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Coming to America: Tax Paradise or Tax Paradox?

© 2013 Peter J. Loughlin, Esq. Over the past decade we have seen much criticism concerning international tax havens for engaging in harmful tax practices. It is no wonder that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) most powerful member, the United States, is still receiving sharp criticism from domestic and foreign critics alike because it may in fact be the world’s largest “offshore” tax haven. Critical to understanding the US role as a tax haven is an appreciation that its tax-free benefits are, as with many traditional tax havens, reserved for its foreign (i.e., nonresident alien and foreign company) investors. The United States has established incentives to international investors and has in return reaped the benefits of foreign nonresident investment since the early 1920s.  While not all forms of investment … Read entire article »

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CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL FOR NON-PERMANENT RESIDENTS

CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL FOR NON-PERMANENT RESIDENTS

Cancellation of Removal Even if someone is in the United States illegally, if they have been here long enough, in some situations, an immigration judge may allow the person to stay and obtain a green card. The law says that an individual in removal proceedings (deportation) may apply for cancellation of removal if he can establish 10 years of continuous physical presence … Read entire article »

Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents:

Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents:

Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents – How a “Joint” Can Lead to Deportation A lawful permanent resident i.e. someone who has a “green card”, may be subject to deportation for commission of criminal acts. However, the person may be allowed to remain in the United States if cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents is granted by an … Read entire article »

Fiancé Visa Questions

Fiancé Visa Questions

Who to Trust For Answers to Fiancé Visa Questions The process of getting a K1 fiancé visa or a visa to allow a foreign national fiancé to enter the United States can be a very confusing indeed. Although properly prepared and filed applications for K1 fiancé visas are usually approved, a good deal of scrutiny goes into the screening of these … Read entire article »

H1B Visa Cap Reached – New Season Begins For H1B Visa Lawyers

H1B Visa Cap Reached – New Season Begins For H1B Visa Lawyers

H1B Visa Cap Has Been Reached for Fiscal Year 2011 But don’t worry, while you may have missed the opportunity to obtain H1B employment if your application wasn’t already filed, H1B visa lawyers report that a new season of opportunity is about to begin.H1B Visa Lawyers Kick Off New Season With H1B Visa Information Webinar H1B Visa … Read entire article »

How Many Undocumented Aliens Apprehended By CBP?

US Customs and Border Patrol Releases  Report on ILLEGAL ALIEN APPREHENSIONS BY FISCAL YEAR (October 1st through September 30th) Looking forward to your comments... … Read entire article »

Late Filing Issues: Form I-751

Form I-751Late Filing In a previous post we discussed conditional permanent residence and the need for timely filing  an I-751 petition to remove the conditions within  90 days prior to the two year anniversary of being granted conditional status. We also mentioned that jointly filed petitions  may be filed late where you can demonstrate good cause and extenuating circumstances. This post sparked a lot of followup questions about exactly what qualifies for “good cause” and “extenuating circumstances” and how late is too late, etc. So, what is your thought on this? Let me know! … Read entire article »

Conditional Permanent Residency and Form I-751

Conditional Permanent Residency and Form I-751

What is Conditional Permanent Residency? All foreign nationals who were married less than two years at the time they were granted permanent residence status (i.e., a green card) obtain what is known as conditional permanent residency status. The same applies to their derivative children. This conditional status is virtually the same as an unconditional permanent residence status except that the conditional immigration … Read entire article »

Social Networking and Marriage Fraud

Immigration Marriage Fraud Marriage Fraud is a big issue with USCIS. Last week I came across an article that surprised me. It said that U.S. immigration officers were ”snooping” on  social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace Twitter and a host of others to check marriage fraud. While I am against marriage fraud I began to wonder if the same sources used by investigators could be equally useful in demonstrating bona fide martial relationships. Looking forward to your comments... … Read entire article »

DHS Plans to Terminate Up To 17,000 Cases?

Goldman & Loughlin, PLLC  Immigration Lawyers interview comments on the DHS’s plans to possible terminates as many as 17,000 removal cases. When asked to comment on this ground breaking policy change, immigration attorney Peter J. Loughlin said “It is a common sense approach to immigration reform that has been far too long in the making—but welcome nonetheless. Did I leave anything out? … Read entire article »