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How can your legal practice attract more clients and build a thriving community? How can you achieve a perfect work/life balance? Most lawyers have no idea what it takes to run and grow a business - and why should they? That’s what this podcast is all about. We show you exactly how to take your business from boring to enchanting even if you don’t know the first thing about building a business. We don’t teach tricks or use hype. We show you what’s worked for us - including how we became one of the first law firms to build a large and active Facebook community of more than 94,000 people. Social Media, when used correctly, is the secret weapon for every lawyer.

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How can your legal practice attract more clients and build a thriving community? How can you achieve a perfect work/life balance? Most lawyers have no idea what it takes to run and grow a business - and why should they? That’s what this podcast is all about. We show you exactly how to take your business from boring to enchanting even if you don’t know the first thing about building a business. We don’t teach tricks or use hype. We show you what’s worked for us - including how we became one of the first law firms to build a large and active Facebook community of more than 94,000 people. Social Media, when used correctly, is the secret weapon for every lawyer.

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can learn so much useful information from this podcast. much appreciation!

If you have your own practice - subscribe!

By gettogive - Mar 26 2014
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As a busy lawyer having another layout the steps to grow is invaluable.

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great!

By christineen - Aug 06 2014
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can learn so much useful information from this podcast. much appreciation!

If you have your own practice - subscribe!

By gettogive - Mar 26 2014
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As a busy lawyer having another layout the steps to grow is invaluable.
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The Enchanting Lawyer Podcast | Marketing and Leadership for Your Law Firm or Business

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How can your legal practice attract more clients and build a thriving community? How can you achieve a perfect work/life balance? Most lawyers have no idea what it takes to run and grow a business - and why should they? That’s what this podcast is all about. We show you exactly how to take your business from boring to enchanting even if you don’t know the first thing about building a business. We don’t teach tricks or use hype. We show you what’s worked for us - including how we became one of the first law firms to build a large and active Facebook community of more than 94,000 people. Social Media, when used correctly, is the secret weapon for every lawyer.

Rank #1: AIM - 23 How to fill out the Form I-485 for an Adjustment of Status in the United States

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How to fill out the Form I-485 for an Adjustment of Status in the United States?

00:01  We don't give legal advice but I felt it would be nice to show how to complete a form, what it looks like. It's all done for general information only and when you have a case like an adjustment of status based on family, on deployment, those are really complicated things and you should definitely work with an attorney

00:35 We will now begin with form I-45, and this form is extremely important that you have all of your information correct because this is the form that the USCIS will use in order to prepare your green card.

02:07 Information about you continues with the country of birth and country citizenship. The alien number again, is only if you've been in the U.S. before. So if you entered the U.S. through crossing the border or an airport and you were admitted at a port of entry, which you have to have been admitted at a port of entry in order to file for adjustment of status, you will click on this that you were inspected.  

03:56 Some people have entered a with an advanced parole or a humanitarian parole. And if that's your case, then you want to click on this one. And if you came into the United States without admission or parole, you want to click on this one.

05:03 They want to know the name as it appears on your I-94.  Usually it is almost the same as it appears on your passport

05:46 Are you applying for adjustment based on immigration nationality act, section 245-I? So some people who have petitions that were filed prior to April 30th of 2001and entered unlawfully without a visa would mark yes here. And those people would have to complete another form as well, but we're just focusing on the marriage case right now so you probably entered legally, you're going to answer no

06:31 This section is usually not for marriage cases because it has to do with petitions that have already been filed for other people through an employer or through a relative it's really important for you to be very honest and very clear.

08:06 It wants you to provide your most recent address outside the U.S. where you lived more than one year. That would also match the information that you put on your I-130. How many times have you been married before? So and this includes annulled marriages, so you want to put down how many times you've been married before.

09:53 Information about prior marriages, this is where you put all your prior marriages, where you get married. You do need to have this information, so hopefully you remember it or have it with you

11:02 Read this carefully. It's telling you how many children you need to enter in here, whether they're married or unmarried, living with you or elsewhere. You want to include any missing children and other children that were born outside of your marriage.

12:32 some of the questions are very intricate and you have to be very careful how you answer these. So let's start with the first one. Have you ever been a member of, involved in or in any way associated with any organization, association fund, foundation, party, club society or similar group in the United States or in any other location in the world, including any military service. You want to put that information here because this is needed for your background check. So it's very important that you complete this as thoroughly as possible.

13:30 It's asking if you've ever been denied admission to the United States. So if you've ever tried to enter the U.S. and they said no, you can't come in or they canceled your visa or anything like that happened.

14:32 You'd want to answer. Yes. Have you ever been denied a visa to the United States? If you applied for your B-1, B-2 visa and it was denied or you're applying for an F-1 visa and it was denied and then later you apply for another visa and it was approved, you still have to answer yes that you've been denied a visa here.

15:22 It's asking have you ever been granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge, but failed to depart within the allotted time? So this is very important. Some people forget and they think that because they entered with a visa, but got voluntary departure that they're still okay to file. If you got voluntary departure and didn't leave, you may not be able to do adjustment of status

16:27 They asked have you ever been granted a waiver or has the Department of State issued a favorable waiver recommendation letter for you? So if you've had a waiver for say a non immigrant visa, then you definitely want to enter that there.

17:00 We go up to the next questions. These all have to do with criminal acts and violations and read this very carefully because if you don't read them carefully, you might not answer it correctly because some people will not see the words clearly. So I would suggest that you read these questions twice

18:59 Have you ever violated or attempted or conspired to violate any controlled substance law or regulation? And some people have had a, what they call a misdemeanor violation for marijuana and there is a way, there is a one time waiver for that, but only for one violation.

19:52 So you should be able to answer no to all of these questions and including the questions on security.  And these have to do with espionage and other activity and trying to overthrow the U.S. government and I'm sure no one completing this form would ever try and do that but if you have you answer truthfully

21:41 If you used an emergency medical that is not considered public assistance. So mark no on that one and you definitely want to mark no on are likely to receive public assistance because that is one of the reasons that they have you complete an affidavit of support is to make sure that you do not become a public charge.

24:04 Accommodations for individuals with disabilities and other impairments, If you are disabled and you need assistance and you're going to complete these boxes here. So pay attention to those.

25:08 ] And then go ahead and sign where it says applicant signature. If you did use an interpreter, then you have to have the interpreters contact information and the interpreter will also need to sign this form. And if someone helped you to prepare the form, even if it was your spouse, then the spouse, the U.S. petitioners spouse will enter his information in here and complete and sign the form.  If it was a U.S. citizen they will click on I am not an attorney and complete…read the certification, sign it and your pretty much done with the form. This is the last page part 14 where you would put any additional information that you could not fit on the form in previous pages. So you want to make sure you enter the page number, the part number and the item number that you're discussing in these boxes.  And we're done with form I-485

26:10 I hope you enjoyed watching this video. It gives you an idea how to fill the form. If you have any more questions, just post them in the comments below and let me know what other videos you want to see.  And thanks for your support. We'll see you at our next video.

Mar 07 2019

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Rank #2: EL 057: How to Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion with Bob Burg

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Can you really, systematically get the results you want from others while making them feel genuinely good about themselves, about the process, and about you? Our guest says, “Absolutely!” Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at corporate conferences and for entrepreneurial events as well as a consultant and author of the books ‘Endless Referrals’ and ‘The Go-Giver’. Bob believes that his latest book, ‘Adversaries into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion’ is by far his most important yet. In today’s show, Jacob talks to Bob about why interacting with people in the right manner can make all the difference and how to set about doing this.

