September Visa Bulletin Analysis

By Maxine Philavong In its last visa bulletin of the fiscal year, USCIS announced little movement amongst immigration work and family visas from its previous August bulletin. As fiscal year 2020 comes to an end on September 30, it was expected that the September Visa Bulletin would show not much movement form the previous August bulletin. While this prediction was true, this was to be expected at the end of any fiscal year. At the end of each fiscal year, ...
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Traveling to the US During COVID-19: Consular Applications & Interview Update

By David Cantor Global Director of Client Relations It is notably a difficult time for anyone needing to travel to the United States. Whether it is for purposes of business, family or leisure – travel restrictions are still in effect for the United States through December 31, 2020 as a result of the Presidential Proclamation. In recent months, various US Embassies and Consulates have issued formal reports on the commencement of adjudicating select visa-applications, conducting interviews and granted travel permission ...
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United States Announces Plans to Expand Collection of Biometric Data from Visa Applicants

By Maxine Philavong On Sept. 1, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to significantly expand its collection of personal information from immigrants seeking a U.S. visa by requesting more biometric data and DNA to verify family relationships during the immigration process. The proposal, which has not officially been released by the DHS, allows for authoritative changes to the department’s biometric data and DNA collection. USCIS currently requires biometrics from anyone over the age of 14 who applies ...
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Tax Incentives for Investing and Renting Residential Properties in Italy

By Matteo Tisato The lure of Italy is undeniable. Stunning landscapes, historic cities, culture, design, culinary tradition. Before Covid-19 hit Italy so badly in early 2020, Rome was the country's most popular destination with almost 27 million of visitors every year, or 6.4 percent of the total, followed by Milan and Venice (both 2.8 percent), and Florence (2.4 percent). However, in the recent years, Italy has become an excellent place attracting not only tourists but international investors as well, who ...
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