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Immigration and Employment Law Update-November 17, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ft4ZJpKIKoHere is a video that I shot in Madagascar in 2015, where I am talking about the Affidavit of Support which is required in many immigration cases. I talk about the misconception that people have where they think they must earn a certain income in order to file a visa petition or to "sponsor" a family member or foreign spouse. This is still a common issue, and the reality is that no job is required to sponsor a family member or spouse.In other news, I was at Immigration Court in San Antonio this week representing a client who has DACA through 2019. For some strange reason, the ICE lawyer decided to start prosecuting my client again, despite the fact that he has DACA status and a work permit until 2019. I asked the ICE lawyer and the judge to close the case due to the fact my client is in valid DACA status. They said they would consider it. We shall see.Talking about strange activities in the area of immigration law, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer has noticed a significant delay by the government in the processing of all immigration cases. Work permits that used to take 20 to 40 days, are now taking 6 months. Naturalization cases (to become a U.S. citizen) that used to take four months are now taking well-over a year. I have also noticed a new harshness in visa processing abroad. I heard from one of our clients today that he tried to renew his visitor's visa in Ukraine this week, and was denied. There seems to be a district effort to cut down on the number of foreign visitors to our country.In more promising developments in the world of immigration, one of our African clients got his EB-1 extraordinary worker case approved today. Like many of our clients, he works in the oil industry, and now, he and his family will all be getting green cards. I am very happy for them. The EB-1 category is a fast way to get a green card (less than one year). While many of our clients get it because of their experience in the oil industry, we have also done it for teachers, dancers, engineers, researchers, physicians, body shop workers and even an astronaut.On the employment law side of our law practice, we are bracing for all the new federal judges and appellate judges. Sadly, there is no reason to believe that they are going to have much sympathy for our clients who are the victims of harassment and discrimination. Despite that, I am confident that we will continue to have success in representing our clients with their meritorious cases.I should also mention that our law firm represents clients in employment law and immigration law all across America. While we may be based in Florida and Texas, we do federal law cases, which allows us to practice in all 50 states. I'll be visiting Connecticut and Wyoming in the next 30 days on two of our cases, and we welcome referrals from across the country.Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't talk about the daily news reports of sex harassment in the news. Our law firm has represented sex harassment victims for over 30 years. In order to have a winnable case, it is very important to report the sex harassment to Human Resources or the  appropriate authority within the company. While there may be some exceptions, reporting sex harassment and keeping records about it is critically important.For further information, I may be reached at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800. My email address is [email protected].

Las solicitudes de ciudadanía se disparan en EE. UU. conforme se endurece el discurso sobre la inmigración

https://www.nytimes.com/es/2017/10/31/solicitudes-ciudadania-eeuu-inmigracion/?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&module=Translations&region=Header&version=es&ref=en-US&pgtype=articleEste reciente artículo de inmigración en el New York Times destacó lo que les he estado diciendo a los clientes durante muchos años.A menudo he pedido a mis amigos y clientes permanentes legales que se conviertan en ciudadanos de EE. UU., Ya que tener una tarjeta verde,  puede no ser suficiente para garantizar la readmisión sin daños a los EE. UU. Ni puede ser suficiente para evitar la deportación.El más simple de los crímenes, incluso cuando es negligente, puede causar que un inmigrante legal sea deportable. Además, las reglas cambian constantemente cuando se trata de ciudadanos que no son estadounidenses, y el no ciudadano está constantemente en peligro de perder sus derechos legales, en comparación con los ciudadanos de EE. UU. Este abogado de inmigración de Houston y abogado de inmigración de Miami insta a todos los titulares de la tarjeta verde elegibles a solicitar la ciudadanía de EE. UU. cuando sean elegibles.Por supuesto, en estos tiempos inusuales para nuestro país, el proceso de naturalización para convertirse en ciudadano se ha vuelto más caro, lleva mucho más tiempo y es más difícil.Para obtener más información, me pueden contactar a [email protected] o en Texas al 713.850.0066 y en Florida al 305.538.6800