Feb 16 2015

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Rank #3: EL110: Why you shouldn’t go to Law School: An Interview with LSAT Master, Nathan Fox

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We often make decisions about our future without really knowing what is involved. This is certainly often the case for people who want to be lawyers. The LSAT itself requires hard work and dedication - traits which are important for lawyers to possess, as well as the mental ability to pass, and this is why it is such a good indicator or a person’s suitability for law school. Having decided that being a lawyer wasn’t for him, Nathan Fox set up his company Fox LSAT to help people understand whether law school is for them, and help them to pass their LSAT. Today Jacob talks to Nathan about the LSAT and what skills and traits are needed to become a lawyer.

Jun 27 2016

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Rank #4: AIM - 7 USCIS Marriage Fraud Interview Tips for 2018 Overcome the “STOKES” Interview

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Tips that can help you survive the Marriage Fraud Interview.

Show Notes:  

00:14 Tips for surviving a fraud marriage interview.

00:01 Be honest with yourself, with your partner, and with your lawyer.

1:07 Make sure that you prepare all the documents the week before the interview so you can go back and forth with your attorney, with your spouse to understand what's in the case and never ever try to lie or invent information at that interview.

2:08 Make sure that when you enter the interview, you are comfortable and facing the officer, looking them in the eye instead of looking at the ground or looking away, look at the officer, be comfortable and let them finish the questions before you answer and It is very important that at the time of the interview you are familiar with the situation around you

3:04 Behave like you behave in any normal setting.

3:57 Remember that you have rights as well

4:58 Always be courteous and polite to the government official.

5:45 Remember in marriage fraud interviews there, the purpose of government is to determine whether the marriage is real or not

Feb 13 2019

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Rank #5: EL 111: Learn How to Sell without Selling Out, with Matthew Kimberley

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Matthew Kimberley is a speaker, author, and entrepreneur who thrives on helping solo and small to medium size businesses turn leads into actual sales. According to Matthew, marketing doesn’t get clients - it just calls attention, it’s what you do next that gets clients. In today’s show, Jacob and Matthew talk about what it takes to be a great salesperson, the use of urgency and scarcity in sales and the importance of building rapport.

Sep 07 2016

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Rank #6: EL 068: How to attract clients with Facebook Funnels with world expert Tarek Statico

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Tarek Statico, Online Business Strategist & Consultant Tarek Statico is an online business strategist & consultant who has helped develop online campaigns that have generated hundreds of thousands of leads and millions of dollars in revenue. His expertise lies in developing proven internet based marketing strategies, including product launches, webinars, Facebook and Google ads, retargeting, social media, content creation and mass distribution strategies. He designs unique customized systems, models and solutions for his clients with the basis being simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication.

May 04 2015

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Rank #7: EL 047: How to succeed as a Lawyer, Law School myths and More, with Alison Monahan

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Alison Monahan is the founder of Girls Guide to Law School and co-founder of The Law School Toolbox, the Bar Exam Toolbox and the legal careers site. Her aim is to demystify law school and help those who just passed their bar in their early years of a legal career. As a graduate of Columbia Law School, Alison understands what it`s like, and set up her first project as a result of what she felt that she needed when she was at law school. In today`s show Jacob talks to Alison about what it`s like coming out of law school today, finding work and perceptions of lawyers.

Dec 08 2014

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Rank #8: EL 078: 6 Networking Secrets to Up Your Game, with David Bradford

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David Bradford is known as the Human Internet. He is a highly successful CEO and the man that hired the inventor of the Apple Computer, Steve Wozniak. He is now a Best-selling Author with his book ‘Up Your Game’. He is convinced that his success has come from his ability to network and build relationships with other people and now wants the world to know how important personal relationships are. In today’s show, David talks to Jacob how personal relationships have given him success in his professional career, the importance of showing up and why he follows up with everyone who he’s met that day, every evening.

Jul 13 2015

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Rank #9: EL 051: What I Did Differently to get a Massive amount of Leads and Sales, with John Assaraf and Jacob Sapochnick

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John Assaraf is well-known in the world of entrepreneurs and business success. He is a brain researcher who has managed to grow 5 businesses into multi-million dollar companies. John advises entrepreneurs and business owners in getting the most out of their business, runs events which help people learn and make connections, and even has his own podcast. In today`s show, we have a switch around and show you the interview that John recorded with Jacob for his podcast. Jacob tells us about his innovative approach to marketing and how this has helped his law practice thrive.

Jan 05 2015

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Rank #10: EL 059: How to Think Outside the Box and Grow your Niche Practice with Josh Brown

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Josh Brown is a practicing franchise attorney who has built a legal practice around helping entrepreneurs build businesses that scale and grow. Josh loves helping entrepreneurs, business owners, franchisees and franchisors build profitable businesses that reflect the owners vision and provides value to customers.

He speaks, blogs, writes articles, and is the creator and host of Franchise Euphoria, a top-rated podcast on iTunes. Josh has also been recognized as a rising star in the Indiana legal community on two separate occasions, and most recently, a Franchise Legal Eagle by The Franchise Times.” In today’s show, Josh talks to jacob about issues facing start-up companies, finding your niche and cutting your overheads.

Mar 02 2015

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Rank #11: EL 100: Top Marketing/Business Trends in 2016 and What They Mean for Your Law Firm, with Jacob Sapochnick

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As we come towards the end of 2015, and start looking forward to 2016, we begin to think about what the next year has in store for us. In Jacob’s third solo episode, he takes a peek into the next year and talks about where he sees marketing and business trends going, and looks at what this means for your law firm. Today Jacob discusses the various aspects of online marketing including SEO, reviews and video.and where they are headed in the next year.

Dec 14 2015

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Rank #12: EL 073: The Millennial Lawyer: Discovering the Y of Law with Nicole Abboud

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Nicole Abboud is one of the top cats in the latest generation of lawyers. Having left law school, she believed that family law was what she wanted to do. Actually, it didn't turn out like that, and within a few years she had opened her own practice specializing in fashion law having realized that she wanted to help people in the fashion industry. Nicole has her own ideas about what's important for today's graduating lawyers, and in today's show she chats with Jacob about young attorney's need for independence, building communities as a marketing strategy and offers some fashion advice to lawyers.

Jun 08 2015

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Rank #13: EL 092: The Customer Service Revolution: Overthrow Conventional Business and Inspire Employees with John R. DiJulius III

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John R. DiJulius III is a world class customer service guru and entrepreneur. He uses his skills to help businesses worldwide to give their customers an exceptional customer service. He understands exactly what it takes to deliver a great service and also uses his skills in his two businesses to great success. John’s most recent book - ‘Customer Service Revolution’ talks about how companies are standing out from the rest through their customer service and today chats to Jacob about training employees in excellent customer service, why lawyers are amongst the worst and how to deal with unhappy customers.

Oct 19 2015

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Rank #14: EL 096: Google My Business and the Power of Local Search, with Ryan Steinolfson

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Getting yourself found online is a vital part of a business’s online strategy, and search engines play a major part in this. Google is by far the most popular search engine and through ‘Google my Business’ and local search, they are able to  help to validate businesses and improve their service. Ryan Steinolfson is an expert in all things search engine, and on today’s show he chats to Jacob about why businesses can’t ignore ‘Google my Business’, the value of local search and why reviews are essential in online marketing.

