INS Zoom Conference – Drawing Contest

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The INS Zoom immigration conference was on Oct 28, 2015 in Bangalore, India. We had participation from the Industry, US Consulate and several law firms from across the globe. Zoomlee was a sponsor and is proud to share some freehand sketch the participants created as part of fun at the conference! We are pleased to post some of the winning entries of the art contest. Watch out for more in this space. Rama E&Y

Forgetful Jones!

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At Zoomlee we take compliance seriously. Have you heard of the CXO who needs to travel tomorrow for an important business meeting and finds the passport has expired? There are several instances of business travelers, international students, expats and casual tourists stranded because of an expired passport. Any travel document that is not tracked for expiration can put you in trouble – from being stranded to landing in jail! We have heard people saying that they keep their documents safe in an email attachment or in cloud storage boxes. We thought we should go beyond that and set up alerts so that you stay compliant. It is simple and easy to set up and track any of your documents. Take a picture of the document, open in Zoomlee and securely store under the document category defined. You can also add any email attachment the same way! We do not want you to be a Forgetful Jones!

 

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Track your Case Status

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Are you someone who arrived in the US for work or study in one of the Universities? I am sure you are tracking to make sure all your immigration documents are secure and are valid. If you are not using Zoomlee, then it may be a good idea to get started now. Besides tracking all your documents and getting expiration alerts on time, Zoomlee also helps track your case status instantly. Most of you would be filing an extension of your work permit or other documents needed to stay and continue work or study. Now, you just need to store your case number in the Zoomlee app and check whenever you want to see the status of your case.

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No more logging in to your computer and going to the USCIS website to check your status. Tap on the case number and you will get the status from the USCIS site instantly. At Zoomlee we are constantly looking at ways to make sure you and your family are compliant and stay stress free. Happy Holidays!

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Safer Travel with Secure Travel Documents

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When travelling abroad, things that are merely inconvenient at home become disasters in a foreign country. Expired documents, lost wallet, missing paperwork, on a business trip are headaches at the least, or can get you jailed or deported at the worst.

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Our immigration law firm Visawolf manages global travel and work visas for hundreds of corporate travelers every year.  We advise them to make copies of their physical documents for reference if needed during the trip.

Tips for safer overseas corporate travels include:

  • Saving a photo of the front and back of each credit card. Having the card data backed up is important for reporting a lost card and requesting a replacement.  The number of the issuer is on the back of the card, and the front has all the information you need to reference your account.
  • Pics of your driver’s license, visa, and passport is handy as well, in case your paperwork is lost or destroyed on your trip. It will be easier to report your case to the consulate or police with a back up of your identification.
  • Carry an emergency contact list of important numbers in-country, and back home. Too often we hit Speed Dial on our favorite numbers, and cannot recall the specific phone numbers. Also include contact info for your corporate travel booker, local office, hotel, and local friends.

The least secure way to back up your information is to make photocopies and carry paper printouts.  This is old-school, and can be helpful in a pinch, but storing paper copies in your luggage or wallet means they can be lost, stolen, copied, or misplaced.

Slightly more safe is to save the backups as files on your computer or smart phone.  The downside is that the data might not be secure, and the device itself can be lost or compromised.

The most secure and our recommended way to back up travel docs, as well as gain access to many other travel features, is to use the Zoomlee app.  Storing data and docs in Zoomlee’s encrypted service provides access to backups on your device, as well as in the cloud, with secure data protection.  You can access information on your local device, from the cloud, and even share data safely with your family, lawyer, authorities, and co-workers.

In addition to having your global travel docs prepared by immigration professionals, keeping backups of those and other docs will help keep you safe as you travel. Contact Visawolf for your work visa and global travel services, and use Zoomlee app to store your documents.

Jakob Lipman is a partner and attorney at Visawolf, an immigration law firm with years of experience with corporate visas and global travel. The firm uses tech solutions like INSZoom, Zoomlee, and other tools to expertly expedite your case. Let Visawolf help you travel more safely and for your business to prosper.

 

Jakob Lipman is an attorney at the California based immigration law firm Visawolf , www.visawolf.com, where he is one of the founding partners.  He has practiced immigration law for over fifteen years. Jakob and Visawolf specialize in employment-based immigration, and corporate global travel visas. Over the years, he has supported companies of all sizes and from every major industry, from tech start-ups to international conglomerates. Jakob has lectured on immigration-related subjects, authored articles on corporate immigration compliance, as well as the PERM labor certification process. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is an expert in automating immigration case flow with technology

Here’s why L-1 work permit may mean more visa trouble for India

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Concerned over the restriction of the L-1 work permit and high rejection rate, many Indian IT companies are hoping for discussions at the government level to ease out some of the problems when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Silicon Valley in September.

