L-1 Visa Qualifying Organization

In an L-1 visa context, an overseas company that seeks to send employees to the U.S. under an L-1 visa is required to be related to the U.S. company in a specific manner. Both the U.S. office and the foreign entity must continue to share common ownership and control.

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How do we sign on behalf of our company?

Companies are artificially created entities, and therefore cannot sign documents or contracts. A company can enter into any type of binding legal contracts or promissory notes or leases by only the action of its one of the officers or employees with the legal authority to bind the company and sign on behalf of the company. One of the key reasons for many business owners or managers to form a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) is to protect themselves from personal liability from the company debts and the liabilities of the business, should the business be unable to pay to its creditors and fulfill its obligations. As a general rule, it is true that an officer or employee of the company would not be personally liable for the company’s debt in the event of a breach of such an agreement, provided that the contract has been properly signed and executed on behalf of the company. There are, however, cases where these individuals sign their names without mentioning their titles and not having put across their intent to the other party that they were signing the document on behalf of the company in an official capacity: In some of these lawsuits the officer or employee was personally held responsible even though they intended to sign on behalf of the company.

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Maintaining Your Green Card Status

Congratulations on getting a green card!  Now, please read on to learn how to maintain it.

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Watch Out For EB-5 Investor Visa Scams

Not long ago, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) jointly issued an investor alert to warn individual investors about fraudulent investment scams associated with the EB-5 investor visa. The SEC, together with USCIS, which administers the EB-5 program, has taken emergency enforcement action to stop allegedly fraudulent securities offerings made through the EB-5 program.

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Does a real estate investment meet the E-2 investor visa requirements?

The Treaty Investor Visa (nonimmigrant E-2 classification) is intended for nationals of a foreign country with which a qualifying treaty exists. Investors from a treaty country will either have to purchase an existing business in the U.S., or start one from scratch.

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