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Steven A. Culbreath

Steven A. Culbreath’s Legal Guides

16 total


  • Don't let FIRPTA de-rail your real estate transaction!

    There has been much controversy and excitement (some good, some bad) regarding the "Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act" (aka "FIRPTA"). In cases where a non U.S. owner buys (and subsequently sells) real estate property in the United States,FIRPTA, may apply to your purch...

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  • Quick-&-Easy Info on USCIS' Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

    Recently, the United States established a procedure whereby certain immigrants who are (or were) unlawfully present in the United States, may remain in the United States longer while an application for a Green Card is being processed on their behalf.

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  • Some Pointers on "Deferred Action"

    In preparation for the impending "August 15, 2012"-date, on which "Deferred Action" will officially begin, DHS/USCIS has published the following pointers: 1. In a change from the prior announcement, people currently in removal proceedings will use the USCIS process when it is im...

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  • Recent Presidential Order on "DEFERRED ACTION" Explained

    "Deferred action" amounts to an excercise of favorable discretion by the authorities, which allows an individual to remain temporarily in the United States and apply for work authorization. It does not confer any kind of permanent residence, nor can it be seen as a form of amnest...

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  • Definition-time: What is "legal status" in the U.S.?

    This guide will compare and explain the various kinds of "status" that exist under current U.S. Immigration Law. Many laypersons confuse the terms "visa" and "status" and apply them interchangeably. However, the proper legal distinctions are significant.

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  • DREAM Act 101: What is it anyway?

    The DREAM Act (S. 952, H.R. 1842) provides conditional permanent residency to qualified unauthorized immigrants who enrolled in college or serve in the military. After meeting a set of basic requirements, such as completing at least 2 years of college OR military service, the co...

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  • The Major Provisions of "IMMIGRATION DRIVING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AMERICA (IDEA) ACT"

    This guide summarizes the major provisions of the legislative proposal known as "IDEA Act".

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  • Beware of Unlicensed Persons Claiming to be "Experts"

    Some individuals, who are NOT lawyers, are preying on members of the immigrant community, particularly from Spanish-speaking countries, to fraudulently separate them from their money in hopes of getting something the "con-artist" cannot possibly deliver.

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  • Important Considerations When Traveling on a Green Card

    Clients who are Green Card holders (i.e. permanent residents) frequently ask me about issues they need to be aware of when traveling internationally, outside of the United States. Here are some things to consider to minimize the potential for problems at the border.

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  • [Immigration] Tips for Foreign Buyers of Real Estate

    Most of us at one point or another feel the need for a place to get away from the daily grind and routine. For those who do not already live in a sunny place, the need to find and own their personal place under the sun somewhere can be a lifelong ambition.

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