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Obtaining an Immigrant Visa through the EB-5 Visa Program

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Immigration | 0 comments

“Foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States must first obtain an immigrant visa. This is the first step to becoming a lawful permanent resident.” These lines make the first paragraph in the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs’ web page titled “The Immigrant Visa Process.”

Deciding to immigrate to the U.S. is not simple; much more the process that one will need to go through after deciding under which visa program or category he or she would want to qualify into. Though the family-based or employment-based visa categories are the programs that most immigrants apply into, there is a specific category wherein certain individuals may definitely qualify, the processing time is much faster, and the requirements are much limited: the EB-5 visa, also known as the employment fifth preference visa.

The EB-5 is the most challenging and the most expensive among the different types of Employment-based (EB) visa categories. This EB visa category is actually made available to foreign nationals who can and would want to invest between $500,000 and $1 million in the U.S. The amount of investment required is to be used in the creation of a new commercial enterprise or as investment in a Regional Center, either of which is for the purpose of creating or preserving at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers (citizens and permanent residents). EB-5 Regional Centers are organizations designated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the purpose of sponsoring capital investment projects to help EB-5 investors and project developers meet the job creation requirements that will qualify them under the EB-5 program rules.

Investing in a EB-5 Regional Center is considered by many investors as a much safer, easier and cheaper move in obtaining a conditional green card for themselves and their families, as well as in having these conditions subsequently removed. With regard to cost of investment, instead of cashing in $1 million (the amount investors will need to spend if they decide to create a new business), the amount required in investing in an EB-5 Regional Center is only $500,000. The creation or preservation of at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers will also be easier and faster, especially if the Regional Center chosen by investors is one that is solid and well-run.

As emphasized by various Legal and Business Advisors firms, like the AMLaw Group, for instance, it is not enough that a foreign national is financially capable of making an investment in the U.S.; knowing if the EB-5 program is the best way through which he or she can obtain a conditional green card should be his or her first interest because once he or she acts on this option, the amount invested will no longer be recovered in case the investment fails. An investor may find it beneficial if he or she were to be supported by an experienced legal team in his or her pursuit of an EB-5 visa.

Employer Responsibility in Workplace Accidents

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

Accidents occur in any time and any place, and regardless of whether the cause of the accident is due to the worker or the employer, it is still the employer’s responsibility to ensure that their workers are protected from harm or injury. Failing to protect the safety and wellbeing on their workers can make the employer vulnerable to legal liability when it is proven that negligence is the cause of the accident and worker’s injury. The employers’ responsibility does not stop even when the workplace accident was caused by the worker because of the OSH Act of 1970 that states the employers’ responsibility of ensuring the safety and healthy working conditions of the company and worksite. Failing to uphold the OSH Act of 1097 would lead to citations, penalties and even lawsuits against the employer.

The OSHA Act of 1970 also gives employers the responsibility of upholding the workplace safety standards and are held liable for accidents that occur in or during working hours and even away from the workplace as long as they are doing their job, like training breaks, and travel for work purposes. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, all employers have a broad legal responsibility to remove hazards that may lead to death or serious injuries in the workplace. They are also required to purchase worker’s compensation to cover for all the expenses and lost wages that the injured worker suffered as a result of the workplace accident. Worker’s compensation is given regardless of who caused the accident.

The employer does have some legal leeway; accidents that are caused by worker’s negligent behaviors such as intoxication and reckless actions can protect the company from legal responsibility. In many personal injury claims, injured workers assert their right for financial compensation when they believe the company was negligent of their responsibility of ensuring workplace safety, and firms like Williams Kherkher will be the ones who will have to provide evidence, in forms such as documentation and medical records, to present to the court. Personal injury claims are filed only when there is evident negligence on the part of the company or another worker which caused the accident, and will nullify their rights for worker’s compensation. It is therefore important to consult with a personal injury lawyer before filing an injury claim against your employer.

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Plastic Surgery | 0 comments

Many people are aware of the many ways that plastic surgery can serve to beautify and improve their confidence. Healthy individuals often seek out plastic surgery to alter certain feature that are a source of insecurity. However, many are unware of the many people who seek out plastic surgery to restore feature that they once lost. Victims of botched surgeries, appearance altering accidents, or diseases that result in a drastic change of their appearance. Whatever the circumstance of their conditions, plastic surgery can be extremely beneficial to these individuals to restore some of the normalcy that they lost.

