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Thinking creatively about the American immigration system. In this new and exciting series of short Immigration Sounds Bites, Immigration Attorney and podcaster, Jacob Sapochnick, takes the audience on a daily journey of discovery about Immigration in America.

You ask, we answer, Simple. All your Immigration Questions, from our Facebook Page, Blog and Emails.

Listen in on this no-holds-barred look at the current state of our Immigration system, we share stories of inspiring Immigrants, highlight news and current events, and always answer your questions.

Would love to hear from you, email jacob@h1b.biz with any suggestions for the show.

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Thinking creatively about the American immigration system. In this new and exciting series of short Immigration Sounds Bites, Immigration Attorney and podcaster, Jacob Sapochnick, takes the audience on a daily journey of discovery about Immigration in America.

You ask, we answer, Simple. All your Immigration Questions, from our Facebook Page, Blog and Emails.

Listen in on this no-holds-barred look at the current state of our Immigration system, we share stories of inspiring Immigrants, highlight news and current events, and always answer your questions.

Would love to hear from you, email jacob@h1b.biz with any suggestions for the show.

    AIM - 32 DACA update what you need to know today

    AIM - 32 DACA update what you need to know today

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals update, What you need to know today.   00:02 Are you confused about the current situation with DACA? What's happening? What you can do? Who Qualifies   00:16 We want to talk about the current situation with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. What's going on? People are confused about it. Is it still in effect? Can we file? Can we renew?   00:39 But this program started in 2012 by an executive order issued by President Obama essentially allowing children live abroad into the United States illegally by their parents who are also undocumented who went to school and are not criminals and fulfill a few other requirements to be able to get a two year permit to work and stay in the U.S   01:31 One of the most important rulings came by a court in San Francisco in January of 2018. And they said that President Trump's decision to end DACA is based on flawed legal premise   02:10 it's very important to understand that as a result of that decision, people that already had DACA could continue to renew it, but no new applications of DACA, we're allowed under this decision.   02:46 As of now, what we know is that people that had DACA can continue to renew until further notice. People that never had DACA are not able to file   03:38 we just wanted to give it a little bit of an update because there's a lot of confusion as to what's happening with DACA and that's what the situation is about today. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below.  

    • 5 min
    AIM - 31 E-2 Investor Visa How to show the source of the investment funds

    AIM - 31 E-2 Investor Visa How to show the source of the investment funds

    E-2 Investor Visa, how to show the source of the investment funds? 00:00 We'll talk about how to prove the source of funds of your E-2 investments   00:10 How do you prove whatever source of investment you have? How do you actually prove it?   00:25 we want to see the documents in that property, whether it's a house or cars or any other valuables. you have to provide those documents. 01:03 They sold the house, we want to see their, their documents so the person who gave you the gift has to prove where they got the money. 01:20 20 If your funds are coming from real estate we want to see, you know, the deed. We want to see proof of the bill of sale, the whole transaction history of the sale of the property in your home country 01:52 And so if you have stocks invested in France, in Switzerland in the Caymans, we need to see at least three years of tax returns and statements from those accounts to show how you funded your investment because it came from those things. 02:56 56 If your source of funds is profits for example you won the lottery or gambling we have to be careful because we have clients that made money in legitimate gambling.  As long as you pay taxes for this, as long as it legitimately recorded in your country, there is a way to also use those funds to invest in a business.   03:24 typically five years of tax returns and letter from a certified accountant in your country to show that it's a legitimate source of earnings and then we can use that for your, you know, for investment   03:44 As long as you reported those income and you pay taxes and you can documented income from crypto currency can also be used in an E-2 visa investment.   04:34 Yes, a lot of new forms of currency can also now be used as a source of funds as long as we can document that. So hopefully that kind of gave you a little bit of a, of a, of a background and explanations as to how you can document source of funds   05:17 If you have questions, post them in the comments below, send me an email. Jacob@h1b.biz  

    • 6 min
    AIM - 30 E2 - Visa Part 1 Can Loans or Gifts Count as a Source of Funds

    AIM - 30 E2 - Visa Part 1 Can Loans or Gifts Count as a Source of Funds

    Can loans or gifts count as a source of funds for an e-2 visa?   00:00 Can loans or gifts counts towards source of funds for an e-2 visa as an investor.   00:17 As many of you know, in order to get an E-2 visa as an investor in the U.S. you really have to demonstrate a substantial investment, but also you have to show where the money is coming from for your investment.   1:11 A lot young entrepreneurs that are finishing school in the U.S. and they want to start a business. They're getting a gift from their families.   2:07 It's important to show how the person who gives the money is able to get the money and the person receiving the money has control of that fund in his bank account before they invest into the business.  That's a perfect way to be able to use gift money in an E-2 visa case. Another way is loans. We have a lot of people that have clients that they have some money, but I also want to be able to get a loan in their home country to be able to support the business.   2:54 I never recommend to use a loan from U.S. bank.  It's going to be very difficult to get you an E visa and the U.S. embassies are not keen to see foreigners trying to get money from U.S. bank   3:41 That's the only way where we can use a loan if you secure it with a real estate or some personal belongings that are high value that will be one way to be able to use the loan in an E visa fund.  Otherwise, if there's no security behind it, the U.S. embassies are going to like that.   4:20  

