens or green card holders, seeking to avoid the long and heavy arm of Uncle Sam, visit their tax attorney and the first sentence...

U.S. Immigration and Refugees

Both refugees and asylees must meet the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) definition of “refugee.” However, there is a key difference...

U.S. Citizen Detained by Mistake Files Lawsuit in Florida

A new lawsuit in Florida is testing the Trump administration policies meant to exert pressure on cities and counties that refuse to cooperate...

U.S. Citizen Detained by Mistake Files Lawsuit

A new lawsuit in Florida is testing the Trump administration policies meant to exert pressure on cities and counties that refuse to cooperate...

How America’s Immigrant Workforce Is Changing

Immigrants account for 17 percent of the American labor force.

Immigrants Are Essential to the Economy

Immigration is a heated issue in America, largely because of the politics involved. Setting politics aside, consider the ramifications of...

Acquiring Work Visas in the United States for Employment Purposes

  By HG.org
For someone from a foreign country to enter the United States, he or she must acquire a visa. This may be a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary or...

An Immigration Strategy for Your Non-Citizen Criminal Client

Every criminal defense lawyer needs a plan when they represent non-citizens. Immigration issues can be complex and often more impactful upon the...

When Can Police Search Your Cellphone in Canada?

You have been told you’re under arrest by police for an alleged crime. Now the officer at the scene wants to search your cellphone, and is even...

France Investors’ Program: The New Competitive Stream Among EU States

France is becoming more competitive both immigration and business wise. On November 15th, 2016, we announced you that the French Investor...

Is Legal Status Possible If I Used a False Name on My Asylum Application?

  By HG.org
Asylum is a special immigration status that allows someone to potentially stay in a country even though he or she did not qualify for...

Major Pitfalls for Foreign Entrepreneurs in Thailand

Thailand is a popular destination for entrepreneurs from other countries who wish to start a business and a new life. The cost of doing business...

Theresa May Has Been Advised to Re-think Her Immigration Policy to Prevent Harm to Britons Abroad

EU nationals are not the only individuals fearing the potential negative outcomes arising from the Brexit negotiations in respect of their...

Almost 20% of British Workforce in London May Be Affected by Brexit Immigration Restrictions

It is estimated that one in six workers currently working in London are EU nationals, as reported by new research intending to underline how...

Collecting a Second Passport

More high-net-worth individuals acquire second passports; collectors take note.

Acquiring a Franchise under the E-2 Visa: An Alternative to EB-5 Enabling Mobility into U.S.?

Applying for a green card under the current EB5 program will become longer and longer and inevitably more expensive this year (all professionals...

Meritas: European Guide to International Mobility, Switzerland Chapter

The internationalisation of business has resulted in the growing need for companies to relocate their staff overseas. There is also increasing...

Divorce and Immigration

The end of a marriage can be a traumatic event, but it may be doubly so if you are an immigrant whose residency in the United States might be at...

Brexit: What Is Theresa May Offering?

Since the Brexit vote one year ago, the destiny and the future of millions of EU citizens living in the UK, and about a million UK expats in...

At Least Part of the Brexit Plan Revealed in Queen Elizabeth’s Speech

The latest Queen’s speech drafted by the government, delivered almost a year after the Brexit referendum has, to some degree, outlined the...

New Routes to Acquire Turkish Citizenship under the New Regulation

The new regulation for the exceptional acquiring of a Turkish Citizenship was introduced by the Turkish Government on 12.12.2016.

Investing in Real Estate Overseas

Insights on how to combine Real Estate & Citizenship

Acquisition of Turkish Citizenship by Investment

With the amendment of Article 20 of the Regulation on the Implementation of Turkish Citizenship Law, there are now certain criteria to acquire...

Apostille and the Hague Convention

The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (“Hague Convention”) is an international treaty,...

Both Me and My Spouse Are in the U.S. on Visas, Can We Get a Divorce Here?

  By HG.org
Many people travel to the United States on visas every year. These are individuals who may plan to stay in the United States for a certain...

Divorce Related Immigration Issues

Divorce proceedings can affect one’s immigration status as well as one’s ability to continue to reside in the United States. In a situation...

Legal Mechanism of Extradition of Corruption Criminals

To create a legal mechanism of criminals’ extradition, first of all, we need to know some definitions as corruption, criminals and offender to...

Acquiring Turkish Citizenship Through Investment

Turkish Citizenship Law numbered 5901, indicates the procedures regarding the regulation of principles relating to the acquisition and loss of...

Residence Permits of Foreigners Acquiring Immovable Property in Turkey

Foreigners and International Protection Law numbered 6458 publishing in the Official Gazette dated 11/04/2013 and numbered 28615 have brought...

SIS Schengen: What It Is and What Is Its Use

SIS Schengen: The Schengen Infomation System and what to do in case an unlawful alert is issued.

Termination of Employment Contracts in Turkey

The Labour Code numbered 4857 (“Labour Code”) regulates the working conditions and also rights and obligations of the employees and employers.

Acquiring of Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia by Admission

Admission to the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia (Hereinafter: “Citizenship“) is regulated by the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of...

How Expert Witnesses Are Tapped for Immigration Cases

  By HG.org
Immigration cases are often complicated when there are multiple factors or enough elements to cause a success for either side to be uncertain....

Most Common Legal Aspects Affecting Ex-Patriate Workers in Colombia

Foreign companies establish their presence in Colombia, and most of the times the first thing they do is, send a trusted directive to oversee...

How to Achieve Italian Citizenship

Immigration has enjoyed the status of the hot potato of politics for some time and with Brexit looming that is unlikely to change in the near...

