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川普又来搞事情了 华人圈引起不小轰动
  川普又来搞事情了!

2月初,DHS美国国土安全部草拟了一份文件,喊话打击“绿卡领福利”,在华人圈引起了不小的轰动。

近日,川普再次出台了最新移民提案,并公布了细节:

将可领福利范围再次大砍特砍!

税收减免、医保补贴......

说白了,只要你用了美国福利

就算你占了美国的便宜、成了美国社会的负担!

川普还给占福利的移民,还贴上标签:

“不合格的美国移民(Unqualified Aliens)”!

而川普的目的倒也坦荡和简单:削减美国合法移民数量!

新提案来源:美国移民局USCIS、美国国土安全局DHS

新提案目的:

减少合法移民数量,确保寻求进入或留在美国的移民能够自给自足,并保护美国纳税人。

新提案纲要:

延长居留期限、寻求家庭移民签证,申请工作签证、或转换签证身份的外国人必须要提供足够的证明需要支持,没有使用或者接受公共福利,没有有可能成为公共负担。

严审申请人,过去几年在美国的工作、收入、家庭成员信息、年龄、申请福利等一系列情况,来判断其是否会成为美国的“公共负担”。

新提案适用人群:

美国公民的直系亲属、美国公民的未婚妻或未婚夫、父母等优先移民家属、大部分基于就业的移民、多元签证移民、某些非移民。

受影响最大的人群:

签证延长居留期限

申请移民签证

亲属移民

申请工作签证

转换身份转换签证

(转自提案原文)

新提案:美国合法移民≠合格移民”

在新修改的内容中,提到了对合格移民和不合格移民的定义。

不合格移民(“Unqualified Aliens”):

1、部分使用了任何形式的任何拨款、合同、贷款、专业执照、商业许可证有美国机构或美国政府拨款。

2、部分使用了任何退休福利、医疗福利、伤残、公共或福利房、高等教育、粮食援助、失业救济和其他福利或援助。

3、尤其是使用了医疗援助Medicaid和粮食券Food Stamps。

合格美国移民("qualified Aliens”):

使用了紧急医疗援助、非现金短期援助、非现金紧急救援、免疫接种和对可传播疾病的医疗处理。

成为“公共负担”的新福利项目

新提中,几乎包含了所有种类的公共福利项目,由美国政府或者拨款机构提供给个人或家庭的公共福利,例如接受现金援助,用于维持收入,长期医疗费用,这些都视为“公共负担”。如果绿卡申请人享有了这些公共福利,申请美国居留权都有可能遭到拒绝。

现行“公共负担”的福利项目:

联邦社会安全补助金(SSI)

贫困家庭福利援助(TANF)

国家和州政府现金补助计划

依赖政府支出的长期收容照顾,例如疗养院

  最新新增加“公共负担”的福利项目

1、工作所得抵税(EITC-Earned income tax credit)

是美国一种租税扣抵制度,针对低收入和中等收入的个人或家庭进行补贴,尤其是拥有儿童的夫妻。对低收入者可退还的所得税减免,与其他对低收入个人的公共援助福利类似,这样的信用可以导致从政府向个人支付的款项,并旨在帮助个人满足基本生活需求。

2、健保补助(health insurance subsidies)

在近期的草案修改中,要求移民局官员在处理移民案件时,要扩大考虑移民及其子女占用福利的范围,作为评估要素之一。

  今年2月新增“公共负担”的福利项目

粮食券

联邦医疗(Medicaid)

儿童健康保险(CHIP)

紧急医疗服务

妇女、婴儿、儿童补助(WIC)

其它营养、食品帮助,学童营养午餐

交通和住房券

职业培训、能源补贴、教育帮助等福利

移民需要缴纳1万美元保证金

根据最新的提案,DHS美国国土安全部还建议:考虑到移民会占用一部分美国社会福利,建议移民缴纳最低1万美元的保证金,还是现金Cash Bonds。

如果在申请绿卡时,被评估为“高风险”的移民,那么还需要缴纳更多的保证金,才可能办理身份。

这么看,移民美国像是给自己人生买了只股,先投笔钱进去,之后能拿到多少福利,这笔钱是赔是赚,得看政策和行情了。

据统计,在美国出生的人使用公共福利的比例,和外国出生人口几乎相当。

川普政府一直计划不断减少居留美国的外国人数量,目前这项新的提案还在等待川普的批准,这项草案是为了限制合法移民的举措之一。

面对日益“骄傲”的美国,会影响你的绿卡和移民计划嘛?

