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E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Article

Mar 15, 2016 10:39:53 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in E-Visas


What is an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa?

If you have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative in the U.S., that relative may be able to sponsor you for permanent residence (green card) through the family-based process. However, if you do not have a relative in the U.S. that can sponsor you, you may still be able to obtain a visa to live and work legally in the United States. Sometimes, even if you have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative in the U.S., you may not be able immediately legally live and work in the U.S. due to extremely long visa availability wait times. Some individuals from countries like Mexico and the Philippines must sometimes wait 15 to 30 years for a visa to become available.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to invest in a business in the United States, you may qualify for an E-2 treaty investor visa. Treaty investors are allowed a maximum initial stay of two years. However, there is no maximum limit to the number of extensions an E-2 visa may be granted.

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U-Visa Eligibility

Apr 20, 2015 9:20:12 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in U Visas


Los Angeles U Visa AttorneyEvery year, thousands of foreign individuals living in the United States suffer substantial mental and physical abuse at the hands of a U.S. perpetrator, oftentimes the victim’s own spouse or family member. At the turn of the 21st century, Congress, recognizing the scope and depth of the problem, implemented The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. Signed into law by President Clinton, the act was design to ensure “just and effective punishment of traffickers, and to protect their victims.” One key provision in the act concerns the U-Visa and how it works to provide shelter to those who have been abused and taken advantage of by international crime rings.

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How to Select an EB-5 Regional Center that’s Right for You

Mar 27, 2015 8:05:45 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in EB-5


The EB-5 regional center program allows foreign investors to pool their funds into a limited partnership and allocate them to projects approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It provides a great alternative for those who want to avoid the higher investment and stringent job creation requirements of the traditional EB-5 visa program.

However, not all regional centers are equal, and prospective investors should heed the following tips when choose the regional center project that’s right for them:

  • Look for experience. Request statistics on approval rates from prospective regional centers. Look for I-526 and I-829 approvals – they are the best indications of success.
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Federal Judge Orders Halt to DACA Expansion

Mar 11, 2015 12:08:44 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in DACA


Within 48 hours of the launch date, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas put a stop to President Barack Obama’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was expected to go into effect on February 18.

Under the proposed program, millions of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before age 16 and living in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 would qualify for a three year deferred deportation action as well as work authorization.
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Tying The Knot – Immigration And Your Fiancé

Feb 25, 2015 12:01:17 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Fiance Visa


Most people, even those who have never had any dealings with immigration directly, know one of the quickest ways to become an American citizen is through marriage. Any foreign national who marries a United States citizen, either inside the country or back in his or her home region, is eligible to apply for a green card once the ceremony has been legally confirmed. After the application is received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and approved, they are granted permanent status as a United States citizen. Of course, there are varying details per couple and restrictions depending on where you may be coming from or previous history, but, in general, that is one of the fastest paths to U.S. citizenship.

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4 Important Tips about Marriage Visas You Should Keep in Mind

Feb 18, 2015 11:55:11 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Marriage Visas


Los Angeles Immigration LawIf you are originally from another country and you plan to marry a U.S. citizen, you may qualify for a green card through the K-3 visa program. However, there are many things you should consider before and during the marriage visa application process in order to ensure the protection of your rights and your welfare. It is highly recommended that you keep the following tips in mind:

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3 Amazing Latino Immigrant Entrepreneur Success Stories

Feb 13, 2015 11:50:30 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Success Stories


In recent years, Latino immigrants have been making a big splash in the business and technology world – the number of new Latino entrepreneurs has nearly doubled, from approximately 10 percent to 20 percent since 1996. Whether they’ve found their niche in specialized services or introduced innovations in the scientific and technological fields, the following superstar entrepreneurs inspire immigrant entrepreneurs to this day.

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Mexican Consulates Begins Issuing Birth Certificates

Feb 11, 2015 2:43:46 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Immigration


In a move that has many foreign nationals living in Southern California excited, the Mexican government has begun issuing birth certificates through its 50 consulates based in the United States. The goal is to provide immigrants residing in the country a chance to safely apply for work permits and driver’s licenses. It may even assist them in avoiding deportation by helping them apply through President Obama’s recent executive action. As reported by ABC 7, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Antonio Meade sees this as a real opportunity to benefit Mexican citizens and their surrounding communities - economically, socially, and culturally.

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The Importance of Telling a Story

Feb 9, 2015 8:47:19 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Success Stories


Immigration AttorneyAs attorneys, we are intently focused on the law and legal procedures. After all, failing to follow these could result in our disbarment. But we must remember that each of our cases begins with a person. And each person has a story, and this story, more often than not, is helpful for the case. A client’s story, told appropriately, brings the law to life. It reminds us why we chose to become lawyers, but it also helps us win cases.

It is true that immigration officers have exceptionally limited time to adjudicate a case. But nonetheless, during that limited time, the officers would like to get a glimpse of the person in each case. It is important to tell the appropriate story.

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Attorney Scott McVarish Signs Service Agreement with Ecuadorian Consulate

Feb 5, 2015 3:07:14 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Firm News


Ecuador Immigration LawyerOn Thursday January 15, 2015, the general consul of Ecuador, Diego Jaramillo, and Attorney Scott McVarish from the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. signed an agreement in which the two organizations will join efforts to help the Ecuadorian community.

As the new official immigration legal counsel for the Ecuadorian Consulate, the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. will serve clients throughout the Pacific coast, including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Mr. McVarish has had an ongoing relationship with the Ecuadorian Consulate, providing invaluable legal services to Ecuadorian immigrants as well as giving speeches at the consulate to share his insights into immigrants’ rights. He was even honored by the Consulate General of Ecuador for his continuing excellence and integrity in protecting the rights of immigrants in the U.S.

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