Visa Extension, Status Renewal – Bad Time for Surprises

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It being at year’s end, this is a good time to examine your own circumstances, be they business or personal. On the business front, examine your business’ performance thus far. How is the business performing? is it on task? is it on track? what’s working? what’s not working?

Take a good look at what aspects of your business are performing to expectations (or better, or worse), and which aspects are not. Where could your business benefit from improvement? Have all milestones been met? If not, which have not, and why not? Be sure to highlight not only all the positive developments, but also assess candidly your less positive developments, and how you have dealt with or overcome them.

As a whole, you and your business should be in a position to roll with the punches, and ride the roller-coaster of business ownership and management. Be proactive, and be brave. Be ready to continually assess the needs of your business and make the necessary changes and adjustments. Sometimes changes may be necessary which may not be pleasant or seem right at first. Sometimes unpopular decisions may become necessary.

Do NOT wait until 2-3 months before any renewal or extension papers need to be filed to look at your business. A suffering, struggling business is a difficult foundation on which to base a new visa or a prolonged authorized stay in the U.S.

Keep your accountant, your lawyer(s), and other professionals you frequently rely on informed year-round of the status of your business (and as far as relevant, your personal life). Use your own circle of professionals to your advantage and seek their advice and counsel, when you feel your business needs some form of correction or change.

As I always tell my clients, I would be happy to meet with them and examine their business and possibly help them identify and address areas of concern or areas needing improvement.

I always counsel my clients NOT to wait for a government official to make an adverse call against a sought-after immigration benefit, or one could find oneself in trouble and possibly packing…

You should evaluate where your business is headed and how it’s doing at least quarterly, if not monthly. On the personal side of things, if you have any changes in personal circumstances, employment changes, family changes, relationship changes, etc. these could have immigration [and possibly other legal] consequences (good or bad) and should be addressed and dealt with sooner rather than later.

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