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Will
Your last will and testament is just one part of a comprehensive estate plan. If a person dies without a Will they are said to have died "intestate" and state laws will determine how and to whom the person's assets will be distributed. Some things you should know about wills:
A will has no legal authority until after death. So, a will does not help manage a person's affairs when they are incapacitated, whether by illness or injury.
A will does not help an estate avoid probate. A will is the legal document submitted to the probate court, so it is basically an "admission ticket" to probate.
A will is a good place to nominate the guardians (or back-up parents) of your minor children if they are orphaned.  All parents of minor children should document their choice of guardians.  If you leave this to chance, you could be setting up a family battle royal, and your children could end up with the wrong guardians.

Trust
Trusts come in many "flavors," they can be simple or complex, and serve a variety of legal, personal, investment or tax planning purposes. At the most basic level, a trust is a legal entity with at least three parties involved: the trust-maker, the trustee (trust manager), and the trust beneficiary. Oftentimes, all three parties are represented by one person or a married couple. In the case of a revocable living trust, for example, a person may create a trust (the trust-maker) and name themselves the current trustees (trust managers) who manage the trust assets for their own benefit (trust beneficiary).
Depending on the situation, there may be many advantages to establishing a trust, including avoiding probate court. In most cases, assets owned in a revocable living trust will pass to the trust beneficiaries (or heirs) immediately upon the death of the trust-maker(s) with no probate required. Certain trusts also may result in tax advantages both for the trust-maker and the beneficiary. Or they may be used to protect property from creditors, or simply to provide for someone else to manage and invest property for the trust-maker(s) and the named beneficiaries. If well drafted, another advantage of trusts is their continuing effectiveness even if the trust-maker dies or becomes incapacitated.

Powers of Attorney
A power of attorney is a legal document giving another person (the attorney-in-fact) the legal right (powers) to do certain things for you. What those powers are depends on the terms of the document. A power of attorney may be very broad or very limited and specific. All powers of attorney terminate upon the death of the maker, and may terminate when the maker (principal) becomes incapacitated (unable to make or communicate decisions). When the intent is to designate a back-up decision-maker in the event of incapacity, then a durable power of attorney should be used. Durable Powers of Attorney should be frequently updated because banks and other financial institutions may hesitate to honor a power of attorney that is more than a year old.

Health Care Document
An advance directive is a document that specifies the type of medical and personal care you would want should you lose the ability to make and communicate your own decisions. Anyone over the age of 18 may execute an advance directive, and this document is legally binding in Texas. Your advance directive can specify who will make and communicate decisions for you, and it can set out the circumstances under which you would not like your life to be prolonged if, for example, you were in a coma with no reasonable chance of recovery.
A document that goes hand-in-hand with your advance directive is an authorization to your medical providers to allow specified individuals to access your medical information. Without this authorization, your doctor may refuse to communicate with your hand-picked decision maker.

Family Law
Our practice areas are built around the kinds of legal issues that often challenge working people and families. We begin every case by carefully listening to you, our client, to understand your wants and needs and the circumstances of your situation. Listening with understanding and care enables us to provide you with alternatives to resolving your problem as quickly as possible, and bring with it a sense of relief that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

We are proud to provide you with highly competent and compassionate representation in areas of:
Mediation
Divorce
Child custody
Child support
Adoptions
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Cohabitation agreements
Modifications

Divorce
At the law office of William Shen, we look out for what is best for you and your children during divorce proceedings. We want you to work out the complex issues with your spouse at a mediation table, not in a courtroom, if at all possible.
We offer three kinds of services for divorce:
Express Divorce
Uncontested Divorce
Divorce Litigation

Express Divorce
If you and your spouse have completely resolved all issues, and can pursue an uncontested divorce, Express Divorce may be for you. For a one-time, up-front flat fee of $2000, Express Divorce offers the following:
Attorney's time to fully understand your situation, review, process and finalize your divorce
Preparation of all forms according to state and local regulations and customs
Step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the entire process, from initial filing to final decree

Uncontested Divorce
In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse are able to agree on all issues. You agree upon property division, child custody, visitation, child support and alimony. While you agree on these important matters, it is still wise to have attorney representation. The law office of William Shen, can ensure your rights are protected as you reach settlement agreements to your uncontested divorce.
Our attorneys provide attentive, knowledgeable guidance throughout the divorce process. Decisions are being made about your future and your children's futures. We offer the services you need to ensure these decisions are made in your and your children's best interests.Law Office of William Shen can assist with the following:
Property division: We ensure division of marital property are handled in your favor.
Child custody, visitation and support: As a parent who is experiencing a divorce, we know you have many concerns regarding the care of your children.
Spousal support: Spousal support is not awarded in every divorce. We can assess each client's unique needs or ability to pay.

