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the immigration lawyer philadelphia relies on for results

The Immigration Lawyer Philadelphia Trusts for U.S. Visas

Immigration and adjustment of status can be a confusing and difficult process. My firm, Kats, Jamison & Associates, in Philadelphia helps make this process easier for our clients.

There are many ways to adjust your status if you wish to come the United States legally. If you are in this country and your legal status is overstayed, for the period of more than six months, you will not be eligible to adjust your status on any other ground other than the marriage to a citizen of the United States. And if you came to this country without being inspected on the border, you will not be able to adjust the status automatically, even if you marry a United States citizen. Other than marriage to a U.S. citizen, there are other ways to adjust your status.
The new popular form of adjustment of status is the Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) Visa, but this only helps if you are a wealthy individual. Congress created the program in 1990 as a means of stimulating the economy through foreign investment and job creation. EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial business. The business must be either purchased and the existing business be restructured, or the business should be reorganized in such a way that a new commercial enterprise results in or is expanded through the investment so that a 40-percent increase in the net worth or number of employees occurs.2 The EB-5 visa may be a great option for some. If you would like to apply for this visa, please call us to speak to an immigration lawyer Philadelphia investors rely on for such advice. For more information about the EB-5, Immigrant Investor Program, please see the Job Creation Requirements for eligibility.

 

There are a number of visas for immediate relatives and family sponsorships. They are: spouse of United Citizen, Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition, Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S., Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens, Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens, Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents.

 

There are also a number of nonimmigrant visas. If you are an individual with extraordinary ability or achievement, you may apply for the O-1 nonimmigrant visa. This visa is specifically for “individuals who possesses an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.”1

 

Another nonimmigrant visa is the The H-1B Visa or Employment-Based Immigration Visa. This visa is for nonimmigrants in a “specialty occupation,” such as accounting, architecture, biotechnology, business specialties, chemistry, education, engineering, law, mathematics, medicine and health, physical sciences, social sciences, and theology with at least the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, although there have been exceptions. The H-1B Visa also requires that you be sponsored by an employer.

 

There are a number of visas that you may qualify for, whether you would like to stay the in country permanently or only for a specific amount of time. For more information about visas and which one is best for you, please call us at (215) 396-9001 to speak with an immigration lawyer Philadelphia trusts for results. Our law firm is able to accommodate you in almost any language, if it is difficult for you to communicate in the English.

 

Sources:

1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

2. EB-5 Immigrant Investor

3. Directory of Visa Categories

slip and fall lawsuit

Act Immediately On Your Slip and Fall Lawsuit

Slip and fall cases require special and immediate attention from a slip and fall attorney. At our law firm, Philly Lawyers, we encourage our clients to act quickly if they have sustained a personal injury and would like to file a slip and fall lawsuit in Philadelphia or the surrounding counties (Bucks County, Montgomery County and Delaware County). There are number of reasons for acting quickly and doing so may help you win your case. If you are in the Greater Philadelphia area and have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call us (215) 396 – 9001. The consultation is FREE and there is NO COST to you UNLESS WE WIN your slip and fall lawsuit. If you are not able to come to our office in Bucks County, we will come to you.

You need to act quickly, because there is always a possibility that the defect that caused you to fall is fixed and you won’t be able to preserve the evidence. The slip and fall attorney will immediately send a letter to the landlord of the location where the slip and fall occurred to make sure, if there are any video cameras in that location, that the film will not be destroyed. This is the first step and it is an especially important one, because one of the excuses that the insurance companies use, in an effort to minimize the amount of the settlement, is to say that it is your fault. The insurance company may claim negligence on your behalf, stating that you were running, not watching where you were going or that there was no defect. In my 26-year experience of practicing law and defending my clients in slip and fall lawsuits in Philadelphia, I can tell you that the best evidence in such personal injury cases is photographs or videos.

Another important element to help prove your claim is the witness statement. Our law firm has an investigator on staff  that will immediately go out and interview the witnesses. Usually people are more inclined to give a statement when it is requested within a short period of time from the occurrence. People also tend to be able to recall the slip and fall incident in greater detail when asked about it shortly after. The quicker our investigator can secure the witness’s identity, the sooner your slip and fall attorney can have a better picture of the case.

It is also very important to make sure that your doctor is aware of the origins of your injury. Very often the patient will complain about the pain and suffering but will neglect to explain to the doctor that it happened as a result of a fall. Your slip and fall attorney should contact your doctor immediately and make sure that the mechanism of the trauma is properly explained and that your doctor is able to document that the injury sustained is a result of the fall.

If you have been injured, due to negligence in proper maintenance, repair or upkeep of a business or homeowner’s property, you may have the right to file a slip and fall lawsuit for damages incurred as a result of the personal injury you sustained. These injuries may include medical expenses, lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering. If you have any medical bills as a result of your injury, your slip and fall attorney should make sure that the insurance company agrees to pay all of them. If there is a pending request for reimbursement from the insurance company, it should also be address before the case settles.

We have listed the steps that you should take immediately following a slip and fall accident:

1.     Do not make any detailed statements regarding fault.

2.     Get the contact information of the property owners and managers.

3.     Find witnesses and write down their contact information.

4.     Take clear pictures of the defects/hazards and of your injury.

5.     Make sure to save your clothing and footwear.

6.     Seek immediate medical attention if you are injured.

7.     Do not make a recorded statement with the insurance adjusters.

8.     Call your local slip and fall attorney.

If you are in the Greater Philadelphia area, you may contact Philly Lawyers at (215) 396 – 9001. Our law firm specializes in personal injury cases regarding slip and fall in Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Delaware County.