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Cesar Gomez Joins Board of Directors of Red Cross Southwest Florida

Posted: October 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Former Director of the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce Assumes New Leadership Position

Cesar Gomez, Latin Business Development Director at Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, has joined the Board of Directors of Red Cross Southwest Florida.  The former director of the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce assumed the new leadership responsibility at the Red Cross in July.

“I am very pleased and honored to be offered the position on the board of directors,” said Mr. Gomez.  “The Red Cross has the highest reputation in Colombia, where I come from, for its excellent services to the people there.  I look forward to the opportunity to build stronger ties beween the Southwest Florida Chapter and the local Latin community,” he continued.

Mr. Gomez was a business law attorney in Bogota, Colombia, before emigrating to the U.S.  He was the Director of the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce from 2007 to 2010 and was recognized as one of the 25 “Most Influential People in Manatee County” in 2010.

He received his Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in International Law in 2011 from Stetson University.  He is a former member of the Foreign Service committee of Tampa Bay and a current member of the University of South Florida Leadership Board.

The Southwest Florida Branch of the Red Cross is involved in all aspects of disaster preparedness in the region.  So far this year they have raised $3.8 million to support their world-wide relief efforts.  Their next event is the annual Boo Ball, titled “Zombie Prom,” which will take place on Friday, October 25th.

Cesar Gomez

Cesar Gomez

César Gómez se incorpora al Consejo de Administración de la Cruz Roja de Southwest Florida

El ex-director de la Cámara de Comercio Latina de la Costa del Golfo asume nueva posición de liderazgo

Sarasota, FL, 10.03.13 – Cesar Gómez, Latin Business Development Director en Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, se ha incorporado al Consejo de Administración de la Cruz Roja de Southwest Florida.  El ex-director de la Cámara de Comercio Latina de la Costa del Golfo asumió la nueva responsabilidad de liderazgo en la Cruz Roja en julio.

“Estoy muy contento y honrado de haber ofrecido el puesto en el consejo de administración “, dijo Gómez. “La Cruz Roja tiene la más alta reputación en Colombia , de donde yo vengo , por su excelente servicio.  Espero con interés la oportunidad de construir lazos más fuertes entre el Capítulo Suroeste de la Florida y la comunidad latina local,” continuó .

El señor Gómez era un abogado de derecho de negocios en Bogotá, Colombia, antes de emigrar a los EE.UU.  Fue el Director de la Cámara de Comercio Latina de la Costa del Golfo desde 2007 hasta 2010 y fue reconocido como una de las “25 personas más influyentes en el condado de Manatee” en el año 2010.

Recibió su Maestría en Derecho ( LL.M. ) en Derecho Internacional en 2011 en la Universidad de Stetson.  Él es un ex-miembro de la Comisión del Servicio Exterior de Tampa Bay y actual miembro del Consejo de Liderazgo de la Universidad de South Florida .

La Cruz Roja Southwest Florida está involucrada en todos los aspectos de la preparación para desastres en la región.  Este año ya han recaudado $ 3.8 millones para apoyar los esfuerzos de socorro en todo el mundo.  Su próxima cita es el Balón de Boo anual, este año titulado “Zombie Prom,” que tendrá lugar el viernes 25 de octubre.

Cesar Gomez

Cesar Gomez

Sports Immigration Attorney Teams up with Special Olympics

Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, the largest immigration law firm on Florida’s Gulf Coast and one of the nation’s specialists in sports immigration has partnered with Special Olympics Florida.  The law firm will be sponsoring and volunteering with Special Olympics athletes for the 2013-2014 season.

“Working with Special Olympics seemed like a great way for us to become more charitably involved in the community,” said P. Christopher Jaensch, managing partner of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm.  “Since we work directly with athletes from around the world we figured this would be a good fit,” he continued.

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm is one of the nation’s leading experts in sports immigration.  Their clients include local tennis players and national-level competitors.  They are often sought out for their opinion on sports immigration matters by Olympians, US Open entrants, and other star athletes.

The firm has sponsored a Special Olympics athlete for one year and volunteered at the latest Special Olympics event, a bowling competition.  “They all bowl much better than I,” said firm employee Michael Marquet.  “They were really impressive,” he continued.

The law firm plans to assist with more Special Olympics events in the future.  The next Special Olympics event is the regional bowling competition on September 28th in Bradenton.

Please see photos of the bowling competition below.

