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  • Asset Potection | BUSCHKIN LAW FIRM

    Back ASSET PROTECTION Preserving wealth can be difficult. Your assets can be affected by legal risks that you and your loved ones might be exposed to. We can help with creating planning strategies designed to protect your individual assets. HOW WE CAN HELP: Evaluate legal risks your assets are exposed to Design and implement a comprehensive asset protection plan Create a strategy to protect your assets for multiple generations Successful people know that preserving wealth is sometimes more difficult than creating it. The risk exposure of your assets is largely determined by financial and managerial decisions, but it can also be affected by legal risks you and your loved ones might be exposed to. Originally developed for professionals, business owners, and investors, asset protection services are now just as important for ordinary people seeking to preserve the wealth accumulated during their productive life. Widespread use of personal guaranties by banks and creditors has created overwhelming personal exposure for most business owners and investors. Several factors have increased the need for proper asset protection planning, including professional and personal liability, frequent abuses of the legal system, and aggressive tactics employed by unscrupulous creditors and other third parties. A proper asset protection analysis will evaluate present solvency issues and identify the best legal structure for allocating and holding your assets, using multiple tools and techniques available under law. Unfortunately, there are common misconceptions about the security of home equity, 401k, IRA, and 529 plans, insurance and annuity products, trusts, joint checking accounts, and various other assets and investment vehicles. For that reason, it is crucial to understand the risks associated with holding or transferring your assets without proper planning. While it is important to consider which assets can be placed beyond the reach of creditors, it is also critical to understand whether the assets will be afforded the same protections when transferred to your beneficiaries as a part of your estate. At Buschkin Law Firm, we will assess the risks and help you with the development and implementation of a comprehensive asset protection plan. We will show you how to protect your business, your property, and your personal assets for you and your loved ones. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US

  • Protected Marketing Areas

    Back PROTECTED MARKETING AREAS One of the key business issues in any franchise arrangement is how much protection should be given to a particular market. It needs to balance protecting reasonable marketing areas for locals with giving enough room so that franchisers can maximize their penetration, over time. What happens to the Protected Marketing Area upon renewal should be addressed. When discussing the differences between a “territory” and market, it is important for franchisees to be aware that they may get trapped by their unfamiliarity with business terminology. We will help you analyze the important aspects of your franchise agreement and see that it is fair, protective for both franchiser as well as franchisees. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US


    Back Trusts and Estate Planning Services We help you create a Trust for your specific needs and answer all your questions throughout the process. WHY DO I NEED A TRUST ATTORNEY? A trust attorney can set up the trust on your behalf and even serve as the trustee. Engaging an experienced elder law attorney for these functions can help you and your family avoid a long probate process, potentially pay lower estate taxes, and allow you to retain control over when your beneficiaries receive an inheritance. ​ BENEFITS OF A LIVING TRUST Unlike a will, a living trust does not go through probate, an often-lengthy legal process. That means that your assets may be disbursed to your heirs in a matter of weeks rather than months or years. ​ Establishing a living trust also prevents the substantial court costs associated with probate. This type of document also allows you to retain privacy: while a will is a public record, the assets are distributed privately. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US

  • Special Needs | BUSCHKIN LAW FIRM

    Back SPECIAL NEEDS Beneficiaries with disabilities and special needs require special consideration in your estate planning. With the right planning, you can protect your most vulnerable loved ones in the event of your incapacity or death. HOW WE CAN HELP YOU: Assist in applying for government benefits to pay for skilled nursing, long-term, and in-home care Protect your assets for you and your loved ones Navigate through the maze of rules and regulations Your estate plan must account for possible disability, even if no beneficiary has special needs at the time because we cannot predict the future. At Buschkin Law Firm, we will help you protect your most vulnerable loved ones who may require continuous care and support. The bequests and distributions can be planned in such a way that they will supplement rather than supersede the benefits a person might already be receiving. To ensure that the intended gifts benefit your loved ones and improve the quality of his or her life, we can assist you in setting up a Special Needs Trust. We help our clients explore their options for maximizing benefits for their heirs. With respect to clients or their beneficiaries with special needs, our services cover many areas, including: trust administration and trustee representation, specialized estate planning, special education advocacy, guardianships and conservatorships, public benefits, employment, and residential issues. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US

