BUILDER FINANCING: Pros and Cons

Nowadays, you can arrange mortgage financing for a new home construction through builder’s wholly owned mortgage subsidiaries or affiliate relationships with outside mortgage companies. You may be offered numerous compelling and advantageous sales incentives on the new house, such as upgrades or price breaks. Some of the advantages are: Fast – It may reduce the time needed […]

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What is the timeline for suing for personal injuries?

If you live in Washington state and are pursuing an injury claim, this post will answer some of your questions about the process and the state laws that will affect your claim. Statute of Limitations – The statute of limitations in Washington to commence a lawsuit is 3 (three) years from the date of your accident or […]

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E-2 Treaty Investors: arrive and work legally in the U.S.

The E-2 visa is a very popular nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign technology companies, banks and services companies seeking to send executives, managers and essential employees, and encourage cross-border transactions with the United States. Many types of businesses can qualify for the E-2 Visa, including restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets, dry cleaners, gas stations and many more. What […]

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Are Americans Losing Jobs to Foreigners?

Immigrants are not the cause of unemployment in the United States. Let us look at how immigration affects employment among U.S. natives, and whether employment based visa program is taking away jobs of native-born workers. Views are divided among the public. One view is that foreign-born workers have the same skills as native-born ones, and the two […]

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Favorite Tax Provision Expired: Avoiding Taxes on Cancelled Mortgage Debt

If your debt to someone else has been canceled or forgiven, the canceled amount may be taxable. Generally, to the extent that a loan from a lender is not fully satisfied and a lender cancels the unsatisfied debt, you have cancellation of indebtedness income. The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 generally allows to exclude […]

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Can I bring a family member to the United States?

A U.S. citizen may petition their foreign relatives to immigrate to the U.S. through a Family-Based Immigration Visa...

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Loan Modifications Before, During and After Bankruptcy

A loan modification does not re-establish liability on the loan. While the terms of the loan might change, the loan is not being refinanced. Refinancing the property into a completely new loan would re-establish liability, but not a loan modification.

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Intercountry Adoption and Immigration

There are three different ways to emigrate a prospective adoptive child from a foreign country and obtain permanent legal residency or U.S. citizenship status to a child.

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Travel Documentation – Advance Parole

Advance Parole is the re-entry permit that one must apply for if he or she wishes to re-enter the U.S. after foreign travel. For most visa categories, one needs advance parole from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to travel internationally if he or she is an alien who wish to travel abroad but has:

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Visas, Entry, Status and Length of Stays

A visa is an entry document that allows a visitor or immigrant to present themselves to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the US port of entry (POE) at airports, sea ports or land border crossings for inspection to be admitted into the US. After inspection, CBP will then stamp a date in the passport […]

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