Citizenship Applications in the U.S. Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/us/citizenship-applications-immigration.html This recent immigration article in the New York Times highlighted what I have been telling clients for many years. I have often urged my legal permanent resident friends and clients to become a USA citizen, because having a green card, alone, may not be sufficient to guarantee unimpaired readmission to the U.S. nor may it be sufficient to avoid deportation. The simplest of crimes, even where negligent, can cause a lawful immigrant to be deportable. Moreover, rules are constantly changing when it comes to non-USA citizens, and the non-citizen is constantly in jeopardy of losing legal rights, as compared to USA citizens. This Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer urges all eligible green card holders to apply for USA citizenship whenever they become eligible. Of course, in these unusual times for our country, the naturalization process to become a citizen has become more expensive, it takes significantly longer and it is more difficult. For further information, I may be reached at [email protected] or in Texas at  713.850.0066 or in Florida at 305.538.6800

El Proceso de la EEOC - Queja por Discriminación

Aquí hay un video de nuestra abogada Melba Rivera, de nuestra oficina en Miami, FL sobre el proceso de la EEOC para trabajadores que están teniendo problemas en su trabajo o que han sido terminados de su empleo basado en discriminación.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97-sQYsxotwPara más información nos pueden contactar al 713-850-0066 o al 305-538-6800, también pueden mandar un correo electrónico a [email protected].

Visa E-2 de Inversionista por Tratado Comercial

En nuestra sección de invitados, el post de hoy es de la abogada Ana G. Kyburg, quien se especializa en derecho de inmigración. En su post, la Sra. Kyburg describe los elementos y características de la visa E-2 de inversionista bajo tratado.
La visa E-2 de inversionista bajo tratado es una buena opción para aquellas personas que desean invertir en los Estados Unidos y garantizar la supervisión de los fondos de inversión. Se trata de una visa no inmigrante que, en principio, tendría una duración inicial de 2 años, y podría ser prorrogada por otros 2 años de manera ilimitada, salvo por ciertas excepciones.Habiendo ya experimentado la preparación, tramitación, y aprobación de visas E-2 para clientes de nuestra firma, me gustaría compartir algunos datos sobre este tipo de visa no inmigrante.En primer lugar, la visa E-2 se encuentra disponible para inversores provenientes de un país con el cual los Estados Unidos mantenga un tratado comercial. ¿Cómo puede una persona saber si es ciudadana de un país que mantiene este tipo de tratado con los Estados Unidos? La respuesta se encuentra aquí: https://mx.usembassy.gov/es/visas-es/inversionistas/Los interesados en aplicar a la visa E-2 no solo tienen que ser ciudadanos de un país que mantenga un tratado de comercio y navegación con los Estados Unidos, sino que también deben realizar una inversión substancial de capital en un negocio en los Estados Unidos. Ciertos empleados de tal negocio con un cargo ejecutivo o supervisor pueden llegar a calificar para obtener la visa E-2.En definitiva, los requisitos generales para calificar para una visa no inmigrante E-2 inversionista de tratado son los siguientes:
  • Ser ciudadano de un país con el cual los Estados Unidos mantiene un tratado de comercio y navegación;
  • Haber invertido, o encontrarse activamente en el proceso de invertir, una suma substancial de capital en una empresa o negocio de buena fe en los Estados Unidos;
  • Entrar a los Estados Unidos con la sola intención de desarrollar y dirigir la empresa/negocio en el cual se invierte. Esto puede demostrarse probando ser el dueño de al menos el 50% de la empresa o teniendo control operacional a través de un puesto gerencial.
Bajo el régimen de la visa E-2 por tratado, una inversión consiste en la puesta en riesgo, en sentido comercial, de capital, incluyendo fondos u otros bienes, con el objetivo de generar ganancia. El capital debe estar sujeto a pérdida parcial o total en el supuesto en que la inversión fracase. Es muy importante que el inversionista de tratado demuestre que los fondos no han sido obtenidos de manera ilegal. Asimismo, la empresa en la cual se invierte no debe ser marginal, es decir, debe poseer la capacidad (ya sea en el presente o en el futuro) de generar suficiente ganancia como para que el inversor por tratado y su familia puedan vivir.La visa E-2 puede ser tramitada dentro de los Estados Unidos, ingresando en USCIS el Formulario I-129 y solicitando el cambio de status a E-2, o desde el exterior, a través de un Consulado u Embajada de los Estados Unidos.El proceso de tramitación de este tipo de visa no inmigrante requiere de un detallado análisis de la documentación contable de la empresa, y el sometimiento de determinada evidencia clave. Nuestra firma cuenta con abogados experimentados en visas E-2 de inversionista bajo tratado. Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de este tipo de visa no inmigrante o desea comenzar su tramitación, estaríamos más que felices en brindarles nuestros servicios.Para más información nos pueden contactar al 713-850-0066 o al 305-538-6800, también pueden mandar un correo electrónico a [email protected]

