The U.S. Program Of Green Card (USAFIS)

The U.S. Program Of Green Card, also called USAFIS, is helping people who come from countries with low rates of migration to the United States. Inning accordance with the site, the program makes 55,000 immigrant visas offered through a lotto.

One Green Card winner from Tajikistan composes, “Following the guidance of good friends, we have actually registered for the American “green card lottery”. Gladly, it seems we have actually won the card and our dream has actually come true to be able to work and live in America legally. Thank you so much for your understanding, help, and compassion.”

When 55,000 are provided or the financial year ends, the Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV) program is closed. If anybody receives a visa through the program they are licensed to live and work permanently in the United States.

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The annual DV lottery program offers a chance for prospective immigrants to get the status as a permanent legal resident of the USA. This program provides and runs each year 50,000 “Green Cards” to applicants randomly chosen in a lottery process – known as Green Card Lottery. A Green Card is a long-term home visa and gives a person the legal right to live, work and study completely in the United States and to go into and leave the nation freely. Immigrants might operate in any federal government, public and private job that is available. A permanent house visa is typically helpful for life.

Green Card holders likewise get health, education, retirement, tax, social security and other benefits. The Green Card does not affect the immigrant’s present citizenship. A holder may later on apply for United States Citizenship, if desired.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery has been developed in the 1990 Immigration Act in order to offer migration opportunity to locals from nations other than the main source of immigration to the U.S.A. This official U.S. federal government program aims to diversify the American population by creating an immigration chance to under-represented ethnic groups. Application to this program is open for all people worldwide that fulfill the two basic entry requirements.

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One Green Card winner from Tajikistan composes, “Following the recommendations of buddies, we have actually signed up for the American “green card lottery game”. When 55,000 are released or the financial year ends, the Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV) program is closed. This program supplies and runs each year 50,000 “Green Cards” to candidates randomly picked in a lotto process – known as Green Card Lottery. A Green Card is a long-term home visa and provides an individual the legal right to live, work and study completely in the United States and to enter and leave the nation freely.

L-1 Visas Help International Companies Expand in United States.

L-1 visas give international businesses that qualify exclusive access to the United States.

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Here’s the takeaway of the pros and cons of the L-1 Visa for you to determine if it is right for your company to expand into the United States.

L-1 Pros:
Allows international companies to start American Subsidiary
Has dual intent for applying for green card
Can last five years.
Able to bring family members.
Easier to network and market with prospects and clients in America.

L-1 Cons:
Need to actually prove ability to pay
Need to prove management of other employees
More complicated application process
Increase in Requests for Evidence (RFE) from Trump Administration
Need to actually have a physical office for the subsidiary
Businesses can fail if not operated correctly.

I personally think L-1 visas allow successful international businesses, many of which already are selling their services in the US, and whose management often comes to visit with clients on a B-1 visa, the opportunity to really take root of their business in the United States. It will be easier to grow a business’ reach in the United States by actually having a physical office and one of their executives living and working in America.

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Legal Code – Agile Development and Legal Practice

Legal Code – Agile Development and Legal Practice

Not really sure how, but I started developing software with agile in my thirties.  I’d manage my team early in the morning, then practice law all day.  The first version of the app I made was pure junk.  You really have to understand code and software and how to make it if you want to manage a team well.  So I learned coding, and scrum, agile development principles to actually make stuff that most people take for granted and never think about using it.  That’s some well made software if the experience is expected and requires no thought.

To get to that point takes a lot of polish, lots of building, measuring and evaluating what you learned.  It forms a never ending cycle that feeds back in on itself.  Processes are refined and changed.  New dependancies, basically a skill set, may be needed for additional functionality.  Old ways of doing things need to be refactored, or revised, into more cohesive arguments (which are actually a thing in code). Paying close attention to the method (also a thing in code) used to accomplish certain goals can lead to new best practices.

Maintaining a good code base is a lot like maintaining a good law practice.  Neither are ever done and can quickly become overly complex if not tended to diligently.  These things may even be a dreaded concept known as non-deterministic polynomial time complete (NP-C).  Certain practices have been developed over the past several decades to assist in delivering a high quality project on a reasonable deadline.  But it started from managing another complex process, the assembly line.

After World War II, W. Edwards Deming brought his techniques in quality control in standardization, documentation and continual improvement to Japan’s redevelopment efforts.  Taiichi Ohno at Toyota used his own minimalistic processes to save costs and blended Deming’s elements to propel the carmaker to some of the highest quality rankings in the world.  The result is called agile, or scrum, or kanban, or Just in Time (JIT) processes which are still used in the browser you are reading this on.

In code projects, you want to break up the build into clear components that do specific things so that the whole can more easily be compiled.  This is the exact same in the legal practice where time is the unit and litigation, or documentation, the deliverable.  You break down the whole into its pieces and itemize them and attend them them individually.  The project is built as simply and quickly as possible so that it may be tested.  Then the feedback returns improvements on the methods used for delivery.  The changes to the process result in greater user satisfaction because of ease of use, greater functionality and less waste or more efficiency.   The product continues toward a more perfect version of itself through iterations of newer and newer versions.

This should be employed in your law practice for the rest of its term for one very good reason.  The legal product you ship next year will always be of a higher quality than the code you ship this year. If you employ systems to organize the product that must be shipped and document the methods used in delivering that product, this data can be reviewed.  That data also provides insight as to ways to deliver a higher quality product.

Your clients will thank you for always raising the bar of the quality of the legal product you deliver.  Plus, you can sell the value throughout the years and know that the rising hourly fee is more than worth it because of the enhanced quality.  Lots of buyers of legal product may only look at the hourly, but they should look at the processes in place by the legal service provider to know that next year they will be buying a higher quality product than what they are purchasing this year.

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Disney H-1B Lawsuit for Discrimination Against Americans

Disney H-1B Lawsuit for Discrimination Against Americans

As Disney says, it’s a small, small world.  It turns out that after the entertainment and media giant replaced some of its IT staff with contract workers from India.  Tata Consulting, Wipro, and a handful of other IT consulting companies comprise about half of all H-1B applications entered into the lottery each year.  They are the companies causing headlines about Americans losing their jobs and the uproar over immigration reform (more like restriction).

Disney is being sued for discriminating against against Americans “based solely on their national origin and race, and replacing them with Indian nationals.”

In mid-December, 30 former IT employees let go from Disney World in early 2015 filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and now in the U.S. District Court in Orlando.  The complaint alleges that Disney discriminated against them based on their nation of origin and race.

Disney often tells fairy tales, but now it’s in one

The tale against H-1B Visa holders has been unfolding for some time.  In 2014, former Harley-Davidson IT employees filed a federal class action lawsuit alleging the  motorcycle company discriminated against American workers by replacing them with H-1B employees from South Asia, according to USA Today. That suit is still pending.

These lawsuits may be nothing more than a fairy tale because so far no H-1B-related suits based on nation of origin or race have been successful. Typically, lawsuits regarding discrimination based solely on national origin or race are filed by minorities.  There is no reason why the tables cannot be turned and have non-minority workers facing the same discrimination against them.

The trend is not going away, more H-1B visa holders will face more hostility as technology continues to automate jobs currently held by humans.  The practices of certain IT staffing firms may be curtailed, but businesses often buy from cheaper vendors.  If Disney believed that it would receive better IT services for a cheaper price, they have a duty to their shareholders to maximize value.

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