  • Real Estate Aspects of Franchising

    Back REAL ESTATE ASPECTS OF FRANCHISING With our help, you'll be able to find the perfect location for your business. We are an expert team that can easily analyze and negotiate any lease or sublet agreement. We will make you aware of clauses that can cost you money over the term of your lease; tax clauses, common area maintenance clauses, percentage increases, and percentage overage clauses. We will advise you of the ramifications of these provisions and help you negotiate them. We will ensure that your right to assign or sublet is not overly restrictive. What about lease guarantees and “good guy” guarantees? We can help you protect yourself in these areas. We will help you negotiate your “work letter,” your construction contract, and your construction (or acquisition) financing loan agreement. Dollars count. Let us help you to save them. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US


    Back Labor Condition Application The Labor Condition Application is a form that a sponsoring employer files with the Department of Labor on behalf of any H-1B employees that the employer may be hiring. It is often one of the first steps that a sponsoring employer must take when trying to hire an H-1B employee. Without an LCA, the employer cannot file the I-129 petition for the H-1B visa. LCA Attestations A well-prepared LCA contains four different attestations from the employer. The attestation is a factual statement supported with evidence. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor requires employers to provide and maintain documentation supporting that the following four main labor conditions have been met: Application process To get an LCA, your employer needs to file an ETA 9035 with the Department of Labour long before the beginning of the H-1B filing window. This way, you can avoid the risk of having the two overlap, causing you to miss the filing window. If your H-1B LCA is denied, the DOL will provide you with the reasons for the denial in the notice. It is not likely that an LCA denial can be appealed or motioned, but this obstacle can be overcome by fixing these problems and refiling before the H-1B filing window in April. This is why it is important to obtain an LCA well before the start of the filing season. Processing times and Period of Stay/Extension of Stay The typical processing time is 7 days, but this can easily vary from case to case based on how busy the DOL is at the time, when dealing with bureaucracy, you have to factor in delays or high volume periods. The initial validity period for the H-1B Labour Condition Application is three years, just like the H-1B. Some factors that can shorten this are: Termination of H-1B status Strike or lockout at place of work. If an employer becomes H-1B dependent, this can have a negative impact on the LCA. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US

  • Franchisee Associations

    Back FRANCHISEE ASSOCIATIONS As your trusted consultant, we will help you form an association that reflects the needs and preferences of those it serves. We'll prepare bylaws so it can be established in a timely manner, then get down to business with programs/agendas designed just for this type or purpose. We will review your existing franchise agreement (or new and amended), negotiate potential modifications with the franchiser. If you have other issues that cannot be resolved through negotiations, we can engage in mediation arbitration or litigation as appropriate for this type of situation. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US