    • 6 min
    AIM - 29 E2 Investment Visa for Citizens of New Zealand 2019

    AIM - 29 E2 Investment Visa for Citizens of New Zealand 2019

    What is an E2 Investment Visa And the the Kiwi Act or the E-1 Visa for Citizens of New Zealand? 00:01.  Announcing an amazing change in the law that allows now people from New Zealand to come to the United States and start a business no matter what area you have an interest to start a business   00:58 The E-2 visa will allow any investor from New Zealand, first of all to start any company as long as they invest a substantial amount. Again, we recommend at least 50,000 U.S. dollars, but ideally it will be 100,000 that can be invested in any business.   1:58 You can purchase a business. So as long as you purchase a business, it could be a franchise, it could be an existing business or you can start your own business. So you can start a consulting company, you can start a restaurant, a coffee shop, whatever you desire, you can do that. As long as you can prove that the money that you bring from New Zealand is legitimate.   2:46. You can state at the port of entry that you were coming to, to be here an investor.  You have a few months to set up your company, to move the funds into your U.S. entity. You'll be able to get an office space if it's going to be a consulting company. If you're going to buy an existing business, you'll be able to put your money in escrow and purchase that business, show that you are using the money that you brought from New Zealand for the purpose of the business   3:34 Once the E-2 visa is issued, you'll be able to come to the United States and start your business. If you're married, you can bring your spouse and your spouse will be eligible for a work permit as well. There's another visa that it was passed as part of this new legislation, the Kiwi Act, and that's an E-1 Visa.   4:16 The E-1 visa would allow somebody from New Zealand to start a trading business with the U.S.  This is a visa that had never existed before, but now people from New Zealand are able to apply for the E-1 or E-2 visa to start their, their trade business. So if you're interested in doing a trade business, it's another option for you guys to do that by applying for the E-1 visa.   5:11 It's an amazing opportunity that will help trade in business from both countries, between the U.S. and New Zealand. And it also applies to U.S. citizens that want to come to New Zealand and start companies. It's a reciprocity kind of visa that allows people from the U.S. do the same thing in New Zealand   5:54 And again, it's just a temporary visa. It's not a green card. You don't immigrate.  You can come for a couple…a few years. Try your luck in the U.S. and share your, your experience and just the culture of New Zealand with us, people of America.  

    • 8 min
    AIM - 28 EB5 Visa Update by San Diego Immigration Lawyer - September 2018

    AIM - 28 EB5 Visa Update by San Diego Immigration Lawyer - September 2018

    Updates on EB5 Visa, what you need to know.   00:00 Major changes to the EB5 half a million dollar visa coming up this week   00:13 this program extended to December 7, 2018, which means that everything remains the same, including the amount of money, 500,000 into a regional center and million dollar into a direct program, and half a million dollars into an undeserved area where people invest in targeted unemployed area projects.   01:08 It means that people that are doing EB5 visas, people that are interested to invest in these programs so they can get their green cards are already concerned because there's been a lot of rumors that the government is going to increase the amount.   01:28 There are rumors that this program is going to be canceled altogether   01:54 If extended in what form? Is it going to be the same amount? Are there going to be any restrictions on the EB5 regional centers? We have no idea   02:02 EB5 is unique program that is created by the U.S. Government allowing investors that are investing in regional centers, which are government programs that are licensed by the government to build real estate or energy projects.   02:30 Those investment is, is done in a way of a…of a loan because at the end of the five year period, some of these investors, most of the investors are able to get their money back.   03:03 Every time the program is about to expire, we are concerned and our clients are concerned there could be major changes. But right now, the regional center, EB5 program still in effect   03:31 It has been extended through December 7th.  We encourage you, those investors that are serious about it to do email us. You can email me directly at jacob@h1b.biz.   04:02 If you have questions, post them in the comments below and let me know what you doing with this video and let us know also what other videos you would like us to make because we are here for you

    • 5 min
    AIM - 27 Employers' Five Most Common PERM Mistakes San Diego Immigration Lawyer

    AIM - 27 Employers' Five Most Common PERM Mistakes San Diego Immigration Lawyer

    Employer's five most common mistakes when they are filing the labor certification also known as Perm. 00:03 The five most common mistakes that employer's make every single time when they are involved in the process of filing a labor certification.   00:26 When you prepare an ETA 1989, which is also the PERM application, it's very important to check every single line on that form. The number one mistake is that employers would do it on their own or even work with attorneys on experience in the process, they fail to check the form correctly   01:19 Employers and people that are working with employers make mistakes in the placement of the ads. Most common mistake that we see is putting those ads in the wrong dates and the wrong information.   01:51 It's really important to outline the recruitment schedule beforehand.   02:14 Employers and people who work with the employers who prepare the form, they fail to match the experience of the employee,   03:13 Once the ETA form has been submitted, there's an email sent from the Labor Department to the employer and a lot of employers are failing to respond to that email and that could be resulting in abandonment of the case.   03:51 Not keeping clear records and not doing everything you're supposed to be doing during the recruitment process.   04:26 Avoid those five mistakes and you'll be golden and you have your Perm Labor certification application approved in no time.   04:45  Hopefully this was helpful to you and you enjoy our videos.    

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Great episode!

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