Thank you to all of our clients, referral partners, friends, and colleagues who attended The Grady Firm‘s Fifth Anniversary Party on April 6, 2017 at our firm’s Beverly Hills headquarters. We had an amazing time catching up and making new connections! We were humbled by our guests’ outpouring of support, and that many of them braved over two hours of traffic each way (and even a plane ride!) to be part of our special celebration. Our guests were able to make some new connections of their own, and have already started doing business together with their new connections.
During the event, we presented a slide show with the firm’s milestones, which you can view here.
Heartfelt thanks go to Good Heart Catering for graciously catering this event, ProChile Los Angeles for donating bottles of Chilean wine and Pisco, the California Employers Association for donating a $50 visa gift card and webinar ($109) value, and to Tom and Donna Grady for helping before, during, and after the event. Continue reading
Under the German Nationality Act “Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz”, the moment a German citizen acquires citizenship of another country, he or she loses German citizenship automatically because German law does not allow dual citizenship in this context. This means that if a US resident wishes to obtain US citizenship while retaining his or her German citizenship, the applicant must first petition the German government to allow the applicant to maintain his or her German citizenship. This requirement is unique to German citizens, and provides an additional, preliminary step before the applicant may apply for US citizenship.
In the case of an applicant who is a Legal Permanent Resident, or habitually resides outside of Germany, particular consideration is given to whether the applicant has a continuing relationship with Germany, and if he or she will suffer disadvantages or hardship if he were unable to naturalize as an American due to this rule. Continue reading
Recently, Jennifer Grady Esq. and Anthony Mance, Esq. of The Grady Firm, P.C. hosted an informative “Fireside Chat” about the various immigration options that are available to foreign students upon graduation from U.S. undergraduate or graduate programs. The event took place at the Blackstone Launchpad of University of California, Irvine. The program was recorded and is available for viewing by members of the international Blackstone Launchpad community.
The esteemed UCI Blackstone Launchpad was founded in 2007 with the goal of inspiring global entrepreneurship, and is accessible to over 500,000 university students globally. This university-based entrepreneurship program is designed to mentor students, staff, and alumni of all disciplines and experience levels. The Blackstone Launchpad is an initiative of The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and offers one-on-one mentoring, online tools, and a international community that supports ideas from the idea stage to execution and investment. Continue reading
On May 23, 2016, Jennifer Grady Esq. will host an informative “Fireside Chat” about the various immigration options that are available to foreign students upon graduation from U.S. undergraduate or graduate programs. The event will take place at the Blackstone Launchpad of University of California, Irvine. The program will be recorded and available for later viewing by members of the international Blackstone Launchpad community.
The esteemed UCI Blackstone Launchpad was founded in 2007 with the goal of inspiring global entrepreneurship, and is accessible to over 500,000 university students globally. This university-based entrepreneurship program is designed to mentor students, staff and alumni of all disciplines and experience levels. The Blackstone Launchpad is an initiative of The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and offers one-on-one mentoring, online tools, and a international community that supports ideas from the idea stage to execution and investment.
Jennifer Grady is an experienced speaker and accomplished mentor in the areas of business, employment, and immigration law. She has lectured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Argentina, and Chile about business and immigration topics for entrepreneurs. If you are interested in engaging Jennifer as a speaker or trainer at your company or organization, or to learn more about the event, please contact us.
Content excerpts courtesy of atkearney.com
In May 2016, A.T. Kearney released its annual FDI Confidence Index, which surveys C-level executives and regional and business leads from companies from 27 countries. A.T. Kearney’s Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index®, established in 1998, ranks countries based on how changes in their political, economic, and regulatory systems are likely to affect foreign direct investment inflows in the coming years. Continue reading
Many people who intend to relocate to the United States do not realize that their positive credit history won’t travel with them because in general, credit history does not transfer from one country to another. It is important to build credit in the United States in order to qualify for loans, credit cards, and other business activities that require creditworthiness.
What is Credit?
“Credit” is when one party, usually a bank or similar lending institution, provides money or resources to another party without immediate reimbursement. Credit is generally provided with interest fees and/or other arrangement expenses. A lender will look to the creditworthiness of prospective borrowers before extending a line of credit. Continue reading
As of April 1, 2016, the Vancouver offices of the U.S. Consulate General will cease processing of K-1 visas. Now, the K-1 visas, commonly known as”Fiancé(e) visas,” will only be processed by the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal.
While the Bureau of Consular Affairs acknowledged that this change may inconvenience some applicants who will now need to travel for their interviews, it promises that the adjustment will help the consulate schedule and adjudicate K-1 applications more efficiently. Continue reading
In January, The Grady Firm attorneys connected with Vancouver area technology businesses and entrepreneurs at the #BCTECH Summit. With more than 8,500 of British Columbia’s top universities, companies, and entrepreneurs, in attendance, BC Tech Summit is the largest business technology conference in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada.
The #BCTECH Summit is a two-day event that showcased BC’s vibrant technology industry, built cross-sector opportunities for businesses, and explored the latest ideas that will drive a competitive advantage for BC. The Grady Firm’s founder, Jennifer Grady, attended the conference on January 18 and 19, 2016, and met with some of Canada’s most enterprising business owners. Continue reading
As part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), citizens of Mexico and Canada have an additional immigration option available to them that is easier and faster to obtain that many other work visas. Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Since 1994, NAFTA has created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The non-immigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S. or foreign employers. However, Permanent Residents of Canada and Mexico are not able to apply for TN visas to work as NAFTA professionals.
Canadian and Mexican citizens may be eligible to work in the United States as NAFTA professionals under the following conditions:
- The Applicant is a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
- The Applicant’s job is in an eligible profession on the NAFTA list;
- The United States job requires a NAFTA professional;
- The Applicant will work in a prearranged full-time or part-time job for a US (self employment is not permitted); and
- The Applicant has the qualifications; and meets the specific requirements, education, and/or experience, of the profession.
With some exceptions, each profession requires a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree as an entry-level requirement. If a baccalaureate degree is required, experience cannot be substituted for that degree. In some professions, an alternative to a bachelor’s degree is listed.
For some professions, experience is required in addition to the degree.
Canadian citizens usually do not need a visa as a NAFTA Professional, although a visa can be issued to qualified Canadian TN visa applicants upon request. A Canadian citizen without a TN visa can apply for TN non-immigrant status at a U.S. port-of-entry.
Mexican citizens require TN visas to request admission to the United States in this status.
Since NAFTA became effective on January 1, 1994, U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico support more than three million American jobs and U.S. trade with NAFTA partners has unlocked opportunity for millions of Americans by supporting Made-in-America jobs and exports.
As the the United States’ two largest export markets, Canada and Mexico buy more Made-in-America goods and services than any other countries in the world. Since its entry into force, U.S. manufacturing exports to NAFTA have increased 258% and the United States maintains a growing manufacturing trade surplus with Canada and Mexico. American exports of computer and electronic products, furniture, paper, and fabricated metals have all more than tripled since NAFTA implementation.
To find out if you qualify for the TN visa, and how to complete an application, schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with The Grady Firm’s attorneys; call +1 (323) 450-9010; or fill out a Contact Request Form.
The Grady Firm has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, California, and its attorneys work remotely with clients from around the globe, especially from Canada and Mexico. We also specialize in helping foreign entrepreneurs establish viable businesses in the United States. Se habla español.
*This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. This article does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of a particular case, as each case has its own set of circumstances and must be evaluated individually by and attorney and USCIS.