Business & International
International law, also known as the “law of nations” is a broad practice area that sits at the intersection of multiple legal jurisdictions. Our team’s primary focus in international law is on business, commerce, immigration, and investment. Examples of ways we can help in the international arena include:
- Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating international sales and service contracts;
- Facilitating listings on foreign exchanges and listing foreign companies on domestic exchanges;
- Assisting in obtaining or renewing immigration visas;
- Assisting domestic companies and investors with doing business outside of the United States; and
- Assisting foreign companies and investors with doing business in the United States.
International Business Transactions
Whether you are purchasing raw materials from India, establishing a shipping contract throughout the Pacific, or executing a communications and satellites contract in space, we can help every step of the way.
Licensing & Compliance
Foreign companies operating in the United States must register with appropriate regulatory agencies. This can range from a simple filing with the local Secretary of State to obtaining and maintaining an ongoing license with multiple state and federal regulatory authorities. Likewise, United States companies operating in foreign jurisdictions must register with the appropriate local agencies. We can help identify which laws apply and how to comply with each.
International trade often invokes a variety of potential regulations from United States customs regulations to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and Export Administration Regulations (EAR). We can assist with trade contracts, reporting requirements, and export and import compliance.
Incorporation & Compliance
Whether you are from the United States seeking to operate in a foreign jurisdiction or from a foreign jurisdiction seeking to operate within the United States, we can assist with the setup and ongoing compliance of business entities around the globe.
We work with local intellectual property attorneys throughout the globe to register and enforce intellectual property rights such as trademarks and copyrights.
If international law is “the law of nations” immigration law is “the law of nationalities.” As nationals cross, attempt to cross, or request to cross borders between countries they become subject to a host of potential domestic and international laws, treaties, and regulations. In the United States, authorization to enter and remain in the country is divided into two general categories: immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Immigrant visas are for those who have an intention to stay permanently or semi-permanently in the country while nonimmigrant visas are for those individuals who intend to stay temporarily in the country.
There are many avenues available to individuals seeking to enter or remain in the United States legally, including:
- Family Sponsorship: The law allows certain individuals to enter or remain in the United States when a close relative sponsors them.
- Employer Sponsorship: The law allows a current or former employer to sponsor employees in limited circumstances to stay in the country.
- Refugee/Asylum: Individuals and families fleeing their own nation for certain reasons such as escaping war, religious persecution, or harassment as a result of gender identity or sexual orientation.
- Investment: Investing a substantial amount in the United States and contributing to the economy can open a path to live and work in the country.
- Unique Circumstances: While less commonly granted, special skills and accomplishments such as becoming a top performing athlete or performing critical work for the government may qualify individuals and their immediate family for authorization to enter the United States.
Common problems in immigration involve entering the country without the appropriate authorization, having the appropriate authorization but overstaying, being untruthful to the authorities at any point in the process, and failing to update the authorities regarding necessary changes in circumstance.
Why Choose Easler Law
Easler Law has worked with clients and transactions throughout the globe including North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean in a variety of matters from international business transactions, trade compliance, initial public offerings, immigration, and much more. We can help navigate through both simple and complex matters and avoid common pitfalls in international law.
Business & International Legal Insights
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