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WORK VISAS: Specialty Occupations (H1B – Key Features)

This article is a continuation of the H-1B overview provided in our previous discussion, which you can access here.  Now that you have a general concept of the H-1B, we will turn to some of the specific features of the program.   Your Employer First of all, realize the H-1B visa must be petitioned (i) by  a particular employer, (ii) offering a particular READ FULL POST

WORK VISAS: EXTRAORDINARY PROFESSIONALS (EB-1A)

One of the primary advantages of the so-called “EB-1A” is that you do not have to be sponsored by an employer.  You can “self-petition.”  You also do not have to go through the labor certification process.  And, of course, the other great thing is that this visa gives you permanent residence. 

FAMILY-BASED VISA: Immediate Relatives (I-130)

This articles focuses on visas for immediate relatives.

WORK VISAS: Employee Transfer (L-1 Visa)

If your country is not part of the “E visa” treaty, then L-1 is probably the way to go.

WORK VISAS: 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

Canadian 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