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm and Special Olympics Florida

Special Olympics athletes prepare for their competition

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm and Special Olympics Florida

Firm employee Michael Marquet with several impressive bowlers


New Commercial Opportunities for Southwest Florida Immigrants

Posted: September 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Major Transportation and Building Projects in Sarasota

In their ongoing effort to provide the latest and most pertinent information to immigrant investors, members of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm attended the Sarasota Association of Realtor’s Commercial Investment Division’s monthly meeting this week to learn about the latest changes and opportunities that are coming to Sarasota.  Indeed, big changes are coming that will bring new investment opportunities throughout the area.

Invest in Southwest Florida

The Commercial Investment Division met at The Francis

There are plans to reconnect the downtown to the waterfront through the use of roundabouts at strategic intersections along US 41.  Roundabouts have proved very effective at relieving traffic congestion and allowing more foot traffic to flow across intersections in Clearwater Beach.  City planners envision the new roundabouts in Sarasota will do the same.  More foot traffic will also mean more customers for retail and storefront spaces on the roundabouts.

Invest in Florida Gulf Coast

The locations of the proposed roundabouts

Several building projects throughout Sarasota are in various stages of completion.  The Jewel, at the corner of Main St and Gulf Stream, with 19 condos and 2 floors of commercial space, is under construction.  Plans for a new hotel and retail space at Palm Ave and Coconut, across from the new Palm Ave Parking Garage, are in the final phases.  Plans for another hotel, condos, and retail space on the waterfront next to the Ritz Carlton are well-underway.  Finally, the city plans to renovate the middle stretch of Main St. so as to invite more retail and commercial investors and more foot traffic to sustain such development.

In short, Sarasota is poised for dramatic growth.  In order to hear about all the exciting new investment opportunities as they develop immigrant investors should subscribe to Jaensch Immigration Law Firm’s newsletter.

Immediate Commercial Opportunity in Lee County

Immigrant investors in Southwest Florida will be interested to know about a new commercial investment opportunity in Lee County.  This one comes from our good friend Rita Barbato.  The business performs landscaping and yard services in Lee County which includes the cities of Fort Myers and Cape Coral.  Ms. Barbato reports that the investment would include $246,500 worth of equipment such as saws, stump grinders, a trailer, a chipper truck, a grapple truck and several bucket trucks.  The current owner is retiring.  Cash flow is $161,188, gross income is $424,600 and the asking price is $515,000.  There are 8 employees.

Immigrant investors who would like to see if the business could help them qualify for a visa should request more information from Ms. Barbato: 813-833-0487,  With more detailed financial information we can determine how the business may be used in an immigration strategy.

Investment Opportunity Southwest Florida


Sarasota Immigration Attorneys Attend Port-to-Port Seminar

Posted: August 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , , | No Comments »

On Thursday August 29th Cesar Gomez, Director of Latin Business Development, and I attended the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Port Manatee and SRQ Breakfast.  We heard from Carlos Buqueras, Executive Director of the Manatee County Port Authority and Rick Piccolo, President & CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Big things are happening at two of the area’s largest links to the rest of the country and the world.  Port Manatee completed construction of another berth and trade is forecast to grow, leading to impressive job creation.  Moreover, the port’s leadership is thinking long-term and planning for the opening of the enlarged Panama Canal and the possibility that the government will further lift travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.  Sarasota-Bradenton airport has been able to raise revenues and will soon be paying off their initial construction loan, a laudable feat.  Unfortunately however, they have had some trouble attracting international flights, which we will explain below.

Port Manatee


As reported by Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee expects to celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new berth number 12 in a few months.  The port is currently reporting a trade volume of $400m per year and expects that number to increase to $600m next year.  Mr. Buqueras reported that every $250,000 of trade that passes through the port creates 1 new job in the area.  So at current rates the port has created and sustains 1,600 jobs.  At expected future rates the port could create and sustain 2,000 jobs.

Mr. Buqueras and the port leadership are planning for the future.  With the Panama Canal enlargement slated to be completed in 2014, Port Manatee is already capable of accomodating the new Panamax super-tankers that will be coming through the canal.  In fact, it is the closest deep-water port in the US to the Panama Canal.  Mr. Buqueras is in constant communication with officials at the canal and shipping lines that pass through the canal to ensure that Port Manatee and Sarasota and Manatee counties have a prominent place in their minds.  

There exists a possibility that the government will further lift travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.  To prepare for this eventuality Mr. Buqueras has been in talks with a ferry company that could establish service between Port Manatee and Havana should the opportunity arise.  The ferry service would take 10 hours.  Travelers could leave port Manatee and be in Havana after a comfortable night’s rest the next morning.  This is an exciting possibility.