Nov 16 2015

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Rank #15: EL 099: The Power of a Good Morning Routine and Great Habits, with Jacob Sapochnick

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In Jacob’s second solo podcast, he talks about how constructing a morning routine has completely changed his life, giving him more security and making him more productive.By making time for exercise, meditation, eating and reading, Jacob has found that he has set himself up perfectly for a great day at work and at home, helps him to reach his goals and creates good habits. In today’s show Jacob talks about how he has created this morning routine and the difference that it has made to his life.

Dec 07 2015

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Rank #16: EL 076: Real Lawyers Have Blogs with Kevin O’Keefe

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Kevin O’Keefe is the CEO and founder of LexBlog, which empowers lawyers to increase their visibility and accelerate business relationships online. With LexBlog’s help, legal professionals use their subject matter expertise to drive powerful business development through blogging and social media. Prior to starting LexBlog was an attorney for 17 years and used the internet to grow his practice, and in today’s show, Jacob talks to Kevin about the power of blogging and why sharing information is the future for lawyers.

Jun 29 2015

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Rank #17: EL 061: The Future of Law with Brian Tannebaum

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A newspaper reporter once wrote that Brian Tannebaum is “the lawyer that lawyers go to when they find themselves in hot water.” A Past President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers now in his 20th year of practice, Tannebaum’s clients are either lawyers trying to remain lawyers, law students trying to become lawyers or those facing state or federal criminal charges. His professional ethics blog, mylawlicense.com was honored as one of the top 100 legal blogs by the ABA in 2011. He is also a former columnist for Above the Law, and a certified sommelier. His first book. The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering was published by the ABA in October of 2014. In today's show, Jacob talks to Brian about the future of law, why business cards are pointless, the value of networking and how to stay happy in your job.

Mar 16 2015

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Rank #18: AIM - 26 Fiancé Visa or Marriage Visa What is the difference

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What's the difference between a fiancé visa and a marriage visa?

00:00 A fiancé visa or marriage visa. What's the difference?

00:10 We'll talk about the difference between a K-1 visa, a fiancé visa, and a marriage visa.

00:29 What is it K-1 fiancé visa?  A fiancé is usually reserved for people that are engaged to U.S. citizens only.

01:06 It's also important to understand that the fiancé visa can be sometimes quicker than a marriage visa.

01:42 Marriage visa is reserved to green card holders that want to file an I-130 for

their spouses or for U.S. citizens that want immigrate as sponsor.

02:36 The main difference between a fiancé, visa and marriage visa is that first of all, for a fiancé visa, the couple/  They don't have to be married

03:22 They want to be able to test the relationship by living here together. Sometimes, those couples, it's the first time they actually live together.

03:56 It's good to know that there is the option of doing your fiancé visa before marriage and there's an option to file for a marriage visa once you're already married

04:25 Hopefully you understood the difference between the K-1 fiancé visa and a marriage visa. If you have any other questions, post them in the comments below or email them to me, to jacob@h1b.biz.

Mar 12 2019

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Rank #19: EL 065: The Power of Google+ and the How to use it with Martin Shervington

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Martin Shervington, Law and Business Studies, LLB (Joint Hons), PG Dip Organisational Psychology, Master Practitioner NLP, has spent 15 years in this field working as an Executive Coach, Business Consultant and Marketing Psychologist. He is now based in UK and the US, and helps people and businesses to use the internet as a powerful marketing tool. In today’s show, Martin talks to Jacob about the power of Google+ for businesses and how to use to to propel your business to success.

Apr 13 2015

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Rank #20: EL 088: Taking Control of your Legal Online Marketing with LawLytics Founder Dan Jaffe

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Founder of LawLytics Dan Jaffe, is the ideal person to help lawyers with their website and online marketing needs. He successfully ran two law practises, but as the internet grew, he began to realise its power for marketing. Having taught himself the techy side, Dan began to help other attorneys and now runs LawLytics - an online platform that helps attorneys design and control their websites, whilst helping them with the online marketing of the practises. In today’s show, Jacob talks to Dan about the power of websites, marketing legal practises online and the producing effective content.

Sep 21 2015

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AIM - 32 DACA update what you need to know today

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals update, What you need to know today.

00:02 Are you confused about the current situation with DACA? What's happening? What you can do? Who Qualifies

00:16 We want to talk about the current situation with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. What's going on? People are confused about it. Is it still in effect? Can we file? Can we renew?

00:39 But this program started in 2012 by an executive order issued by President Obama essentially allowing children live abroad into the United States illegally by their parents who are also undocumented who went to school and are not criminals and fulfill a few other requirements to be able to get a two year permit to work and stay in the U.S

01:31 One of the most important rulings came by a court in San Francisco in January of 2018. And they said that President Trump's decision to end DACA is based on flawed legal premise

02:10 it's very important to understand that as a result of that decision, people that already had DACA could continue to renew it, but no new applications of DACA, we're allowed under this decision.

02:46 As of now, what we know is that people that had DACA can continue to renew until further notice. People that never had DACA are not able to file

03:38 we just wanted to give it a little bit of an update because there's a lot of confusion as to what's happening with DACA and that's what the situation is about today. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below.

Mar 20 2019

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AIM - 31 E-2 Investor Visa How to show the source of the investment funds

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E-2 Investor Visa, how to show the source of the investment funds?

00:00 We'll talk about how to prove the source of funds of your E-2 investments

00:10 How do you prove whatever source of investment you have? How do you actually prove it?

00:25 we want to see the documents in that property, whether it's a house or cars or any other valuables. you have to provide those documents.

01:03 They sold the house, we want to see their, their documents so the person who gave you the gift has to prove where they got the money.

01:20 20 If your funds are coming from real estate we want to see, you know, the deed. We want to see proof of the bill of sale, the whole transaction history of the sale of the property in your home country

01:52 And so if you have stocks invested in France, in Switzerland in the Caymans, we need to see at least three years of tax returns and statements from those accounts to show how you funded your investment because it came from those things.

02:56 56 If your source of funds is profits for example you won the lottery or gambling we have to be careful because we have clients that made money in legitimate gambling.  As long as you pay taxes for this, as long as it legitimately recorded in your country, there is a way to also use those funds to invest in a business.

03:24 typically five years of tax returns and letter from a certified accountant in your country to show that it's a legitimate source of earnings and then we can use that for your, you know, for investment

03:44 As long as you reported those income and you pay taxes and you can documented income from crypto currency can also be used in an E-2 visa investment.

04:34 Yes, a lot of new forms of currency can also now be used as a source of funds as long as we can document that. So hopefully that kind of gave you a little bit of a, of a, of a background and explanations as to how you can document source of funds

05:17 If you have questions, post them in the comments below, send me an email. Jacob@h1b.biz

Mar 19 2019

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AIM - 30 E2 - Visa Part 1 Can Loans or Gifts Count as a Source of Funds

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Can loans or gifts count as a source of funds for an e-2 visa?

00:00 Can loans or gifts counts towards source of funds for an e-2 visa as an investor.

00:17 As many of you know, in order to get an E-2 visa as an investor in the U.S. you really have to demonstrate a substantial investment, but also you have to show where the money is coming from for your investment.