  • Real Estate Law | BUSCHKIN LAW FIRM

    Back REAL ESTATE The Power Of Experienced Litigators In matters of real estate litigation and title insurance claims, having well-informed, experienced real estate attorneys at your side gives you a distinct advantage. Buschkin Law Firm has substantial experience in every facet of real estate litigation, title insurance claims, and title defence litigation. Buschkin Law Firm understands real estate law and the intricacies of commercial and residential real estate transactions. Whether the solution to a dispute lies inside or outside the courtroom, we work diligently to advocate our client’s position and reduce their exposure. When litigation is unavoidable, we are by your side ready to bring our legal knowledge and expertise to bear, finding the solution that is best for you. Real estate litigation generally refers to any dispute arising from a real property interest. We advise and represent clients on all aspects of real estate litigation and contractual disputes and help clients evaluate the legal and business issues that impact real estate contracts. We have a great deal of experience in handling diverse and complex litigation and contractual disputes, and in achieving successful outcomes. General Real Estate Practice Buschkin Law Firm has technical skills and, equally important, a practical orientation regarding business advice, the structuring of transactions and contract negotiations. Our experience relates to a broad spectrum of real estate asset types, including equity, debt and leasehold interests, and various property types, including office, multi-family, condominiums, shopping centers, hotels, hospital and health care facilities, storage facilities, industrial and warehouse properties and mixed-use developments. We can help you in commercial and residential development, joint venture transactions, sales, acquisitions, construction and permanent financings, "big box" leasing and commercial office and retail leasing transactions. We also can help you with workouts, loan restructurings and asset acquisitions on behalf of lenders and borrowers, and in matters involving condominiums and cooperative housing corporations. ​ During times of market uncertainty and legislative change, the real estate sector offers significant opportunities for companies that can target and manage potential risks. Strategic legal counsel based on a clear-eye assessment of market realities can help owners, developers, and investors reap the rewards of a volatile market. Buschkin Law Firm provides comprehensive and fully integrated services, we advise on the full range of sophisticated real estate transactions and construction projects, with a strong focus on portfolio transactions, complex and alternative financings, large-scale development and redevelopment projects, and high-stakes dispute resolution. We offer cogent counsel on all aspects of real estate transactions, from acquisitions and financings to leasing and sales, and help clients navigate and comply with shifting environmental regulations. In addition, should a dispute arise, we vigorously litigate on our clients’ behalf. New York and New Jersey Residential Real Estate Attorney Real estate is an integral part of the economy in the New York Metro Area, there is a lot at stake in real estate transactions throughout New York and New Jersey . Our clients trust our services and rely on us to protect them at every stage of a transaction. If you plan to buy or sell a home or property in NYC or surrounding areas anytime soon, you will want to work with an experienced new York and New Jersey residential real estate lawyer. Hiring an attorney who specializes in New York and New Jersey real estate can protect your rights, make the process easier by ensuring that all contracts and documents meet legal requirements, and identify any potential problems with the agreement to prevent future legal complications. Buschkin Law Firm can help you in the following ways: We help you review and prepare all information related to your purchase. This involves interpreting real estate laws, regulations, and policies, as well as developing specific contracts and agreements. When buying or selling real estate, you will come across a lot of new information, and some of it may be confusing. A lawyer can help you understand the language of the real estate world, facilitate the transfer of titles and funds, ensure you meet your contractual agreements, and prevent you from facing surprises at closing. In addition to being knowledgeable about the real estate industry, Buschkin Law Firm can also help you feel secure in your specific investment. By entering a deal with legal representation, you’ll have a knowledgeable, skilled advocate who can identify any risks associated with this acquisition, protect your interests, and deliver the best possible outcome in your case. Buschkin Law Firm is not only valuable for our legal knowledge but also our negotiation skills, in and outside of the courtroom, we can help you during the deal-making process ensure you achieve a contract that minimizes risk and maximizes reward. What we offer Buschkin Law Firm handles complex and challenging matters for a wide array of clients, such as the owners, developers and financiers of the largest real estate projects, both in the private and public sectors. We are skilled in a broad spectrum of transactions that includes: Real estate finance Development Sales and acquisitions Land use and environmental matters Leasing Distressed asset workouts Real estate matters may require a range of services and present varied challenges. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US


    Back Employment-Based This is a green card category where your employer sponsors you for a green card. The employer must first go through the Labor Certification process to show that they could not find a qualified U.S. worker. You may be eligible for this green card if you are a skilled worker, professional, or other worker. “Skilled workers” are persons whose job requires a minimum of 2 years training or work experience, not of a temporary or seasonal nature “Professionals” are persons whose job requires at least a U.S. baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent and are a member of the professions The “other workers” subcategory is for persons performing unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience, not of a temporary or seasonal nature. Requirements and eligibility REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION Application process Processing times and Period of Stay These are green cards so as long as you meet the residency requirements and do not violate the terms of the visa you can keep them for life. Regarding processing time, with each step discussed above in mind, we can make an estimate on what the processing time will be. However, there are a number of factors that can drastically change the amount of time your EB-3 green card will take. PERM Labor Certification process: about 8 months without complications. Form I-140: average of 6 months depending on the caseload. Premium processing shortens your petition’s processing time to 15 calendar days Waiting for your priority date: two months to over a decade depending on country of origin. Form I-485: average of 6 months and cannot be expedited by premium processing. Family of EB - 3 Visa Holders Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible to apply for admission to the United States. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US


