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What is an E2 Treaty Investor Visa

Must be Coming to the US to Invest or Manage a Business with an E2 Visa

The E2 Treaty Investor Visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows individuals from certain countries to come to the United States to invest in and manage a business. To qualify for an E2 visa, the business must meet several criteria:

Applicant for an E2 Visa Must Meet Several Criteria

  1. The business must be a bona fide enterprise: This means that the business must be a real, active, and operating commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking that produces goods or services for profit.
  2. The investment must be substantial: The investment must be significant in relation to the total cost of either purchasing an existing business or creating a new one. The investment must be enough to ensure the success of the business.
  3. The investment must be in a qualifying enterprise: The business must be engaged in a trade or commerce activity that is approved by the US government. This includes manufacturing, services, and technology-related industries, among others.
  4. The investor must have control of the investment: The investor must own at least 50% of the business, or have operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device.
  5. The investor must be a citizen of a treaty country: The investor must be a citizen of a country that has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. A list of these countries can be found on the US Department of State website.

E2 Visas Are Not Available For All Types of Visas

It’s important to note that the E2 visa is not available to all types of businesses. For example, real estate investment and passive investments, such as stocks or bonds, do not qualify for an E2 visa. Additionally, the E2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, meaning that it does not provide a direct path to permanent residency or citizenship in the United States. Read More

Is a Six Year Old Legally Competent to Stand Trial

By: Valentina Quintero

Mental Competency to Stand Trial is Questionable in a Six Year Old

Only a few days into the new year when we had the first school shooting of 2023. This time the shooter was a 6 year old boy. Fortunately, the victim in this case, the shooter’s 25 year old 1st grade teacher survived the shooting and was able to safely escort the rest of the students out of the classroom. This case is so bizarre and confusing because of the age of the perpetrator of the crime. So many questions are still being unraveled in the investigation, such as how did he get the gun and who will be criminally charged for this incident, if anyone at all. Read More


On November 13, 2022 the country was shocked by the brutal and tragic murders of four University of Idaho students. This developing story has the country mourning and perplexed by the vicious actions that seem to just not make any sense. The main suspect in the case, Bryan Kohberger, is facing four counts of first degree murder and also one count of felony burglary. On December 30th, 2022 more than a month after the murders Bryan Kohberger was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania Read More

The H1B Visa

A step by step summary on getting an H1B Visa

If you are seeking an H1B visa, please note that the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. The clock is ticking. What is the process for an H1B? Below, I describe the steps as simply as possible:

First Here Is What You Need To Get The H1B Visa

  1. You need a job offer from a U.S. employer for a role that requires specialty knowledge.
  2. You need proof of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in that field
  3. Your employer must show that there is a lack of qualified U.S. applicants for the role

Second Here Are The Steps You Need To Take To Get An H1B Visa.

  1. Register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and be selected to apply.

The cap is at 65,000 visas per fiscal year. If you have a master’s degree from a U.S. institution, an extra 20,000 visas available for those who have a master’s degree or higher. If the employer who is sponsoring you is an institution of higher education, a nonprofit organization connected to an institute of higher education, or a government research organization, then the visa cap does not apply. Read More

How a Landlord can protect himself if a tenant breaks his lease early.

By: Marcia Giordano Hansen
Recently, a client called me because their tenant had advised that he could no longer pay rent and asked to early terminate his lease agreement. My client was upset because the tenant had 6 months left on the lease agreement. Terminating the lease early would subject my client to many unnecessary and unexpected expenses such as cleaning the property, hiring an attorney to resolve the early termination, paying a broker to re-list the property and paying that broker’s commission and the list goes on and on. My client told me that this tenant had poor credit when he had applied initially but she felt bad and wanted to give him a chance. 
First tip here, when it comes to renting to tenants never “feel bad” and never ” give someone a chance” if your gut is telling you this might cause a future problem. Remember, if it talks like a duck, smells like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck…. that cannot pay rent!
First and most importantly, always include an early termination clause in your lease agreement. This clause makes your tenant agree to pay 2 months rent if he or she decides to leave early, before the lease agreement matures. Read More

The Difference between O1 and EB1 Visas

These O1 and EB1 visas are available to those foreigners who have “extraordinary abilities” with international or national recognition in their field of either the Arts, Sciences, Business, Education or Athletics. In order to demonstrate you have sustained national or international acclaim and that your achievements have been recognized in your field of expertise, you must either include evidence of a one-time achievement (major internationally-recognized award) or 3 of the 10 listed criteria below. Read More

The Complexities of Obtaining a Restraining Order

The Complexities of Obtaining a Restraining Order

By Valentina Quintero, Paralegal

Safety is something that everyone wants to feel in their everyday life. We invite people into our lives and inner circle, never imagining that one day this person will be someone that we feel unsafe with. In situations like a messy break-up, divorce, or just a falling out, it’s hard to foresee how other individuals will react or how far they will go with their actions. In certain cases, filing a restraining order, also known as an injunction, is necessary for your protection and safety.  Read More

How a Landlord Property Withholds a Security Deposit in Florida.

Disputes between landlords and tenants in FLorida arise frequently. The most common type of dispute revolves around the security deposit. The security deposit is money that is kept in an account held by the landlord to use, only if, the tenant causes damage to a rental property that exceeds normal wear and tear. I could go on and on about what is or what is not considered normal wear and tear, but that is not the focus of this article. In this article I would like to discuss exactly what a landlord must do to lawfully withhold a security deposit. Florida law is quite strict. Florida Statute Section 83.49 delineates the procedure landlords must follow.  Read More

What Past Clients Say

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I met with several attorneys and I didn’t feel comfortable with any. Marcia walked me through the process and explained everything to me in detail. She was clear and very communicative throughout the ordeal. I recommend Marcia to anyone going through any type of criminal / legal matters.

Jose Martinez 5 March 4, 2019


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