Ian E. Scott to Judge Entrepreneur Pitch Competition at Pace University

We are pleased to announce that Ian E. Scott will serve as a judge for the 11th annual Pace University pitch competition.  A number of talented new entrepreneurs will each spend 3 minutes pitching their ideas to judges.  We welcome the opportunity to participate in this event.  More information can

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Legal Considerations for a Start-Up – Some Initial Considerations – Part 2

Ian E. Scott recently presented to students in an Entrepreneurial class.  The presentation summary is as follows:   Legal Considerations for a start-up walks through the the new business legal implications of two students who have developed a  mobile application that may change the world.  The legal business topics covered include

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Legal Considerations for a Start Up including Immigration Consequences

Ian E. Scott recently presented to students in an Entrepreneurial class.  The presentation summary is as follows:   Legal Considerations for a start-up walks through the the new business legal implications of two students who have developed a  mobile application that may change the world.  The legal business topics covered include

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Ian E. Scott presents to Pace University – Visa Options for Immigrant Entrepreneurs.

Ian E. Scott recently presented to students in an Entrepreneurial class.  The presentation summary is as follows:   Legal Considerations for a start-up walks through the the new business legal implications of two students who have developed a  mobile application that may change the world.  The legal business topics covered include

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When Should an E-2 Visa Applicant Consider a Change of Status Instead of Consular Processing?

An E-2 visa is an excellent visa for a foreign national who wants to direct and operate a business in the United States. Unlike the EB-5 visa, the investment amount for an E-2 visa can be relatively low and the visa does not have any specific number of jobs that

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The E-2 Visa Process Explained – Where Should You Apply for an E-2 Visa? Should You Apply for an E-2 Visa at a Consulate or USCIS through a Change of Status?

An E-2 visa is a perfect visa for a foreign national from an E-2 treaty country that wishes to purchase or start a business in the United States. The visa can be approved with a relatively low investment in the U.S. (we regularly process E-2 visas with as low as

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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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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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