    Back E2 - Treaty Investors There are many ways to live and work in the U.S. However, the E-2 represents one of the few ways to build your own business as a foreign entrepreneur. The process of obtaining this visa is relatively uncomplicated compared to popular visas like the H-1B, but qualifying is a different story. Find out what you need to be eligible for the E-2 treaty investor visa. E-2 treaty investor visas are non-immigrant visas reserved for foreign entrepreneurs of countries that have a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the U.S. Essentially what this visa does is enable the foreign investor to develop or carry out the investment/ trade activities of the business. Processing times and Period of Stay/Extension of Stay An E-2 visa is a very document-intensive petition. In addition to a number of government forms, the visa requires the submission of a binder full of documentation that is often quite lengthy. Once the documentation is prepared, the processing time depends on the processing time at the consulate that is located in the applicant’s country. This could range from 3 weeks to 3 months (or longer). Qualified treaty investors and employees will be allowed a maximum initial stay of two years. Requests for extension of stay in, or changes of status to, E-2 classification may be granted in increments of up to two years each. There is no limit to the number of extensions an E-2 non-immigrant may be granted. All E-2 non-immigrants, however, must maintain an intention to depart the United States when their status expires or is terminated. An E-2 non-immigrant who travels abroad may generally be granted, if determined admissible by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officer, an automatic two-year period of readmission when returning to the United States. Requirements & Eligibility YOU MUST BE A NATIONAL OF A TREATY COUNTRY ​ Only available to people from the countries that the U.S. has a Treaty with. Many Western countries are on the list but there are also countries from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East on the list . ​ YOU MUST HAVE INVESTED OR BE ACTIVELY IN THE PROCESS OF INVESTING IN THE ENTERPRISE ​ In order to satisfy this part of the test, you must fulfil three requirements. ​ Show Legitimate Possession and Control of the Funds ​ Must invest funds that you have obtained by lawful means Must prove to the government that you either saved the money, were given the money as a gift, or legitimately earned the money To prove this you need tax returns, bank statements, investment accounts, and more ​ All Funds Invested Must Be “At Risk” and Irrevocably Committed ​ All of the assets invested must be personal assets subject to risk of loss Loans are fine but you must be on the hook if there is a loss and this requirement forces you to sign contracts and/or spend money prior to the approval of the Visa At-risk money does include credit card debt or other loans as long as those debts are not secured by business assets or in the name of a limited liability business ​ You Must Be Close to Starting the Business ​ The U.S. government does not want to approve Visas for people who “may” set up a business in the U.S. or who have a “desire” to start a business Must be at the start up ready phase Should have a signed lease Business bank account should be set up Should have a website Should have purchased whatever you need to get the business up and running ​ YOU MUST BE IN A POSITION TO “DEVELOP & DIRECT” THE BUSINESS WITH SKILLS ​ You must be the one that is going to direct and run the business Must have the appropriate skill set such that the government has faith that the business will be viable Educational background and experience should suggest that you will be in a position to make the business a success ​ YOUR INVESTMENT MUST BE SUBSTANTIAL ​ Investment could be as low as $15,000 or as high as millions Idle cash sitting in a business account is NOT considered an investment, but the government will consider a reasonable amount of working capital as part of an investment Make sure to keep records of all of your expenditures since the government will want to see them A substantial amount of capital is: Substantial in relationship to the total cost of either purchasing an established enterprise or establishing a new one Sufficient to ensure the treaty investor’s financial commitment to the successful operation of the enterprise Of a magnitude to support the likelihood that the treaty investor will successfully develop and direct the enterprise. The lower the cost of the enterprise, the higher, proportionately, the investment must be to be considered substantial. A bona fide enterprise refers to a real, active, and operating commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking which produces services or goods for profit. It must meet applicable legal requirements for doing business within its jurisdiction. ​ YOUR INVESTMENT & BUSINESS CANNOT BE MARGINAL ​ Business cannot be set up so that it provides a means of living just for yourself and your family Put together a business plan that shows growth over a 5-year period or by showing that you plan to hire employees in the future. ​ YOU MUST INTEND TO RETURN TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY AFTER EXPIRATION OF THE E-2 VISA ​ Sign a document that indicates you plan to return home once your visa expires You do not have to show any ties to your home country Application Process There are two ways you can apply for an E-2 visa. These are described below. ​ APPLYING FOR AN E-2 VISA WHILE IN THE U.S. (CHANGE OF STATUS) ​ Step 1: While having another type of VISA, you can file a petition to change status to an E-2 visa with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). Step2: The I-129 form you must file is the same form filed for many other non-immigrant visas (e.g. H-1B), and you would also complete the E-2 visa supplement. Step 3: This petition is document-intensive, and you must provide documentation to support all of the elements outlined in the E-2 visa requirements. Change of status does NOT permit you to re-enter the country the way an E-2 visa would ​ Step 4: E-2 status is typically granted for a 2-year period. if you have dependents on your visa that are also in the U.S. (e.g. H-4) and you want to change their status, you must also file a Form I-539 ​ APPLYING FOR AN E-2 VISA AT A CONSULATE (AN E-2 VISA) ​ Step 1: If you are outside of the U.S., you must file a DS-160, a long application that is completed online. You must also complete a DS-156E supplement. ​ Step 2: The documentation that you must provide is generally the same as the documentation required to file within the U.S. with USCIS. The consulate may impose some additional, specific procedural requirements. ​ Step 3: E-2 visas are typically granted for between 2 & 5 years, and you are permitted to leave and enter the U.S. whenever you like. If you have dependents, separate DS-160 applications must be completed for them. ​ ​ A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING ​ If you have been granted a change of status and leave the U.S., you must qualify for an E-visa at a consulate before re-entering. You must reapply for the E-2 from scratch and submit all supporting documentation as if the application were a new one. If you are in E-2 status as a result of a change in status, this fact will not speed up your consular adjudication or otherwise expedite your E-visa application at a consulate. Consular E-visas can be issued for 5 years whereas USCIS will only issue E-2 status for 2 years. Note that this could be particularly relevant in light of the marginality requirement of the E-2 visa. Convert E-2 visa to Green Card While no US non-immigrant visa automatically leads to a Green Card some of the common options include: ​ E-2 AND EB-5 INVESTOR VISA PROGRAM ​ This strategy enables an E2 investor to move to the US immediately on their E2 visa but to have the option of leveraging their US business to obtain a “green card” over the longer-term. ​ DIRECT EB-5 ​ If your E-2 business becomes large enough and employs enough people, it may be eligible for a Direct EB-5 visa. The minimum investment amount is $900,000 and the required number of jobs is ten. You must carefully consider the location of your business because only investments in Targeted Employment Areas are eligible for the lower $900,000 investment amount. Outside of these areas, the requirement capital doubles to $1.8 million. ​ REGIONAL CENTER EB-5 ​ Tying E-2 business to the requirements of the EB-5 program can be commercially restrictive, many people who pursue a Green Card from E-2 through EB-5 prefer to invest with a Regional Center instead. For example, it can be a challenge to maintain headcount to meet the EB-5 rules. Failure to do so can put your Green Card at risk. ​ E2 AND EB1(C) FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MANAGER OR EXECUTIVE ​ You must be a business in your home country with a qualifying relationship to your US E-2 Business and have worked at the overseas company for at least one of the three years immediately prior to moving to the United States on your E-2 Visa. You must also demonstrate an “intent to depart” when you apply for your E-2 Visa, which can conflict with plans to obtain a Green Card under EB-1c. It is vital you discuss your options with an immigration attorney at the beginning of the process. ​ Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US


