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Florida first enacted an offer of judgment rule in 1972, when the Florida Supreme Court adopted Fla.R. Civ.P I.442 in an effort to encourage settlement and avoid the necessity of trial. Hernandez v. Travelers Ins. Co., 331 So.2d 329, 331 (3d DCA 1976). Rule 1.442 was “die sauce as” Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and was put into effect on January 1, 1973. In re The Florida Bar, 765 So.2d 2 I (Flu, 1972). This rule only allowed defendants – and not plaintiffs – to serve an offer of judgment.
According to one regional center, that truism accounts for the growing visa backlog that has crippled the EB-5 program. In a recent lawsuit in federal district court, American Lending Center (ALC) and thousands of Chinese investors represented in a class-action lawsuit by the law firm Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt argue that the U.S. government has been miscounting the limited annual supply of EB-5 visas. This mistake, they contend, is responsible for the EB-5 visa backlog. If their lawsuit is successful, it will substantially shorten the time that Chinese investors have to wait to immigrate to the U.S. based on their EB-5 investments.
It’s a paradox. You beat up on a man and he sings your praises.Perry Rivkind, former district director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Miami, is now with the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.Ira Kurzban is what he has been for the past 13 years or more — immigration lawyer extraordinaire. A man who has successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court when the impossible dream of most lawyers is simply to argue one.
Law360 (February 1, 2019, 5:12 PM EST) — A Chinese citizen’s investment of loan proceeds in the U.S. counts as a cash investment that can qualify her for the EB-5 visa program, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday, rejecting the federal government’s stance that money from a loan should be classified as debt rather than cash.
Starting in February, Haitians began showing up at the low-cost health center run by Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade worrying about what they’ll do if the federal government ends the program that protects them from deportation.
Jules Letemps thought he would be celebrating. On October 14, 2016, he was exonerated of the 1989 rape of a woman in Orlando, Florida, after serving 27 years in prison. Letemps, now 53, had dreamed of this day: of seeing the ocean, attending Baptist church with his mother, and reconnecting with his extended family and three children. Most importantly, he could finally prove that he was innocent.
Congress created the EB-5 immigrant visa program in 1990 to benefit the U.S. economy and create jobs by attracting investment from foreign investors seeking permanent legal status in the United States.
Many Americans who seek green cards for foreign relatives have been distanced from their loved ones for a lengthy period as a result of delays at Citizen and Immigration Services.
No ICE Reimbursement, No More 48-Hour Hold, Says Miami-Dade
A new detainer policy has gone into effect in Miami-Dade County, representing a dramatic shift in policy, after the county’s commissioner announced that the county would stop covering the cost of housing immigrant detainees, something the county previously agreed to do as part of a long-standing arrangement to honor immigration detainers issued by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE)
In Florida – and Nationwide – most support a path to citizenship
More than 60 percent of Florida residents are in favor of creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, a recent poll revealed
What are the requirements for an H-1B visa?
An H-1B visa allows U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers, in certain fields and for a limited period of time, in their U.S.-based operations
How to Avoid Common Issues with K-1 Visa Applications
A fiance visa (also known as a K-1 visa) allows a foreign citizen to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen spouse.
The Federal Lawyer Magazine – Immigration Law Nov/Dec 2010
Federal an state courts have recently been called on to address issues arising in the context of actions commenced by divorced foreign national spouses who seek enforcement of the affidavit of support requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
The deportation of thousands of Nicaraguans who came to the United States in the 1980s to escape unrest in their homeland was blocked by a federal judge Tuesday, and an attorney for the immigrants hailed the move as a “major victory.”
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday that a Miami man was wrongly deported to Haiti after serving two years in prison for drunken driving an opinion that could have far-reaching impact on hundreds of similar cases involving immigrants.
Haiti’s advisory council named an interim prime minister to pave the way for elections, while U.S. Marines said they would start helping disarm the general population in a potentially volatile move after weeks of bloodshed.