Divorce Litigation
In litigation, many divorces proceed through the following sequential steps.
Petition for Divorce
A Petition for Divorce must be filed in the county of your residence or that of your spouse. There must be a showing of domicile in Texas for at least 6 months and residency in the county of the suit for at least 90 days. A Petition may include a request for a Temporary Restraining Order and other orders as explained below.
Serving the Petition
The other party is served with the Petition and is required to file an Answer. The other party may also file a Counter-Petition.
Temporary Orders
Upon the filing of the petition, either party may request temporary orders that either permit or prohibit one or both parties from doing certain things, such as, unnecessarily spending or interfering with the other party's use of property. Temporary Orders establish "ground rules" for the conduct of the parties while the case is pending.
Discovery
Discovery is the process of documenting the facts pertinent to the case. During discovery, each provides information requested by the other party. This typically includes financial records from the past five years, such as income tax returns, bank statements, employment records, and life insurance policies. The parties also disclose the names of fact and expert witnesses who may testify at trial.
Mediation
Mediation can occur at any point in the litigation process but in most cases, mediation follows the discovery phase. It is required in Travis County if the final hearing will last more than three hours.
Deposition
Depositions are a form of discovery in which the person being deposed answers questions, under oath, that an attorney asks. Each party may take the deposition of the other party and witnesses. The witnesses may include employers, doctors, counselors, neighbors, and family members. Depositions of the children's counselors and teachers may also be required.
Final Preparation for Trial
About a month before trial, both parties submit pre-trial documents to the court which set out how they want the various issues, such as property division and child support, resolved by the court. The complexities of the issues usually determines how much time will be devoted to trial preparation. Much more time will be spent in trial preparation than in the actual trial. This preparation includes talking with witnesses, preparing exhibits, and drafting direct and cross examination questions, as well as anticipating and preparing to meet the tactics and strategy of the opposition.
Trial
At the trial of the divorce case, each party presents evidence on the contested issues in the case. Determination of the separate property of a party, division of the community property and liabilities, and determine the validity and meaning of premarital and post-marital agreements are some of the most common contested issues in a divorce case. If minor children are involved, the contested issues will include the rights and duties of each parent, who the child or children will reside with, whether child support will be paid and the amount of child support, and the time sharing schedule.
At trial, each party testifies under oath about facts that are relevant to the contested issues. Each party may also call witnesses to testify. Typically documents relevant to one or more of the issues are offered into evidence, the judge announces the decision on each of the disputed issues and pronounces the parties divorced.
After trial, the attorney for one of the parties must prepare a Final Decree of Divorce which contains the decisions that were about the issues in the case. The judge signs the Final Decree of Divorce.

Appeal
A party who is disappointed with the Court's decision or who feels a mistake of law has been made may initiate the appeal process within 30 days after a Final Decree is signed by the Court.

Patent Preparation and Prosecution
Our firm provides a wide range of patent services, including preparation, prosecution, licensing services, and counseling.  Our firm provides informed, comprehensive solutions to entities ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups, drawn from diverse industries.  Regardless of the company, technology or scope of a project, we partner closely with each client to understand their unique business and legal goals, and to develop effective patent strategies.
Technical Experience
Our firm has substantial experience in the computer software and hardware, electronics, medical devices, materials, mechanical arts, and business methods.  In addition, our attorneys have worked as engineers and research scientists for leading companies. This extensive real-world and technical experience fosters skillful representation in a wide range of technical disciplines and allows our firm to respond quickly and knowledgeably to client needs.
Portfolio Management & Counseling
Our firm engages with client personnel at the workforce and management levels to develop and oversee worldwide maintenance programs and manage portfolios, gaining an in-depth understanding of the existing portfolio, identifying areas of opportunity, developing plans to strengthen intellectual property assets and obtaining maximum protection for those assets.
Prosecution
Our attorneys have handled numerous patent applications, and our attorneys represent clients before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  Our attorneys prepare and prosecute patent applications that secure the strongest claims possible and build strong, defensible patents and portfolios.
All patent prosecution is handled by attorneys registered to practice before the USPTO, and we coordinate international patent filings through network of foreign agents.

