Unmarried partners from the U.S. allowed to enter Germany again

Many unmarried couples have been impacted by the recent travel restriction. Effective August 10, 2020, Federal Minister of the Interior Seehofer authorizes unmarried partners to enter Germany again for visits from third countries. You can read the press release in...

U.S. Consulates in Germany resume limited Visa Services

Thank you for attending our GABC seminar “Updates on travel restrictions” on July 16, 2020. We had over 57 attendees and we are looking forward to the next one.  As discussed, in light of the pandemic, travel restrictions as well as immigration rules can change very...

German Citizenship: Easier Acquisition for Nazi Victims’ Descendants

Recently, in the wake of Brexit, inquiries about acquiring German citizenship have increased. On August 30, 2019, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior issued new rules that clarify and expand the categories of descendants of victims of National Socialist...

COVID-19 UPDATE Nr. 2 FOR GERMANS RESIDING IN THE UNITED STATES

Each day, our minds are boggled as we deal with the rapidly evolving events that seem unimaginable just a few short weeks ago. For U.S. citizens who enjoy the full rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship, the uncertainty is hard enough. However, for non-U.S....

Covid-19 Update for Germans Residing In The United States

These are unsettling and complex times for everybody. Routines have been interrupted, businesses have come to a halt, business owners are in survival mode, employers are making decisions on how to handle payroll, and employees face potential unemployment. In this...

Getting your German citizenship back now easier!

If you acquired US Citizenship after January 1, 2000 and lost your German citizenship because of that, you might still get your German citizenship back! German citizens who apply for and acquire US citizenship without a valid “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung” (retention...

Immigration News: Collection of Social Media Identifiers from Visa Applicants

Have you thought about applying for a visa to travel to the USA?[nbsp] If so, then as of May 31, 2019, you must be prepared to provide information about your social media presence. As a result of an updated application format, about 15 million people per year will be...

FAQ BUSINESS FORMATION FOR IMMIGRATION PURPOSES

What are the benefits of incorporation? Several considerations drive the decision to incorporate, including ownership and control, asset protection, and taxation. Incorporation can help limit your personal liability as a business owner. This is because, in general, a...

YOUR CLIENT HAS A FOREIGN CONVICTION? WHAT NOW?

In the immigration context, lawyers face a difficult challenge when dealing with a client who has a foreign conviction. This is especially so where the conviction arises under a statute relating to the control and management of an otherwise legal business. U.S....

List of CRIMES INVOLVING MORAL TURPITUDE

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Dual Citizenship and Reobtaining German Citizenship

Lawyers who serve clients seeking to obtain citizenship in another country should be aware that naturalization may result in unintended consequences. Among those consequences is the possibility that a voluntary naturalization may result in the loss of a client's...

How to boost your transnational practice

The International Graduate Law Programs' “Worldwide Alumni Reunion” got under way March 23rd, 2012 with panels on the transnational practice of law, from litigation and arbitration to corporate practice. All the participating panelists are graduates of the...

Law proposal tying visa issuance to real estate purchase

Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) announced that they will offer a bipartisan proposal to stimulate foreign investment in the United States.The legislation they propose would boost demand for homes by giving three-year residence visas to...

How to obtain a drivers license in the us as a foreign national

1. Is my German driver’s license valid in the US? It depends. In general, for temporary visits to the U.S. of up to 6 months, a German traveler should obtain an International Driver’s license (Internationaler Führerschein). A German national who drives in the US...

$ 14 fee for travelers from the visa waiver program

A new fee will slightly increase the cost of one of the conveniences frequent travelers have found helpful. On August 9, 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced an “interim” final rule to require travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to...

Electronic system for travel authorization now available change your travel plans to the united states

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Web site went live and began accepting applications on August 1, 2008. The travel authorization became mandatory for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers on January 12, 2009. The Electronic System for Travel...

H-1B option for professionals to work in the U.S.*

Living and working in the United States is the dream of many foreigners. The Visa Waiver Program permits a visa-free entry as a visitor for up to 90 days, but does not provide work authorization. The Immigration Laws of the United States contain categories of...

Love and Marriage… and many many INS forms

An alien may become eligible for the Green Card (Legal Permanent Residency) through marriage to a U.S. Citizen. Prior to making an application, it is important to evaluate one's individual situation with a qualified attorney to make sure all legal requirements are...

The O-1 VISA: Don’t underestimate yourself!

If one wishes to live in the United States, a Visa is required. One option is the so called "O-1" Visa category, which is useful for highly talented or acclaimed foreign individuals.The O-1 Visa is especially helpful to artists, athletes, entertainers, and business...