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USCIS To Start Accepting H1-B Petitions on April 1, 2013

Friday Mar 15, 2013 | 0 Comment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked. The cap (the numerical limitation on H-1B petitions) for FY 2014 is 65,000. In addition, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of... Read More »

Attention Liberian Nationals Covered Under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)

Friday Mar 15, 2013 | 0 Comment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the automatic extension of employment authorization documents (EADs) for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through Sept. 30, 2013. This automatic extension of EADs follows President Obama’s announcement today of his decision to extend DED through Sept. 30, 2014 for qualified Liberians and those persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia. The six-month automatic extension ... Read More »

Free SBA Tool Provides Customized Business Analysis to Small Businesses

Monday Feb 18, 2013 | 0 Comment

Are you a small business owner who wants to grow your business but can’t afford to shell out big bucks for a business analyst ? Take advantage of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s free online business analysis tool, SizeUp. SizeUp helps you manage and grow your business by benchmarking it against competitors, mapping customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise. “Market research and analysis is critical for the success of any small ... Read More »

It’s Back To School Time for Construction Subcontractors in the DC Area

Thursday Feb 14, 2013 | 0 Comment

If you own a small, women-owned or minority-owned construction company and want the inside scoop on how to get a subcontract, school is in session. The Turner School of Construction Management is running an 8 week course designed to help small, women-owned and minority-owned construction businesses boost their growth by learning how to successfully bid on and win construction subcontracts. The course starts on March 13 and will be held at Howard University. Best of all, attending the program is ... Read More »

Attention Immigrants Leaving the U.S. for Employment Purposes

Wednesday Feb 13, 2013 | 0 Comment

Are you a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) leaving the U.S. for a year or more for employment purposes? If you want to apply for naturalization (citizenship) in the future, you should file form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes, so that the time you spend outside of the U.S. will count toward the residency requirement for naturalization. USCIS has just published a revised Form N-470. USCIS will accept older editions for 60 days, but starting on ... Read More »

Great article on Entrepreneur.com – 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney

Wednesday Feb 13, 2013 | 0 Comment

Great article on the questions a small business owner should ask before hiring a business lawyer ——> http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225395 Read More »

Comparison Chart: Senate vs. White House Immigration Reform Plans

Wednesday Jan 30, 2013 | 0 Comment

Earlier this week, the Senate and President Obama released separate plans for reforming U.S. immigration law.  While both plans are short on details and neither has been signed into law, the chart below compares some key differences that affect groups such as undocumented immigrants, family-sponsored immigrants, immigrants educated in the math, science and technical fields and small businesses. Senate Immigration Reform Plan    White House Immigration Reform Plan Path  to citizenship for ... Read More »

Dangers of “Notario” and “Immigration Consultant” Fraud

Friday Jan 25, 2013 | 0 Comment

Are you an immigrant to the United States and need help with an immigration issue? If so, beware of “notarios”, “visa consultants” and “immigration consultants” who are not licensed attorneys and are not authorized to practice immigration law. In the United States, a “notario” or “notario publico” is NOT a licensed attorney. It is someone appointed by the state government to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths. Notarios and immigration consultants ... Read More »

New Law Passed to Bring More Government Contracts to Small Businesses

Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 | 0 Comment

A new law designed to bring more federal government contracts to small businesses has recently been signed by President Obama as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The new law helps small companies compete for more federal contracts by making small business contracting performance a part of employee reviews for senior agency officials. Put simply, an agency’s failure to award enough agency contracts to small businesses will hurt agency officials’ ... Read More »

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