EXAMPLES OF DRAFTED AND PROSECUTED US PATENT APPLICATIONS
IBM:
1. “A Retractable Interconnect Device with Two Electrical Paths,” Darcy Berger et al., Attorney Docket No. ROC130072US1.
2. “Low Insertion Force Connector Utilizing Directional Adhesion,” Joseph Kuczynski et al., Attorney Docket No. ROC130084US1.
3. “Allocating Addressable Memory Regions to an Adapter,” Sean T. Brownlow et al., US Patent Application No. 13/013,300.
4. “Confirmed Delivery of Bridged Unicast Frames,” Colin R. DeVilbiss et al., US Patent Application No. 13/281,616.
5. “Continuity Check Monitoring for Microchip Exploitation Detection,” Gerald K. Bartley et al., US Patent Application No. 12/181,357.
6. “Flash Memory Dual In-line Memory Module Management,” John Borkenhagen, US Patent Application No. 13/633,655.
7. “Heat Sink Apparatus with Extendable Pin Fins,” Don Alan Grilliland et al., US Patent Application No. 12/365,998.
8. “Managing Virtual Functions of an Input/Output Adapter,” Sean T. Brownlow et al., US Patent Application No. 12/953,964.
9. “Method and System Managing a Database System Using a Policy Framework,” Thomas A. Beavin et al., US Patent Application No. 11/614,024.
10. “Requesting Multicast Membership Information in a Distributed Switch in Response to a Miss Event,” Debra Angst et al., US Patent Application No. 13/352,952.
11. “Variable Latency Memory Delay Implementation,” Victor Acuna et al., US Patent Application No. 13/352,619.

AT&T:
12. “Method of Using a Local Area Network to Offload a Wide Area Network,” Rick Tipton et al., US Patent Application No. 14,085,062.
13. “System and Method for Health Tracking via Bone Conduction Signal Modeling,” Christopher Baldwin et al., Attorney Docket No. 2012-1392.
14. “Call Routing System and Method of Using the Same,” Robert T. Bushey et al., US Patent Application No. 13/592,531.
15. “Flexible Multiple Spreadsheet Data Consolidation System,” Scott Mills et al., US Patent Application No. 12/570,820.
16. “Method for Automatically Providing a Compressed Rendition of a Video Program in a Format Suitable for Electronic Searching and Retrieval,” David C. Gibbon et al., US Patent Application No. 09/891,371.
17. “Method and Apparatus for Multiple Description Video Coding,” Michael Orchard et al., US Patent Application No. 13/493,612.
18. “Systems, Methods, and Apparatus to Debug a Network Application by Utilizing a Cloned Network and an Interactive Debugging Technique,” Jacobus Van Der Merwe et al., US Patent Application No. 13/665,075.
19. “System and Method of Communicating a Media Stream,” Cheng-Hong Hu et al., US Patent Application No. 13/268,032.
20. “System and Method of Displaying a Video Stream,” Marc Andrew Sullivan et al., US Patent Application No. 12/275,384.
21. “System and Method to Enable Layered Video Messaging,” Randolph Wohlert, US Patent Application No. 12/903,342.
22. “System and Method to Troubleshoot a Set Top Box Device,” Chen-Yui Yang et al., US Patent Application No. 12/872,393.

Cyberonics:
23. “Identifying Seizures Using Heart Data from Two of More Windows,” Wangcai Liao et al., US Patent Application No. 13/093,613.
24. “Implantable Nerve Wrap for Nerve Stimulation Configured for Far Field Radiative Powering,” Eric Y. Chow, US Patent Application No. 13/434,119.
25. “Methods and Systems for Detecting Epileptic Events Using NNXX, Optionally with Nonlinear Analysis Parameters,” Vladislav Bukhman, US Patent Application No. 12/768,472.
26. “Using Physiological Sensor Data with an Implantable Medical Device,” Steven Maschino, US Patent Application No. 13/072,430.

SanDisk:
27. “Data Storage Device and Method to Correct Bit Values Using Multiple Read Voltages,” Manuel Antonio D’Abreu et al., US Patent Application No. 13/234,011.
28. “Method of Data Storage in Non-Volatile Memory,” Eran Sharon et al, US Patent Application No. 13/390,855.
29. “Method for Efficient Storage of Metadata in Flash Memory,” Menahem Lasser et al., US Patent Application No. 13/670,599.
30. “System and Method of Copying Data,” Eran Sharon et al., US Patent Application No. 13/593,107.
31. “Systems and Methods of Storing Data,” Eran Sharon et al., US Patent Application No. 13/329,684.
32. “Systems and Methods of Updating Read Voltages,” Anand Venkitachalam et al., US Patent Application No. 13/599,854.
33. “System and Method to Buffer Data,” Reuven Elhamias, US Patent Application No. 13/154,751.
34. “Using Slow Response Memory Device on a Fast Response Interface,” US Patent Application No. 13/542,958.

