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How Visitors to the U.S. Can Bring Domestic or Personal Servants

How Visitors to the U.S. Can Bring Domestic or Personal Servants

 

If you are in the process of coming to the United States on a temporary nonimmigrant visa or if you are already in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, you may be able to bring not only your family members, but also your nanny, maid, cook, and other domestic or personal employees. They may qualify for a B-1 visa, primarily intended for business visitors to the United States. It is a more uncommon use of the B-1 visa, evidenced by the fact that these types of visas are specially annotated with the visitor’s position. 

Which types of visa holders can bring employees to the U.S.?

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Drum Corps Champion Blue Devils to Visit Western New York on July 7

Drum Corps Champion Blue Devils to Visit Western New York on July 7

 

The reigning Drum Corps International world champion Blue Devils from Concord, Calif., will visit Western New York on Tuesday, July 7, as a prelude to the annual Drums Along the Waterfront “Tour of Champions” event taking place on Sunday, Aug. 2, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

The Blue Devils will visit Riverside Institute of Technology, 51 Ontario St., Buffalo, from approximately 1 to 10 p.m. for a special rehearsal that will be free and open to the public.

New book profiles nearly fifty Roycroft Master Artisans

New book profiles nearly fifty Roycroft Master Artisans

 

“Head, Heart & Hands: Continuing the Handcrafted Tradition of the Original Roycroft Artisans” by West Seneca author Joe Kirchmyer, will be available for sale for the first time during the annual Roycroft Summer Festival. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27-28 on the grounds of Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora.

Am I liable for unauthorized transactions on my debit card?

It depends. Federal law provides consumers with protection against most unauthorized credit- and debit-card transactions.

Under federal law, consumer liability for unauthorized credit-card transactions is limited to $50. However, many banks and credit-card companies offer even more protection for credit cards in the form of "zero liability" for unauthorized transactions.

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Waiving the Green Card Signature Requirement

Waiving the Green Card Signature Requirement

 

Typically, a green card (permanent resident card) must bear a beneficiary’s signature. This signature is captured at the beneficiary’s biometrics appointment and electronically transferred onto the card. However, USCIS released a statement last week explaining that not all green cards must bear the holder’s signature. 

When a green card holder is physically unable to provide a signature or is a child below the age of consent, the government may waive the signature requirement. In such a case, the green card will state “Signature Waived” on the front or back of the card where a signature would normally be located. 

Explore Buffalo Plans Downtown Lockport Walking Tour Kickoff Event

Explore Buffalo Plans Downtown Lockport Walking Tour Kickoff Event

 

 

In celebration of Independence Day, Explore Buffalo will launch its new Downtown Lockport Walking Tour — and celebrate Lockport’s 150th anniversary — from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 3.

Self-Directed IRAs

A self-directed IRA isn't a different type of IRA. Rather, the term refers to any individual retirement account (traditional or Roth) that allows you to direct the investment of your IRA assets into nontraditional investments. For example, in addition to the usual IRA mainstays (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and CDs), a self-directed IRA might invest in real estate, limited partnership interests, a small business, or anything else the law (and your IRA trustee/custodian) allows. In fact, the only investment you can't have in an IRA is life insurance. Collectibles (artwork, stamps, wine, and antiques) aren't strictly prohibited, but if your IRA purchases these items, you could suffer adverse tax consequences.

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