Sarasota-Bradenton Airport 

SRQ-BTN Airport

Rick Piccolo spoke for Sarasota-Bradenton Airport.  He discussed the many well-publicized awards the airport has won for being one of the best-run in the country.  He also touched on how the airport has increased non-airline-derived revenues from $200k to $1.4m, contributing to the airport’s stability and ability to operate at peak efficiency.  The airport’s biggest news is the fact that it expects to have its initial construction loan of $70m, granted in 1984, completely paid off next year.

We asked about issues with bringing international flights to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.  To date, it has been difficult to attract international airlines to SRQ despite the large number of British, German, and Canadian tourists and immigrants who visit, invest, and live here.  Here’s why.  At one point the airport did bring in international flights.  There were never enough to justify a constant presence of Customs and Border Patrol agents and the officers had to drive down from Tampa whenever an international flight arrived in SRQ.  This proved to be rather expensive and the government decided to discontinue the practice.  Airport leadership still wishes to attract international flights and hopes to work out a compromise where a certain number of CBP officers could be on call when needed at our airport.  Such a scenario would require a change of government policy, however.


Port Manatee seems to be yielding impressive economic dividends for Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  It is creating jobs and leading the way in strengthening our international trade connections with other parts of the world.  While the airport has done well in paying off its debt and finding new sources of income, we could do more to bring international flights back to our community.

Abogado de inmigración da nuevo seminario sobre la reforma migratoria

Posted: August 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Cesar Gomez, nuestro gerente de negocio hispano, dio un nuevo seminario sobre la reforma migratoria en la iglesia Epiphany Cathedral en Venice el fin de semana pasado.  El fue invitado por Padre Paul, el cura que da las misas españoles en la iglesia.  El seminario fue bien asistido, con mucha gente quedándose después de la misa para aprender más sobre la reforma migratoria y el proceso legíslativo.

Ceasr Gomez.Reforma Migratoria

Cesar Gomez da un discurso sobre la reforma migratoria.

La reforma migratoria, especificamente, el proyecto de ley S. 744, creado por el “gang of 8” que incluye el senador Marco Rubio de Florida, paso el Senado en junio y ahora se encuentra en la Casa de Representantes.  La Casa de Representantes no actuó sobre la legislación antes del descanso que empezó la primera semana de agosto y termina en septiembre.  Por lo tanto, la reforma migratoria se ve un poco frenado, incluso que algunos republicanos dicen que está muerto.

Nosotros, en Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, no creemos eso.  Nosotros estamos esperando a que el congreso se reune en septiembre para darles noticias más firmes.  En ese momento podremos averiguar con más certitud como soplan los vientos políticos.

Mientras tanto seguimos dando seminarios y discursos por lo largo de los condados de Sarasota, Manatee y DeSoto, para educarle a la gente sobre que está pasando en el congreso.  Hablamos de la creación de este proyecto de ley, la etapa legíslativa donde se encuentra en este momento, que falta para que pase, y las posibilidades que crearía.  Sobre todo la posibilidad de que la gente indocumentada se legalize.  Proveemos información en forma infográfica sobre este tema, también información general en forma de nuestro brochur.

Metimos una copia digital para en este blog para la gente que no han podido venir a uno de nuestros seminarios.

La gente indocumentada se pueda legalizar por tres caminos.

  1. Si se caye en la categoría de gente que puede pedir para el DACA, o sea, los DREAMers, hay un camino que duraría 8 años.
  2. Para trabajadores agrícolas hay otro camino que también duraría 8 años.
  3. Para los demás el proceso duraría 13 años.

Infographic.Pathway to Citizenship

**Ojo, esto es lo que contiene el proyecto de ley.  Este proyecto no está aprobado todavóa  y esta sujeto a cambios.  Quédense informados en nuestra pagina web, y paginas de Facebook y de Google+.

Sarasota Immigrant Resources: Employment Law Attorney in Tampa

Posted: August 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Sarasota immigrants include many area employers.  They come to establish a subsidiary of their company, buy an existing business, or start a new company in order to live and work in the U.S.  Regardless of the type of business they are running, Sarasota immigrant employers sometimes run into issues that require the assistance of an expert in employment law.  We immigration attorneys are more than happy to assist with immigration matters but when it comes to employment law we sometimes refer our clients to Tracey Jaensch, managing partner at Ford Harrison in Tampa and Chris Jaensch’s sister.

Tracey Jaensch

Ms. Jaensch’s practice focuses on defending employers in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and contract dispute litigation.  She represents companies in a variety of industries, including health care, corrections, banking, hospitality and retail.