    Back Exchange Visitors The J-1 visa, also known as the Exchange Visitor Visa or J student visa, is for anyone outside of the US who wishes to take part in study- and work-related exchange programs approved by the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. To qualify for a J-1 visa, the first thing you need to do is apply for an exchange program (study or work) through an assigned sponsor in the US. Only after you are accepted into a program, you can apply for a J-1 visa. The J-1 visa, also known as the Exchange Visitor Visa or J student visa, is for anyone outside of the US who wishes to take part in study- and work-related exchange programs approved by the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. To qualify for a J-1 visa, the first thing you need to do is apply for an exchange program (study or work) through an assigned sponsor in the US. Only after you are accepted into a program, you can apply for a J-1 visa. The J-1 visa has 15 categories of eligible roles and/or program types: ​ Au Pair Camp Counselor College and University Student Secondary School Student Government Visitor International Visitor Physician Professor Research Scholar Short-Term Scholar Specialist Summer Work Travel Teacher Trainee Intern ​ CAN YOU WORK IN THE US WITH A J-1 VISA? ​ Yes, you can! J-1 students are permitted to work while studying, as long as they obtain work authorization. There are certain restrictions, such as only working part time on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Students are permitted to work full time during academic breaks. ​ TWO-YEAR HOME RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT ​ A J-1 visa is issued with several conditions attached, one of which is that after your program is over and your visa expires, you have to return to your home country and live for two years. You are subject to this condition if you are a part of a: Government-funded Exchange Program. Specialized Knowledge or Skill. Graduate Medical Education/Training. During this time, you cannot apply for the following visas: An immigrant visa. A temporary worker (H). An intracompany transferee (L). A fiancé visa. Requirements and eligibility DOCUMENTATION ​ When you apply for a J-1 visa, you at least need to prepare the following documents: Passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after you depart from the country unless there are specific exemptions depending on where you are from. Photograph. Submit your photograph when you complete the visa application form online. If your photo is not uploading, then bring a physical copy but, please make sure to follow the instructions on how to take your visa photo. Non-immigrant visa application form. Fill in form DS-160 online and bring the confirmation page with you to the embassy/consulate. Visa fee receipt. If you are required to pay the visa fee before your interview, bring your receipt. Form DS- 2019. After you are accepted into your exchange program, your sponsor registers you into SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). Afterward, you will receive this DS form, and you may be required to pay a form fee. Form DS- 7002. If you’re a participant in the J-1 trainee and intern categories, you will also need this form. J1 visa health insurance. You must have health insurance coverage and it is the sponsor’s responsibility to ensure that you have purchased one. You may also be asked to provide additional documents for the review process, such as evidence of: The purpose of your travel; Your intent to depart the United States after your travel; Your ability to pay all travel costs. Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your travel and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your travel, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your travel. You need to review the instructions from the US embassy or consulate where you apply. After you submit your application, remember to get a payment receipt to present at your visa interview. Application process Period of Stay/Extension of Stay The length of time for which you will be allowed to stay in the U.S. on a J-1 exchange visitor visa depends on the type of program you will be participating in and the dates of your planned participation. Family of the J-1 Plenty of Exchange Visitors travel to the United States with their spouse and children. These family members receive J-2 visas. They are able to attend school and work (conditionally) in the country for the duration of the primary J-1 visa holder’s program. ​ HOW TO REQUEST A SEPARATE FAMILY DS-2019 ​ Step 1: Gather Supporting Information and Documents: Have the scholar provide a scan of the dependent’s passport biographic page and any new documentation of funding. Step 2: ISO Issues DS-2019: Use the information on the scholar’s most recent visa request and the documents gathered to complete the Add J-2 Dependent Request and submit it. You will receive a confirmation email. ISO will then issue a new DS-2019 for the J-2 dependent. Step 3: Send DS-2019 on to Exchange Visitor: Send the original DS-2019 and attachments to the J-1 exchange visitor in hard copy. Do not send the exchange visitor a scan of the DS-2019; UW is forbidden by law from sending DS-2019s by scan or fax to outside parties. You may email the program number or SEVIS number from the DS-2019 to the exchange visitor to facilitate visa appointment scheduling at a U.S. consulate abroad. Step 4: J-2 Dependent Applies for Visa at Consulate and Enters U.S.: There is no check-in or SEVIS validation requirement for J-2 dependents. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. 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  • Area Development Agreements

    Back AREA DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS Area Development Agreements provide a special challenge: ​ What are the “criteria” that must be met in order to keep to the development schedule? What happens to existing locations if the remaining schedule is not met? Will they have protected areas and if so, what will they be? If a default occurs with respect to one of your units, will it affect your other (non-defaulting) units or not? Who will be obligated with respect to the Development Agreement and what will the extent of responsibility be? With our help, you can address all these and other issues in your Area Development Agreement. Contact If you are in the US or planning to come to the US and would like to schedule a consultation, let's connect. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR ​ EMAIL US ‬ CALL US

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