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How Do J1 Visas for Medical Doctors Work?

Posted in Immigration, International
The United States and its territories are home to hundreds of thousands of immigrant doctors and other healthcare professionals. In fact, according to the Migration Policy Institute, about 26% of all physicians practicing within the United States immigrated to the country. These immigrants are critically important to the U.S. healthcare system, and the Department of… Continue Reading

SBA’s STEP Program Opens International Markets to Small Businesses

Posted in Corporate & Financial Services, International
Making the jump to international markets can be a tough one for small businesses, but a relatively new U.S. Small Business Administration program is offering some excellent opportunities. The agency’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program is a pilot program that provides matching federal funds to U.S. states and territories, with the goal of… Continue Reading

E-Commerce: Know the Legal Way to Sell Products Online

Posted in Corporate & Financial Services, International, Tax & Estate Planning
With so much business either originating online or migrating there from brick-and-mortar establishments, the possibility of conducting transactions via the Internet is opening up a whole new world for entrepreneurs and business owners on a global scale. Whether you’re selling products or services, having the ability to sell your goods online makes it possible to… Continue Reading

Tips for the Successful Launch of a Franchise System

Posted in Corporate & Financial Services, International
Do you have a successful business such as a restaurant, boutique hotel, or watersports company that you have built into a replicable format?  If you want to leverage your existing supply relationships, marketing methods, loyal management team, and cost structures to jumpstart new locations, then franchising might be right for you. What does it take… Continue Reading

End of Safe Harbor Will Pose Challenges to US Businesses

Posted in Corporate & Financial Services, International
The legal agreement that enabled the exchange of European citizens’ personal data between European and U.S. firms is no more. In an October 6 ruling, the European Court of Justice declared the Safe Harbor agreement invalid, charging that data protection processes in place at companies like Facebook is insufficient and fails to meet the standards… Continue Reading

U.S. Virgin Islands: The Perfect Port of Call For Film and Television Production

Posted in Corporate & Financial Services, International
The U.S. Virgin Islands is well-known as a breathtaking vacation destination and a corporate tax haven.  It is less well-known, but equally attractive as a destination for film and television production. As far as tropical shooting locations, the USVI can hardly be beat.  In a relatively small area, the USVI offers both tropical desert and… Continue Reading

U.S. Senate Judiciary OK’s Immigration Overhaul

Posted in International
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this past month approved on a 13-to-5 vote broad legislation that would completely redefine the country’s policies on immigration.  This appears to be the most significant immigration policy revision in decades to be sent to the full Senate  Debate is anticipated to start in this month.… Continue Reading

Should You Be Concerned About I-9 Audits?

Posted in International, Labor & Employment
The Obama administration has intensified a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants, notifying over 1,000 companies recently that the government plans to inspect their hiring records. Employers of all sizes were notified they must hand over I-9 employment-eligibility forms, which contain Social Security numbers, dates of birth and statements by employees of their citizenship status.… Continue Reading

L-1 Visa: Do You Qualify?

Posted in International
The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to qualifying intra-company transferees (employees) coming to the U.S. to continue to work for the same, related or affiliated company (employer). Three types of employees may be sponsored for L-1 visas, Managers, Executives and those possessing Specialized Knowledge.… Continue Reading

Feds Bust Human Traffickers With VI Connections

Posted in International
Federal authorities in New Jersey recently announced the disruption of an international smuggling ring that prosecutors said brought hundreds of illegal immigrants to the United States, including many young women who worked as dancers at strip clubs to repay their passage. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said four people from New Jersey, one from Massachusetts, and one… Continue Reading

ICANN and U.S. Department of Commerce Sign New “Affirmation of Commitments”

Posted in International
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today that it has reached an agreement  that establishes a long-lasting framework for the technical coordination of the Internet’s domain name and addressing system (DNS).  ICANN and NTIA executed a new Affirmation of Commitments that completes the… Continue Reading

ACA President Welcomes European Circuit

Posted in International
American Counsel Association President Tom Bolt welcomed the delegates to the European Circuit Annual Conference in Rome at opening reception at the Hotel de la Ville.  Bolt with Gerard McDermott, Q.C., President of the European Circuit of England and Wales, and Andrew Colvin of Studio Coggiatti, the co-sponsor of the opening reception. In opening remarks,… Continue Reading

“Lafayette, We are Here!”

Posted in International
As I entered Paris Saturday morning, I could hear the bells from Notré Dame.  I had returned to the "City of Lights" – I remembered the words issued by U.S. Army Colonel C. E. Stanton, signaling  the arrival of leading elements of the United States forces, newly engaged in the deadly struggle of the Allies… Continue Reading

Bolt Addresses World Legal Forum

Posted in International
Tom Bolt, Managing Attorney of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands law firm of Tom Bolt & Associates, P.C. addressed the Association of European Attorneys (AEA) at their Annual Meeting in Paris on Friday.  Citing the need to adhere to rule of law, Bolt said that "it is incumbent upon attorneys throughout the world to speak out… Continue Reading

St. Thomas Attorney Meets with European Bar

Posted in International
Tom Bolt, Managing Attorney of the St. Thomas law firm of Tom Bolt & Associates, P.C. and President of the American Counsel Association met Thurday evening in Paris with representatives of the Association of European Attorneys (AEA) at the opening dinner of the AEA’s Annual Meeting.  "It was unbelievable the diversity in the room," Bolt… Continue Reading

Foreign Investment in the Islands

Posted in International
As an unincorporated territory of the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands does not conduct its own foreign affairs. The United States Congress is the only body that has the authority to engage in international agreements and treaties on behalf of the Territory.   Not many U.S. treaties are applicable to the United States Virgin Islands and… Continue Reading