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Curbelo and Grayson Introduce the Venezuelan Refugee Assistance Act

Posted: November 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Immigration Reform, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
Rep. Carlos Curbelo

Two Florida members of Congress introduced a bill that would allow Venezuelans who arrived in the U.S. prior to Jan 1, 2013, to adjust status to permanent resident. No word on how likely this is to move forward.

Washington, D.C.—In response to the continued instability in Venezuela, Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Alan Grayson (FL-09), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) have introduced the Venezuelan Refugee Assistance Act, H.R. 3744, to provide immigration relief to Venezuelans that have long-resided in the U.S., unable to return to their homeland:

“For the past decade, thousands of Venezuelans were forced to flee the brutal Chavez dictatorship. The situation has not improved under his hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro. In the last few months alone we have seen countless examples of the regime’s thuggish tactics, unethical behavior, and lethal force. They’ve arrested top opposition leaders like Leopoldo Lopez and the Mayor or Caracas, and banned others from running for public office, like Maria Machado. They’ve also arrested over 3,000 opposition protestors in a riot that left dozens dead. This bill will help those Venezuelan nationals who have made a new home in the United States to remain here if they choose to since it is dangerous to return home.

Specifically, this legislation would address the issue by adjusting the status of Venezuelans that arrived in the U.S. prior to Jan 1, 2013 as long as they do not have a criminal record and were never involved in the persecution of others. They have until January 1, 2019 to register for adjustment.

I applaud the Venezuelan-American community in the United States for their continued efforts on behalf of the people of Venezuela and I stand in unity for their noble cause of justice and freedom and thank Rep. Grayson for his leadership throughout the years to help the Venezuelan people. I would also like to thank Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Wasserman Schultz for being original co-sponsors,” said Rep. Curbelo.

“I’m proud to join my Florida colleague Rep. Carlos Curbelo in introducing this important piece of bipartisan legislation. The political turmoil in Venezuela demands that the United States do everything in its power to protect those who have been able to escape to freedom in America. We cannot in good conscience force Venezuelans to return to a country where they face arrest, torture, and execution only because they oppose the government. Granting them permanent residence status is the best, most logical way to ensure their safety. I thank Rep. Curbelo for all he has done for the Venezuelan American community, and look forward to working with him to see this legislation out of committee and onto the floor for a vote,” said Rep. Grayson.

Rep. Curbelo will be holding a press conference regarding H.R. 3744 on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in his Miami district office.


Green Card Lottery – Deadline in 11/03/2015

Posted: October 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

Follow the LINKGreen Card Lottery to our Lottery registration page

DV-2017 Green Card Lottery registration began at noon EST on October 1, 2015 and ends at noon EST on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm is offering to register foreign-born applicants and their family members in the DV-2017 green card lottery. The fee is $200 usd per person.

To ensure your application completed properly in accordance with the strict guidelines, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm can electronically submit your application on your behalf. We need the information from you by Monday, November 2, noon at the latest.


  • If you were born in an ineligible country but your spouse was born in an eligible country, you and your spouse are eligible to register together.
  • If you were you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of your birth you may claim nativity in one of your parents’ countries of birth if it is a country whose natives are eligible.
  • You must be 18 or older to qualify.
  • Being selected in the lottery does not guarantee that you will qualify for permanent residence in the United States; there is a minimum education requirement, winners are assigned numbers and processed from low to high numbers by region and all winners must pass a background check.


  • CHINA* (mainland-born persons born in HONG KONG SAR, MACAU SAR, TAIWAN are eligible)
  • PERU
  • UNITED KINGDOM and its dependent territories (except Northern Ireland)

For more information about the eligibility requirements for the Green Card lottery and to register, please visit our diversity visa lottery registration page.

E-2 Treaty Investor non-immigrant visa holders could get Green Card after 10 years and their children can legally work from age 18

Posted: May 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Immigration Reform, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

P Christopher Jaensch

P Christopher Jaensch, Lawyer and Owner Jaensch Immigration Law Firm Sarasota

Sarasota Immigration Law Firm, Jaensch Immigration, are behind a new Bill being proposed by local Congressman David Jolly that would give E-2 Treaty Investor non-immigrant visas holders the right to apply for a Green Card after 10 years. It would also allow their children to stay in the country between the ages of 18 and 26 and be able to work without applying for their own visa.