1:11 A lot young entrepreneurs that are finishing school in the U.S. and they want to start a business. They're getting a gift from their families.

2:07 It's important to show how the person who gives the money is able to get the money and the person receiving the money has control of that fund in his bank account before they invest into the business.  That's a perfect way to be able to use gift money in an E-2 visa case. Another way is loans. We have a lot of people that have clients that they have some money, but I also want to be able to get a loan in their home country to be able to support the business.

2:54 I never recommend to use a loan from U.S. bank.  It's going to be very difficult to get you an E visa and the U.S. embassies are not keen to see foreigners trying to get money from U.S. bank

3:41 That's the only way where we can use a loan if you secure it with a real estate or some personal belongings that are high value that will be one way to be able to use the loan in an E visa fund.  Otherwise, if there's no security behind it, the U.S. embassies are going to like that.

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Mar 18 2019

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AIM - 29 E2 Investment Visa for Citizens of New Zealand 2019

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What is an E2 Investment Visa And the the Kiwi Act or the E-1 Visa for Citizens of New Zealand?

00:01.  Announcing an amazing change in the law that allows now people from New Zealand to come to the United States and start a business no matter what area you have an interest to start a business

00:58 The E-2 visa will allow any investor from New Zealand, first of all to start any company as long as they invest a substantial amount. Again, we recommend at least 50,000 U.S. dollars, but ideally it will be 100,000 that can be invested in any business.

1:58 You can purchase a business. So as long as you purchase a business, it could be a franchise, it could be an existing business or you can start your own business. So you can start a consulting company, you can start a restaurant, a coffee shop, whatever you desire, you can do that. As long as you can prove that the money that you bring from New Zealand is legitimate.

2:46. You can state at the port of entry that you were coming to, to be here an investor.  You have a few months to set up your company, to move the funds into your U.S. entity. You'll be able to get an office space if it's going to be a consulting company. If you're going to buy an existing business, you'll be able to put your money in escrow and purchase that business, show that you are using the money that you brought from New Zealand for the purpose of the business

3:34 Once the E-2 visa is issued, you'll be able to come to the United States and start your business. If you're married, you can bring your spouse and your spouse will be eligible for a work permit as well. There's another visa that it was passed as part of this new legislation, the Kiwi Act, and that's an E-1 Visa.

4:16 The E-1 visa would allow somebody from New Zealand to start a trading business with the U.S.  This is a visa that had never existed before, but now people from New Zealand are able to apply for the E-1 or E-2 visa to start their, their trade business. So if you're interested in doing a trade business, it's another option for you guys to do that by applying for the E-1 visa.

5:11 It's an amazing opportunity that will help trade in business from both countries, between the U.S. and New Zealand. And it also applies to U.S. citizens that want to come to New Zealand and start companies. It's a reciprocity kind of visa that allows people from the U.S. do the same thing in New Zealand

5:54 And again, it's just a temporary visa. It's not a green card. You don't immigrate.  You can come for a couple…a few years. Try your luck in the U.S. and share your, your experience and just the culture of New Zealand with us, people of America.

Mar 15 2019

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AIM - 28 EB5 Visa Update by San Diego Immigration Lawyer - September 2018

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Updates on EB5 Visa, what you need to know.

00:00 Major changes to the EB5 half a million dollar visa coming up this week

00:13 this program extended to December 7, 2018, which means that everything remains the same, including the amount of money, 500,000 into a regional center and million dollar into a direct program, and half a million dollars into an undeserved area where people invest in targeted unemployed area projects.

01:08 It means that people that are doing EB5 visas, people that are interested to invest in these programs so they can get their green cards are already concerned because there's been a lot of rumors that the government is going to increase the amount.

01:28 There are rumors that this program is going to be canceled altogether

01:54 If extended in what form? Is it going to be the same amount? Are there going to be any restrictions on the EB5 regional centers? We have no idea

02:02 EB5 is unique program that is created by the U.S. Government allowing investors that are investing in regional centers, which are government programs that are licensed by the government to build real estate or energy projects.

02:30 Those investment is, is done in a way of a…of a loan because at the end of the five year period, some of these investors, most of the investors are able to get their money back.

03:03 Every time the program is about to expire, we are concerned and our clients are concerned there could be major changes. But right now, the regional center, EB5 program still in effect

03:31 It has been extended through December 7th.  We encourage you, those investors that are serious about it to do email us. You can email me directly at jacob@h1b.biz.

04:02 If you have questions, post them in the comments below and let me know what you doing with this video and let us know also what other videos you would like us to make because we are here for you

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AIM - 27 Employers' Five Most Common PERM Mistakes San Diego Immigration Lawyer

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Employer's five most common mistakes when they are filing the labor certification also known as Perm.

00:03 The five most common mistakes that employer's make every single time when they are involved in the process of filing a labor certification.

00:26 When you prepare an ETA 1989, which is also the PERM application, it's very important to check every single line on that form. The number one mistake is that employers would do it on their own or even work with attorneys on experience in the process, they fail to check the form correctly

01:19 Employers and people that are working with employers make mistakes in the placement of the ads. Most common mistake that we see is putting those ads in the wrong dates and the wrong information.

01:51 It's really important to outline the recruitment schedule beforehand.

02:14 Employers and people who work with the employers who prepare the form, they fail to match the experience of the employee,

03:13 Once the ETA form has been submitted, there's an email sent from the Labor Department to the employer and a lot of employers are failing to respond to that email and that could be resulting in abandonment of the case.

03:51 Not keeping clear records and not doing everything you're supposed to be doing during the recruitment process.

04:26 Avoid those five mistakes and you'll be golden and you have your Perm Labor certification application approved in no time.

04:45  Hopefully this was helpful to you and you enjoy our videos.  

Mar 13 2019

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AIM - 26 Fiancé Visa or Marriage Visa What is the difference

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What's the difference between a fiancé visa and a marriage visa?

00:00 A fiancé visa or marriage visa. What's the difference?

00:10 We'll talk about the difference between a K-1 visa, a fiancé visa, and a marriage visa.

00:29 What is it K-1 fiancé visa?  A fiancé is usually reserved for people that are engaged to U.S. citizens only.

01:06 It's also important to understand that the fiancé visa can be sometimes quicker than a marriage visa.

01:42 Marriage visa is reserved to green card holders that want to file an I-130 for

their spouses or for U.S. citizens that want immigrate as sponsor.

02:36 The main difference between a fiancé, visa and marriage visa is that first of all, for a fiancé visa, the couple/  They don't have to be married

03:22 They want to be able to test the relationship by living here together. Sometimes, those couples, it's the first time they actually live together.

03:56 It's good to know that there is the option of doing your fiancé visa before marriage and there's an option to file for a marriage visa once you're already married

04:25 Hopefully you understood the difference between the K-1 fiancé visa and a marriage visa. If you have any other questions, post them in the comments below or email them to me, to jacob@h1b.biz.

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AIM - 25 How International Students can accrue Unlawful Presence Tight and Devastating Rules for Students!

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How International Students can accrue unlawful presence?

00:01 A new USCIS policy can have devastating consequences on students who overstayed or violate their status

00:15 The new UCIS policy coming up August 9, 2018 that will change the way a students, F-students, J-Students, M Students are considered to be accruing unlawful presence in the US if they violated their status by not going to school or working

1:25 The only way they could accrue that if they were apprehended by immigration official, by a judge who determine that at that moment they accrued over presence.

