Category Archives: Business Development

  1. Biden Administration To Lift Travel Ban And Allow Vaccinated Travelers To Enter The U.S.

    For the past 18 months, COVID-19 had wreaked havoc all over the world and has limited the entry of certain travelers into the U.S. With Consulate closures and travel bans, entering the U.S. has been particularly difficult for non-immigrants, especially those who require visa stamping. With limited appointments available and often the need to apply…

  2. The Fundamentals of a Hotel Transaction: Buyer’s Edition

    Hotel investors typically have two paths to take ownership of a hotel asset: Build or Buy. In my experience as a hospitality and transactional attorney, I have learned that those that build (via ground-up new construction or re-development of an existing asset) generally prefer to build a hotel asset over buying an existing asset for…

  3. President Biden To Ban Travel From India To The U.S

    Despite a more favorable Immigration climate under the new administration, President Biden has issued a proclamation that will restrict most travel from India to the US. This proclamation is effective 12.01 am May 4, 2021. In the proclamation, it is stated that India accounts for over one-third of new global COVID-19 cases and the number…

  4. Travelling As A Lawful Permanent Resident During The Ongoing Pandemic

    Although it has been more than a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions continue and the ability of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to return to the U.S. in a timely manner are still impacted. Although called Permanent Lawful Status it is anything other than Permanent, especially for those who remain outside…

  5. The Importance of a Commercial Lease Review (Part 2)

    In my previous article, I discussed the importance of a lease review. The lease agreement is the binding agreement between the Lessor and Lessee and many important considerations exist. In most leases, the Lessor-Lessee relationship is known as the Landlord-Tenant relationship. There are many important considerations when reviewing a lease.  A few additional items we…

  6. TEDP Takes Over Evictions in Texas

    The CDC has now extended the eviction moratorium until June 30, 2021. The impacts of the moratorium are very adverse to landlords and their ability to evict non-paying tenants. Several landlords have tenants who have not paid since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been occupying spaces without paying rent. Many of these…

  7. Loss Of Employment And Filing A New H-1B Petition Outside Of The 60-Day Grace Period

    COVID-19 has taken its toll on the labor market, resulting in millions of people losing their job.  Unfortunately for those on a nonimmigrant visa such as an H-1B, the clock starts ticking on their last day of work.  H-1B holders generally have 60 days or until the end of their authorized stay, whichever is shorter,…

  8. The Three Keys To A Great Law Firm

    After over 15 years of practicing law and being fortunate to own my own law firm for most of that time, I began to ponder what clients really look for in selecting a law firm.  Last year brought businesses many challenges that we never would have imagined we would face when 2020 started.  With these…

  9. Job loss during COVID-19 and the Compelling Circumstance EAD

    COVID-19 has left countless non-immigrants out of a job and scrambling for ways to remain in the U.S.  For individuals who have been in the U.S. for many years and are already on the path to lawful permanent residency, the loss of a job can be absolutely devastating and the prospect of having to leave…

  10. Update On The President’s Recent Proclamation Affecting H-1Bs And Common Questions

    Having had a week to reflect on the proclamation I felt that it was necessary to write a second article about the potential implications and to answer some of the common questions that clients have been asking us about the proclamation.  My first article focused on the proclamation’s immediate impact on non-immigrant workers.  For details…

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