Sarasota business immigration attorney, P. Christopher Jaensch, thinks that the new bill, if passed, could significantly improve the Florida economy.  He says,

“We already use the E-2 Treaty Investor visa as one of the main strategies for Canadians and Europeans who want to spend more time in the U.S.  The visa requires them to invest a substantial amount of money—usually more than $100,000—in an active business that will create jobs for U.S. workers.  They can start a new business or purchase an existing business, but must own a controlling interest and must come from a country with an investment treaty with the U.S.  However, many of our clients express dismay that they are making a major investment in the U.S. without having a way to get permission to stay permanently.  For clients with children, they are very concerned about how the children will be able to stay in the U.S. once they are 21.  This proposed law would help address these concerns and, I think, would increase the number of investors interested in the E-2 program.”

Karen Galkoff moved to Sarasota from the UK in 2013 with her husband and 3 children to open Fringe Spa Salon on an E-2 visa. Karen explains, “We’ve opened a business and we’re not only creating employment but also putting money back into the local economy by using local suppliers. Fringe has expanded and is growing nearly 100% year on year. Whilst we have a 5 year visa we always have “what if it’s not renewed” and “what happens when the kids want to get jobs” in the back of our minds. The proposed changes would give us the confidence to drive forward with our growth plans in Sarasota.”

Florida congressman, David Jolly, has announced that he will be filing a bill that would allow those on E-2 Treaty Investor non-immigrant visas to gain lawful permanent residence after ten years. The Bill would also remove a huge headache that most investors face and that’s their children being able to stay and work in the USA once they turn 18. Jolly’s proposed Bill “E-2 Visa Improvement Act of 2015” is at the very early stages. The key facts are as follows:

  • The E-2 visa holder needs to have lived and successfully worked in the USA for at least 10 years
  • They must have created full time employment for no fewer than two individuals
  • There will be a limitation of 10,000 visas in any fiscal year
  • At 18 Children can work and then remain in the US until they are 26 (regardless of length of time their parents have held an E-2)
  • Children 26 years of age or younger would automatically be covered

Speaking to an audience in Pinellas Park, Congressman Jolly said: “Every day the immigration reform debate hits the headlines, but only focuses on those here in the US illegally, what about those who are legally obliged to be here?”

A key driver for Congressman Jolly is to help encourage international entrepreneurs to come to the USA and share their talents and expertise. Speaking to an audience in Pinellas Park, Congressman Jolly said: “Every day the immigration reform debate hits the headlines, but only focuses on those here in the US illegally, what about those who are legally obliged to be here? Those who enter our country legally on nonimmigrant E-2 Treaty Investor Visas come from all over the world to start a business in our country, bringing with them the entrepreneurial spirit to start businesses and fully integrate into our communities. Without an opportunity for permanent residency these visa holders cannot take the next step in carrying out the American dream that initially brought them to the United States. So this week introduced H.R. 1834, a bill that allows business owners in the United States on E-2 visas the opportunity for permanent residency after 10 years. Currently, all E-2 nonimmigrants must maintain an intention to depart the U.S. when their status expires or is terminated. Further, their children must leave the United States or apply for another visa when they turn 21 years old. Under my bill, children of E-2 Treaty Investor Visa holders can stay in the U.S. until they are 26 years old and can apply for work at 18 years of age.”

The Bill does not propose changing the need to re-apply for an E-2 visa until the minimum time of 10 years in the USA has been achieved meaning that those on a 5 year visa will still need to renew at the 5th and 10th year. According to the US Department of State, there were over 35,000 E-2 Visa’s approved in 2013.

Congressman Jolly went on to say: “I think people in Congress will recognize the importance of addressing legal immigration at the same time we’re having a national debate about illegal immigration. It’s only fair that we do so and it’s right that we do so. Whenever you have comprehensive immigration reform, it is hard to pass small provisions. This one, I hope, is a very simple one that we could move outside of the comprehensive immigration reform. Let’s recognize the contribution of legal immigrants now, but it may be that this gets wrapped into comprehensive immigration reform, and I’m okay with that. We’re prepared to have that conversation.”

Mexican Consulates in the U.S. Can Now Issue Copies of Birth Certificates!

Posted: February 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

Starting in January 2015, Mexican consulates in the U.S. can now issue copies of birth certificates registered in Mexico.

To obtain certified copies, Mexican nationals should visit the nearest consulate, present an official proof of identity, fill out an application and pay a fee of $13 per certified copy, and, if they have it, provide their Clave Única de Registro de Población (CURP).

