President Obama’s Executive Action – What Does It Mean? A Summary of the Executive Immigration Action

President Obama’s Executive Immigration Action covered three key areas: 1. Taking steps to deal with a portion of the undocumented immigrants – “Deferred Action.” 2. Making it easier and faster for highly skilled immigrants to stay in the country, and 3. Increasing border security, As expected, the Executive Action has

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E-2 Visa Approval for Fitness Center at Vancouver Consulate with Low Investment Amount

We just received approval for an E-2 visa at the consulate in Vancouver.  The applicant started a fitness training center and invested just over $50,000 (spent $20,000 and had $30,000 in working capital).  The visa was approved and the applicant will move to the U.S. this month.  Please contact Scott

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Which Countries Are Eligible for an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 visa is the perfect visa option for many foreign national entrepreneurs that want to either start or buy a business in the United States. An E-2 visa has a number of subjective requirements (eg. You must invest a “substantial” amount, your business cannot be “marginal” and your funds

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Scott Legal Services, P.C. to sit as Judge in American Bar Association (ABA) Moot Court Competion

We are pleased to announce that Ian E. Scott will sit as a judge in the American Bar Association Moot Court Competition.  Seasoned practitioners will judge the moot court competition and provide feedback to the newest members to the legal profession.

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E-2 Visa Approval for Fashion Designer Business for Spanish National with Low Investment Amount

We just had an E-2 visa approval with an investment amount of under $60,000 for a new fashion designer.  Our client recently graduated from college and will promote her own fashion label and run her business in New York.  We also drafted her business plan and set up her legal

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Who Has To Pay H-1B Fees? Does an Employer Have to Pay H-1B Fees?

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. This visa category requires that the foreign worker have at least a Bachelor’s degree, and the U.S. employer can employ the worker for up to six years. While the bar for this visa

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Who Has To Pay Green Card Sponsorship Fees? Does an Employer Have to Pay PERM Fees? Does an Employer have to Pay Green Card Fees?

There are three main steps to obtain an employment-based green card: 1. PERM Labor Certification (Assessment of whether or not there are qualified U.S. workers) 2. I-140 petition (Employer petition for permanent foreign worker) 3. I-485 application (Employee application for permanent residence – green card application). This step may include

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Scott Legal Services, P.C. sits on Columbia University Panel of How to Build a Successful Start-Up

Ian e. Scott from Scott Legal Services, P.C. recently sat on a legal panel at Columbia University on How to Build a Successful Start-up.  There were  four panels of accomplished speakers including venture capitalists, industry leaders, start-up founders and lawyers who will share their expertise and vision on building sustainable

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What is New In Immigration Reform? The Start-up Act – What Does it Mean?

Overview of Immigration Reform Changes On January 16, 2015 a new bill, S.181 (The Start-up Act) was introduced in Congress to address some of the employment and business deficiencies in the immigration system. This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mark Warner (D-VA), makes a series of targeted

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Scott Legal Services obtains E-2 approval for National from Finland – E-2 For Investor from Finland

At Scott Legal Services, P.C., we process E-2 visas for clients all over the world. We recently obtained an approval for a services business for a national from Finland for a small investment amount. The client had recently had his application denied at the consulate and came to us to

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We Just Won the Clients’ Choice Award!

Scott Legal Services, P.C. has just been awarded the the Clients’ Choice Award from AVVO. AVVO is a leading lawyer rating service and the Clients’ Choice Award is awarded to a small number of attorneys that receive outstanding reviews from their clients. See a full set of our reviews on

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Is Surrogacy Legal in New York? – Can Parties Enter in to a Surrogacy Contract?

Many potential clients that live in New York come to us and ask the question of, “Is Surrogacy legal in New York?” Like most things, the answer is that it depends. First and foremost if your surrogate does not live in New York and the birth will not take place

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A List of Things That Every Business Owner Should Do At the End of 2014

As a business owner, all year you have likely been running around acting as manager, capital raiser, developer, business generator, marketer, human resource manager and administrative assistant.  Given the numerous roles, it is often difficult to sit back and look at the big picture.  For some businesses, the holidays and

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A Summary of President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

At 8PM on November 20th, President Obama summarized the key points of his executive action related to immigration.   He did not provide extensive detail during his speech and it is expected that that detail will be revealed over the next few months.  The announcement covered three key areas: Increasing border

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What are the Differences Between Extension of Stay, Change of Status and Adjustment of Status?

People visit the United States for many different reasons, such as tourism, starting a business venture or visiting family members and friends. While you are in the U.S. your circumstances may change and you may want to extend your stay because of a sick family member, or change your nonimmigrant

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What is an L Visa & How Can I Use One To Start A Business In The U.S.?

An L-1 visa is a good option for a foreign company that that seeks to send an employee to work at an existing U.S. company. An L visa is also a good option for a foreign company trying to send an employee to open a new office in the United

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What is the Difference between a “Visa” and “Visa Status”?

What is a Visa? A visa is a travel document that is issued by a consulate to someone who wishes to visit the United States. A visa is placed in your passport and shows the Visa Type, such as F1, E2 or H-1B and it allows a person to apply

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E-2 Visa Approval at U.S. Consulate in Paris for Manufacturing & Distribution Company

Scott legal services just received approval for an E-2 visa at the U.S. Consulate in Paris.  The company set up operations in the U.S. and acted as the primary investor.  Once the company was set up, the French company used the employee E-2 visa to transfer one of their key

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Ian E. Scott Now Featured in EB-5 Investors Magazine

We are pleased to announce that Ian E. Scott is now featured in EB-5 Investors Magazine. The EB-5 Investor Green Card Program is a Program that grants a Green Card to Investors who invest $500,000 or $1,000,000 in a business and create 10 full time jobs. Only experienced EB-5 attorneys

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What is the Visa Waiver Program?

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows people from certain countries to enter the United States without a visa in their passport. The visit must be for 90 days or less and you must be traveling for either business or tourism purposes. To participate in this program you must meet certain

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How Long Can an E-2 Visa be Issued For?

An E-2 visa is an investor visa that is issued to entrepreneurs who wish to start or buy a business in the U.S.. The investor must invest a certain amount of money in the U.S. (usually much greater than $50,000) and the business must ultimately create U.S. jobs.  The investor

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Dissolution of Corporations: What to Do When the Start-Up or Business Venture Does Not Work

When you form a corporation, the last thing you are thinking about is dissolution. Regrettably though, some legal entities fail and the founders are faced with tough choices. These choices become tougher when the founders had previously convinced friends and family to invest in their company. Rather than wait until

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Can an EB-5 Investment be Based on a Loan or Gift?

An EB-5 Visa is an investor visa that requires an entrepreneur to invest either $500,000 or $1,000,000 of capital in the in the United States to either start a business or purchase one.  The other significant requirement is that the investment must create 10 full-time jobs.  One question that often

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The Three Types of E-2 Visas

An E-2 visa is a perfect visa for an individual or company who wants to start or purchase a business in the United States. In order to obtain the visa, the applicant must invest in a business in the United States, be a national of a treaty country and ultimately

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Ian E. Scott Selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star by Thomson and Reuters

Ian E. Scott, Esq. was selected and named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Immigration Law by Thomson and Reuters. This honor is afforded to the top 2.5% of lawyers in any State and Mr. Scott was selected in New York. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding

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