The newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on International & Immigration Law
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Calling all importers: U.S. Customs’ cargo security initiatives
The events of September 11 and continued threats against American interests at home and abroad have prompted the United States Customs Service to seek the cooperation of the commercial trade community in launching its fight against terrorism.
The ISBA International and Immigration Law Section Council has not had many significant legislative issues or proposals presented to it for consideration this year.
I would like to share with you a very interesting article that came into my files during my year as chair.
On April 25, 2002, the INS split into two divisions--one for enforcing U.S. laws against those who are illegally within our borders, and one for aliens who need protection under our laws.
The International and Immigration Law Section Council is coordinating the efforts of attorneys who practice in different areas, on a brochure that we would ultimately like to distribute to lawyers and the public through the ISBA and/or a program at a future annual or midyear ISBA conference.
Controlled group liability for withdrawal liability from multi-employer pension plan ends at U.S. borders
On March 6, 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for review and let stand a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that prevented a multiemployer pension fund from pursuing a withdrawal liability assessment against the Canadian parent and Canadian sibling of a U.S. corporation that went bankrupt where the Canadian corporations lacked minimum contacts with the forum state of Illinois.
Driving home security
You need a social security number to get a driver's license in Illinois. But what happens when you are a foreign citizen and suddenly find that you can no longer get a social security number, if the only reason you need one is to get that driver's license?
This issue of The Globe contains a wide range of material that demonstrates the variety of authors that contribute to its publication.
This is the second issue of The Globe for the 2002-2003 year. It includes an announcement that on Friday, November 8th the International and Immigration Law Section Council will host Mr. Franciszek Adamczyk, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.
This is the first issue for the 2002-2003 year. This issue includes the last "Chair Column" by Angela Peters, who had served as Chair of the Section Council until this past June's ISBA Annual Meeting.
Electronic tracking of foreign students in the U.S.—An introduction to ISEAS & SEVIS
Recent changes in federal law require the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. consulates abroad to exercise greater oversight and control over the educational institutions authorized to enroll foreign students, and to better track the nearly 1,000,000 nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors during their stay in the U.S.
Illinois international business calendar
The Illinois International Business Calendar is a collaborative effort of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago (ITA/GC), the Illinois Trade Office (ITO) of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA), and the Illinois District Export Council (IDEC), on behalf of the U.S. Export Assistance Center/Chicago (USEAC).
Intellectual property protection in China
I am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce some of the efforts made by the Chinese government in improving the investment environment and protecting intellectual property.
International driver’s license
As international traffic began to expand in the post World War II years, government officials and motoring authorities in numerous leading countries realized that the existing treaty-convention in the field (Paris 1926) no longer met the growing needs of international motoring.
Recent Illinois decisions of interest
No time limit to register foreign judgments: The First District holds that the statute of limitations to enforce a judgment does not apply to the registration of foreign judgments--Pinilla v. Harza Engineering Co., 324 Ill.App.3d 803, 755 N.E.2d 23, 257 Ill. Dec. 921, (1st Dist. July 25, 2001)
SBA enhanced ExportExpress loan program
The U.S. Small Business Administration's ExportExpress loan program's new enhancements will simplify export financing opportunities for small businesses and attract more lenders to participate in the program, according to a recent news release from SBA's Washington office.
Termination of H-1B workers
With a downturn in the economy upon us, many companies have no choice but to terminate some workers.
Tuesday Topics continue
The International & Immigration Law Section continue to implement the Tuesday Topic series with three more programs in the first half of 2002.