“L-1 is a category that allows people with managerial, executive or specialised knowledge to be moved to the US offices from their foreign country offices for taking up a position on a temporary basis. For the US, they need to reasonably protect domestic jobs over outsourced staffing and thus there is a grey area that is being challenged as misuse by IT companies,” said Pankaj Joshi, MD, NYSA Capital, a Delhi NCR-based advisory firm that specialises in the investment-immigration programme to the US.

Following a study by the National Foundation for American Policy titled ‘L1 Denial Rates Increase Again for High Skill Foreign Nationals’, which confirmed that Indian nationals face the highest refusal rate in the L-1B visa programme, there has been great concern among Indian IT companies and professionals on the matter. This is despite the fact that actual numbers for L visas issued to Indian applicants went up in 2014 (44,954) compared to 2013 (43,773).

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Expat Startups: Short-Term Jobs, Great Trips, Meeting People, New Apps

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Few people are benefiting more from the boom in new communication technology than expats. Everything from Skype to WhatsApp has made staying in touch infinitely easier, be it singing Happy Birthday to your nephew, or tuning in for an important meeting at your home office — experiences that, in the past, expats had to miss.

Entrepreneurial global nomads have begun catering to a niche of tech-reliant expats, whose lives can be made simpler and more connected through websites and apps.Whether you’re looking for a place to buy Vegemite when you relocate to France, or you need a secure place to digitally store immigration documents, or want to move abroad but don’t have a job nailed down, we’ve rounded up some new companies you may not know about that make the expat life a little more convenient:

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Securely Store Any Travel Document in Zoomlee

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Upload, TAG, and set alerts for documents in Excel, PDFs, Word, PowerPoint, Rich Text and more!

It wasn’t long ago that people had no other option than to scan their travel documents, send sensitive travel information to their email accounts, and finally store their passports, visas, trip itineraries, identification certificates, etc., in Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, OneDrive and other cloud storage alternatives.

There are endless problems with this system, but to address the most important one, none of them are securely built to protect your highly sensitive and private documents you need to travel internationally. Zoomlee was engineered to keep your personal identity safe while you travel. Passports, visas and other travel documents can be uploaded to Zoomlee as a PDF, Word Document, Excel, PowerPoint… almost any file format including:

  • Excel (.xls)
  • Keynote (.key.zip)
  • Numbers (.numbers.zip)
  • Pages (.pages.zip)
  • PDF (.pdf)
  • PowerPoint (.ppt)
  • Word (.doc)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Rich Text Format Directory (.rtfd.zip)

Zoomlee Travel Document StorageZoomlee was created as a travel and compliance app that stores and protects your documents; however, there are so many unique features built into this single app specifically designed to make international travel, study, and living easy and safe. One of the newer features is the ability to access every document you have stored even when you are in an exotic location with no network connection.

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Customize Data Fields to Create Expiration Alerts

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Every document you upload to Zoomlee can be customized to include multiple fields specific to that document. Passports can have tracking numbers, issue dates, expiration dates. Visas can have control numbers and expiration dates. Pending documents can have hyperlinked fields for case numbers so you can check the status of work permits or green cards – you can link each case directly to the USCIS official site so you can quickly track the status of your application.

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Any document that has an expiration date should be utilizing the Data Field feature. Zoomlee is set to remind you 1 month prior to the expiration date of critical documents like passports, driver’s licenses, visas, work permits, and travel insurance. Once you receive the first reminder that a document requires updates, you can then customize the alerts to come in 1 year, 6 months, 3 month, 1 week, or never before action is required.

Data Fields is one of the most unique features Zoomlee offers. No other travel app will track the expiration and case number of so many imperative documents. It is simple to input the information into the Data Fields, and in the long run, it saves you time and money when you aren’t running around at the last minute to renew your passport or paying a rush fee to get it ready before a trip.

Expat to Expat Advice

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Expat, a blog from The Wall Street Journal, recently published an article titled, “Expat to Expat Advice: Global Nomads Tell All.” In this article they compiled advice from expats who provided their own top tips and tricks for people heading overseas on expat adventures.

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Advice from Expats:

“Be really clear on work visa requirements before you set off to look for a job…”

Keep careful records and make copies to survive the bureaucracy.”

Sort out your taxes before, not after”

“Even international schools with U.S. college prep don’t do a great job getting high schoolers prepared

“That I was expected to file U.S. taxes.”

“Get a lawyer and an accountant right away.”