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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...
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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...
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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, which is divided into two basic categories: Immediate Relatives – the waiting period is approximately 6-12 months. There is no quota applied, i.e. unlimited number of visas may be issued each year under this...
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Loan Modifications Before, During and After Bankruptcy

Under Washington state bankruptcy law a debtor does not have to sign a Reaffirmation Agreement, an agreement made between a creditor and the debtor that waives discharge of a debt that would otherwise be discharged in a pending bankruptcy proceeding. It is a good thing because “reaffirmed” mortgage causes the debtor to remain personally liable for the mortgage...
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Intercountry Adoption and Immigration

The process of adopting a child can be difficult, especially if it is intercountry adoption. The reason is that intercountry adoptions are governed by three different sets of laws: U.S. federal law, the laws of the country of the prospective adoptive child, and the laws of your state of residence...
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Travel Documentation – Advance Parole

  In our previous post (here) we have discussed about visas, entry, status and length of stays. In this post, we are going to discuss about advance parole or being able to return to the U.S. even if one has overstayed his or her visa. What is Advance Parole? Advance...
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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...
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Immigration to the U.S. through Investments

The following presentation will walk you through the aspects of investing and doing business in the U.S., as well as the legal aspects of immigration through your investments into the U.S. Temporary worker in a specialty occupation: the H-1B Visa Chilean and Singaporean Nationals: the H-1B1 Visa Australian Nationals: the...
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L1 Visas – Bringing Your Foreign Employees to the U.S.

L1 Visa in Vietnamese L-1 nonimmigrant status is an employer-specific, employment-authorized nonimmigrant status available to a foreign national employed abroad who seeks admission into the United States to work for a qualifying affiliate U.S. employer in either managerial/executive capacity (L-1A) or specialized knowledge capacity (L-1B). The L-1 foreign national is...
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How Chapter 11 Works

A chapter 11 case begins with the filing of a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the debtor has a domicile or residence. A petition may be a voluntary petition, which is filed by the debtor, or it may be an involuntary petition, which is filed by… Continue Reading

How Chapter 7 Works

A chapter 7 case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the individual lives or where the business debtor is organized or has its principal place of business or principal assets. (3) In addition to the petition, the debtor must also file… Continue Reading

News Blog: Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et… Continue Reading

News Blog: Home prices set a record this year thanks to demand from tech workers and Chinese investors

By Emel Akan, Epoch Times | December 29, 2016 | Source: Epoch TimesSeattle home prices hit a record high this year and are rising faster than anywhere else in the country. The city’s thriving tech industry is fueling job growth and demand for homes. It also has become an attractive… Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy or Sell a Home?

Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant events in one’s life which involves the law of real property. A real estate attorney is the only professional who is trained to deal with these special issues of practice as there are so many complexities that may arise… Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Foreign investors and their families have been able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through the 5th Employment-Based Preference (EB-5) visa program established in 1990.  EB-5 visas have many advantages: Foreign investors do not need sponsorship from an employer or family member. There are no language, business, or… Continue Reading

Prenuptial Agreements for a peace of mind before marriage

Prenuptial agreement is made by a couple before they marry, and it concerns the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. Couples who bring personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. It is not one of the things that come to mind when you are about… Continue Reading

USCIS Proposed Fee Increases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services… Continue Reading

Attention Future/Current Airbnb Hosts: Why Start as an LLC?

Injured guests, damage to yours or neighboring properties, and unpaid taxes are just one of the few issues that you might deal with as an Airbnb host. Hence, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with the local laws that govern home rentals, as well as tax consequences involved. First, you… Continue Reading

How Chapter 11 Works

A chapter 11 case begins with the filing of a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the debtor has a domicile or residence. A petition may be a voluntary petition, which is filed by the debtor, or it may be an involuntary petition, which is filed by… Continue Reading

How Chapter 7 Works

A chapter 7 case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the individual lives or where the business debtor is organized or has its principal place of business or principal assets. (3) In addition to the petition, the debtor must also file… Continue Reading

News Blog: Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et… Continue Reading

News Blog: Home prices set a record this year thanks to demand from tech workers and Chinese investors

By Emel Akan, Epoch Times | December 29, 2016 | Source: Epoch TimesSeattle home prices hit a record high this year and are rising faster than anywhere else in the country. The city’s thriving tech industry is fueling job growth and demand for homes. It also has become an attractive… Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy or Sell a Home?

Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant events in one’s life which involves the law of real property. A real estate attorney is the only professional who is trained to deal with these special issues of practice as there are so many complexities that may arise… Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Foreign investors and their families have been able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through the 5th Employment-Based Preference (EB-5) visa program established in 1990.  EB-5 visas have many advantages: Foreign investors do not need sponsorship from an employer or family member. There are no language, business, or… Continue Reading

Prenuptial Agreements for a peace of mind before marriage

Prenuptial agreement is made by a couple before they marry, and it concerns the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. Couples who bring personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. It is not one of the things that come to mind when you are about… Continue Reading

USCIS Proposed Fee Increases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services… Continue Reading

Attention Future/Current Airbnb Hosts: Why Start as an LLC?

Injured guests, damage to yours or neighboring properties, and unpaid taxes are just one of the few issues that you might deal with as an Airbnb host. Hence, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with the local laws that govern home rentals, as well as tax consequences involved. First, you… Continue Reading

How Chapter 11 Works

A chapter 11 case begins with the filing of a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the debtor has a domicile or residence. A petition may be a voluntary petition, which is filed by the debtor, or it may be an involuntary petition, which is filed by… Continue Reading

How Chapter 7 Works

A chapter 7 case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the individual lives or where the business debtor is organized or has its principal place of business or principal assets. (3) In addition to the petition, the debtor must also file… Continue Reading

News Blog: Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et… Continue Reading

News Blog: Home prices set a record this year thanks to demand from tech workers and Chinese investors

By Emel Akan, Epoch Times | December 29, 2016 | Source: Epoch TimesSeattle home prices hit a record high this year and are rising faster than anywhere else in the country. The city’s thriving tech industry is fueling job growth and demand for homes. It also has become an attractive… Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy or Sell a Home?

Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant events in one’s life which involves the law of real property. A real estate attorney is the only professional who is trained to deal with these special issues of practice as there are so many complexities that may arise… Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Foreign investors and their families have been able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through the 5th Employment-Based Preference (EB-5) visa program established in 1990.  EB-5 visas have many advantages: Foreign investors do not need sponsorship from an employer or family member. There are no language, business, or… Continue Reading

Prenuptial Agreements for a peace of mind before marriage

Prenuptial agreement is made by a couple before they marry, and it concerns the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. Couples who bring personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. It is not one of the things that come to mind when you are about… Continue Reading

USCIS Proposed Fee Increases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services… Continue Reading

Attention Future/Current Airbnb Hosts: Why Start as an LLC?

Injured guests, damage to yours or neighboring properties, and unpaid taxes are just one of the few issues that you might deal with as an Airbnb host. Hence, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with the local laws that govern home rentals, as well as tax consequences involved. First, you… Continue Reading

How Chapter 11 Works

By Legal Assistant | April 21, 2020 A chapter 11 case begins with the filing of a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the debtor has a domicile or residence. A petition may be a voluntary petition, which is filed by the debtor, or it may be an involuntary petition, which is filed by… Continue Reading

How Chapter 7 Works

By Legal Assistant | April 21, 2020 A chapter 7 case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the individual lives or where the business debtor is organized or has its principal place of business or principal assets. (3) In addition to the petition, the debtor must also file… Continue Reading

News Blog: Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

By Legal Assistant | January 26, 2017 EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et… Continue Reading

News Blog: Home prices set a record this year thanks to demand from tech workers and Chinese investors

By Legal Assistant | January 4, 2017 By Emel Akan, Epoch Times | December 29, 2016 | Source: Epoch TimesSeattle home prices hit a record high this year and are rising faster than anywhere else in the country. The city’s thriving tech industry is fueling job growth and demand for homes. It also has become an attractive… Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy or Sell a Home?

By Legal Assistant | December 13, 2016 Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant events in one’s life which involves the law of real property. A real estate attorney is the only professional who is trained to deal with these special issues of practice as there are so many complexities that may arise… Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

By Legal Assistant | October 4, 2016 Foreign investors and their families have been able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through the 5th Employment-Based Preference (EB-5) visa program established in 1990.  EB-5 visas have many advantages: Foreign investors do not need sponsorship from an employer or family member. There are no language, business, or… Continue Reading

Prenuptial Agreements for a peace of mind before marriage

By Legal Assistant | June 13, 2016 Prenuptial agreement is made by a couple before they marry, and it concerns the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. Couples who bring personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. It is not one of the things that come to mind when you are about… Continue Reading

USCIS Proposed Fee Increases

By Legal Assistant | May 26, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services… Continue Reading

Attention Future/Current Airbnb Hosts: Why Start as an LLC?

By Legal Assistant | May 18, 2016 Injured guests, damage to yours or neighboring properties, and unpaid taxes are just one of the few issues that you might deal with as an Airbnb host. Hence, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with the local laws that govern home rentals, as well as tax consequences involved. First, you… Continue Reading