October in Miami: A Lawyer's Perspective

Here is the view from the office of this Miami immigration lawyer and Miami  discrimination lawyer, today. Our staff is diligently working on our clients' immigration and discrimination cases from our Florida headquarters in South Beach.IMG_1920IMG_1919While I will be back in our Houston office tomorrow, I personally prefer the view from our South Beach office. Today, I was working on a couple of our local discrimination cases against Kohl's Department Store and against Checker's. We are representing clients before the Miami EEOC in discrimination cases against those two companies. Also, we are working on preparing Summons documents after suing Johnson and Wales University in Miami for allegedly discriminating against our client, a Native American at that school. And, finally, we are working on a lawsuit against the Oppenheimer & Co. for religious discrimination where our Jewish client was allegedly taunted with bagel jokes and other derogatory religious comments before they fired him.On the immigration side of our practice, I was so pleased to see the approval of our horse trainer client's case today. We have been working on that case for ten years and it finally got approved. In these times of America First, it is not easy to be getting foreign worker applications approved. However, in this case of the horse trainer from Mexico, we tested the labor market and were able to prove that there were no available USA workers for the job.For further information, I can be reached at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800, or via email at [email protected]

El Viaje Mundial pronto estará Limitado.

La administración de Trump sigue cerrando las puertas a un país tras otro de visitar a los Estado Unidos. Primero empezó con gente de Irán, Libia, Yemen y otros países Musulmanes. Después, la administración corto visas para ciertos oficiales de gobierno y familias de Venezuela. Luego vino Cuba, y la última semana fue Turquía.Algunos países como Turquía se están defendiendo. Después de que los Estado Unidos anuncio que dejaría de darle visas a residentes Turcos, el país de Turquía corto todas las visas para Americanos. Entonces, para todos los que vuelan por Aerolíneas que hacen un paro en Estambul, olvídate de pasar unos días en Estambul porque los Americanos ya no van a poder salir de las instalaciones del aeropuerto.Los Estados Unidos también les cortaron visas a ciudadanos de Cuba cuando retiraron a empleados americanos de la embajada por preocupaciones de salud. La pregunta es: ¿Qué país seguirá? Seguramente ha de haber una manera de resolver disputas internacionales sin tener que cortas visas de entrada entre países. Pero puede ser que la administración está buscando excusas para cortar más y más visas de otros países para controlar y limitar la entrada de extranjeros a los Estados Unidos y asegurar que los trabajos vayan a Americanos.En la vista de este Licenciado de Inmigración en Houston y Licenciado de Inmigración en Miami, será muy interesante ver si este patrón seguirá en las semanas que vienen.Para más información, pueden contactarme a [email protected] o llamar 713.850.0066 y 305.538.6800.

World Travel may soon be Limited

In the cat and mouse game of tit-for-tat, the Trump administration continues to cut off one country after another from visiting the U.S. At first it was natives from Iran, Libya, Yemen and other Muslim countries. Next , the administration cut off visas for certain government officials and their families from Venezuela. Then came Cuba, and last week it was Turkey. Some countries, like Turkey, are fighting back.  After the U.S. said it would stop issuing visas to Turkish citizens, the country of Turkey cut off all visas for Americans. So, for those of us who fly Turkish Airlines through Istanbul, forget about spending a day or two in Istanbul because you can no longer leave the airport premises. The U.S. also cut off visas to citizens of Cuba, when we withdrew much of our Embassy staff due to health concerns. The question now is, which country will be next? Surely there must be ways to resolve international disputes or disagreements other than to bar citizens of certain countries from visiting, but, could it be that this administration looks for excuses to cut off visas and thereby cut off foreigners from entering our country "and taking American jobs?" In the view of this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer, It will be interesting to see if this pattern continues in the weeks to come. For further information, I may be contacted at [email protected] or 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.  

