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DACA: CURRENT STATUS AND OPTIONS

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March 2, 2017. As of this writing, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is still available and the government is still accepting and approving DACA initial and renewal applications. On February 20, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum   and Frequently Asked Questions implementing the president’s recent immigration executive orders. These materials state that the DACA program remains unchanged. However, President  Trump said during his campaign that he would terminate the DACA program....

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NAS Report Finds Immigration a Win for the U.S. Economy

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The American Immigration Council released the following information on September 21, 2016. I thought it was worth sharing. September 21, 2016 Washington D.C. – Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released a new report, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration, which takes a comprehensive look at the fiscal and economic impact of immigration. This new report confirms extensive data from the past decade which shows that immigrants and their descendants make valuable contributions to...

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Legal Considerations in Hiring Employees

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Questions to Avoid During Interviews In conducting pre-employment interviews, it is important to keep in mind that all inquiries should be limited to job-related information. Questions which seek out information as to gender, pregnancy, race, sexual orientation, natural origin, age or disability need to be avoided. There are multiple sources available on the internet which provide charts of “legal” and “illegal” questions. The EEOC website provides a good summary of the “do’s” and “don’ts”, which are reprinted from the EEOC website,...

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Treaty Trader/Investor Visas

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Not long ago a good friend asked me about the immigration process for people who have money to invest in the United States, and/or who are directing an investment. There are E visas available for people with capital to invest in the United States. However, a mandatory prerequisite to an E visa is a treaty between the United States for trade or commerce. Only citizens or nationals of certain countries are eligible for this type of visa. The list of countries varies depending on whether the visa will be for an E-1 visa or an E-2 visa. The E-1...

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Choosing between an LLC and an S Corporation: Self –Employment Taxes can Tip the Balance

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I am a member of a Business Networking International Association Chapter (BNI) in Northwest Arkansas and this past Wednesday I gave a presentation on Business Law Strategies (The things a prospective business owner should pay attention to when being in ownership position). At the conclusion of my presentation, a highly intelligent lady asked me a question, and I was not able to fully answer it due to time. However, I would like to address the question here. The question read “What would you say we, self-employed people, should pay attention...

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Solving Legal Disputes

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Legal disputes – actual and potential – come in all shapes and sizes when you run a small business. Consider the following examples: The phone company puts your yellow page ad in the wrong classification and refuses to do anything about it. A former employee claims that you wrongfully fired him or her. Your landlord puts off repairing a leaky roof. As a result, valuable merchandise is ruined in a rainstorm. Your insurance company offers a ridiculously low settlement when one of your trucks is totaled. You want to stop a former employee from...

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Humanitarian Protection: TPS

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For some immigrants getting out of their home country and finding safe heaven in a country like the United States is literally a matter of life and death. The immigration laws offer help to such people, although the door is not as open as you might wish. One of the common ways people take shelter in the United States is through Temporary Protected Status (TPS) cover at length here. First, let’s start with the question: Do you qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is much what its name sounds like: It...

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A Guide to the I-601A Waiver of Unlawful Presence for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens, and soon, for Immediate Relatives of Permanent Residents

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On January 2, 2013, the United States Department of Homeland Security announced that illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of United States Citizens (spouse, child between 17-21, or parent of a child over 21) could apply for the I-601A “Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver” within the United States. In the past, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens were not able to apply for a green card within the United States, if they entered the United States without inspection or overstayed the expiration of their visa, and would be subject to...

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Put It In Writing: Small Business Contracts

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As the owner of a business, it’s likely that you’ll often encounter both written and oral contracts. The most important piece of advice about contracts is obvious: Put all important agreements in writing. This blog shows you how, and tells you what to do if something goes wrong. Of course the information here is very general, you may want to consult an attorney to help tailor this information to your business need. First, let’s start with the question: What makes a valid contract?  A valid contract requires two and sometimes three elements:...

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