2:26 but the essence of accrual of unlawful presence will happen at the time of that interview when that person willmeet the immigration officer.

3:37 If they are here now, before August 9th they should try to speak with an immigration attorney to see what they can do facing that change in and the upcoming date because after that they will be a accruing unlawful. And it's important to make plenty because we have 180 days and then you have the one year. And it's important to plan that

4:40 Keep in mind that this is a policy change that is coming in August 9th. It will be impacting all students that are here in DS status that currently are in violation of status

5:33 it's important to understand and plan how you're going to try to change your status. Once again students that are currently in violation of status are going to start accruing unlawful presence after August 9th based on this new memo

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AIM - 24 How to choose the right immigration lawyer for you

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How to choose the right immigration lawyer for you

00:00 You need an immigration lawyer, but how do you find the right one

00:11 We wanted to answer one of the most common questions that I get asked how to find the right immigration lawyer for you.

00:36 It's really important to start with a referral

01:06 Most immigration attorneys are offering free consultations. And so it's important to choose some of those that are offering free consultations.

01:25 . Most immigration attorneys are working on a flat rate basis.

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02:47 Most attorneys are working on an hourly basis, but a lot of immigration attorneys are shifting to the flat fee model, which basically allows you to know upfront how much are going to cost you to pay for the case, how much you're going to take time on, on their side to prepare the file.

03:42 Another important factor is to find out if this attorney is a member of AILA, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which controls most of the immigration bar.

04:22 Most attorneys that are practicing immigration law should have a public profile on Google reviews, on yelp and on AVO, which are the three main sites that you should definitely check your attorneys on Google.

04:45 The other thing you want to check is to see where they are licensed and if there are any disciplinary actions with their, with their bar association. Some attorneys are licensed in one state and they can practice immigration law in another state because the federal law, so it doesn't matter where they are, they can practice immigration law

05:26 I think the most important advice is that it's important to meet with a few attorneys before you make a decision because everybody has a different style.  There are many, many good lawyers out there and it's up to you to find the right one for you.

Mar 08 2019

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AIM - 23 How to fill out the Form I-485 for an Adjustment of Status in the United States

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How to fill out the Form I-485 for an Adjustment of Status in the United States?

00:01  We don't give legal advice but I felt it would be nice to show how to complete a form, what it looks like. It's all done for general information only and when you have a case like an adjustment of status based on family, on deployment, those are really complicated things and you should definitely work with an attorney

00:35 We will now begin with form I-45, and this form is extremely important that you have all of your information correct because this is the form that the USCIS will use in order to prepare your green card.

02:07 Information about you continues with the country of birth and country citizenship. The alien number again, is only if you've been in the U.S. before. So if you entered the U.S. through crossing the border or an airport and you were admitted at a port of entry, which you have to have been admitted at a port of entry in order to file for adjustment of status, you will click on this that you were inspected.  

03:56 Some people have entered a with an advanced parole or a humanitarian parole. And if that's your case, then you want to click on this one. And if you came into the United States without admission or parole, you want to click on this one.

05:03 They want to know the name as it appears on your I-94.  Usually it is almost the same as it appears on your passport

05:46 Are you applying for adjustment based on immigration nationality act, section 245-I? So some people who have petitions that were filed prior to April 30th of 2001and entered unlawfully without a visa would mark yes here. And those people would have to complete another form as well, but we're just focusing on the marriage case right now so you probably entered legally, you're going to answer no

06:31 This section is usually not for marriage cases because it has to do with petitions that have already been filed for other people through an employer or through a relative it's really important for you to be very honest and very clear.

08:06 It wants you to provide your most recent address outside the U.S. where you lived more than one year. That would also match the information that you put on your I-130. How many times have you been married before? So and this includes annulled marriages, so you want to put down how many times you've been married before.

09:53 Information about prior marriages, this is where you put all your prior marriages, where you get married. You do need to have this information, so hopefully you remember it or have it with you

11:02 Read this carefully. It's telling you how many children you need to enter in here, whether they're married or unmarried, living with you or elsewhere. You want to include any missing children and other children that were born outside of your marriage.

12:32 some of the questions are very intricate and you have to be very careful how you answer these. So let's start with the first one. Have you ever been a member of, involved in or in any way associated with any organization, association fund, foundation, party, club society or similar group in the United States or in any other location in the world, including any military service. You want to put that information here because this is needed for your background check. So it's very important that you complete this as thoroughly as possible.

13:30 It's asking if you've ever been denied admission to the United States. So if you've ever tried to enter the U.S. and they said no, you can't come in or they canceled your visa or anything like that happened.

14:32 You'd want to answer. Yes. Have you ever been denied a visa to the United States? If you applied for your B-1, B-2 visa and it was denied or you're applying for an F-1 visa and it was denied and then later you apply for another visa and it was approved, you still have to answer yes that you've been denied a visa here.

15:22 It's asking have you ever been granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge, but failed to depart within the allotted time? So this is very important. Some people forget and they think that because they entered with a visa, but got voluntary departure that they're still okay to file. If you got voluntary departure and didn't leave, you may not be able to do adjustment of status

16:27 They asked have you ever been granted a waiver or has the Department of State issued a favorable waiver recommendation letter for you? So if you've had a waiver for say a non immigrant visa, then you definitely want to enter that there.

17:00 We go up to the next questions. These all have to do with criminal acts and violations and read this very carefully because if you don't read them carefully, you might not answer it correctly because some people will not see the words clearly. So I would suggest that you read these questions twice

18:59 Have you ever violated or attempted or conspired to violate any controlled substance law or regulation? And some people have had a, what they call a misdemeanor violation for marijuana and there is a way, there is a one time waiver for that, but only for one violation.

19:52 So you should be able to answer no to all of these questions and including the questions on security.  And these have to do with espionage and other activity and trying to overthrow the U.S. government and I'm sure no one completing this form would ever try and do that but if you have you answer truthfully

21:41 If you used an emergency medical that is not considered public assistance. So mark no on that one and you definitely want to mark no on are likely to receive public assistance because that is one of the reasons that they have you complete an affidavit of support is to make sure that you do not become a public charge.

24:04 Accommodations for individuals with disabilities and other impairments, If you are disabled and you need assistance and you're going to complete these boxes here. So pay attention to those.

25:08 ] And then go ahead and sign where it says applicant signature. If you did use an interpreter, then you have to have the interpreters contact information and the interpreter will also need to sign this form. And if someone helped you to prepare the form, even if it was your spouse, then the spouse, the U.S. petitioners spouse will enter his information in here and complete and sign the form.  If it was a U.S. citizen they will click on I am not an attorney and complete…read the certification, sign it and your pretty much done with the form. This is the last page part 14 where you would put any additional information that you could not fit on the form in previous pages. So you want to make sure you enter the page number, the part number and the item number that you're discussing in these boxes.  And we're done with form I-485

26:10 I hope you enjoyed watching this video. It gives you an idea how to fill the form. If you have any more questions, just post them in the comments below and let me know what other videos you want to see.  And thanks for your support. We'll see you at our next video.

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AIM - 22 How to get a green card if US citizen passed away

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How to get a green card if U.S. citizen passed away?

00:01 ] A U.S. citizen spouse just passed away. You're about to get your green card. What do you do? How do you get your green card on your own?

