Arbitration: Nuts and Bolts

By: Parth Jain Alternate dispute resolution (ADR) in recent years has found acceptance as an effective substitute to traditional litigation as both courts and litigants alike, look for faster, cheaper and effective means to resolve their disputes. ADR comprises of arbitration, mediation and negotiation. Each method has its own unique set of advantages and its […]
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Legal and Immigration Updates – November 2017

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on Functional Managers: 5 Criteria Employers Should Know By: Elizabeth Goings On November 8, 2017, USCIS adopted an Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision outlining five criteria an employer must establish to prove that a position is functional in nature.    Why is this important for Employers? Some global employers would like […]
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PERM Processing Times – Updated 10/31/17

The U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) releases updated PERM processing times once a month, around the 15th. These processing times reflect the previous month. Processing Queue Priority Dates Month Year Analyst Review July 2017 Audit Review March 2017 Reconsideration Requests to the CO October 2017
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Choice of Entity and Incorporation in Virginia

By: Chetana Kaasam and Sismi Menachery Please note that this article is Virginia specific and for information on incorporation in other states, please contact us. Also, for a detailed guide to incorporating a business in Virginia, please e-mail Chetana.kaasam@chugh.com or Sismi.menachery@chugh.com. A common question encountered by entrepreneurs during the nascent stage of business is – […]
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Lex Revisers

APPROVAL OF FRAMEWORK FOR CONSOLIDATION OF PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS: An Alternative Mechanism for consolidation of the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley. The Alternative Mechanism will have Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Coal and Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, […]
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Striking Down Twin Bail Conditions for Bail Under Section 45(1) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002

Introduction Supreme Court Bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Sanjay Kaul struck down Section 45(1) of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 insofar as it imposes the twin conditions for release on bail. Former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi appeared for the petitioner Nikesh Tarachand Shah while present Attorney General KK Venugopal appeared for the […]
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Visa Bulletin For December 2017

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during December for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. Unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo, individuals seeking to file […]
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REAL ID Act Compliance Deadline

Beginning January 22, 2018 TSA will no longer accept driver’s licenses or identification that are not REAL ID Act compliant for domestic travel. Passed in 2005, with a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission, the REAL ID Act sets national minimum-security standards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting non-compliant IDs and driver’s licenses for official purposes, […]
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Interpretation of the Definition of “Dispute” under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016

Introduction Ever since the inception of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (“I&B Code”) in 2016, ironically, the most common dispute arising out of the I&B Code is the meaning of the term “dispute” under section 5(6) of the Code. The various benches of the National Company Law Tribunal (“NCLT”) and the National Company Law Appellate […]
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Legal and Immigration Updates – October 2017

Premium Processing resumes for all H-1B Petitions By: Navdeep Meamber Effective October 3, 2017, USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H1B petitions which includes H1B cap, H1B amendment, H1B extension and H1B transfer. Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based […]
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