Ms. Jaensch’s specialty is complex litigation and trial work.  She has tried numerous cases for clients and been lead defense attorney in multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits in Florida.  She also has significant experience in executive level employment contract disputes, trade secret and whistle-blower suits.

Ms. Jaensch prides herself on finding the best solution for her clients, whether that solution is a favorable settlement or defending a case through a successful jury verdict at trial. She is as comfortable trying a case as she is helping client’s avoid one in the first place through sound counseling and advice on contract negotiations, mergers/acquisitions and day-to-day employment issues.

Ms. Jaensch serves on her firm’s Health Care Practice Group Committee.  She also serves as the Chair of the Florida Diversity Council.  She is Board Certified as an Expert in Labor and Employment.

Recent Experience*

  • Defended a national staffing company in jury trial of a retaliation case.
  • Represented a hospital in a multi-count complex sexual harassment, retaliation and tort claim through trial.
  • Represented numerous corrections industry clients in Florida against race, retaliation, whistle-blower and harassment claims.
  • Represented nationwide healthcare client in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada on a 15-count complaint.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in 15-plaintiff race, retaliation, and collective FLSA action for national client.

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • “Most Powerful and Influential Women” Award in Florida
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Labor and Employment Law
  • Glass Ceiling Award, National Diversity Council
  • “Florida’s Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine and was named as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in any field in Florida, Top 25 Female Lawyers Central, Northern & Gulf Coast of Florida
  • “Florida Super Lawyers” recognized 2006 – 2013 by Law & Politics magazine,New York Times and Tampa Bay magazine.
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Feel free to contact Tracey Jaensch with your employment law questions.  Her email is:

Child Born Abroad and US Citizenship

Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , | No Comments »

We recently had an inquiry concerning a child born abroad and US citizenship.  We provide information about this issue on our main website,, but felt we should provide an explanation here as well.

There are two main possibilities with children born abroad:

  1. Two married US-citizen parents have a child abroad.  The child acquires US citizenship at birth, provided one of the parents resided in the US prior to the child’s birth.  No specific period of time for such residence is required.
  2. One US-citizen parent and another alien parent who are married have a child abroad.  The child acquires U.S. citizenship at birth, provided the citizen parent was physically present in the U.S. for the time period required by the law.

Reporting the Birth to Establish Citizenship:

The birth of a child abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s) should be reported as soon as possible to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to establish an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth. The official record is a Consular Report of Birth of a Citizen of the United States of America, or Form FS-240. This document, known as the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, is a basic United States citizenship document. An original FS-240 is furnished to the parents at the time the registration is approved. A Consular Report of Birth can be prepared only at a U.S. embassy or consulate. It cannot be prepared if the child has been brought back into the United States (although a different document may be requested – see the next two paragraphs), or, if the child is 18 years of age or older at the time the application is made. For more information, see Documentation of U.S. Citizens Born Abroad Who Acquire Citizenship at Birth.

If the child returns to the U.S. without a Form FS-240 being filed, an application may be made for a Certificate of Citizenship. Obtaining this certificate involves presentation of basically the same documentation required to obtain a Consular Report of Birth. Under law, the Consular Report of Birth and the Certificate of Citizenship are equally acceptable as proof of citizenship. File Form N-600 (Application for Certificate of Citizenship) with your nearest USCIS office.

A U.S. passport is also proof of citizenship. Click here for a list of the documentation needed to obtain a U.S. passport — you will need to apply in person to the nearest U.S. passport agency.

For additional information, see the State Department’s website for American citizen’s abroad, and, if you are outside the U.S., contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Birth Abroad Out-of-Wedlock to a U.S. Citizen Father – “New” Section 309(a)

A person born abroad out-of-wedlock to a U.S. citizen father may acquire U.S. citizenship under Section 301(g) of the INA, as made applicable by the “new” Section 309(a) of the INA provided:

  1. A blood relationship between the person and the father is established by clear and convincing evidence;
  2. The father had the nationality of the United States at the time of the person’s birth;
  3. The father was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions prior to the child’s birth for five years, at least two of which were after reaching the age of 14.
  4. The father (unless deceased) has agreed in writing to provide financial support for the person until the person reaches the age of 18 years, and
  5. While the person is under the age of 18 years —
    • the person is legitimated under the law of his/her residence or domicile,
    • the father acknowledges paternity of the person in writing under oath, or
    • the paternity of the person is established by adjudication of a competent court.