00:14 There are cases where a couple of starts the process, they file their I30 to 45. They're going through the process and suddenly a tragedy happen and the U.S. citizen spouse passes away, an illness, a car accident

What do you do?

1:09 There is a petition called I360, a widow petition where if the person is still married at the time of death and they were living together as a bona fide marriage that the surviving spouse can file an I360 petition as a widow, and then complete the process on her own.

2:03 It's very important to document all the paperwork and come prepared for that interview with your attorney to make sure that they understand the law and will adjudicate the case.

Mar 06 2019

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AIM - 21 How to get a Green Card through an employer (EB2EB3) San Diego Immigration Lawyer

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How to get a Green Card through an employer?

00:04 The first step in the process of getting a green card through an employer is actually have the employer commit to giving you that job.

00:18 The first step in the process is going to be, we called his perm, PERM Labor Certification, the Labor Certification.  And the Labor Certification process involves essentially an employer filing a petition with the Labor Department and several other things with the Labor Department proving that there are no U.S. citizen workers that are qualified to do this job.

1:18  The reason is because not only that employer has to sign the forms, be involved in all the recruitment process and everything else that we're going to describe, but also they have to be paying most of the fees that are involved in the process, including the lawyer fees

2:31 Once we have a certified labor certification, after we went through all the hoops of advertising and doing whatever is required, the employer with that certified labor certification, they can go ahead and proceed to filing the immigrant petition.

3:25 Employer will provide financial documents, pay stubs, tax returns and if all those are met then the I140 will be approved.

4:24 Typically when you do file the I140 or the 45 immigration may request more evidence and if that's the case you have to respond and hopefully the case will be approved, but that's in general the process to file a green card through an employer.

5:16 If the applicant is married, typically we advise to file the application for the spouse at the same time where when you file your own adjustment of status application, because if the green card is already approved for that employee and they are married and they failed to file for their spouse, they'll have to file for their spouse separately.

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AIM - 20 I-130 Petition for Alien Relative - How to fill out the Form I-130 to Immigrate a Spouse Lawyer TI-130 Petition for Alien Relative - How to fill out the Form I-130 to Immigrate a Spouse Lawyer T

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A lawyer tips on the petition for an alien relative and How to fill out the Form I-130 to Immigrate a Spouse

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00:00 A breakdown of how to complete an actual I-130 family petition a form.

00:35 The form I-130. This is the petition for an alien relative, so this is where you are petitioning your spouse and you want to make sure that you complete this form as thoroughly as possible

00:46 Remember the petitioner is the U.S. citizen, so if you are a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you used to have an alien registration number.

01:46 You do want to enter your social security number.  You want to enter your last name, first name and middle name, and you want to make sure that you have typed incorrectly.  You want to enter the city or town that you were in and your country of birth, your date of birth, and your sex, male or female,

02:18 Make sure your address is correct because if it's wrong, you're not going to get your receipts. So don't forget the apartment number or floor number, whatever it is that pertains to you. But make sure it's complete.

03:09 You do want to fill out 13A since when have you been living at that address

03:42 The dates don't have to be precise. They can be approximate, but you want to enter the month, day and year.

04:08 If this is the only marriage, then you're just going to mark one in this box.

04:38 Make sure that you mark down if you've had other previous marriages

05:08 Your current status, of course, is married because you're filing for your spouse. And you want to enter here your date of marriage, of your current marriage, not any previous marriages

05:30 Under the name of all spouses, of all your spouses, if this is the only marriage you have been, you only need to complete the first one and where it says date marriage ended, you can leave that blank. If you were previously married, then you want to enter the name of your previous spouse. And if you were married more than two or three times, you want to go to the last page and enter that information and we'll show you that at the very where you can enter this

06:05 They want to know where your father was born and where he resides now.

06:52 You're going to mark down whether you're a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident to lawful permanent resident. And if you got citizenship through your birth or through naturalization or through your parents

07:54 If you are a lawful permanent resident, then you need to include this information, your class of admission and where you were admitted in the state you were admitt

08:09 Employment history, so if you are currently employed, this is where you put your current occupation and the date that you started

08:57 Biographic information. So you interfere Hispanic or Latino or not Hispanic, and if you're Hispanic, you are lawfully legally by the Supreme Court

09:27 This is where you're going to talk about your spouse, the foreign national who is going to be applying for adjustment of status

10:01 The U.S. social security number, if they've never worked in the U.S. before and they've never had an a number before or work authorization, they are not going to have a social security number so you can leave that blank.

10:14 Beneficiary's name, this is important information because it's used for your background check. And especially if you have a common name, it's really important that you put your name as thoroughly as possible.

11:04 Other information about the beneficiary, this is where you put the birth city, country and the sex of the beneficiary

11:39 We're going to go to the beneficiary's physical address and if they are currently here in the U.S. and it should be the same address is the petitioner.

11:58 Other address information, you provide the address in the United States with the beneficiary intents to live.

12:28 Information about the beneficiary, you want to put their phone number and email addres. And how many times have they been married

12:56 More information about the marriage, where did you get married

13:06 Name of the beneficiary spouses, the beneficiary is currently married to the petitioner.

13:44 Information about the beneficiary's family, this is where they put the spouse and children.

14:19 There's a dropdown menu and if you arrived as a temporary visitor, you want to click on temporary visitor and then you want to enter your I-94 number in this box.

14:58 If you have your passport with you, you can go onto the CBP website and you can look in our resources for more information about that

15:50 You also want to enter your passport number.

16:57 Was the beneficiary ever under immigration proceedings? This is something you would know if you were in immigration proceedings.  You would have been picked up by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, also known as ICE or you would have a court date or you would have gone in front of the judge.

17:32 So if the language is different, if the written language is different, native written language is different than the way that we would normally write it in English, then you would want to enter that information.

17:53 Here you want to make sure that you enter the city or town where you're going to be filing and the state, and then they will send it to the nearest USCIS field office when it's time for your interview.

19:06 If you filed for your parents or your brother or sister, then you went to mark yes here and you want to put in the information that of the person that you filed for.

19:54 The petition is contact information, this is where the daytime phone number and the mobile phone number go.  You can just put both numbers there and an email address.

20:08 The contact information of the person who prepared this, if you prepared it yourself, you don't have to complete this. If someone else prepared it for you, then it should be completed.

20:33 This is where you can add all of the additional jobs that you had. And you can usually fit maybe two or three jobs in each section or two or three addresses in each section

21:13 If you have any other ideas for videos, if you like more of the form videos, put them in the comments below and most important, if you have questions, ask me and I'll answer

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AIM - 19 I-601 Waiver Winning your waiver best tips and strategy by San Diego Immigration Lawyer

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00:03 We will cover one of the most complex areas of immigration law and as the waivers of grounds of inadmissibility.

00:23 We'll  specifically about the I-601 Waiver that is a very powerful waiver that can waive grounds of unlawful presence, or certain criminal activity as well as misrepresentation and fraud.

00:44 It is very important to connect a qualifying relative that will be the focus of our waiver because if there isn't qualifying relative by law, then we don't have a waiver and that case would not be possibl

01:35 What is the standard of I-601 waiver? The legal standard is extreme hardship.

02:00 It is extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen qualifying relative this case, a parent or a spouse

02:18 We have things like family ties in the U.S. or in the foreign country. If the U.S. citizen, spouse or parent has been live in the U.S. for many, many years, they have strong roots here. Uprooting them from here is going to cause them extreme hardship cause they don't know anybody in a foreign country

02:45 Another factor for extreme hardship are medical and psychological conditions.

