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Do Non-Citizens Have to Pay Taxes?

In short, yes. Even though they may not be citizens, nonresidents (foreign nationals, or those who have not passed the green card test or the substantial presence test) and residents alike must file tax returns if they have been engaged in trade or business in the United States during the year. Tax Differences for Citizens, Read More

Should I Be Afraid of NYC Bus Tour Accidents?

Tour buses are a fairly popular tourist attraction in big cities such as New York. They are convenient and take you to the main hot spots without the hassle of driving or finding parking. However, their safety has been put to question recently—and for good reason. More and more, The Case Handler team at Pollack, Read More

A Difficult Discussion: How to Make End-of-Life Arrangements with a Loved One

Even people who are profoundly opposed to procrastination in any form are likely to put off discussing end-of-life arrangements with a loved one. There’s no denying that death is an uncomfortable topic. Unfortunately, it’s also an unavoidable one. There are certain matters that have to be put straight when a relative is terminally ill, but Read More

What Does It Mean to Be a “Sanctuary City”?

In 2015, more than 200 state and local jurisdictions, known as “sanctuary cities,” chose to not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In 2017, an executive order signed by President Trump stated that sanctuary jurisdictions will not be eligible for federal grants. Since then, certain federal courts have blocked or restrained that order, and Read More

Too Much Demand, Not Enough H-2B Visas

Congress created the H-2B visa program in 1990 in order to help non-farm businesses acquire seasonal workers. As acceptance of the program grew, so did the competition for visas. In 2014, most H-2B workers came from Mexico, being hired primarily by employers in Texas. Each year, there are 66,000 visas available for businesses  half (33,000) Read More

What is Refugee Status and Who Qualifies?

Since 1975, over 3 million refugees from around the world have made their home in the United States, thanks to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. A refugee is defined as an individual who flees his/her home country for fear of violence or persecution due to race, religion, political opinions, or affiliation in a particular social Read More

A Quick Guide to Naturalization in the U.S.

Naturalization is the process by which the United States government grants citizenship to foreign citizens or nationals, who must first fulfill requirements outlined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Naturalization allows you full access to all of the rights given to U.S. citizens. Note: The information below is not intended to be a complete Read More

A Guide to Student Visas: F and M Visas

F-1 visas allow international students to study full-time and live in the United States.  A full-time course of study is 12 credit hours or more of coursework per semester in an undergraduate program, but the definition of “full-time” for graduate programs is a combination of credit hours with research time and will vary. F-1 visas Read More

The Facts About Removal Proceedings in the United States

What Is an NTA? The Notice to Appear (NTA) is the “charging document” that signals the initiation of removal proceedings against a respondent. If you receive an NTA, it means that you must appear in Immigration Court on the date specified or at a date to be determined in the future. The NTA must be Read More

If a Dog Bites in New York, Who Pays?

On March 9, 2018, a Long Island mother went through unspeakable horror when she and her 2-month-old baby were mauled by a pit bull. They were both hospitalized; the mother being treated for a leg wound while the baby had to undergo cranial surgery after sustaining bites to the head and face. Although it sounds Read More

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