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Monthly Archives from June 2010

Tips to Applying for an E Visa

With the U.S. economy still recovering from the recession, foreign investors have tremendous opportunity in the U.S. markets for their investment dollars.  As a result, the Treaty Trader (E-1) and Treaty Investor (E-2) visas have become popular options for foreign nationals wishing to live and work in America. I have been able to assist many individuals in the application process for an E Visa and have a few suggestions and information relating to the E-1 or E-2 […]

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Summer Travel Tips, Tip #4

Here’s another tip in our series of helpful advice to making your visit overseas this summer relaxing, safe and enjoyable. Pack Only What You Need When traveling to a foreign country, knowing what to pack can be a challenge.  A good rule of thumb is to take the time to leave behind anything you would hate to see lost or stolen like expensive jewelry, your Social Security Card, and unnecessary credit cards.  However, you should […]

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Florida, an Optimal Venue for International Arbitration

With its access to South America, multilingual attorneys and the recent adoption of UNICITRAL arbitration rules, Florida is positioned to become an optimal venue for international arbitration.  Gov. Charlie Crist signed a new bill into law (CS/HB 821) which changes existing commercial arbitration legislation and adopts the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNICITRAL) rules.  The law becomes effective July 1, 2010.   The UNICITRAL rules were created in 1976 and provide a comprehensive and […]

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E-Verify Makes Significant Changes

The DHS has announced that ongoing changes are in the works for the agency’s E-Verify system.  E-Verify is an internet based employment verification program used by employers and administered by the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Social Security Administration. On June 13th, DHS introduced a redesigned website with enhanced usability and efficiency features aimed at eliminating common errors and facilitating use.  The new features include: a shorter and more dynamic tutorial; a […]

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Summer Travel Tips, Tip #3

Know Customs Rules and Restrictions Before departing, learn about the rules and restrictions of your foreign destination as well as those of the U.S.  Many countries have regulations about the types and quantities of items you are allowed to bring with you such as food, medications, and pets.  The U.S. also has tight regulations on the items you can bring home.  Before you buy that souvenir, check to ensure that it is allowed into the […]

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New Consular Fees for Visa Applicants

The Department of State (DOS) recently started charging increased fees for certain visa applications.  The prior fee was $131 for all nonimmigrant visas.   The affected visas include: Petition-based Nonimmigrant visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) – fee raised to $150 K (fiancé / spouse of U.S. Citizen) visa – fee raised to $350 E (investors/traders) visas – fee raised to $390 Non-petition based nonimmigrant visas (B1/B2, F, M and J)  – fee raised to $140 […]

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