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6 things that may happen during an ICE workplace raid

Recently, President Trump announced that the federal government intends to resume immigration sweeps. These raids may occur in immigrant communities, public places or jobsites. While the thought of an immigration raid at your place of employment may be frightening, you should prepare yourself for a change in enforcement. 

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 prohibits employers from knowingly hiring unauthorized workers. Pursuant to federal law, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement may come on-site to determine employer compliance. Before you see ICE agents at your business, you should understand what happens during an ICE raid. While each raid is a bit different, you may plan for the following things to occur. 

What is an H-1B visa?

If you are an immigrant living in Pennsylvania, you may wish to look into the H-1B visa program as a way to gain long-term temporary access into the United States by one or more of your family members. Understand, however, that your family member will need to have a college degree or the equivalent thereof, plus superior job skills to qualify for this visa category

You also need to understand that the H-1B visa category grants your family member only temporary nonimmigrant residency in the U.S. to work in one of the following so-called STEM fields

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Math

Cash payout in divorce vs. waiting for the 401(k) to vest

Financial matters are some of the most contentious aspects of divorce. Dividing assets, cash and debts is overwhelming and may make even the most even-tempered person get hot.

One of the hotly contested categories of financial strife during divorce is money held in retirement plans. Unless the parties are already retired or near retirement, this large stash of cash may wind up being a sticking point. When dividing a 401(k) or another such account, you should ask yourself if waiting it out is better or worse.

Entrepreneurship can create a path to a green card

The midterms have just passed, but it won’t be long before campaigning for 2020 elections kicks in. No doubt, many candidates will talk about how small businesses drive the U.S. economy.

Turns out immigrants play a significant role in the creation of small businesses in the U.S. About one-quarter of new businesses started nationwide are created by immigrants, according to a report on immigrant entrepreneurship by educators from Harvard University and Wellesley College. In states with a high immigrant population, such as California, New Jersey and New York, immigrants account for more than 40 percent of new businesses.

Walking the path to a healthy divorce

If you are contemplating divorce but dreading it at the same time, you are not the only one. However, do not make the mistake of believing everything negative you see and hear about divorce in the media and from friends and family.

Although many divorces are painful and full of drama, with the following suggestions, yours does not have to be. 

Common immigration needs for small businesses

When you think of immigration, you may automatically think about families moving to America for refuge or opportunity, or about individuals joining their families who are already here. Much of media coverage focuses on these aspects of immigration.

However, one of the most common reasons why foreigners want to move to the U.S. is for employment. Therefore, immigration becomes a concern for businesses as well. As a small-business owner, it is important to be aware of the various immigration needs your company may face.

Will I be monitored on my child support spending?

Any custodial parent can breathe a sigh of relief when the family law court enacts a child support order. Raising children on your own can be expensive and stressful, and child support helps to remove some of that burden. Like many single parents in Pennsylvania, you might worry how you will be judged for spending your child support. Will you be required to tell the court or your ex-spouse how you use the money?

Fortunately, explains FindLaw, you have a great deal of freedom when it comes to child support spending. You will not be expected to provide receipts or report purchases to anyone, including your ex. Child support is granted for the benefit of your children, and you can broadly interpret how to spend it in this manner. For example, you may want to use child support in the following ways:

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