Homeland Security Required to Release Convicted Criminals by Supreme Court

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CARLOS MARIO MAR In a press release dated September 13, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)informed the public that they are issuing visa sanctions against certain countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Eritrea) who do not assist in issuing travel documents to their citizens in the U.S.  The Department of Homeland Security noted that some, or many, of these foreign nationals are convicted criminals. What they fail to mention, however, is that all of these foreign nationals have completed their criminal sentences and were already released by the jailing authorities until DHS grabbed them to try to deport them. Several years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the DHS cannot imprison foreign nationals with a deportation order indefinitely. The Supreme Court guidelines are that imprisoning a person for more than six months while trying to deport them, is unreasonable. The logic, of course, is that they already served their time for their offense and are presumably no longer a danger to society, so there is no reason for DHS to thereafter imprison them until they get proper documents to deport them. The DHS must do their duty of deportation timely, or they must release the foreign national, according to the Supreme Court. By telling only half the story, the DHS tries to frighten the American public into thinking that foreign nationals with a deportation order are all hardened criminals that have not been rehabilitated in our prisons. The truth, however, is that a majority are not hardened criminals, rather, they have such offenses as DUI, marijuana possession, traffic offenses, tax offenses and other minor crimes. In the latest press release, the government does not state  what percentage are violent offenders versus non-violent offenders, or, felonies versus misdemeanors. If they would release such statistics, they would not be able to scare the public into believing that only violent criminals are being deported. In one case, they say that of the 1900+ Cambodians who have deportation orders, 1,412 have criminal convictions. if I had to guess, knowing the Cambodian community based on having many clients from Cambodia, I would estimate that 95% of those convictions are non-violent offenses, and that 99% of them have already served their time and been released by the state jail or prison authorities. To me, the DHS clearly wants to scare the public, and to create an anti-immigrant sentiment. Rather than misleading the public into believing these individuals are violent offenders who never went to jail, the government should provide the full story and the truth, that is, that 99% have fully served their time, and the vast majority have misdemeanors or other non-violent crimes. For further information, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer may be reached at [email protected] or at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.

Houston update

 [gallery ids="1745,1746,1747,1748" type="rectangular"] I have not done a blog-post in awhile, but after the Houston floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, I feel compelled to write again. First of all, the staff at Coane and Associates has managed to survive the flood with limited damage and in good health. Our Houston office is back to 60% staffed and once the flood waters recede in the suburbs we hope to be at 100%.On Tuesday of this week, I represented our law firm as a volunteer helping flood victims at Houston's  George R. Brown Convention Center, temporary home to 10,000 flood victims. Above are some of the pictures I took while I was there. I left at almost 1am, and families were still coming in, even at that late hour. The experience of volunteering was very humbling and, of course, heartbreaking. Many of the people there lost all of their clothes and other worldly possessions due to the floods. Some seemed to be in a daze, like the entire situation was surreal.On a happier note, last week my wife gave birth to our first child (my seventh), a healthy baby girl weighing 6 pounds and 15 ounces. My wife and baby are both at home and doing well. Thankfully, we had just finished the two baby doctor appointments before the hurricane hit.While life has been very busy with a new baby and a hurricane, our law firm is operating almost at full strength with eight  lawyers helping immigrants and the employers who sponsor them. We also continue to help individuals and businesses involved in employment discrimination and job termination issues. Some of our pending discrimination cases are against industry giants such as Wells Fargo, Conoco Phillips, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, NASA and others. No organization is too big for our federal court litigators.On the immigration side of our law practice, this Houston immigration lawyer and my staff continue to handle all types of immigration cases, from million dollar investors, to work visas, political asylum cases, green cards and deportation defense.For further information, I may be contacted at [email protected] or 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.

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