03:19 Another factor is that if the U.S. citizen spouse or parent, you already have a very, very important job here.

03:52 Let's put it in the case to show that country conditions make it so difficult, almost impossible for that U.S. citizen qualifying relative to move and therefore it's going to result in extreme hardship

04:34 use exhibits. We use affidavits in a certain way that will make it easier for the adjudicating officer to approve that 601 waiver case.

05:24 There are waivers like the 608(a) which are specifically for unlawful presence. There are waivers, like the 212(d)(3) for people that are non-immigrants. There is the I-212 waiver, therefore people that have been removed

05:54 We have more articles on our website that will focus on that. Please subscribe to our channel

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AIM - 18 Immigration Law Q & A DACA Update and more & what you need to knowImmigration Law Q & A DACA Update and more & what you need to know

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00:02 We are going to talk about immigration changes and updates

00:43 We're going to start off with some of the topics because I know you all want to know the most pressing and most important things that are happening in immigration.

01:23 President Trump met with top CEO's and Fortune 500 companies yesterday and they were just had a dinner talking about different things.  They basically were pressing him on immigration. they actually wanted him to create a program that will allow skilled workers to be able To come here in a much better way.

02:04 Another important thing that happened that was the announcement by a judge, that the DACA program will continue.

02:24 A judge gave 20 days to the  Trump Administration to reinstate that DACA for extension and for new obligation.

03:21 Its also constitutional challenge because one judge is saying give you 20 days to bring back that DACA and another judge pulled on the seat today or this week, destroyed DACA so maybe it's going to go to the Supreme Court.

03:53 As of now, DACA applicants that hold DACA, they can continue to renew it until further notice, but any new DACA applicants, if you're somebody who would qualify for DACA today, you can do it until there's going to be some other decisions

04:25 I still think that Congress is going to come up with a law for the dreamers.

05:00 Right now it remains to be scene and will continue to update you.

05:12 Most of the family petitions were actually getting interviews. But now, every green card application is subject to an interview, which makes it, first of all, much more complicated. Makes the process much more confusing because even officers, and I'm not always aware of what they should be asking, what are the, some of the standards.

05:53 Let's start with marriage petitions and I-864 for joined sponsors. What are some of the, what are some of the issues that we see there?

06:13 In late term, when you get married in each to your husband and your wife easily with U.S. citizen doesn't make enough money, you need to, for example, for a couple, you make less than $20,000 a year on tax, you have to find a sponsor.

07:39 Some of these marriage cases they're trying to detect fraud and so they determine that if somebody is willing to sign paperwork and they're not really connected to the couple, maybe there's some sort of a, you know, something shady going on.

08:17 Try to find co-sponsor that you know maybe it's a friend or a family, a coworker or somebody, but not just somebody that you paid because that's going to create a problem down the process whether it's your first interview or second interview

08:43 Another question that we see that they ask, and it's a question that is on the form I-45, whether it's for an employment base or family case is whether you're violated your terms of your visa.

09:26 You have to be upfront if you overstay, you have to say yes

10:02 In a sum the way you answered those questions can trigger more investigation for no reason specifically with the question of overstay and that some instances were overstay is not an issue, but you need to know which ones are those instances.  Make sure you have that full DOJ-FBI report because if you don't, sometimes there can be things that can be discovered at the interview and if you don't see it in advance, it's very difficult to deal with it and maybe already too late at the interview and sometimes can result in denial or even arrest at the interview.

11:04 Make sure you have full DOJ-FBI criminal reports then before you actually attended interview and any attorney can help you with that

11:30 That’s also why you have to your record before you're interview because it brings a lot of problem because they know if you're off charge.

12:42 It's always better to be informed as to what you have in your criminal records file before you interview

13:20 You are not allowed to receive food stamps if you have a visa or a green guard. This is forbidden. Only U.S. citizen are allowed to get food stamps. Only U.S. citizen are allowed to get service security income.  

14:01 We're looking on how they're going to redefine a public charge. What is a public charge

14:41 Another thing we've seen that they concerned is have you lied, concealed on misrepresented any information, and again it goes back to people that when you come to enter the border as a visitor, you state something at a port of entry.

15:08 Those things now could be used against you at the interview because they're going to say, wait a minute. We have records that a year ago, two years ago, you told us that you're going to be a visitor. So be aware as to what you tell them at the border and, and keep things short. Don't reveal too much information.

15:55 They ask for all your employment, every where you lived.  They've been actually going back to the DS-160 you submitted, 5, 10, 20 years ago and we're going to look what did you say?  Where did you leave? What did you say you work and then they got to match their record. Did you come as a B2 and you're say you live in America.

16:29 Be sure, you careful what you write on your DS-160 when you applied for a visa at the consulate.

16:38 We see a lot of changes in those green card interviews.

17:03 They're going to investigate. We've seen it at a very, very complicated turn of events, and we are really comparing the clients on interviews as if we're going to court.

17:22 For employments, it’s a very complex subject.  An officer, they are trained very hard and they are trying but they don’t understand most of the visa, H1B, TA, E-2, they don’t understand much.

17:59 It's sometimes very challenging and you have to have a good lawyer.

19:00 If an officer determines that they pick on something that you said or they look at the paperwork and decide that something is not right that can change the course of the case right there at the interview which wasn't the case before especially for employment base cases that typically we're almost approved automatically once they got the paperwork

19:49 How long it's taken at this time to get approval on I6O1's?

20:04 One year.

20:05 Again there's no set amount for an E-2 investment but we always recommend at least 100,000. And again, it depends on what state you are in.

21:28 . Tell us how much time to approve F2B category visa while petitioner is a green card holder? It's two years.

22:23 Every case is different, but again send me a private message and it's very important for you to understand that we're doing this as a public service to you guys because you follow us on Facebook and some of you are our clients.  We are not your attorneys and please understand that we are not providing legal counsel.

23:07 There's a visa bulletin and in the visa bulletin they have different dates and based on that date it, it depends how long you have to wait

23:47 You have to call the NVC.  They have a phone number. The best time to call is very late at night around 10:00 PM Pacific, 10:00 PM eastern time

24:31 I would just recommend for you to go back on F1, if you can for another year. Right now EB5 we are waiting for our September extension hopeful

25:24 Right now we are working with the London U.S. Embassy and they had been very cooperative with us.

26:12 Those of you that are going to watch this in an hour or two or tomorrow you can continue posting your questions and we'll continue to answer them on the same thread or you can just send us a private message and we'll continue to answer.

26:56 If it's a first interview so if you're doing a 45 adjustment and you're no longer with your spouse, the case will not be approved. It will be, denied unless there is abuse or even an abuse

27:58 We do send our client and we do request for an advance for one year because they often if there's cases of abuse say it's an abuse by the U.S. citizen we let them file a VAWA for victim of abuse woman

28:13 Again, if it's a case specific question, which I think it is, just send us an email or send a private message in the Facebook and we'll respond to you immediately.

29:01 You really have to check on the status of your case

29:33 You can go on a Visa Bulletin.  Type Google, Visa Bulletin look what is your priority date.

