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June 2012 Archives

The New Immigration Status for Young People

The government has announced an "amnesty" for young people, via a program called deferred action. Here's my latest video where I explain the process. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a418-nxnS0EBasically, the immigration program is for people 30 years old and younger, who came to the USA before the age of 16 and have lived here for at least 5 years. There are other requirements, as well, and each case will be decided based on its own merit. Potential applicants can begin collecting evidence in order to submit it when the government opens the application period.__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

Government to Give Work Permits and Legal Status to Certain Undocumented Immigrants

Yesterday, the President announced that the government is going to stop deporting certain young people and to give them quasi-legal status in the U.S. [caption id="attachment_799" align="alignright" width="150"] Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net[/caption]The new rule, effective immediately applies to most undocumented individuals under age 30 who have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years.The new status is called "deferred action" and enables a person to get a work permit, which is the key to getting a social security number and work permit.Our law firm is already receiving many inquiries about this, and applicants can make requests for this status right now. This new rule is similar to the proposed Dream Act, but without all the rules, forms and requirements.__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

Immigrant Investors at Record Levels in USA

Here is an interesting article about a growing trend of immigrant investors. Citizenship for Sale: Foreign Investors Flock to U.S.Not too long ago I spoke on a radio program about such investments that result in a green card for immigrants.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p90lFnqMZmM&feature=player_embeddedThe government allows green cards for two types of investments. For a passive investor, it is $500,000, and for an active investor who will start his/her own business, the investment is $1million.__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

Educational Video About Deportation Court Proceedings

I have represented clients in deportation court on a regular basis for over 25 years. Such proceedings are very serious because if the client loses, the judge orders that they be deported. Of course, the deportation does not happen immediately because there is a lengthy appeals process and even if the client does not file an appeal, many times it could be months until arrangements are made for the actual deportation. Watch this video which explains a person's legal rights and shows how the deportation court process works.If you wish to have a consultation regarding similar issues, visit our website or contact me.__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

Mediation of Employment Terminations at Halliburton and KBR

Our law firm, Coane and Associates, just finished a mediation with Halliburton on behalf of one of our clients. They fired our client for supposedly refusing to shave his goatee. The company has a "no facial-hair" policy, due to the occasional need to wear a chemical protection mask. Halliburton and KBR both have a system that requires their fired employees to complain about "wrongful discharge" through a mediation and arbitration process. Even claims of discrimination must go through that process and the courts have enforced it. Our law firm has represented numerous Halliburton and KBR employees in the mediation and arbitration process, no matter where they are located in the U.S. or around the world. Both companies are based in Houston, and our Houston office is located not very far from their headquarters. One unique aspect of their program is that they pay the first $2500 of our client's attorney's fees, thereby making it very easy for clients to retain our services. With regard to our client with the goatee, his case was not resolved in mediation and therefore will be headed to arbitration. Arbitration is like a trial, except instead of a judge, there is an arbitrator who listens to the witnesses and considers all of the evidence. And, like a judge, an arbitrator can order reinstatement with back pay, as well as other damages allowed by law or equity.__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

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