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Traveling Abroad Before Your Advance Parole Document is Issued May Cause Serious Problems

Traveling Abroad Before Your Advance Parole Document is Issued May Cause Serious Problems

 

If you have a pending Adjustment of Status (Form I-485), your lawyer has likely cautioned you (repeatedly) that traveling abroad before your Advance Parole document is issued may result in the denial of your I-485. These cautions should be taken seriously and any traveling during Adjustment of Status should be carefully considered prior to leaving the U.S. 

Here is a quick Q&A with Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi regarding this important topic.

Question: What exactly is an Advance Parole document?

Financial Aid 101

Many parents pay for college with a combination of savings and financial aid. By learning the basics, you'll be able to understand how the financial aid process works, properly fill out aid applications, and compare the aid awards your child receives.

What is financial aid?

Financial aid is money distributed primarily by the federal government and colleges in the form of student loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study jobs. Loans and work-study must be repaid (through monetary or work obligations), while grants and scholarships do not. A student can receive both federal and college aid.

Financial aid can be further broken down into two categories: need-based, which is dependent on your child's financial need, and merit-based, which is awarded according to your child's academic, athletic, musical, or artistic merit. Most financial aid is need-based.

How is financial need determined?

Group Disability Insurance

Group Disability Insurance

If a disabling illness or injury were to prevent you from working for weeks, months, or even years, how would you support yourself and your family? If disability strikes, you may discover that your most valuable asset isn't your home or your savings--it's your ability to earn a living. Fortunately, group disability insurance can help protect you. Whether it's offered through your employer, school, trade group, or another association to which you belong, group disability insurance is an affordable solution to your need for income protection.

What is group disability insurance?

Like other types of disability insurance, group disability insurance pays you a benefit that replaces part of your earned income when you're sick or injured and can no longer work. A group disability policy covers all eligible members of a group that has a common interest or association, and may offer special terms, conditions, and rates.

Peace Bridge Construction Project Approved

Peace Bridge Construction Project Approved

A construction proposal that would dramatically reshape the Peace Bridge was approved by the federal government this past week. The project’s main focus will be to improve the way vehicles get on and off the Peace Bridge. The project will cost an estimated $35 million with the creation of new entrance and exit ramps, and a pedestrian bridge to the shoreline trail. 

The work is intended to get rid of the confusing lane-switching maze that often disrupts traffic going on and off the bridge. The new work will also put an end to the ability of some drivers to mistakenly skip right through the primary border security checkpoint. This will allow border agents to shift from having to watch for such incidents to devoting their full attention to quickly processing vehicles. 

Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments in Canada Restricted in Summer 2014

Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments in Canada Restricted in Summer 2014

 

Summer is a busy time of year for everyone, including the United States government. In order to keep up with nonimmigrant visa demands, visa appointments have been significantly restricted for Third Country Nationals (TCNs) in Canada. In this context, “TCN” refers to any non-Canadian citizen or legal resident applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa at an embassy or consulate in Canada.

Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

In tax lingo, your principal residence is the place where you legally reside. It's typically the place where you spend most of your time, but several other factors are also relevant in determining your principal residence. Many of the tax benefits associated with home ownership apply mainly to your principal residence-- different rules apply to second homes and investment properties. Here's what you need to know to make owning a home really pay off at tax time.

Deducting mortgage interest

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Announces Two New Releases

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Announces Two New Releases

 

Two new books published by No Frills Buffalo recently hit bookstore shelves, including “Shadow Boxing: A Tom Donovan Mystery” by David Coleman, and “Post-Mortem Depression and Other Maladies of English” by Jimmy Neureuther.