Exception to the Two Year Custody and Two Year Residency Requirements for Abused Adopted Children

The 2005 VAWA changes allow abused adopted children to leave an abusive household without adversely affecting their eligibility to file a VAWA self-petition. The abused child can submit a petition for classification as a lawful permanent resident under INA section 204.

Employee or Independent Contractor- Why does it Matter?

When Internal Revenue Service auditors examine a business for the purpose of determining worker classification, the Service will generally follow the United States Supreme Court’s 1947 decision in a case called, United States vs. Silk. The cost for misclassification of workers can be tremendous. Noncompliant entities could be eligible for certain safe-harbor provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

Immigration Alert: U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin Category F2A is Current Beginning August 1, 2013

Green Card Holders who desire to get Green Cards for their Spouses and Children (unmarried and under 21 year olds) need to file the appropriate applications and supporting documentation on behalf of their spouses or children beginning August 1, 2013.

Is the Mexican Land Trust Subject to U.S. Taxation?

A Mexican Land Trust is commonly referred to as the ‘fideicomiso’.  What is a fideicomiso?  Well in short, a Mexican Land Trust is how non-Mexican persons hold residential real property located in restricted zones in Mexico. By the constitutional laws of Mexico, non-Mexican persons cannot directly own residential real property in “restricted zones” of Mexico.  Therefore many foreign nationals hold residential real property in Mexican Land Trust or ‘fideicomiso’.