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What are the benefits of a U Visa?

May 5, 2016 7:51:51 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in U Visas

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What are the benefits of a U Visa?

A U Visa is a temporary visa available for immigrant victims of serious crimes in the U.S. who have suffered significant physical harm or significant emotional or psychological harm as a result of the criminal activity. The victim must also have provided information, assistance and cooperated with law enforcement or government officials during the investigation or prosecution of the crime. If an immigrant’s U visa is approved, the immigrant will receive a temporary visa to remain and legally work in the U.S. for a period of four years. After the immigrant has had U Visa status for a period of three years, he or she can file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to obtain Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) (green card).

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CA PERM Domestic Employer Payroll Tax Requirements

Mar 16, 2016 2:00:30 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Employment Visas

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Extra Obligations for California Employers

If you are currently employing a foreign domestic worker and sponsoring that worker for Lawful Permanent Resident status (LPR) (green card) you must ensure that you are in compliance with state and federal employment tax laws.

Examples of domestic workers, also referred to as household workers are: baby-sitters/nannies, chauffeurs, cooks, housekeepers, caretakers etc.

If you are a domestic employer in the state of California, state payroll taxes are regulated by the State of California Employment Enforcement Department (EDD). A domestic employer may have to register with EDD and submit Form DE1 HW – Employers of Household Workers Registration and Update Form. To determine whether registration and submission of Form DE1 HW is required, the employer must look to the amount of cash wages paid to domestic worker in a calendar quarter.

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California DMV Processes Driver’s Licenses for Thousands of Undocumented Immigrants

Jan 30, 2015 8:09:09 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Immigration

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According to a report by Public Radio International, on January 2, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices throughout the state of California processed thousands of driver’s license applications from undocumented immigrants. At peak hours, lines extended for hundreds of people, and in some locations, even wrapped around whole plazas.

It is projected that approximately 1.4 million immigrants will apply for licenses over the next three years thanks to Assembly Bill 60, which went into effect at the beginning of 2015. In preparation for this surge of applications, the agency has opened new branches, extended opening hours, and hired more than 900 additional employees.

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Can Citizens of Brazil Apply for EB 5 Investor Visas?

Aug 6, 2014 8:36:18 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in EB-5

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The Immigrant Investor Program is known as EB-5. It was created by Congress and administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to stimulate the economy through capital investment and job creation. Individuals in other countries, such as Brazil, can pursue temporary citizenship by investing a certain amount of capital and by creating full-time jobs for U.S. workers. It is an ideal way for high net worth individuals from Brazil to receive citizenship in the United States and it has grown in popularity in recent years.
Brazilian VisasIn order to qualify, citizens of Brazil will have to:

  • Invest $1,000,000 in a commercial enterprise that benefits the U.S. economy or
  • Invest $500,000 in a commercial enterprise in a targeted employment area and
  • Create 10 full-time U.S. jobs or
  • Create at least five full-time U.S. jobs in a targeted employment area
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Attorney Scott McVarish Gave Immigrant Rights Speech in Honor of Ecuador Independence Day

Jul 30, 2014 2:12:53 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Immigration

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EcuadorOn Sunday July 27, 2014, attorney Scott McVarish was invited by the consul general of Ecuador in Los Angeles, Diego Jaramillo, to give a speech about the rights of immigrants in the United States.

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Applying for an H-1B Visa in Los Angeles

Feb 4, 2014 8:57:27 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Visas

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H-1B visas allow employers in the United States to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations. There are a limited number of H-1B visas available for non-immigrants and only the most qualified will be considered. If you are an employer interested in hiring skilled foreign workers, researching your legal options is the first step of many to obtain a visa for your foreign worker.
Los Angeles Immigration LawSince the United States only grants H-1B visas for specialty occupations, it is important to know what qualifies as a specialty occupation. In general, a specialty occupation requires at least a bachelor's degree that is related to the employment position. H-1B visas recipients often include professionals who are skilled in biotechnology, architecture, engineering, chemistry, medicine, education, accounting, law, and the arts. Those who do not have a degree in their field must be of distinguished merit and skill. It can also help to have a state license and a sponsoring employer.

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Attorney Scott McVarish Helps Same-Sex Couples Process Green Cards

Oct 25, 2013 1:25:23 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Green Card

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At the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C., attorney Scott McVarish has decades of experience fighting for the rights of same-sex couples. He has teamed up with experienced attorneys at Lambda Legal and other defense funds to protect the rights of same-sex married couples when it comes to immigration and other issues. His work was featured on NBC Dateline.

With so many changes happening in relation to same-sex marriage, attorney McVarish wants to make sure all potentially affected immigrant couples fully understand their rights.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), federal agencies across the board are scrambling to institute new procedures that grant same-sex married couples the same rights and benefits that other married couples have enjoyed for years. One of these opportunities is the chance to file for green card status based on the citizenship or permanent residency of a spouse.

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Applying for a United States Passport from Outside the United States

Jun 5, 2013 3:22:13 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Visas

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If you find yourself in a foreign country and in need of applying for a United States passport, please be aware that the process is different than if you apply from inside United States. Unfortunately each US Embassy and consulate has different rules for submitting your application and the required documents.

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Family saved, criminal conviction overturned, deportation stopped

Jul 30, 2012 2:03:07 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Success Stories, Deportation

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Our office specializes in trying to keep families together. Unfortunately, our government separates over 100 families of immigrants every single day-- 365 days a year-- deporting at least one parent and depriving a child forever of that parents presence. When we win cases fighting back this attack against families, it is especially joyful for us. This month’s case we are profiling involves a dedicated father who came very close to being separated from his wife and two sons. One of those sons is in college and depends upon his father’s income, while the other is in middle school and depends upon his father’s love. This is a family trying to achieve the American dream but almost been forced into bankruptcy and separation from a government that has lost its way.

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Attn Male Immigrants between 18-25 (undocumented or otherwise)

Feb 13, 2011 4:59:47 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Citizenship

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Selective Service does not collect any information which would indicate whether or not you are undocumented. You want to protect yourself for future U.S. citizenship and other government benefits and programs by registering with Selective Service. Do it today. If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. It’s the law. According to law, a man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. Selective Service will accept late registrations but not after a man has reached age 26. You may be denied benefits or a job if you have not registered. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number. When you do obtain a social security number, let Selective Service know. Provide a copy of your new social security number card; being sure to include your complete name, date of birth, Selective Service registration number, and current mailing address; and mail to the Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94636, Palatine, IL 60094-4636.

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