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Immigration Reform at the Bradenton Multicultural Festival

Posted: May 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is coming and we want to make sure the Sarasota-Bradenton area is informed and prepared.  We began our informational campaign last week at the Multicultural Festival organized by the Manatee Technical Institute and Esperanza Gamboa.

The Annual Multicultural Festival features live music and performances by Latin dance troupes.  Businesses and organizations sponsor for a table and promote themselves to the public.  Jaensch Immigration Law Firm partnered with Manatee Community Federal Credit Union for a table.  We brought informational flyers advertising our upcoming joint seminar on June 19, at Suncoast Community Capital at 6pm.  Attorney Cesar Gomez spoke with interested attendees on a range of legal issues, mostly immigration related.  He was also invited to speak to the crowd at large.

Employees of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm produced a short slideshow explaining the possibilities of immigration reform and the program that Manatee Community is developing to help immigrants finance their journey through the possible legalization process.  You may view it below.

The event was a great success with the room full of attendees and businesses.  The dancers displayed incredible talent and a good time was had by all.  We want to take this opportunity to thank Manatee Technical Institute and Esperanza Gamboa for inviting us to the Multicultural Festival.  We look forward to working with you in the future.

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm at Multicultural Festival

Latin dancers show off their skills at the Multicultural Festival

How to Prepare for Comprehensive Immigration Reform from Michael Marquet



Immigration Reform Means Economic Growth

Posted: May 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, Investor Visas, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Hidden Provisions of Senate Immigration Proposal Could Benefit Sarasota-Bradenton


Sarasota, FL – Much of the recent discussion about immigration reform has centered on enforcement and legalization of undocumented aliens, but hidden in the Senate immigration bill are a number of proposals that could benefit the Sarasota-Bradenton area, including extended visitors visas for Canadians, a Retiree Visa, a short term visa for foreign executives and managers of companies with operations in the U.S. and a temporary visa and green card category for entrepreneurs.

Canadian Retirees (Sec. 4503)

The bill would allow Canadian retirees to visit the US for up to 240 days.  They would have to be Canadian citizens, be at least 55 years old, maintain residence in Canada, and have purchased or signed a rental agreement for a property in the United States worth $250,000 or more.

Retiree Visa (Sec. 4504)

The bill would allow foreigners who purchase $500,000 or more worth of property, maintain ownership property, reside for more than 6 months/year in the US, and who are at least 55 years old to apply for a visa.

Executives and Managers (Sec. 4603)

The bill would create a temporary 90-day visa for executives and managers to travel to the US to oversee operations of their related companies.  It would also create a 180-day visa for employees of multinational companies to come to the US to oversee operations of their related companies here.

Start-up Visas (Sec. 4802)

The bill would create a temporary start-up visa for foreign entrepreneurs who have obtained $100,000 or more from outside investors for their company and have hired 3 or more American workers.  It would also create a permanent start-up visa for entrepreneurs who founded, are employed as a senior executive at, and own a significant portion of a US business.  The business would have to have created at least 5 jobs and received $500,000 in venture capital or created 5 jobs and generated $750,000 in revenues within the US in the previous 2 years.

H-1B Visa Reform (Sec. 4101)

The bill would raise the cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000 with the possibility of increasing it to 180,000.  The number of H-1B visas available would be partially dependent on a formula that would factor in the strength of the economy in a given year and determine the number of foreign workers to be admitted accordingly.


It is important to note that the Senate bill is not the final word on immigration reform.  It must still go through the legislative process, which could cause it to be changed significantly.  Then, it must past the Senate.  At the same time, an immigration bill must also pass the House of Representatives and the two bills must be reconciled.  Supporters of these proposals should email Senator Marco Rubio ( and Senator Bill Nelson ( to express their views and preserve these provisions.  To read the full text of the bill as it stands please visit

About Jaensch Immigration Law Firm: The law firm was established in Sarasota in 1984 and provides a wide range of immigration legal services to students, investors, entrepreneurs, professional and skilled workers, athletes, coaches, aliens with extraordinary and exceptional credentials and more.  The law firm is comprised of five immigration lawyers, Peter J. Jaensch, P. Christopher Jaensch, Victoria Jaensch Karins, and Kevin Runyan.  The main website of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm is  For more information contact marketing coordinator, Michael Marquet, at 941-366-9841 or send email to

From “Credit Union Times”:

Posted: April 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Florida Credit Union Reaches Out to Immigrants


April 18, 2013 

As the president and Congress continue to hash out immigration reform, the $25.5 millionManatee Community Federal Credit Union in Bradenton, Fla., is already working on ways members of its community can afford to become citizens.

Manatee has teamed with the Jaensch Immigration Law firm in Sarasota, Fla., to allow immigrants to begin preparing for the costs of reform such as penalties and naturalization fees.

“Manatee was chartered to serve the low wage earning agricultural employees of the Tropicana Company,” said Sherod Halliburton, executive vice president for strategic initiatives at Manatee FCU.

“As a result of the credit union’s long history of successfully meeting the needs of agricultural workers and of underserved Latinos who make their living in theSherod Halliburtonagricultural industry it’s a natural fit. We stand behind the residents of this community,” Halliburton said.

A February 2013 report from the Pew Hispanic Center said there may be as many as 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.  The report also suggests that 20% of the 8.5 million now eligible for citizenship have not sought it because of the high cost.

The Senate is now considering a bill that imposes penalties of up to $2,000 per person over 12 years plus application fees. In addition, immigrants may have to pay back taxes, lawyer fees and other costs to gain a lawful status in the U.S. 

“The members of our community are striving to make a better life for themselves,” Halliburton said. “And we want to help them any way that we can.”

Halliburton said that with proper identification – which can include the Matrícula Consular – the program enables an immigrant or family member to establish credit or improve a credit score to be eligible for future loans. 

Eligible immigrants will be able to open a credit union account and receive a secured loan for $1,000, with the loan proceeds remaining on deposit as the loan recipient pays back the loan and interest.

Immigration Attorney Chris JaenschA payment history is established, and the loan proceeds may be used for immigration-related expenses when paid off.

“The price will be well worth it, since they will be able to live, work and study in the U.S., travel internationally, and get driver’s licenses,” said P. Christopher Jaensch of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm.  “But, it will be a costly process over a 10- to 12-year period. A credit union may be the best partner they have to help them achieve this critical financial goal.”

Happy Easter – Look for an Immigration Reform Bill When Congress Reconvenes

Posted: March 31st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Congress Should Show an Immigration Reform Bill After Easter Recess

Congress Should Show an Immigration Reform Bill After Easter Recess