Birth Abroad Out-of-Wedlock to a U.S. Citizen Father – “Old” Section 309(a) of the INA- A child born out-of-wedlock to a U.S. citizen father may acquire U.S. citizenship under the former Section 301(a)(7) of the INA as made applicable by the “old” Section 309(a) of the INA if the U.S. citizen father, prior to the child’s birth, had been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for ten years, five of which were after the age of 14, and if the paternity of the child had been established by legitimation prior to the child reaching the age of 21. The “old” Section 309(a) of the INA is applicable to individuals who were 18 on November 14, 1986 and to individuals whose paternity had been established by legitimation prior to that date. Individuals who were at least 15 on November 14, 1986, but under the age of 18, could opt to have their claim determined in accordance with the provisions of either the “old” or the “new” Section 309(a).

Birth Abroad Out-of-Wedlock to a U.S. Citizen Mother:

A person born abroad out-of-wedlock to a U.S. citizen mother may acquire U.S. citizenship under Section 309(c) of the INA if the mother was a U.S. citizen at the time of the person’s birth and if the mother was physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year prior to the person’s birth. The mother must be genetically related to the person in order to transmit U.S. citizenship.

Sarasota Immigration Lawyer Helps Multilingual Job-Seeker

Posted: August 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: | No Comments »

We receive resumes from time to time from very qualified individuals who are looking for employment.  Unfortunately, we cannot hire them all, so today we are sharing one with our readers.

Pavel Soshnikov graduated from Florida International University with a Master’s degree in Economic Globalization this spring.  He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Criminal Justice from the same university.  He worked his way through college and so has several years of work experience under his belt.  He is fluent in Russian and conversational in Spanish.

Sarasota Immigration Lawyer Helps MultiLingual Job Seeker

Pavel Soshnikov is a MultiLingual Job Seeker

Please find his resume, including contact information, here.  We wish him the best of luck.

Immigration Lawyer Peter Jaensch Attends Pro-Immigration Rally in Sarasota

Posted: July 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Immigration attorney of Sarasota, Peter Jaensch, attended the pro-immigration rally held in front of the V-Day statue on the Sarasota waterfront on Wednesday, July 24.  The rally was organized by the ACLU which chose Sarasota and Tallahassee as sites for a pro-immigration rally in order to send a pro-immigration message to Florida Congressional representatives Vern Buchanan and Steve Southerland.

The immigration lawyers at Sarasota’s Jaensch Immigration Law Firm learned of the rally earlier in the week and founding member, Peter Jaensch, decided to lend his support and attend.

The rally was a great success.  Dozens of people lined US 41 with signs and balloons, urging the cars passing by to honk for immigration reform.  The drivers were not afraid to show their support and the air was filled with the sounds of honking vehicles and cheers from the intrepid ralliers.  Immigration attorney Peter Jaensch took a few photos and was even featured in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article covering the event.

Immigration Lawyer of Sarasota at Rally

Immigration lawyer Peter Jaensch (left) at pro-immigration rally

Immigration Rally Sarasota.Reporter Max Winitz (cropped)

Immigration Rally Sarasota.Reporter Interviews Immigrant (cropped)

Immigration Rally Sarasota.Maria Quezada, Jeanette Ocasio, Max Winitz (cropped)

Immigration Lawyers Attend Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Vern Buchanan; Learn House’s Perspective on Immigration Reform

Posted: July 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

On Saturday, July 20th, Congressman Vern Buchanan held a town hall meeting in Lakewood Ranch.  Jaensch Immigration Law Firm marketing coordinator, Michael Marquet, attended on behalf of the firm and several thousand of eligible local residents in order to ascertain the House of Representatives’ position on Immigration Reform.

Congressman Vern Buchanan speaks with constituents about Immigration Reform

Congressman Vern Buchanan speaks with constituents about Immigration Reform

After discussing the debt and deficit, issues most closely related to the Congressman’s work on the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Buchanan opened the floor to questions.  Several people spoke about the immigration reform bill the Senate passed earlier in July.  That bill, S.744, was co-drafted by Senator Marco Rubio, also of Florida.  Several attendees expressed their displeasure with S.744.

Congressman Buchanan hinted that the House might not take up the Senate’s version of immigration reform.  He spoke strongly against “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants and reiterated his dedication to security measures such as increasing border securitycreating a system for prosecuting visa overstays, and creating a mandatory, nation-wide e-verify system.

