Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: Global

[CUBA] Cuba suspends consular services in the United States, but reopens immigration talks.

Following M&T Bank’s pull-out from Cuba, which it said was for business reasons, the Cuban government has suspended consular services in the United States except for “humanitarian cases.” Cuba said it had tried but failed to find a new bank due to the trade embargo. More than 40,000 people travel from the United States to… Read More

[CANADA] Canada plans to close the federal Investor Program

On February 11, 2014, Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP) announced the government’s intent to terminate both the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) and Federal Entrepreneur Program (EN). In doing so, it plans to eliminate several thousand backlogged applications. The IIP and EN programs have been cornerstones of Canada’s business-oriented immigration programs. In 2011, approximately 10,000… Read More

Older Versions of Greek Passport Are Invalid

The government of Greece recently announced that Greek passports are valid for travel only if issued on or after January 1, 2006, regardless of expiration date. Greece also announced: Greek passports issued before January 1, 2006, are invalid for admission into the United States.  All versions of Greek official and diplomatic passports are valid for… Read More

Global Immigration: Germany Institutes New Requirements for Electronic Travel Permit

Since September 1, 2011, applicants for a German electronic residence permit (elektronischer Aufenthaltstitel or eTA) must attend an in-person meeting at the foreigner’s office (together with any family members). Fingerprints and biometric photographs will be taken. The conventional residence permit (adhesive label), the residence card and permanent residence card, and the replacement ID in paper… Read More

Global Immigration: Belgium

There has been a change in the business visitors’ regime; the Belgian Chamber of Representatives passed a proposal to tighten the rules on family reunification that has not yet been passed by the Belgian Senate; and there is a new Code on Labour and Social Security Criminal Law. Change in Business Visitors’ Regime In principle,… Read More