“Gang of Eight” Proposes INVEST Visas for Non-immigrants

Feb 26

Lately, the US immigration process has been undergoing many revisions. The “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group of US senators, has proposed an employment based immigration program called the INVEST visa program. This merit-based program has two different types of visas, a non-immigrant INVEST visa and an immigrant INVEST visa.

In order to obtain a non-immigrant, renewable 3-year INVEST visa, the applicant must have a business that has created 3 or more jobs and has generated at least $250,000 in annual revenue in the US two years prior to filing for the visa. In addition, the applicant must show that there has been at least a $100,000 investment in his or her business within the last 3 years.

The INVEST immigrant visa is an entrepreneurial green card and calls for the applicant have: considerable ownership in a US business, be employed as a senior executive in a US business, have a significant role in the founding of the business, have lived in the US for 2 or more years under a legal status, have received at least $500,000 in investments and created at least 5 jobs in 3 years prior to filing or have generated at least $750,000 in annual revenue 2 years prior to filing and created at least 5 jobs.

Obtaining visas is a long process full of legal issues and pitfalls that may force the applicant to start over again. An immigration attorney can help you obtain a visa while avoiding time-consuming and costly mistakes. Contact an attorney from William Jang, PLLC, today to learn more about your options.

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Publishing in the Sciences

Feb 03

Publishing in the Sciences

Scientific publishing provides one of the most important ways in which professionals and researchers in a variety of fields can share ideas and new research with one another and is an incredibly important part of the scientific process. Academics from a variety of institutions frequently collaborate on articles and other works for publications, building on previous research and expanding the field in the process.

There are a number of different types of scientific publications, the most prominent and well-known being journal articles. There are an incredible number of academic journals tailored specifically to subjects in both the natural and social sciences, most of which can be accessed through well-known scientific databases like MEDLINE, BioOne, and Nature.

However, journal articles are not the only mode of collaboration and publication for those in the science field. Many professionals, especially in the natural sciences, hold patents together for things specialized for their scientific fields, like chemical and biological patents.

Additionally, numerous researchers are assigned tasks by government bodies, like the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, looking for research on a given issue or problem. The published reports of these studies comprise a considerable amount of the overall scientific publishing that takes place in the U.S.

Many researchers publish books, either on their own or collaboratively, on a number of topics in the sciences. Often, these books are comprised of individual articles or studies that people have published separately and decide to join together to create a more cohesive picture of a given topic or problem. Additionally, this collaborative approach is also found in textbook publishing for the sciences, as educators and researchers with specialization in a given field tend to contribute just one chapter of an overall text, with other chapters being written by experts in those respective fields or sub-fields.

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What is Accessible Publishing?

Feb 02

What is Accessible Publishing?

In year’s past, there was very little variety in the ways in which readers could interact with published materials. Most materials came printed standard, and possibly, in large print format or in braille. Fortunately, with technological advances and innovations in the publishing industry, a wide number of options have been made available to individuals who want or need to interact with printed material in a format different than standard print. This is widely known as accessible publishing.

With current accessible publishing options, readers can connect with written texts in a number of ways depending on what their needs and preferences happen to be. While large print text and braille printing are not new additions to publishing, modern technology has made it easier than ever to produce braille works on demand, and release print and digital versions of works with varying degrees of larger text. Additionally, many e-readers, like Amazon’s Kindle, come standard with the ability to change the size of the text display, allowing multiple readers utilizing the same device to adjust the text size to their preference.

Digitization advances have also made it possible for works to be quickly and easily converted into digital documents that are compatible with audio readers – devices that scan text and read it out loud to individuals who have difficulty reading or seeing text. In years past, individuals who wanted to utilize an audio version of a published document would have to wait for an audiobook publisher to make a title available in their library.

While larger titles would often get added, this was little help to individuals who wanted access to lesser-known works or journals and articles from smaller publishing houses.However, with the right equipment, individuals can now take any published documents, scan them, and have them ready by computer software that will make them readable by audio reader programs.

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