We at Jaensch Immigration Law Firm understand that there is reluctance towards creating a pathway to legalization and citizenship for people who entered the country without inspection or overstayed their visa.  At the same time, from our reading of the bill S.744, we believe there are several provisions that we think would undoubtedly benefit our economy while maintaining or strengthening our system of rule of law.  These provisions include the expansion of the number of H-1B Work Visas so corporations can recruit more of the world’s best talent to our shores, the creation of a Retiree Visa for immigrants over a certain age who invest in our economy through the purchase of a home, the Extension of Stay for Canadians who purchase property in the US, and the creation of a Start-up Visa for immigrants who have the idea and drive to start a business in the United States.

All these provisions are contained in S.744 along with a pathway to legalization and citizenship for undocumented immigrants.  At one point Mr. Marquet stood to address to Congressman to bring his attention to these economy-enhancing immigration reforms.  He urged the Congressman to consider the economic benefits of these reforms and asked the Congressman to speak clearly about whether the House would consider the Senate bill or break it up and vote on its provisions piecemeal.

Congressman Buchanan confirmed his view that the House was not going to take up the Senate Immigration Reform bill.  He mentioned a few of the immigration reform bills the House had already produced and said that more would probably appear after the August recess, in September and October.  

Congressman Vern Buchanan speaks with constituents about Immigration Reform

Congressman Vern Buchanan speaks with constituents about Immigration Reform

We hope that Mr. Buchanan will continue to consider the many ways that immigration reform could benefit our economy.  In Florida, from 2006-2010, there were 286,144 new immigrant business owners.  In 2010 these same business owners accounted for $13.3 billion in revenue, 23.8% of all business income in the state.  Immigrants invest, start businesses, and apply their expertise in our companies and corporations.  The legal entry of foreign persons who wish to pursue such activities should be encouraged.

Alliance of Commercial Law Firms Serves Multi-National Businesses

Posted: July 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Sarasota Immigrants Mean Business

Some immigrants work for an overseas business and want to form a subsidiary in Sarasota.  Others decide to start a new business in Sarasota and later expand operations back to their country of origin.  Traditionally, when Sarasota immigrants have needed legal assistance on matters with an overseas component, the have had very limited options. Typically, they would engage a large multi-national law firm. Unfortunately, these law firms usually charge substantial fees and are rarely oriented to meet the needs of a smaller business.

The good news is that our community has access to a law firm which is connected to the new model of global legal services.

Mike Wilson

Attorney Michael Wilson of Williams Parker

Williams Parker regularly helps Sarasota’s most innovative companies achieve their global objectives.  Whether expanding a back-office support center in Mumbai, establishing a joint venture manufacturing operation in Mexico, or securing a trademark in France, their clients rely on them to help them address their business challenges wherever their business interests take them.

Traditional Model for Global Law Firms
As the world’s large companies became global during the second half of the 20th century, law firms that hoped to continue to serve those companies expanded their operations by establishing and staffing offices around the globe.  Today, these “global firms” are comprised of as many as 3,800 lawyers spread across 70 offices.  Historically, the primary advantage of a global law firm was to offer global clients a single “shop” from which to purchase legal services wherever the clients’ transactions or projects might arise.  Of course, the costs to maintain and staff law offices across the globe are very high.  These costs translate into high fees—which can be tolerated by very large companies, but which are nearly always too expensive for smaller companies.  Thus, for many years, only the world’s largest companies could afford access to legal counsel for international business.  However, over the last few years, an alternative model has emerged which offers many of the advantages of a global firm, but which addresses two key disadvantages.

International Networks—The New Model to Provide Global Legal Service
As the speed and cost of communications have declined, international networks of individual law firms have emerged as the new model to provide global legal services.  Several years ago, Williams Parker joined one of the leading international networks of business-focused law firms—the International Alliance of Law Firms (the “Alliance”).  The Alliance is comprised of 63 law firms in 40 countries around the world, including member firms in the world’s money centers (i.e., London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York) and important commercial locations (e.g., Tel Aviv, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Shanghai).  In addition, members of the Alliance know lawyers and law firms in virtually every location in which their clients want to conduct business.  The Alliance’s network of lawyers offers the geographic reach of the largest global law firms but without the administrative costs needed to support a global law firm structure.

Using this global network model, Williams Parker helps clients secure legal advice at fees well below the fees charged by global firms.  In addition, when compared to global firms,  Alliance members deliver, on average, more practical advice for clients than global firms provide.  Occasionally, a client might want someone to provide a preliminary point of view on a legal matter.  At other times, a client may need extensive research or a more formal legal opinion.  In either situation, Alliance members are well suited to provide practical solutions.

