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H-1B visas are popular immigration choice

Living and working in Texas can be an exciting prospect for immigrants. While there are different paths for accomplishing this, the H-1B visa is an extremely popular choice for individuals employed in specialty occupations or who can fulfill roles that domestic workers cannot. One of the biggest draws of this form of immigration is the ability to transition an H-1B to a green card. However, obtaining one of these highly-sought visas is easier said than done.

The first day of the fiscal year falls in the beginning of April, and on this day the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service begins accepting applications for the H-1B visa. In April 2018, the USCIS received 200,000 applications in the first week alone. The USCIS has experienced the same application overload for the past 16 years.

Personal injury claim may be an option after fatal accident

A recent tragic accident in Texas underlines the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. An underage driver apparently consumed a large amount of alcohol, got behind the wheel and caused a crash that claimed the life of a young mother. She leaves behind a young son, and it is possible that family members could seek personal injury compensation on his behalf. 

Before the accident, the driver is said to have gone to a Texas bar where he was served alcohol, despite being 19 years old. He reportedly drank a dozen drinks, including tequila shots. After six hours at the bar, he left, causing the fatal collision on his way home. Later, law enforcement arrested five people who worked at the bar for never asking for the driver's identification to verify his age while he was at the bar. The bar is also in trouble because it did not have a liquor license and was only supposed to serve beer and wine.

What does immigration law say about stopping deportation?

The prospect of being removed from the United States can be terrifying. For those who are facing deportation, there may be options to delay or even stop the process altogether. It is important individuals in Texas fully understand how immigration law applies to their unique situations. Here a few options to consider.

Asylum has been broadly discussed in the media recently, but might not be well understood by most people. An individual facing deportation might be able to apply for asylum if they can demonstrate that it is unsafe to return to their country of origin because persecution or well-founded fears for their safety. This could be due to a person's religious beliefs, nationality, race or even membership in a social or political group. Receiving asylum is usually effective in stopping deportation, but applications must be submitted within one year of arriving in the United States.

Preparing for your citizenship test

Finally earning a naturalization interview with USCIS can feel like a massive achievement. It is the final step in the application process that will determine whether you receive U.S. citizenship. As a result, you want to make sure that you prepare for the interview in advance so that you can feel confident when the day comes.

An important part of the interview is the citizenship test, which examines both your fluency in the English language as well as your understanding of the U.S. Constitution. Thankfully, there are many online study guides you can rely on. Here are some suggestions on how you can make the most of them to prepare for both aspects of the citizenship test:

Texas family seeks compensation for bicycle accident

A Texas family is seeking compensation for a loved one's death from not only an alleged negligent driver, but also his employer and the owner of a company vehicle. The victim was struck and killed while participating in an area biking event, for which she had to travel on public roads. The driver involved in the bicycle accident was criminally charged.

The 47-year-old victim was riding on the shoulder of the road shortly before the accident, which occurred at 7:14 a.m. According to the 71-year-old driver accused of striking the woman, the sun had been shining in his eyes and he did not see her. Police, however, believe that the wreck was not caused by the sun. He was allegedly traveling faster than the posted speed limit.

When it’s time to hire an attorney after a car accident

In the aftermath of a car accident, there are many steps to take that you probably hadn’t planned for. You may need to contact a doctor, insurance, an auto repair shop and your employer to sort out accident-related issues.

In the midst of arranging communication with these parties, remember how an attorney can help. Here are a few scenarios that should signal to you it’s time to contact an attorney after a car accident.

Who is responsible in bicycle accidents?

There may be few things greater than a Texas childhood spent on two wheels. Riding a bicycle is a favorite pastime for many people, but it is unfortunately also a dangerous one. Even when traveling in neighborhoods, drivers often behave negligently around people out riding bikes and do not always take into account the extra caution that is usually needed for children. Bicycle accidents resulting from this type of behavior are often devastating for victims.

The vast majority of bike vs. motor vehicle collisions involve children. While drivers are not faced with an automatic presumption of negligence for hitting a child on a bicycle, they are expected to adhere to an increased care of duty when around kids, and as such the bar for demonstrating negligence may be lower. This is because children are expected to perform at lower standards of carefulness than their adult counterparts.

Personal injury: Teen driver kills CPS workers, 2 children

A fatal accident left three people dead and sent several others to the hospital. Texas police are still investigating the devastating wreck and believe that they know who caused it. While a criminal investigation is not necessary for victims to pursue personal injury claims, information collected by the authorities can be helpful when seeking compensation.

A 61-year-old CPS worker was traveling with three foster children at the time of the accident. They were driving on SH-19 when a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction slammed into their vehicle head-on. The CPS caseworker and two boys -- aged 10 and 14 -- all died at the scene of the accident. The boys' 12-year-old sister suffered severe injuries and had to be flown to a children's hospital, where she was last listed in critical condition.

Immigration: Am I eligible for a green card?

For those noncitizens who are hoping to permanently live and work in the United States, a green card is essential. However, since immigration laws are complicated, the process by which a person obtains a green card is not necessarily straightforward. By understanding who is eligible to apply for a green card, those hoping to immigrate to Texas can utilize the most appropriate avenue.  

Those who have immediate family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents can pursue a green card through a petition made by the citizen. This process is usually much quicker than the standard approach, and most people can receive their green card upon completion of the paperwork. This category includes spouses of citizens, children younger than 21, parents, stepchildren and more. 

Prevent personal injuries to kids this Halloween

There are many reasons why children look forward to Halloween: The excitement, the costumes, the candy and the spookiness. Parents look forward to Halloween as well; it is a great time to make memories with your family.

But Halloween can also pose the risk of personal injury, especially for children. Before you head out trick-or-treating, take care to know a few important safety tips for this holiday.

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