This announcement and change in policy comes at a critical juncture for millions of Mexican citizens living in the U.S. that may be eligible for DAPA or DACA.

Start Preparing for your New H1-B Worker NOW!

Posted: December 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

The H-1B cap is approaching fast, and early planning and processing is recommended!

The filing period for new H-1B visa petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for FY (“Fiscal Year”) 2016 begins on April 1, 2015. To ensure timely receipt, and to have the best chance of your case being accepted under the cap, petitions must be submitted the first week of April 2015 for a visa that will begin on October 2015.

The annual limit for new H-1Bs is 65,000 , with an additional 20,000 visas available to H-1B applicants who possess a Master’s or higher degree from a U.S. academic institution. An applicant qualifies for an H-1B under the additional 20,000 allotment if he/she has completed all requirements for the advanced degree at the time the petition is filed.

In 2014, the annual FY-2015 limit for new H-1Bs was reached immediately, with USCIS receiving over 172,500 applications during the first week of filing. We anticipate that the FY-2016 cap may be reached at the same pace and increased rate of filings. Consequently, it is important that employers plan and process their FY 2016 H-1B petitions early. 


What is an H-1B Visa?

The H-1B is an employer-sponsored nonimmigrant visa classification which allows foreign individuals to work for up to six (6) years in a specialty occupation. “Employer-sponsored” means that the employer must apply for the H-1B on behalf of the prospective H-1B employee through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  “Specialty occupation” means a position that requires specialized knowledge and skills, and at least a related bachelor’s degree in that specialty. The H-1B also requires that the H-1B employer pay the H-1B employee the same or higher wage than is paid to workers in similar occupations in the geographical area of the proposed employment.

Please contact our if you have any questions pertaining to the FY-2016 H-1B petition filing procedures or would like to begin the process.


CBP Launches Border Wait Time App

Posted: December 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Athlete & Artist Visas, Employer & Student Visas, Immigration Reform, Investor Visas, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »


According to their government website, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently launched the Border Wait Time app making it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry allowing travelers to make an informed decision of where and when to cross the border. Wait times for pedestrian and passenger and commercial vehicle crossings are broken down by lane type (standard, SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, Ready Lane, etc.). Travelers can download the app for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

“CBP continues to deploy technology that enhances the travel experience at all of our ports of entry,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “The launch of this app will provide travelers crossing the land border with more information when and where they need it.”

The app is a one-stop shop for cross border travel. Travelers can locate the three ports of entry closest to their location and then map the best route to the crossing of their choice. For example, the app allows travelers in the Buffalo, New York area to compare wait times at the Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and Lewiston Queenston Bridge and will then direct them to whichever crossing they chose.

The app was developed by CBP and does not require individuals to register or provide any personal information. CBP does not store or have access to any information regarding travelers using the app.

The Border Wait Time app is just one example of CBP’s effort to create a traveler-friendly processing environment. CBP has deployed Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks to more than 25 airports, including most recently at preclearance locations in Edmonton, Canada and Aruba. Much like APC, CBP launched Mobile Passport Control, the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry into the United States, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this summer. CBP has also enrolled more than three million travelers in trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. These programs allow CBP officers to process travelers safely and efficiently while enhancing security and reducing operational costs.

Source: Click here for the original article.

NEW Business Opportunity: German Restaurant

Posted: December 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Business Opportunities, Employer & Student Visas, Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

Business purchase opportunity–A client of the law firm has asked us to post the following information about the sale of the Schnitzel Kitchen German Restaurantgerman rest.

Location: 6525 Superior Ave., Unit B, Sarasota, FL, 34231 on the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the Southwestern Region of Florida.

Very successful running Business with maximum occupation of 42 Seats. Ideal Location within a very busy strip mall center.Specializing in German Cuisine with beer and wine. Restaurant has immense potential  for increase in business sales.

The owner was a Chef in Germany for over 25 years and offers to stay in business and train new owner and/or staff.

Very close to the world famous Quartz Sand Beach on the Island of Siesta Key   (just across the Siesta Key Bridge). On Highway 75  easy and fast to all famous  Park attractions  in Florida like Disney World, Sea World,  Cape Canaveral (Kennedy Space Center)  and the famous southern Keys.

Perfect for starting a new Business, adding on to an existing business, as an occupation for retirement, as an investment, or as a basis  for a US Visa Immigration Application.

 Asking: $ 150,000   (Euro € 120.000 according to exchange rate)

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Please contact Loyd Robbins,   Harry E. Robbins Assoc., Inc.