Examples of Clients’ Global Projects
Case Study #1—Mumbai.  One of Williams Parker’s clients has two related operations—one based in Sarasota and one in Mumbai, India.  As business in Mumbai began to accelerate, the client needed India-specific legal assistance with regulatory, finance, tax, and corporate issues.  At the same time, the client needed assistance to structure an investment by a U.S. investor in the Mumbai operations.  Williams Parker helped the client engage an Indian law firm (which is a member of the Alliance) with an office in Mumbai, and they continue to coordinate closely with Indian counsel to navigate the full range of U.S., Indian, and international issues the client faces.

Case Study #2—Mexico.  A Williams Parker client with a local manufacturing operation engaged them to help create a joint venture with a Mexican partner to manufacture goods in Mexico.  The purpose of the joint venture was to expand the client’s market to Mexican and other Latin American consumers.  To address Mexican corporate and regulatory questions, Williams Parker connected their client with the Alliance member with an office in Monterrey, Mexico.  The client has now completed the joint venture negotiations and is developing its facility with its Mexico-based partner.

For more information regarding the Alliance, please contact Mike Wilson at (941) 536-2043 or

Manatee Community Federal Credit Union Announces New President, Sherod Halliburton

Posted: July 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Immigration Reform, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sherod Halliburton on his appointment to President of Manatee Community Federal Credit Union.  Jaensch Immigration Law Firm is working closely with MCFCU to enable those who may wish to apply for legalization under the potential new immigration reform may begin saving money in order to do so.  If Immigration Reform passes, applying for legalization would be expensive.  Applicants would have to pay government fees as well as back taxes.  The total amount is still uncertain but is estimated to be in the thousands of dollars per person.  Fortunately, MCFCU has developed a financial instrument that will allow those who qualify to begin saving money now.  For more information readers are welcome to contact Jaensch Immigration Law Firm (941) 366-9841 or MCFCU (941) 941-748-7704 ext. 103.

MCFCU President Sherod Halliburton

MCFCU President Sherod Halliburton

In the meantime we are including the press release announcement of Sherod’s appointment below:

Manatee Community Federal Credit Union announces the appointment of Sherod Halliburton to President effective July 1, 2013. He replaces the long standing President Cindy Barco who retired after thirty-five years of exemplary service.  Mr. Halliburton has been employed by MCFCU as Executive Vice President since February 2012.  Prior to that Mr. Halliburton served as the Executive Director for the Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency (CCRA) for over seven years.

While at the Bradenton CCRA Halliburton was instrumental in launching three key economic development organizations – the Central Economic Development Center, the award winning CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, and Suncoast Community Capital. All three organizations have thrived and have filled very important gaps in economic and community development programming in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Under Halliburton’s direction, CareerEdge was awarded the President’s Award from the Florida Redevelopment Association which celebrates the number one redevelopment project in the state of Florida.  More recently CareerEdge was honored with the Exemplary Collaborative Award from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions given to the top National Fund sites in the country.  “Mr. Halliburton has connections deeply rooted in the community and provides the credit union the ability to deliver financial services and programs that are much needed by our members”, said Vin Foderingham, MCFCU Chief Financial Officer and Board Member.  “The credit union has a great future ahead of it and with Sherod’s leadership there’s no doubt that we will reach another level of success.  We certainly thank Cindy Barco for her exemplary service over the years and wish her well in her retirement.”

Manatee Community Federal Credit Union was founded as Tropicana Employees Federal Credit Union in 1958. Halliburton’s relationship with MCFCU dates back to 2007 when he was the first non-Tropicana employee ever appointed to the board of directors where he served with distinction for five years.  Mr. Halliburton was instrumental in the transformation of MCFCU from exclusively serving Tropicana Employees into one of only three credit unions in Florida designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institution.  This designation recognizes MCFCU’s commitment to providing quality and specialized financial serves to underserved consumers throughout Manatee County.   “It’s evident that Sherod has a way with making positive changes with all that he undertakes. He has a proven track record as a result of his forward thinking and vision.  I am confident that within the credit union movement he will continue this pattern which can only enhance the lives of our MCFCU members, their families and our community,” says Cindy Barco, retiring MCFCU President.

Find out more about how Manatee Community Federal Credit Union and Jaensch Immigration Law Firm are working together to help Sarasota-Manatee residents prepare for the potential Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

How to Prepare for Immigration Reform (Spanish) from L. Michael Marquet

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm Prepares for Immigration Reform

Posted: June 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Immigration Reform, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, National News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Sarasota Immigration Attorneys Preparing for Increased Demand

Immigration Reform passed the Senate on Thursday, June 27 by a vote of 68-32.  It still has to go through committee and floor debate in the House of Representatives, reconciliation, and signing.  Nevertheless, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm is already preparing in case the bill becomes law.

