Foreign Entrepreneurs Seeking EB-5 Visas Must Now Provide Substantially More Information To Be Considered for Visa Classification

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis As of June 9th, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new edition of the I-526 Immigrant Petition for foreign entrepreneurs seeking the EB-5 visa. This article discusses the new edition of form I-526 and the information that… Read More

Tips for Internationalizing Your Startup from Contributors

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis If internationalizing or globalizing your startup is one of the goals you have for your  startup, then knowing how and when to do it is key. The following three articles from, written by various contributors in 2015, discuss when to scale your startup,… Read More

SMEs Making News and Being Recognized as Drivers of National and Global Economic Growth

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Small Business Knowledge Summit – Recognizing the Important Role of SMEs  According to the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, SMEs, including micro-enterprises, make up 95% of the world’s enterprises and account for 60% of global private sector employment. Recognizing the important… Read More

U.S. Entrepreneurs Take Notice: Proposed European Privacy Regulation Will Include Over-the-Top Communication Services and Marketing Activities

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Do you use internet marketing in your business activities? Does your business offer Over-the-Top communication services? Is your client base European or residing in the EU? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should be aware of… Read More

U.S. Immigration Law Update: USCIS Cannot Approve Employment-Based Visa Petitions that Do Not Meet Minimum Wage Standards.

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis In Matter of I- Corp., Adopted Decision 2017-02 (AAO Apr. 12, 2017), the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a binding policy guidance to USCIS personnel as it relates to Employment-Based Visa Petitions. According to it’s… Read More

“E is for Entrepreneur…but also for E-visas”

With increasing controversy surrounding H1-B visas in the U.S. and its impact on foreign workers and opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs, many other visa options have been overlooked, which could provide foreign entrepreneurs with opportunities to establish or expand their business operations to the U.S. One such group of visa options are the E-visas. Foreign entrepreneurs who… Read More

How the “Intelligence” part of “Artificial Intelligence” Implicates U.S. and EU Copyright Law

This blog post was first published on April 7th, 2017.  Artificial Intelligence (AI), according to Oxford Dictionary, is “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.” According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, AI is “the branch of computer science… Read More

U.S. Copyright Law Update – Clothing Designers Get More Guidelines to Protect Their Designs

This blog post was first published on March 28th, 2017.  Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., ET AL., provided clothing designers with more guidelines to copyright their original designs. Specifically, the Court issued guidelines to determine whether a clothing design is a “separable” expression… Read More

Doing Business in New York As a Foreign Entrepreneur-Part 1

This article was first published on March 27th, 2017.  Opportunities for Foreign Entrepreneurs in New York There are many opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs to do business in New York. For reasons ranging from competing with Silicon Valley to seeking solutions to the provision of public services, New York Governments, at both the state and local… Read More

New Cybersecurity Regulations For Banks, Insurance Companies, and other Financial Institutions Under NYSDFS Jurisdiction Take Effect March 1st, 2017

The blog post was first published on February 24th, 2017. Effective March 1st, 2017 entities under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYSDFS”) will have new Cybersecurity Requirements. The new regulations will apply to banks, insurance companies and other institutions subject to the jurisdiction of NYSDFS. Purpose of the NYSDFS… Read More