3733 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34239,

Fax: 941-922-3627

Phone: 941-356-9659

Cell: 941-726-9381

Immigrant Investor Profile: A & B Property Services

Posted: December 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

topOne of our immigrant investor clients, John Smyth, recently announced his new company website and initiative to expand a property services business.

Mr. Smyth earned a degree in agricultural engineering and participated in a MBA management program. Then, Mr. Smyth co-owned two engineering distribution and services businesses for 14 years in key sectors for food, whisky and power generation. The businesses grew from start-up to earning multi-million dollars in revenue. He plans to use that experience to build growth into his investment in the United States.

He chose to invest in Florida because of the tremendous opportunities present in the area that will allow the business to grow in the property sector.

The company’s mission is to be the most trusted provider of exterior cleaning, maintenance, repair and renovation in Florida.

midThe business provides a range of service, including:

  • Exterior pressure washing
  • Roof Wash
  • Window Cleaning
  • Pool Screen & Lanai Cleaning
  • Handyman Services
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Exterior Painting
  • Driveway Cleaning & Sealing
  • Concierge Service for Absentee Owners

bottomRecently, the company launched its Forever Clean Program. This program provides an annual service for a low fixed monthly fee in exchange for a comprehensive cleaning and maintenance program that is specifically designed for each property owner.

A & B Property Services was built on exceeding customer expectations, adding value, and building long-term and trusting business partnerships. Their goal is to develop a one-stop shop approach, where clients will be provided with a dependable turn-key home maintenance solution.

The business provides Property Maintenance to residential and commercial properties in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port and Venice.

For a free estimate on their Forever Clean Program or for other inquiries, please contact John Smyth at or 941.488.9200

EXECUTIVE ACTION: What Does It Mean For You?

Posted: November 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

Yesterday evening President Obama announced a series of executive actions to help expand available options to a large number of immigrants in the U.S. If you would like to know if you, your family, or your friends can benefit from these changes, please refer to the following information.

Key Points of the Executive Action

The President’s initiatives include:

  • Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, provided they pass required background checks and other requirements.
  • Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years.
  • Creating pre-registration for Adjustment of Status. Individuals with an approved employment-based immigrant petition who are caught in the quota backlogs will be able to pre-register for adjustment of status to obtain the benefits of a pending adjustment, such as employment authorization. 
  • Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens 
  • Allowing certain investors to be paroled into the U.S., or be granted parole in place if already in the United States, for job creation. Also, entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, and founders will be eligible for national interest waivers.

Some of these initiatives will be implemented over the next several months and some will take longer, at least until spring of 2015. While USCIS is not accepting requests or applications at this time, if you believe you may be eligible for one of the initiatives listed above, you can prepare by gathering documents that establish your:

  • Identity;
  • Relationship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; and
  • Continuous residence in the United States over the last five years or more.

Beware of Scams

These initiatives have not yet been implemented, and the government is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Beware of anyone who offers to help you submit an application or a request for any of these actions before they are available. You could become a victim of an immigration scam.

Please call or e-mail our office to obtain updates as we receive new information.

NEW Florida Business Opportunity: Own your own Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe!

Posted: November 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Business Opportunities, Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Business purchase opportunity–A client of the law firm has asked us to post the following information about the sale of an ice cream and sweet shoppe:

After recently receiving her green card, the owner is wishing to sell her business in Southwest Florida. The business is a well-known national ice cream franchise and confectionery business, located in a mall and anchored by major tenants.

This shoppe offers customers an impressive selection of fine confections and ice cream, all in an enjoyable, service-oriented atmosphere and is designed to give a warm welcome and a nostalgic nod to the good ol’ days of old-fashioned sweet shoppes. From fine chocolates, handmade fudge, and caramel apples, to their own original recipe ice cream, the shoppe offers a selection of quality confections.

Annual revenues are $400,000, allowing the owner to have a salary of $75,000 (including benefits). Low staffing requirements. Equipped with full remote camera monitoring system. Appliances and leasehold improvements are in excellent condition.  The business is well-suited for a couple working part-time. Owner is willing to train Buyer on operations. Priced between $450,000-$550,000.

For franchises, this shoppe offers a successful, modern business backed by years of experience.

For more information, please call (514) 947-1993 or e-mail

President Due to Issue an Executive Order Regarding Immigration

Posted: November 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action, Immigration Reform, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »


There is nothing official about helping “illegal” immigrants; but there is real hope.

