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October 2011 Archives

Dangerous products can make Halloween scarier this year

It's that time of year again when kids and adults alike change their identities. Some become princesses while others become zombies. Whatever the costume, Halloween is a time typically associated with candy, fun and games.

Two US Senators propose new residential investment visa

Two United States Senators have introduced a bill that would create a new residential homeownership visa for foreign nationals. The measure is apparently intended to shore up the sagging housing market in the United States. The bi-partisan proposal would allow foreign nationals to receive a three-year residential temporary visa for investing at least $500,000 in residential real estate. The proposal allows the investment to be divided as long as at least $250,000 is used to purchase a primary residence. If the money is split, the investor could reach the $500,000 level by purchasing separate properties and could rent out the home or homes that are not used as the primary residence.

Some citizens who are Florida residents do not quality for in-state college tuition

Federal lawmakers have discussed the DREAM Act for years, but no measure has made it through Congress. The idea would provide a pathway for certain undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status in the United States. The proposal would allow undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children with their parents with the opportunity to gain permanent residency through attending college or joining the military.

Florida man with history of seizures causes fatal car accident

A South Tampa school community is grieving the loss of a teacher killed in a car accident this past Friday. The teacher and her husband had been driving with their young granddaughter when they were struck by a pickup truck. The granddaughter was the only survivor of the fatal crash.

Choosing the proper family visa application

On occasion, people can be confused by the complex variations of potential family visa forms and applications. The application process can be time-consuming and daunting, even when the proper forms are identified. For instance, this blog recently discussed the non-immigrant fiancée visa. In family immigration, a fiancée visa has a limited purpose. There are different family visas available under U.S. immigration law for other purposes.

Florida women sues state and contractors for wrongful death

After a man lost his life in an accident in Florida in 2009, his wife told newspapers that she believed the construction in the area where he died was to blame. She later would file a wrongful death suit against the state Department of Transportation and several construction companies working on Interstate 75 near Naples, Florida.

Police in nation's capital told not to ask about immigration status

The mayor of the nation's capital city has signed an executive order telling Washington D.C. police officers not to inquire into the immigration status of people they are questioning, even after an arrest, unless the person's immigration status is directly related to a primary criminal investigation. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray wrote in a statement Wednesday, "This executive order ensures public safety by ensuring that our police resources are deployed wisely and our immigrant communities feel safe cooperating with those who are sworn to protect them."

Medical malpractice lawsuit filed in 2007 finally moves forward

Becoming a victim of medical malpractice can be extremely overwhelming. When doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals make a mistake, the results can be devastating. In some situations a medical condition is worsened, forcing the patient to deal with more medical bills and painful treatment. In other cases, the mistake can be fatal.

Appeals court puts temporary halt on part of immigration law

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which covers Florida, also covers Alabama. The federal appellate court issued a ruling this week temporarily blocking part of the tough Alabama immigration law. However, the court refused to temporarily halt other aspects of the state immigration law.

Florida officer finally arrested for role in car accident

When an accident occurs and the driver who caused the crash disappears, law enforcement will investigate to find the driver and arrest him or her. But the recent arrest of a Seminole County officer raised concerns after it took officials a month to make the arrest.

K-1 fiancée visas can include complex documentation

United States Immigration law provides a short-term, non-immigrant visa for fiancées of U.S. citizens. A fiancée visa, also known as a K-1 visa under U.S. law, is only good for 90 days and has complex requirements. Many applicants for a fiancée visa find the process overwhelming without legal representation from an attorney well-versed in U.S. Immigration law.

Play jewelry could put children at risk of disease

It is no surprise that little girls love playing dress up. Often these games are full of fairytale princesses and living in castles. But what if you found out that the children's jewelry that your daughter and her friends were playing with had metal levels that could potentially cause health problems?

Napolitano defends immigration policies

Immigration issues continue to make news headlines, especially in regard to deportations and the controversial Secure Communities program. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that the U.S government expects to set a new record this year for deportations under U.S immigration law.

Family still waits for settlement from Florida school after a decade

Ten years after being awarded a $2 million settlement in a Florida lawsuit, one family is still waiting for payment. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed after a woman's 18-year-old son died following an intense team workout.

New fiscal year brings new allotment of employment based visas

The government's fiscal calendar does not actually follow the calendar that most people follow. That is, Oct. 1 is effectively New Years Day, when it comes to employment-based visas in the United States. As the beginning of fiscal year 2012, Oct. 1 marks the day that the new slate of allotted employment-based visas became available.

Gainesville police believe crash caused by alcohol and speeding

From beautiful homes to glimpses of the ocean, Florida drivers may see a lot of things while traveling on the road. But one of the more terrifying images a driver could see is in their rearview mirror: a speeding vehicle behind with no sign of stopping.

Cruise ship fire leads to loss of life for two employees

Laws pertaining to workers injured on cruise ships are different from laws that generally apply to employees who work on land. Maritime and admiralty law specifically deal with offshore injuries, including injuries and wrongful deaths of Florida residents.

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