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Ortega-Medina & Associates Ortega-Medina and Associates is a respected multinational consultancy operating exclusively in the field of corporate and business migration. The firm is proud of its streamlined and eco-friendly paperless case-processing system, which allows it to provide its clients with creative and highly personalized strategies in the processing of their US business immigration and employment-based US business visa applications.

The firm offers a full range of legal representation via its in-house attorneys to corporate HR Departments, foreign investors, film production companies, and high net worth individuals seeking to establish a business foothold in the United States or to secure visas for key personnel.

Its team of attorney-supervised legal professionals actively manage the immigration portfolio of qualifying organizations and individuals, including processing visas for professionals, multinational executives & managers, investors, and persons of extraordinary and exceptional ability.
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read more › The firm offers a full range of legal representation to corporate HR departments, foreign investors, and high net-worth individuals seeking to establish a business foothold in the United States, or to secure visas for key employees or new foreign workers. To this end, its team of legal professionals actively manages the immigration portfolio of qualifying organizations and individuals, including processing visas for professionals, multinational executives & managers, investors, and persons of extraordinary and exceptional ability.

read more › Orlando is the Senior Associate and founder of Ortega-Medina & Associates. He has been representing clients on a worldwide basis in the fields of U.S. business immigration, nationality and consular law since 1993. Orlando holds US, UK and Canadian nationality and has practiced US business immigration in all three countries. Orlando travels frequently to consulates throughout the European Union, Canada, and Latin America to personally assist his clients on a variety of visa-related matters. He is also available to counsel foreign enterprises in the establishment, planning and growth of their newly established US business operations, should they choose to locate in the state of California.

read more › Izidora is an Associate Attorney at Ortega-Medina and Associates. She joined the legal team as the firm's Senior Paralegal in 2009. Izidora services Ortega-Medina's business and media clients, specializing in complex and high-level visa matters in the EB1, EB3, O1, L and E Treaty categories. Izidora also handles US Trademark Registration matters before the US Patent and Trademark Office and company formation matters before the various secretaries of state throughout the USA. Izidora's work approach is direct, friendly and highly professional.

read more › Alberto, of counsel to the firm, practices in the areas of corporate and commercial transactions, in addition to commercial litigation. Mr. Moris also practices in South Florida where he represents various commercial entities as diverse as airlines, air cargo companies, real estate development companies, property management companies, construction companies and contractors. In addition to Latin American clients with business interests in the U.S., Mr. Moris services our firm's clients in Puerto Rico and our firm's corporate clients in the U.S.

read more › Jason has been Ortega-Medina & Associates' Of Counsel regarding California employment and real estate matters since 2005. In his own practice, Jason devotes the majority of his practice to representing individual employees in workplace disputes including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, unpaid wages, wage and hour violations, disability discrimination and accommodation, and family medical leave violations. Jason was born and raised in Oakland, California. Jason graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994.

read more › Business owners and essential employees from certain countries that have negotiated a treaty of friendship, navigation and commerce (FNC) with the United States may come to the United States as "treaty traders", pursuant to an E-1 visa. Both the principal trader and employees must have the same nationality as the treaty entity, which must be at least 50% owned by nationals of the treaty country. Trade constitutes an exchange principally between the United States and the Treaty Country (i.e., >50%), must be international in scope and must be substantial as measured by volume, frequency, and number of transactions.

read more › This visa category is also referred to as the fifth employment-based preference ("EB-5 visa") category. Ten-thousand (10,000) EB-5 visas per year are available for immigrants seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of investing at least $1 million in a new commercial enterprise. However, the minimum qualified investment in areas of high unemployment or rural areas in the United States is reduced to $500,000. Each immigrant's qualified investment must benefit the US economy and create or save at least 10 full-time jobs for American citizens, lawful permanent residents, or other employment-authorized aliens.

read more › The new law contained several immigration-related measures, most notably, reforms to the L-1 program. The section dealing with the L-1 category is referred to as the "L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004" (the "L-1 Reform Act"). Changes imposed by the L-1 Reform Act are reflected in this article. The Specialized Knowledge Transfer L-1B Visa is a non-immigrant classification that allows foreign companies to temporarily transfer technical personnel having "specialized knowledge" to affiliates or subsidiaries in the United States.

read more › O is the visa category that generates the most buzz among business immigration lawyers, given the high calibre of client attracted by lawyers with the expertise to properly assess these matters and to process the relevant petition through to a successful conclusion. Given the popularity of the O-1 visa category among individuals working in the motion picture and television industry, immigration lawyers who specialize in these visas are recognized as quasi-entertainment lawyers and frequently work hand-in-hand with their attorney counterparts handling the transactional side of these cases.

read more › Ortega-Medina & Associates literally receives scores of immigration-related inquiries every day of the week. The majority of these inquiries - by far - come from individuals asking about the H-1B visa. Due to the high interest in the H-1B visa category, Ortega-Medina & Associates has launched this H-1B visa information center. The center is designed to answer many of the most common H-1B visa questions, provide alerts regarding H-1B visa caps and changes to the H-1B visa program, and news articles of interest to companies and individuals currently taking advantage of the H-1B visa program.

read more › However, quite aside from the perceived "sexiness" of this visa category is the hard fact that the "I" visa category is virtually the only visa category that specifically authorizes access to the United States to professionals in the foreign information media seeking to report to their audiences back home regarding events in the United States. Hence, immigration lawyers who specialize in these visas are recognized as quasi-media lawyers and frequently work hand-in-hand with their attorney counterparts handling the transactional side of these matters.

read more › The TN-1 visa category, "Professionals Under the North American Free Trade Agreement", is available only to citizens of Mexico and Canada. The spouse and unmarried, minor children of the TN-1 visa professional are entitled to derivative status, which allows them to live and study in the United States, but they are unable to accept employment in the United States. Professionals entering under TN-1 visa classification are considered non-immigrants. Ortega-Medina & Associates can assist you with all your immigration needs, including preparing all NAFTA, TN-1 visa applications, assembling all the documentation you will need to successfully obtain your TN-1 visa, and trouble-shoot any problems you may encounter at the United States port-of-entry.

read more › THE E1 VISA ADVANTAGE by Kyle J Barella, Esq & Orlando Ortega-Medina, Esq Options for foreign nationals wishing to open a business in the United States are often limited by the need to invest a significant amount of capital to meet stringent immigration requirements. Myths Associated with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa by Kyle J. Barella, Esq. As a full-service EB-5 immigration law firm, we frequently receive enquiries from prospective immigrant investors who have been misinformed regarding the EB-5 program requirements and eligibility.

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