According to the website of Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, common examples of these reconstructive surgeries include: ACell reproduction, facial lacerations, breast reconstruction, reconstructive hand surgery and burn reduction. ACell reproduction serves to help the body create scar tissue to that it can heal properly and restore its natural skin. Facial lacerations, often resulting from skin cancer, can be reduced and healed through reconstructive measures. Breast reconstruction is a common reconstructive surgery for those who have undergone a mastectomy in a previous fight against breast cancer. Reconstructive surgery can help restore hands after conditions such as carpool tunnel and other afflictions. Burn victims can find relief in reconstructive surgeries which can help improve the appearance and function of the afflicted areas.

These surgeries are not simple for the purpose of appearances but can be hugely beneficial to the health and quality of life of those who undergo these procedures. It is important to be aware of the many purposes and uses of plastic surgery. Ones reasons for making this choice can be as varied as the surgeries themselves. In many cases these innovation procedures have made great strides in the medical treatment of a variety of conditions and greatly improved the quality of life of many victims of unfortunate circumstances.

Pharmaceutical Dangers

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

We trust our medications to improve our health and keep us safe. When we consult with our doctors and make a decision to undergo a certain treatment, we do our best to be aware of all potential side effects and evaluate the individual risk. Often times, prescription pharmaceuticals can provide immense relief to those who take them and greatly improve their quality of life. However, in some cases, medications have the opposite effect. If a patient was not properly made aware of the potentially harmful side effects of a particular medication, they could unknowingly endanger themselves. This could result in painful and unfortunate medical conditions.

According to the website of the National Injury Law Center, common medicines for which this has occurred include: Accutane, Prozac, and Tylenol, to name a few. These medications are not always harmful to those who use them, and in many cases can be beneficial. However, there have been instances in which users were not warned of potential side effects and ending up having harmful experiences with these medications. Accutane is a highly effective acne medication, yet it can cause severe birth defects if the user is pregnant. Prozac is a widely used anti-depressant; however, recent studies have linked Prozac to serotonin syndrome- a condition that results in suicidal thoughts in teenagers. It has also been linked to birth defects if taken while pregnant. Tylenol is an extremely common medicine that has proven to be safe in moderate usage. However, recent studies have linked routine use of the medication to liver trouble.

These medications are just a few examples of how complex and dangerous the world of pharmaceuticals can be. Of course there are many medications that can be very helpful of take correctly and with an awareness of all side effects. However, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, in the cases where a patient was not made aware of all of the risks associated with a certain medication, the victim of any medical distress caused by this oversight could be owed certain damages.

Car Accidents

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

We all aspire to be safe on the road. Most drivers strive to be law abiding drivers and operate their vehicles with care so as to not injure themselves or others. However, even when most drivers practice caution, accidents still occur more often than anyone would like. The best way to prevent the accidents is to be knowledgeable about the circumstances under which they can occur so that we can do our best to avoid those circumstances.

According to the website of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm, common causes of car accidents include: Driver Error, Car Defect / Malfunction, and Highway Defects. According to the website of the Danville car accident lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., “a car accident can happen for a variety of reasons, some not immediately evident.” There are three main categories under which car accidents can occur. Accidents are the fault of one or both of the drivers, the fault of a defect within the vehicle, or the fault of a defect in the road. In each of these scenarios the cause of the accident can be traced back to a specific party. If the judgement of one of the drivers was impaired in anyway or they made a dangerous decision, then the fault of the accident lies with them. If there is a defect in one or both of the vehicles that leads to an accident, the fault of the accident is with the vehicles manufacturers. Sometimes, however, the car and the driver can be in working order and they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. In these cases, it is the fault of the city which does not properly maintain its roadways, causing dangerous scenarios for even the most cautious drivers.

Sometimes car accidents are just that- accidents. In some cases, however, accidents were preventable and resulted from the carelessness or negligence of another. If this is the case, the victim of such an accident may be owed certain damages.

Water Filtration Problems

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Water Filtration | 0 comments

We all strive to maintain healthy habits. We read nutrition labels, drag ourselves to the gym, and try and get in our daily doses of fruits and vegetables. Sometimes however, the unhealthy elements are where we least expect them in our lives- our water. Not all tap water is equal and sometimes the water that we trust to be healthy and uncontaminated can have problems that prove to be detrimental to our health.

According to the website of Austin water filter company American Water, common issues that can arise in water filtration systems are: hard water, cloudy water, smell and taste of chlorine, taste and odor, and iron and magnesium. Hard water refers to water that contains high levels of dissolved minerals. Extremely hard water can be harmful to the surfaces it touches- from dishes to skin and hair. Cloudy water is often a sign of high levels of turbidity, which means that it is unsafe to drink. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria in water pipes, however it should be filtered out of your water before it makes it to your tap. Therefore, if you smell chlorine in your water, it is certainly a sign of a filtration issue. Any strange taste or odor emanating from water is a sign of potential algae growth in your water supply. Iron and magnesium can leave rust colored stains in your sinks and appliances.