President Obama is expected to announce—perhaps as early as this week—a temporary relief program  for almost 4 million people  from the fear of deportation and qualify for work permits. As president he does not have the authority to change the U.S. Immigration laws; but he  can order changes in how the law is applied—at least for the next two years.

 But it takes the U.S.  Congress  to change the Immigration laws with the agreement of the President. At this time, Congress does not seem willing to pass a new law to help the some 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. Most Republican members of Congress are also objecting to the President’s plan by threatening not to make money available to pay for the cost of implementing it.

The order that is expected from the President would halt deportation fears for about 3.3 million immigrants who are either married to a U.S. citizen or are the parent of a U.S. citizen child and have been in the U.S. for at least 5 years.

 The White House is also considering expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which helped about 600,000 young immigrants who came to the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday.  The expansion could help another 700,000 young people.  There is also discussion to allow parents of DACA children to qualify for deportation relief.

 It is important to know that this hope is not yet in effect nor will it be a permanent solution for those currently illegal in the U.S. Some unscrupulous  people—some call themselves “notarios”—are claiming they can already register illegals for the new policy the President has indicated he may order soon.

For the latest actual status of  any new Immigration policy, we suggest you check with the Jaensch  Immigration Law Firm website: or call us at (941) 366-9841.

Sarasota Immigrants Can Find Professional Legal Advocate with Greg Band

Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

About Greg Band

Greg Band is a Sarasota native.  He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Varsity letterman in Tennis.  His Juris Doctor is from the University of Florida Law School where he served on the law review – a distinguishing honor for law students.  After UF, he obtained a Masters in Tax Law from New York University School of Law.  His practice areas include estate planning, probate, asset protection, charitable giving, taxation, and business law.

Estate Planning and Probate

Estate Planning for Immigrants

Sarasota immigrants often present unique and complicated estate planning issues.  With many professionals and business owners coming from overseas and retaining their overseas assets.  It takes a highly capable and dedicated attorney to know how to find the right individual solutions.

Mr. Band understands the unique situations of immigrants when it comes to estate planning.  His experience includes work with high net worth individuals with multinational assets.  Band Law Group has a sophisticated and creative trusts and estates practice with decades of experience in helping clients transfer wealth in a tax efficient manner.  Their attorneys assist individuals with traditional estate planning documents such as wills, revocable trusts, residence trusts and insurance trusts.  They also regularly structure and implement more complex techniques including:

  • Charitable planning; 
  • Estate freezing strategies such as installment sales to grantor trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) and self-canceling installment notes;
  • Generation-skipping transfer tax planning;
  • Planning for business succession;
  • Valuation techniques designed to produce lower tax values upon transfer through the use of family limited partnerships or limited liability companies. 

Individual & Corporate Taxation

Tax Law for Immigrants

The complex and far-reaching US Tax Code can be daunting for anyone, especially immigrants.  The IRS taxes US residents and citizens on worldwide income and can tax non-resident aliens on income gained in the US.  It takes a highly specialized and experienced attorney to navigate the law.

Greg Band’s firm has extensive experience in handling a broad range of tax matters for businesses, executives and owners of businesses, including the following:

  • Structuring tax-free reorganizations, including tax-free spinoff transactions.
  • Structuring the purchase and sale of businesses and the financing of business transactions for regular corporations, subchapter S corporations, and venture capital funds.
  • Structuring real estate and real estate financing transactions with partnerships and limited liability companies, including real estate syndications and like-kind exchange transactions.
  • Planning estate and business succession, including advice to owners of businesses about strategies for transferring the ownership of their business to family members and/or successor management so as to minimize income, gift and estate taxes.

Elder Law

Elder Law for Immigrants

Many immigrants come to Sarasota in their golden years, attracted by the ideal climate and abundant sunshine.  Immigrants’ latter years also present many unique legal challenges made more complicated by their far-flung assets and competing national laws.

Greg Band’s elder law practice focuses on the diverse and unique needs of senior citizens.  They work with clients to help them address current issues and anticipate evolving needs as they grow older:

  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Retirement, Survivor and Pension Benefits
  • Incapacitation and Disability
  • Livings Wills 
  • Social Security Disability Claims and Appeals

Contact Information

To assist in these and other areas of legal expertise, Sarasota immigrants can contact Mr. Band and his associates via:

  • Phone: 941-917-0505
  • Email:


LED USA Provides Energy Savings to Businesses Nationwide

Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Founded by a Florida immigrant, LED USA is a new Florida enterprise that provides commercial lighting solutions with the goal of reducing costs and environmental impacts for your building. recently spoke with Ric Robideau of LED USA to learn more.

