Client’s Corner: Avoiding the Delays of a Request for Evidence When Filing an L-1A Petition

The Grady Firm recently filed an L-1A Intracompany transferee petition application for a corporate client, the U.S. subsidiary of a multi-national company with offices around the world.  This company was  seeking to transfer a high-level executive in the role of CEO to the U.S. subsidiary in new York. The L-1A visa allows multi-national executives to relocate …

How to Comply With E-Verify Requirements

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. On November 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice increased monetary penalties substantially for employers who knowingly employ an unauthorized worker. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), it is unlawful for an employer to hire or continue to employ a person knowing that the person is not …

New I-9 Form Must be Used by Jan 21, 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that an updated Form I-9 has been approved. While the current form had a revision date of 03/08/2013 N and expired in March this year, is is acceptable for continued use until January 17, 2017. On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …

The EB-5 Program Buys More Time Until December

The EB-5 Program, as it presently stands, grants permanent residence to foreign investors if they invest $500,000 (in high unemployment areas) or $1 million (in low unemployment areas) in a new business that employs at least 10 U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents on a full-time basis. Since its inception in 1990, many believe the program …

How Will the 2016 Presidential Election Affect Immigration Reform?

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. and Grady Firm Law Clerk With the American presidential election cycle in full swing, immigration reform continues to be a heated and controversial topic.  The presidential campaign front-runners, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, have widely divergent perspectives on the issue.  Below is a look at each candidate's stance on the ability …

The Grady Firm to Host Seminar on Expanding to the US in Vancouver January 20, 2016

After a successful and productive engagement with Vancouver Start Up Week in September, California-based business and immigration attorney, Jennifer Grady Esq., is returning to Vancouver in January 2016. During her visit, Jennifer will be attending the BC Tech Summit, and will will also be meeting with entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and people interested in expanding their business into the …

Decreased IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rates for 2016

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. The rates show a significant decrease from last year's rates. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, …

Starting or Growing Your Business in California? Check out these state and local tax incentives

For the entrepreneur beginning the process of establishing a Startup, one of the primary considerations is its location. It is crucial to evaluate the location, incentives available to the company, and the resources available when planning for the future success of the company. The State of California, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles County have a variety …

Changes to CA Minimum Wage Will Impact Employers’ Budgets for 2016- Are You Prepared?

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. With just a few weeks until the end of 2015, employers are rapidly approaching the statutory California minimum wage increase set to take place on January 1, 2016.  This increase means that employers must review their monthly and annual expenses to determine how the salary increase will affect their overall budget, …

5 Secrets to Preparing a Successful H-1B Application

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. One of the most notorious ways for foreign professionals to obtain a visa and even a Green Card in the US is through an H-1B visa, which requires sponsorship by the professional’s employer, and can be granted for three years with one additional three year renewal. The H-1B allows U.S. …

New Employer Notices and Increased Minimum Wage for 2016 in California

In continuing the increase the minimum wage at a steady pace, California will increase the minimum wage again to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016. However, certain cities and counties will have higher minimum wages.  For example, As of July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the City of Los Angeles will increase to …

Can’t Afford a Green Card Just Yet? How to Obtain Permanent Residency by Transitioning From the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa to EB-5

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Anthony Mance, Esq. The E-2 treaty investor visa can be a great way for a foreign entrepreneur to open a business and live and work in the United States legally. What’s more, it is relatively affordable in that it only requires a “substantial” capital investment in a bona fide …

Canadian Immigration Policy Turns Against Investor-Based Immigration, Leading to More Opportunities for Foreign Investors in the United States

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Anthony Mance, Esq. A report in the Hong Kong media led to the downfall of the world’s most popular investor-based visa program in Canada, leaving thousands of foreign investors out in the cold. According to an article published in Forbes magazine on February 13, 2014, the Canadian government announced the …

Why Does Your Company Need an Employee Handbook?

Wage and hour disputes are on the rise in California, where the laws tend to favor the employee over the employer.  One of the first things that plaintiff's counsel will ask for in a lawsuit is a copy of the company's Employee Handbook, so it is essential that a company have a tailored, up-to-date Handbook …

Apply for a Specialty Occupation H1-B Visa by April 1, 2014 to Avoid Waiting Another Year and a Half to Work in the U.S.

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. The H1-B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields such as architecture, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and science. Under the H1-B visa, a U.S. company can employ a foreign worker for up to …