Immigration Reform Author Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio, member of the Gang of Eight, after the bill passed the Senate

Last year the firm established a Latin American Division, managed by Cesar Gomez, former director of the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, to expand ties and establish strategic partnerships with the local Latin American community.  What’s more, over the last 6 months the firm has doubled its office space and increased staff by 20% with further increases planned.

“Comprehensive Immigration Reform could change almost every aspect of the immigration system.  It would create many new opportunities, not only for undocumented immigrants, but for investors, students, and workers as well,” says P. Christopher Jaensch, managing attorney of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm.  “Such a sweeping change would create new demand for our services and we want to be ready to handle that,” he adds.

The firm began disseminating information about the bill the moment it appeared.  They created a new website that collects and displays the latest immigration reform news.  They embarked on an informational campaign using emails, social media, and news articles.  The campaign educates the Sarasota-Bradenton area about the possibilities that immigration reform would bring.

Members of the firm traveled to Washington in April before the bill had entered the Senate.  Victoria Jaensch Karins brought letters from Sarasota area employers and individual immigrants demonstrating the need for immigration reform.  Soon after the Gang of Eight unveiled the legislation and submitted it to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The firm is conducting bi-lingual seminars in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, as well as Arcadia, to explain the provisions of the bill.  They also created a fingerprint data collection center where individuals interested in obtaining information about their own criminal and immigration detention history can have their fingerprints taken and sent to the FBI for a records search. 

“It will be especially important for those who may wish to apply for legalization to demonstrate the absence of a criminal record,” says Mr. Jaensch, “and for that they need to have their fingerprints taken.”  He adds that in the past, “this could only be done through the local jail or police office.”

All those interested in learning the latest on the progress of immigration reform can do so on Jaensch Immigration Law Firm’s news blog,

New Fingerprinting Service Begins

Posted: June 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Immigration Reform, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm Adds Fingerprinting Service to Increase Client Convenience

In our ongoing effort to better serve our clients Jaensch Immigration Law Firm recently acquired Fingerprint Equipment.  This will allow clients to have their fingerprints taken conveniently and privately without having to travel to another location.

Clients may need to have fingerprints taken for any number of reasons.  For those who may have criminal records, getting fingerprints is recommended in order to obtain their law enforcement record.  Those who may have entered without inspection should also get their fingerprints taken so that the details of their immigration history are known to them, and so that an immigration attorney can review their history with them, to help determine eligibility for potential benefits.

Getting fingerprints is most important for those who wish to begin preparing a case for the potential path to legalization.  Anyone who wishes to apply for legalization should know their full record with law enforcement, including from outside Sarasota County, before they apply.

We will be taking fingerprints in our annex, conveniently located across the parking lot.  We will submit the fingerprints to the FBI.  Clients do not have to use their personal address, we can use ours.  It takes 4-5 months to get the report back.

We hope that this new equipment becomes a useful and convenient way for any client who needs their fingerprints taken to do so quickly and privately.

House Votes to Defund DACA

Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

What the recent vote to defund DACA means for you

The Jaensch Immigration Law Firm has been contacted by the public about some disturbing news this week which has Immigrants even more uneasy while nervously awaiting Congressional action on the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

First, The House of Representatives in Washington voted Wednesday  to “defund” the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  It means the House wanted to not make money available for the DACA program.  While this sounds very alarming in reality it is a symbolic gesture.  DACA is not funded separately, so funds cannot be taken away.  The Republican-controlled House wanted to show that they oppose President Obama’s program to allow young undocumented immigrants – the so-called “Dreamers” – to live and work in the U.S.  The Republicans want to stall the Government’s  DACA program and want Congress to vote on the controversy of allowing illegals to become legal.  Any cancellation of DACA would require approval in the House and the Democrat-controlled Senate as well as the President’s signature, an unlikely prospect.  So, the House vote has no effect on DACA at the moment.  And the rumor that Dreamers will be deported is also nothing more than a rumor and very unlikely to happen.

Second, Governor Scott last Tuesday vetoed a law to go into effect that would allow DACA applicants to obtain driver’s licenses.  The Florida legislature almost unanimously had voted for the bill but Gov. Scott used his authority to not put the law into effect.  The Governor said in his veto message that he rejected the President’s policy of creating DACA with his own policy power without having the force of law.  In the meantime, those DACA applicants who have been approved and have their work authorization will continue to obtain driver’s licenses and their current one remains valid.