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Business IMMIGRATION for 2009

February 24, 2010

There is much euphoria as we get closer to the historic inauguration of the first Black U.S. president, but as significant as this event will be it will almost certainly disappoint many who mistakenly believe that the office of the President of the United States has the power to “make it so.” That only worked [...]

REFERRAL CHECKLIST

February 24, 2010

Several years ago, I had the good fortune to obtain my private pilot’s license. That experience taught me the value of carefully following a checklist make sure that you did not overlook a small but possibly (fatal) critical factor. Since then, I have encouraged all law firms to use a checklist to gather the necessary [...]

Key Changes to Look for in U.S. Immigration Law

February 24, 2010

(What Is In the Crystal Ball?) The recent dramatic changes to both the House and the Senate are expected to have a profound effect on U.S. immigration law. President Bush has long championed making positive changes to existing immigration laws that would allow for a regulated flow of workers, but his efforts were frustrated by [...]

2004 Highlights

February 24, 2010

Business Based Green Cards The majority of business based green cards are based on first obtaining a Labor Certification (LC), required to prove that hiring the foreign national will not displace a U.S. worker. The Department of Labor (DOL) must certify that there are no U.S. workers with the minimally required skills who are ready, [...]

Immigration Through Investment

February 24, 2010

To many, the ultimate dream of success is becoming the owner of your own business. The master of your own fate. But, for those who are seeking U.S. immigration status based on employment, that can be a difficult route. Investment may take many forms, but the most straightforward test is legal or actual control. This [...]

Relevant Employment Related Non-Immigrant Visas

February 24, 2010

The United States uses a Letter / Number combination to identify all classes of non-immigrant (temporary) visa classifications. The following is a partial list that covers the most common employment based visas that most international business clients are likely to encounter. B-1Temporary Visitor for Business – Applicant must be the full-time employee of a foreign [...]

General Overview of Business Immigration Law

February 24, 2010

At the stroke of midnight on February 28, 2003 the 112 year old Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) ceased to exist! March 1, 2003 saw the bulk of the immigration related “service” functions transferred over to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, (USCIS or CIS) a bureau of the newly created Department of Homeland [...]

Document Checklist

February 24, 2010

Several years ago, I had the good fortune to obtain my private pilot’s license. That experience taught me the value of carefully following a checklist make sure that you did not overlook a small but possibly (fatal) critical factor. Since then, I have encouraged all law firms to use a checklist to gather the necessary [...]

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