30:32 You have an I-130 approved You can reinstate.  it's called a humanitarian reinstatement

31:13 So your husband is a U.S. citizen my understanding and he wants to file for you the Filipina spouse. He can do that and it's doable, but he going to need to prove domicile in the U.S. at some point. So there are ways to prove it. Then you probably, you have to consult with an attorney, but to answer your question, yes

31:55 If he is a U.S. citizen and he wants to file for you while in the Philippines, he can still do that.

32:56 We talked about many things.  We talked about changes in immigration, the DACA.  We talked about a more complicated matters in the green card interviews. We talked about Trump and how amazing he is, all these things.

34:44 Our clients are waiting and again guys keep posting your questions. We'll go back to answer me and Marie and last question of May. Does the U.S. frown on bringing newborn children from the U.K. to the US? It doesn't look negative to the application? No. No, of course not. As long as they're born in the U.K. and they can fly, you can travel.  No problem.

35:31 As long as you have an authorization if you did that

35:33 Correct, If you can legally bring them here.  

35:55 We're going to do it every week as long as we're healthy and able to do it, and i f not, we'll bring the computer home and we'll do it from home. But anyway, thanks for watching. And again, what we want from you to do, the ones that are watching the live stream, make sure you share it. There's a share button at the bottom. You can share it so everybody can see, your friends.

Feb 28 2019

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AIM - 17 How a Citizen of New Zealand get a Visa for the USA (Business) E2

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How a Citizen of New Zealand get a E2 Business Visa for the U.S.

00:00 The new E2 visa and E1 visa for citizens of New Zealand is a new opportunity based on the Kiwi Act that was signed recently by President Trump and this visa will allow citizens of New Zealand to come to the United States, invest and start their own businesses.

00:47 You must have at least $50,000 to $100,000 as a minimum investment to invest in your own business. This is an amount of money that you currently have in New Zealand that you either earned it or you inherited it or you got it as a gift.  Another requirement is that you actually have to come to United States and open and start a company.

01:20 If you identified the business before you arrive and you're able to purchase that business and using that purchase you can start your…your business in the United States and obtain an E2 visa.

01:39 Another requirement is that we have to prove where the money came from.

02:09 The U.S. government would like to see what is your plan with your business.

02:37 Another requirement of the visa of the E2 and the E1 visa that you need to have a business plan five year plan to show what you're going to be doing with your business in the United States

03:17 Another requirement is that it has to be a substantial investment

04:03 It's going to be a huge opportunity for startups, for entrepreneurs from New Zealand to come to the United States and try their luck in here.

04:48 Again, it's a temporary visa, so you're not abandoning your residents in New Zealand, but it's an amazing opportunity

05:09 It's called the Kiwi Act signed into law into August 2018 by President Trump, welcoming citizens of New Zealand to come to the United States and started companies using the E1 or E2 visa.

05:33 If you enjoyed this video, please let me know. Post it in the comments below and we'll look forward to connecting with you on Facebook right here

Feb 27 2019

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AIM - 16 How can a foreign nurse get a visa to work in the USA 2019

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How can a foreign nurse get a visa to work in the United States of America?

00:0 Have you ever wondered how a foreign nurse can work in the United States and what visas are actually required for a nurse to be able to work in America?

00:17 The good news is that in early 2000, there was a crisis in the amount of visas that were available for nurses. So it was you took nurses many, many years to wait for their visas to be adjudicated before they can come to the United States. But now that crisis is coming to an end and the wait time for nurses from the Philippines and from India and from China is definitely has definitely been reduced.

1:13 Right now most nurses who want to work in the United States are able to come by being petitioned by their employer specifically directly for a green card or certain nurses that have a master degree or a bachelor degree plus five is experience and are working in a particular category like a nurse practitioner or are in management positions, can come on H1B visas.

2:08 most nurses that are going to come here and be petitioned for a green card must have visa screen, which is basically a equivalency of their education done by the CGFNS organization that is in charge of equivalency of education for nurses.  It is also important for those nurses to pass the IELTS English exam. The other thing that they need is a job offer typically from a hospital that is going to offer them their job and sponsor them for permanent residency.

3:04 The most common way is to be a petitioned for permanent residency. Typically that employer will file for what is called an I140 which is the immigrant petition.

4:04 The most common way for nurses to come to United States is being petitioned by an employer, typically a hospital, and obtain their green card and then come to the United States after particular waiting period that they wait in their home country.

5:07 Those nurses that immigrated from the Philippines to Canada over the years, and now are now Canadian citizens are able to come to the United States using a TN visa as long as they have a Canadian license and they meet other requirements.

Feb 26 2019

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AIM - 15 How can a Professional video gamer or ESports member get a US Visa

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How can a Professional video gamer or ESports member get a U.S. Visa?

00:00 Have you ever wondered how an ESport professional can get a visa to the United States?

00:36 we have quite a few here that are entrepreneurs and people in the ESports industry and wondering how is it possible that people in that industry to obtain visas to come to the United States.

00:56 People will qualify for the O-1B visa, so they have to show that they have achieved a national or international acclaim.

01:52 Some of those influencers in ESports that have large following like, you know, we have client that had more than you know, 2 million subscribers on the YouTube channel and very, very high following on, on Instagram

02:38 that's why the O-1B visa is an amazing visa for artists in online sports, influencers and especially talented ESports.

03:36 O-1B visa is the best one that we can recommend for ESports talent and other talent in that space.

04:02 If you have questions, just email me jacob@h1b.biz. I you have any comments, please post them below and don't forget to subscribe

Feb 25 2019

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What you need to know about the new Denaturalization Task force.

00:00 Did you know that the government is planning to start a task force to naturalize thousands of people that already guard their citizenship?

00:15 The process of denaturalization is basically taking away somebody's citizenship after denaturalized years ago. And the reason they are doing this is the claim is many people, thousands of people obtain their citizenship by providing fake or false information, like they used different names. They use different documents to hide the fact that they had a criminal record or that they were charged with crimes that otherwise would prohibit them from getting citizenship

01:36 The only way to get somebody denaturalized is if they are have committed severe crime where there were Nazis or something that extreme. And now they're talking about, even minor crimes, even people that had some of drug offenses and didn't disclose it, could potentially, you know, lose their citizenship.

02:40 We're concerned about people that yes, may have committed some crimes, but those people are not deserving to lose their citizenship

03:07 again, the reason why it's happening is because there are reports that there were not enough fingerprints information back in the day. People falsified information to get citizenship.

03:39 . If you have any questions, post them in the comments

Feb 22 2019

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AIM - 13 New USCIS Policy Memo on Notice to Appear (NTA) - Currently this is on HOLD!!!

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The New USCIS Policy Memo on Notice to Appear (NTA) is currently on hold.

Show Notes00:00 Learn about the new policy of deportation using Notice to Appear by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services00:13 An NTA is a charging document, essentially allows the government to play somebody in removal proceedings and typically those Notice to Appear are issued to people that are currently here without status or under the old policy, people that actually committed certain violations.01:06 it's basically almost a zero tolerance policy, which says that if a person is in the United States and received an application, a denial on an application from the moment that person is denied and NTA could be issued and putting this person in removal proceedings. 01:26 Now, if you have a visa and it's denied for whatever reason, you may be placed in removal proceedings01:47 47 The most important thing is to try to file your extensions early enough02:15 When you are filing your case, do it as best as possible to avoid denials02:32 As of July 5th, 2018, there's a new policy by the USCIS to issue notices to appear, to people who are here unlawfully and for applicants that were just denied their applications and now they are placed in removal proceedings using this new policy

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