Spanish Citizenship: British Ex-pats in Spain May Face an Unforeseen Choice

[UK Prime Minister] Theresa May has finally triggered Article 50 which officially opens the way for formal Brexit talks. The uncertainty that...

Elective Residence Visa in Italy

The elective residence visa allows to enter Italy and is for all foreigners interested in settling in the territory, whenever there is an...

A Card for Foreigners to Work in Turkey: Turquois Card

For many years, Turkey has contributed to the employment of foreign countries and there has been migration of workers from Turkey to many...

Flat Tax in Italy

Flat tax: What is it, how it works and benefits.

Residence of Foreign Citizens in the Repbic of Serbia

Residence of Foreign Citizens in the Republic of Serbia is regulated by the Law of Foreign Citizens (“Off. Gazette of RS”, No. 97/2008)...

Termination of Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia by Release

Release from the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia is regulated by the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia (“Off. Gazette of RS”,...

Work Permit for Foreign Citizens in the Republic of Serbia

The Employment of Foreign citizens in the Republic of Serbia is regulated by the Law on Employment of Foreign Citizens (“Off. Gazette of RS” No....

Aggravated Felony in the Immigration Context

Section 101(a)(43) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) defines “aggravated felonies” in immigration law. Each of the aggravated felony...

U.S. Illegal Immigration and Considerations of Moving to Canada

  By HG.org
Individuals who are currently in the United States without proper documentation may decide to move to Canada at some point. Knowing how a move...

The Perplexing Problem of Who Can Stay and Who Must Go When Brexit Bites

There are fears in Brussels that the UK immigration system will be unable to define who has the right to stay and who must leave when Brexit...

Types of Changes that Warrant Hiring a Business Lawyer

  By HG.org
The changes for business are both big and small and may warrant the need for a hiring a business lawyer before long. These changes are due to...

Are There Differences between a Visa and a Green Card?

  By HG.org
There are important differences between a visa and a green card. It is vital that you understand these differences thoroughly before you apply...

Why Green Card Holders Must Avoid Voter Registration

  By HG.org
While green card holders enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens, their rights are not absolute. For example, green card holders do...

Is There a Difference between a Visa and a Green Card

  By HG.org
You must learn about the differences between a green card and a visa before you apply for any of the two. A lot of people seem to believe that a...

Special Marriage Registration- Bangladeshi and Foreigner

Bangladesh Government has made provision of registration of Marriage between Bangladeshi and Foreigner and also between Foreigners under The...

Urgent Immigration Law Update: President Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration

On Wednesday and Friday of last week, President Donald Trump signed Executive Orders having far-reaching effects on U.S. immigration law and...

Acquisition of Italian Citizenship by Marriage to an Italian Citizen

According to Italian law, it is not correct to state that a person born by Italian parents needs to apply to obtain citizenship because such...

Cyprus Citizenship by Marriage

Such applications may be submitted by foreign spouses of Cypriot nationals who have completed 3 years of marriage and harmonious cohabitation...

Revised Scheme for Granting Cyprus Citizenship

The Cypriot Cabinet has approved on 13.09.16 the revised scheme for granting Cypriot citizenship to non–Cypriot entrepreneurs/investors, aiming...

What Is the Permanent Bar to U.S. Immigration Under Section 212(a)(9)(C)(i)?

The “permanent bar of inadmissibility” is found in section 212(a)(9)(C)(i)(I) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Although it is...

The Irish Immigrant Investor/ Entrepreneur Program: A Path to Permanent Residence & European Citizenship

The European market remains one of the leading alternatives for foreign investors wishing to expand businesses.

What is L1 Blanket Petition and Who May Apply for L-1 Blanket?

The L visa for nonimmigrant intracompany transferees allows U.S.-based employers to petition to transfer certain alien employees from related...

US sanctions on Myanmar lifted: Effects on the EB-5 Visa

The US has finally lifted all remaining sanctions against Myanmar on 7 October 2016. President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the...

Reinstatement of F1 Status

Individuals on F1 student status are required to follow all of the rules and regulations regarding F1 status in order to maintain such status....

What is the EB4 Visa?

The employment-based fourth preference (EB4) category is an immigrant visa preference category for “special immigrants.” A person may apply for...

Potential for British Children to Be Forced into Care as a Result of Brexit

An alarming consequence of the Brexit vote became apparent during the recent legal challenge at the High Court aimed at forcing the British...

Amendments to the Cyprus "Citizenship by Exemption" Scheme

In an effort to accelerate growth and attract foreign investment, the Council of Ministers of Cyprus in September 2016 revised the citizenship...

What Is an Immigration "Public Charge"

Under section 212(a)(4)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), an alien who is considered “likely to become a public charge” is...

Effect Felonies Have on Immigration Status

  By HG.org
When individuals commit crimes, they may not think clearly about the potential consequences of committing a crime. For many people, these...

How to Retrieve Immigration Form I-94

The Form I-94 is an immigration form issued by the Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP). It is issued to all aliens who are admitted to the...

Using a Treaty Trader Visa to Immigrate to the U.S.

A treaty trader visa can enable a foreign national to immigrate to Florida for the purpose of starting, developing and directing import/export...

DACA: A Short-Term Benefit May Create a Permanent Solution for Some

For DACA holders who have U.S. citizen spouses, or DACA holders under the age of 21 with at least one U.S. parent or step-parent, the DACA...

Cypriot Citizenship by Investment Revised Scheme, Approved by the Cabinet Early September 2016

The main goal of the revised scheme is a further encouragement of Immediate Foreign Investments.

Immigration Marriage Fraud

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for immigration benefits for the alien spouse of a U.S. citizen. For example, a U.S. citizen...

Common U.S. Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Foreign Investors

The four most common immigration visa options for entrepreneurs and foreign investors come in two categories.


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