Starting August 2013: U.S. Legal Permanent Residents may petition their spouse and children (unmarried and under 21) with no waiting time
By Guest Author — Adriana Kostencki
According to the upcoming Visa Bulletin for August 2013, released by the Department of State (http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_6028.html), the family-based 2A category (Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents) will be current in August of 2013 for all nationalities. In the past, spouses and children of U.S. Legal Permanent Residents have faced a wait of typically three to five years for a visa to become available to them due to annual limits on the number allotted in this category.
The great news is that according to the Visa Bulletin for August 2013, this category will be current, meaning that spouses and children of U.S. Legal Permanent Residents will not have to wait for their immigrant visas to become available. It is very important for U.S. Permanent Residents interested in petitioning their spouse and/or children (unmarried and under 21), to begin with the preparation of the necessary paperwork as soon as possible, as the applications must be filed on or after August 01, 2013 before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. Also, it is highly advisable that all U.S. Legal Permanent Residents that qualify under this category, file their petitions on behalf of their spouse and/or children (unmarried and under 21) during the month of August 2013, as it is not certain that the F-2A category will remain current in September of 2013.
—- by guest author Melody Cobbe @CobbeLaw
The business communities, including small businesses, are always looking for methods to become more efficient and as result, increase their profitability margins. “Outsourcing” is a creative option available to small business owners. Whether the goal is to remain self-sufficient or position your business for an eventual merger or acquisition, businesses must become smarter about where to cut costs. By “outsourcing” essential needs of your business, such as legal assistance, accounting, secretarial work, and marketing, a business owner is given the flexibility of having a job function fulfilled without the long-term cost of having an employee fill that position.
— By Guest Author E. Adriana Kostencki, Esq.
Licensed to practice law in Venezuela and Florida, U.S.A.
U.S. employers may require the services of a foreign national to work at their company or business. Immigration laws, however, require that an individual whom the U.S. employer plans to employ or continue to employ in the United States is authorized to accept employment in the United States. If the individual is already a permanent resident (green card holder), the U.S. employer may hire that individual, but must comply with the employment verification requirements. If the foreign national is not already a permanent resident, the U.S. employer will need to file a petition so that the individual may obtain the appropriate immigrant or nonimmigrant classification.
One of the most common non-immigrant visa classifications available to foreign professionals is the H-1B visa category, which enables U.S. companies to hire foreign skilled professionals to perform services in a specialty occupation. The law defines “profession” as including, but not limited, to architects, engineers, lawyers, physicians, surgeons, and teachers. The specialty occupation requires the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent through a combination of education, training, and work experience) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States.
— By guest author Frank Menendez
Since July 2010 municipalities in Florida have been allowed to use red light cameras on state-owned intersections and fine drivers who run red lights with the aim of enforcing “safe driving.” Mmmhmm…sure…and a big money maker for the cities!
Have you received a red light camera ticket? Unlike being pulled-over by an officer and receiving a traffic ticket, you won’t know if you ran a red light at one of these photo enforced intersections until you receive a “Notice of Violation” in the mail.