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IMMIGRATION: WORK VISAS (E-2 Step-by-Step)

Our office caters to foreigners seeking to work in the US.  The following is an overview of the key issues related to obtaining an E-2 Visa in a step-by-step format.  Going through this exercise will help you determine if an E-2 Visa is right for you.  Are you already present in the United States? If you are currently in the READ FULL POST

IMMIGRATION: WORK VISAS (L-1 Visa)

This is a continuation of our series on employment visas.  (See H1-B and E-2 articles)  The L-1 program is based on an intracompany transfer and has been very popular because it provides a cost-effective means of gaining both resident status and permission to work. Checklist: Are you a manager, executive or an employee with “specialized knowledge? Have you been working READ FULL POST

Immigration: PERM Application Denied. What now?

The purpose of this article is to outline the options available when labor certification has been denied and briefly describe the relevant processes.

IMMIGRATION: TN-1 Visa Renewals

TN visa holders may renew their status indefinitely if they continue to meet the relevant conditions.

IMIGRAÇÃO: Investidores do Tratado E-2

A classificação como não imigrante E-2 permite que um cidadão de um país com o qual os Estados Unidos mantenham tratado (vide anexo) viva e trabalhe nos Estados Unidos quando investir uma “quantia substancial” de capital em um negócio nos Estados Unidos. Determinados funcionários de uma empresa qualificada também podem ser elegíveis para um visto E-2.

ASSET PROTECTION: Offshore vs. Domestic Trust (US Persons)

Ours is an international law firm, so offshore work has always been part of our practice. Lately, however, we have been moving away from recommending offshore to our US clients.

ASSET PROTECTION: Offshore vs. Domestic Trust (Int’l Persons)

This is a continuation of the discussion in Part I of this series regarding the advantages and disadvantages of two common asset protection techniques: offshore entities/accounts, and the US asset protection trust.

BANKRUPTCY: Before, During, or After Divorce

The last time I checked, divorce was the number two reason people file for bankruptcy (medical bills is number one).  Bankruptcy and divorce go together because divorce causes financial strain, and sometimes bankruptcy is the only (or best) way to get through the ordeal.  So, what are the particular concerns and what can you do to prepare if you are READ FULL POST

BANKRUPTCY: Eliminate Junior Liens in Chapter 7

Previously, it was not possible to get rid of a second mortgage (or line of credit) in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but now that is possible in the 11th Circuit (Alabama, Florida, and Georgia).  Currently, if your property is underwater, you can eliminate a second mortgage, home equity line of credit (HELOC), or any other subordinate lien from your real READ FULL POST

BANKRUPTCY: FROZEN BANK ACCOUNTS (Wells Fargo)

Most people probably know that filing for bankruptcy is often the most effective way of getting out from under a judgment garnishment of their bank account. That continues to be true.  What my office has seen in recent times, though, is a trend towards making things more difficult for Debtors — such as Wells Fargo’s policy of freezing the account READ FULL POST