All of these issues can be addressed by an up to date, properly working water filtration system. If you notice anything strange about your water supply, it is important to have it tested for any number of these issues, so that you know your water is safe and healthy. Leading a healthy lifestyle has many elements and is not always the easiest goal. However, a good water filtration system can help you by ensuring that your water is always the healthiest it can be.

Preventing Workplace Accidents

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

Most people expect to make it through their workday without much difficulty. For many people, their job involves sitting at a desk without much risk to their own personal safety or health. However, for some, their jobs require more challenging activities. While these careers can be very fulfilling, they also sometimes present dangers for employees. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the company to do everything in their power to maintain the safety and health of their employees, even under stressful or dangerous circumstances. If there is a failure to fulfil this duty on the part of a company, it could result in a workplace accident.

According to the website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, common cases of workplace accidents include: Repetitive Strain Injuries (such as bursitis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome), Slip and Fall Injuries, Lifting Injuries, Back Injuries, and Head and Brain Injuries. More severe injuries are far more likely in jobs that require intense physical activities. However, more minor but still largely painful and inconvenient injuries can result from more sedentary careers and should be taken equally as seriously.

Innovative strides have been made in preventing workplace accidents. Pre-employment screenings can help make sure that potential employees are suited for their career paths. According to the website of the pre-employment screening professionals at WorkSTEPS, these screenings can help anticipate and prevent workplace accidents.

While workplace injuries are sometimes simply unfortunate accidents, in some cases they were preventable and result from the carelessness of neglect of an employer. If this is the case, the victim of such an accident may be owed certain damages.

Drug Possession

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

These days there seems to be a different celebrity charged with a DUI every week, and today’s youth seems to be very aware of the legal troubles alcohol can pose in their lives. However, many young people are unaware of the specific legal consequences for many other illicit substances. Many have been taught that drugs are illegal and potentially addictive, yet they do not know the actual penalties associated with these very serious charges. It is important to know the repercussions for this illegal behavior.

According to the website of Bruno Law Offices, common drug charges are Marijuana Possession, Cocaine Possession, Heroin Possession, and Methamphetamine Possession. The typical sentence for a marijuana possession can range from severe fines to prison time, depending on the amount. The typical sentence for a cocaine possession for a small amount can range from four to fifteen years in prison. The typical sentence for a heroin possession for even a small amount can also range from four to fifteen years in prison. The typical sentence for a methamphetamine possession can range from one to fifty years in prison depending on the amount. These are not simple charges that may just require a fine or community service. Consequences for these illicit substances almost always involve a not insignificant amount of time in prison.

There is a taboo around illicit drug use, in which parents and authority figures do not want to talk about these potential dangers because they do not what to encourage their children or awaken their curiosity. However, it is important that young adults become aware of the legal consequences surrounding illicit drug use. The more they understand the severe repercussions for their actions, the better they can make wises decisions for themselves regarding these dangers. 

How Often Should I Walk My Dog?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Dog Walking | 0 comments

All dog owners want what’s best for their pets- they want them to be not just healthy, but happy and engaged. A huge part of this is making sure their pets get adequate amount of time outside to do what dogs do best- run and play. Many owners find themselves wondering: How often should I walk my dog? It is likely that thought is quickly followed by “What if I don’t have time to walk my dog that frequently?” The answer to the first question is not so simple: how often you should walk your dog depends on a number of factors, including your dogs breed, size, energy level and diet. As a general rule, however, it is important to walk your dog for at least 15 minutes about twice a day. This is important for two main reasons. The first is fairly obvious: exercise. According to the website of Walk! ATX, all dogs need to get out and let out some energy throughout the day, to maintain an active lifestyle. Just like human, dogs can develop health problems if they lead a sedentary lifestyle. The second reason is socialization. Dogs need to interact with the outside world and other animals in order to lead happy, healthy lives. A happy dog is one that can get out and play and make friends- and do their business.

However, many pet owners love their pets but simply don’t have the time to walk them so frequently during their busy days. Luckily, there’s help. Whether it’s for a short potty break or a long, energized run, there are people out there ready to be the solution for all of your dog walking worries. Regardless of your busy schedule, be sure your dog is leading a happy, healthy lifestyle every day.