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The Constitution of the United States of America provides that Congress shall govern all matters concerning Immigration and Naturalization. Therefore, Immigration Laws are governed by Federal, rather than State law. There are two ways to enter the United States of America, either as a non-immigrant or as an immigrant. Non-immigrant Visas / Temporary Visas Non-immigrant visas are temporary
Incorporating a company is a way to establish a separate legal entity for all purposes, meaning it is separate and distinct from its shareholders. WHY SHOULD I INCORPORATE? Tax Savings: This is one of the greatest benefits but must be discussed with your accountant. Privacy: The law treats a corporation as a legal “person”
A trademark is defines as one of the following: a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. The purpose of trademark law is to prevent consumer confusion as to the actual source of goods.
Foreign Nationals must be aware of U.S. immigration laws concerning self-employment. There are many highly skilled entrepreneurs from other countries that want to establish a business in the U.S. and essentially become self-employed. Often the business is service oriented and does not require a support staff. However, this proves problematic for most U.S. visa categories
Many foreign nationals who are working on valid H-1B visas may have an approved I-140 (Immigrant Petition) and are waiting to adjust status (waiting approval of the I-485, or what is commonly known as a “Green Card”, through employment). Applicants waiting visa availability are faced with the question of whether to renew their H-1B. Current
What is the E2 Visa? The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa is temporary and can be granted for up to 5 years. (The E-2 visa should not be confused with the EB-5 Investor Visa which is a an immigrant petition for a Green Card and requires a $500,000 investment in a regional center that is in
Starting a Business as a F-1 Student under Optional Practical Training F-1 students may engage in a period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completing a degree program in the U.S. OPT is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. In a recent USCIS engagement concerning the Entrepreneurs in Residence
California Border Patrol to Rollout New Process for Foreign Visitors 04/17/2013 Foreign visitors arriving in the U.S., only via air or sea, who need to prove their legal visitor status to employers, schools/universities, or government agencies, will be able to access their U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrival/departure record information online when the agency starts
Talking Points Regarding the differences Between the E-2 Visa and the L-1A Visa Can I continue to work during my pending E-2 Extension of status? Regulations provide an automatic 240-day extension of employment authorization for an A-3, E-1, E-2, G-5, H-1A, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, I, J-1, L-1, and R Non-immigrant whose status has expired
Update 9/2/15: We are honored to be awarded as the top immigration attorney in San Diego by the SDDT. The San Diego Daily Transcript conducts a peer voting process each year to determine the best lawyers in main areas of practice in San Diego County. Out of over 800 nominations, Carlos Tavares III and Johanna Keamy were nominated and voted 2013 semi-finalist
Eyeing foreign investment to help fix the financial crises The cause of the economic downturn in the U.S. will be a hotly debated subject for years to come. To begin, a look back helps in assessing forward movement to initiate economic change. Beginning in 2003, funds from developing economies were being infused into developed economies.
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