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Discover LED USA on Facebook. Click on the image.

The company was formed in April 2014 by Giovanni Giannini, an architect from South Africa.  Ric, an electrical engineer who’s worked on projects for Tervis Tumblr and other major corporations in Florida, is the projects manager.

Ric and Giovanni noticed a problem.  Commercial building owners were wasting money on outdated and inefficient lighting (lighting costs can reach up to 70% of a building’s electric bill).  Moreover, owners were going to have to switch their lighting eventually as the government is actually phasing out incandescent and fluorescent lights.  But there were few providers with the expertise and business savvy to properly help them.  They decided to become the solution.

For their first project, they took on the landmark Palm Towers in downtown Sarasota.  Palm Towers was using a combination of fluorescent and incandescent lighting.  With a free energy audit, LED USA found that the building could save $.9 per lightbulb.  In addition, LED USA found they could introduce smart technology to further lower energy costs.  They estimated the retrofit would cost $60,000 but the savings would begin immediately; $39,000 in savings per year to be exact.  In only 2.1 years the savings would pay for the initial investment.  What’s more, LED lights have a warranty of 10 years so the savings would continue.  By the end of 10 years the building should save a net of about $312,000 on its energy bills.

LED USA has also performed an energy audit on a nearby restaurant.  The bill for that retrofit would come to $3,000 but the savings would start at $4,300 per year; producing an even quicker return than the Palm Towers.

Today, LED USA is quoting companies on projects of up to $250,000.

LED USA rests on the quality of its products.  They offer GE or Cree LED lights, which meet the highest underwriting standards.  There’s no compromise on the amount of light.  In fact, some would argue that switching to LEDs improves the light quantity and quality in a building, as these before and after photos show.  

LED USA Saves Businesses Money on Energy Costs

LED USA Saves Businesses Money on Energy Costs

LED USA is also a LEED qualified lighting provider, the most widely-recognized environmental vetting a company can achieve.

Financing is available for projects up to $3 million.  Even with financing charges, companies still see positive cashflow after their building starts saving energy.

For more information feel free to contact Ric ( or Giovanni (

Sarasota Attorney Victoria Karins Elected Chair of AILA

Posted: June 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Victoria Karins Re-Assumes Role as Leader of Central Florida Immigration Attorneys

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

Sarasota, FL 6/16/2014: Sarasota attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins was re-elected Chair of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in June.  She assumes this leadership role amid an era of change in immigration law.

The announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has been followed by the stall of immigration reform in the House.  During this time, the Obama Administration has made additional changes at the Federal level to immigration procedure that build on Deferred Action.

Changes have also occurred at the state level.  Bills that allow undocumented childhood arrivals to qualify for in-state tuition and to practice law in Florida are among a few of the latest developments.

Ms. Karins brings continuity and experience to her role as Chair.  This is the second year in a row she’s been elected to the leadership and she has practiced immigration law for almost 20 years.

She has been taking an active part in her role; traveling to DC twice to speak before lawmakers and blogging for the AILA website.

“I’m honored to have been elected to the leadership by such dedicated and hard-working peers,” Ms. Karins said.  “It’s very interesting to be so involved at this time of transformation,” she continued.

Events and Opportunities for Germans in Florida Including Possibility of Working at German Parliament

Posted: June 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

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German immigrants in Florida might be interested in the events and opportunities shared with us by the German consulate.  We’ve copied the description of an internship opportunity at the German consulate below.

Please take a look at the full Event Newsletter from June 6, 2014 here.

Would you like to work at the German Parliament?

The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin, to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin. The IPS program is aimed at highly qualified young men and women who will return home after the program with the determination to play an active and responsible role in shaping their countries’ democratic future. The German Bundestag, the German Parliament, offers young people the opportunity to get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes and to gain practical experience of parliamentary work during a 15-week work placement with a Member of the Bundestag. The scholarship-winners are chosen by the German Bundestag’s independent selection panel. The program takes place from March 1 to July 31, 2015. The selection interviews are held in the United States.


-US citizenship

-University degree

-Very good knowledge of German

-Knowledge of German politics, society and history

-Under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship


-Free accommodation

-Insurance and travel expenses

Deadline for applications: June 30, 2014.

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