Consular processing is an alternative way for immigrants to receive their green card. A person who has applied for consular processing must wait until their visa is accepted. An interview will be followed with a consular processor before leaving their home country, which is how it differs from adjustment of status. There are some situations in which petitioners for employment-based visas or immigrants from special categories can use the processing method. It is typically used by people who file immigration petitions for wives and children. Before choosing how to file the petition, it has a few advantages over a standard adjustment of status that should be taken into account.
The N-400 Form is the form that allows permanent residents or US nationals to become naturalized citizens of the United States, with all the rights, privileges, and duties that come with being a citizen. While the specific requirements can vary depending on what category of applicant you are, the general requirements are the same; continuous residence, physical presence, and good moral character. English and civics knowledge are also requirements, but depending on age and health the requirement can be waived. Below I will explain what these requirements are and what is required to meet the requirement depending on what basis you are filing an N-400. To get an idea of your specific eligibility requirements for your case or whether there is anything that can be done if you don’t meet these requirements, you should consult with an N-400 lawyer.
The I-130 is the first step in filing for family to immigrate to the United States, or to adjust status if they’re already present in the United States. The purpose of the I-130 is to show to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that you have a bona fide family relationship and that your loved one who you are filing for is eligible to receive these benefits. Only citizens and permanent residents can file a petition, and priority is given to family of citizens. But, generally speaking, what kinds of family members are eligible for an I-130 family-based petition? Which are not eligible? What sort of evidence do you need to prove to USCIS that a bona fide family relationship exists? This article is for general education purposes, the best way to find out if your loved one is eligible for immigration benefits is to consult with an I-130 lawyer.
A Connecticut foreclosure defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Ronald I. Chorches. understands that many homeowners go through periods where finances can become very strained. This can occur because of a job loss, medical condition, divorce, or some other serious life event. Sometimes financial difficulties can just creep up on you because the cost of living continues to rise. Whatever the reason, these difficulties can cause a homeowner to fall behind on their mortgage payments. If they get too far behind, the bank or mortgage company will begin an aggressive campaign for those past due payments, with phone calls and letters. At some point, after so many missed payments, they may even begin a foreclosure action.
Overtime and minimum wage litigation can be incredibly costly. The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that governs overtime pay and minimum wage, and it established very stiff penalties in the form of liquidated damages. In any litigation under the FLSA, whether it’s for minimum wage violations or overtime violations, employees who win can receive not only any unpaid wages the court deems they are entitled to, but also liquidated damages in the same amount. Essentially, you could end up paying twice what an employee was supposed to earn. And the wages an employee can ask for can go back to up to 3 years prior to the date the litigation was filed. So potentially 3 years of overtime, doubled, all at once, and if more than one employee files a lawsuit, and wins? That’s more or less multiplied by every plaintiff. And this is only the federal law. Many states have their own minimum wage and overtime laws, which can be much stricter than federal law. That’s why it’s so important to consult with a minimum wage and overtime compliance attorney, to make sure that you’re properly compensating your employees.
In 2021, the Supreme Court issued an opinion which focused a significant amount of discourse dissecting and analyzing the shortest word in the English language, the indefinite article, “a.” This opinion from the Supreme Court ultimately ruled on an issue of whether the government can serve an immigrant a notice to appear in immigration court through a series of documents which constitutes a notice to appear, or if the government must serve a single document called a “Notice to Appear” such that this sole document contains all of the requirements of a proper notice to appear.
Federal and state overtime law can be complicated. An employee can believe they’re entitled to overtime, and it can become a costly problem. Overtime litigation, like minimum wage litigation, an employee who successfully sues for lost wages can be awarded an equal amount of liquidated damages. That means an employee who is awarded $2,000.00 in unpaid overtime can also receive an additional $2,000.00 from you. And if multiple employees join in on the overtime claim? That can add up very quickly. It’s important if you’re being sued for unpaid overtime to consult with an overtime litigation defense attorney to try to pay nothing, or at least as little as you can.