Qualcomm:
35. “Accessory Device with Storage Capacity,” Ricardo DJ Bernal Castillo, U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/868,966.
36. “A Reset Flip-Flop with Reduced Retention Voltage,” Rasouli Seid Hadi et al., Attorney Docket No. 1394-122211.
37. “A Vertical-Coupling Transformer with an Air-Gap Structure,” Jeffrey Lan et al., US Patent Application No. 13/778,191.
38. “An Integration of a Replica Circuit and a Transformer on a Passive-On-Glass (POG) Substrate,” Jeffrey Lan et al., US Patent Application No. 13/829,784.
39. “Through-Silicon Via (TSV) with a Fuse Structure,” Vidhya Ramachandran et al., US Patent Application No. 13/801,009.
40. “A Metal-Oxide-Metal (MOM) Capacitor with Enhanced Capacitance,” Li Sean et al., US Patent Application No. 13/784,895.
41. “At-Speed Multi-Port Memory Array Test Method and Apparatus,” Anand Krishnamurthy et al., US Patent Application No. 11/365,648.
42. “Combining Data from Multiple Image Sensors,” Sergiu R. Goma et al., US Patent Application No. 13/079,616.
43. “Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) Device and Method,” Bin Yang et al., US Patent Application No. 13/465,064.
44. “Combining Data from Multiple Image Sensors,” Sergiu R. Goma et al., US Patent Application No. 13/079,619.
45. “Combing Data from Multiple Image Sensors,” Sergiu R. Goma et al., US Patent Application No. 13/079,629.
46. “Extending Battery Life of a Portable Electronic Device,” Bakak Forutanpour et al., US Patent Application No. 12/980,823.
47. “Fin-Type Device System and Method,” Seung-Chul Song, US Patent Application No. 12/552,359.
48. “Flexible Interconnect Cable for an Electronic Assembly,” James Leroy Blair et al., US Patent Application No. 12/957,071.
49. “Magnetic Tunnel Junction Device and Fabrication,” Xia Li et al., US Patent Application No. 12/557,611.
50. “Memory Device Having a Local Current Sink,” Jung Pill Kim et al., US Patent Application No. 12/778,337.
51. “Methods and Implementation of Low-Power Power-On Control Circuits,” Chang Ki Kwon et al., US Patent Application No. 12/971,527.
52. “Method of Forming a Dual Contact Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor (MIS) Structure,” Jeff Xu et al., Attorney Docket No. 1394-140182.
53. “Method of Forming a Magnetic Tunnel Junction Device,” Xia Li et al., US Patent Application No. 12/780,174.
54. “Method of Using a Backside Stress Sensor to Measure Stress Imposed on an Electronic Device or a Circuit,” Vidhya Ramachandran et al., Attorney Docket No. 1394-135227.
55. “Method of Using Stress Mitigation Structures (SMS) to Reduce Stress from Stress Domains,” Daniel Kim et al., Attorney Docket No. 1394-140455.
56. “Perpendicular Magnetic Tunnel Junction Structure,” Xia Li, US Patent Application No. 12/732,675.
57. “Positioning for WLANs and Other Wireless Networks,” Stephen Edge et al., US Patent Application No. 11/982,843.
58. “Power Saving for Hot Plug Detect,” Cheng Zhong et al., US Patent Application No. 12/575,498.
59. “RF Buffer Circuit with Dynamic Biasing,” Rajagopalan Rangarajan, US Patent Application No. 13/406,675.
60. “Sense Amplifier Including a Level Shifter,” Jen Tsung Lin et al., US Patent Application No. 13/721,119.
61. “Synchronized Broadcast/Multicast Communication,” Matthew S. Grob et al., US Patent Application No. 12/985,328.
62. “System and Methods for Cache Line Replacement,” Ajay A. Ingle et al., US Patent Application No. 13/894,545.
63. “System and Method for Simultaneous Operation of Multiple Modems Using a Single Transceiver,” Gregory R. Lie et al., US Patent Application No. 12/779,804.
64. “System and Method of Calibrating a Phase-Locked Loop While Maintaining Lock,” Glenn A. Murphy et al., US Patent Application No. 13/296,389.
65. “Transformer-Based CMOs Oscillators,” Mazhareddin Taghivand, US Patent Application No. 12/406,525.

JPMorgan:
66. “Method and System for Monitoring Non-Occurring Events,” Maskall et al., Patent No. US 7,610,172, 2009.
67. “System and Method for Food Safety Inspection,” Brock et al., Patent No. US 7,686,232 B2, 2010.
68. “Integrated Payment Processing System,” Richard et al., US Patent Application No. 11/400,171.
69. “Method for Transaction Processing in a Capture and Deposit,” Richard et al., US Patent Application No. 11/873,845.
70. “Method and System for Monitoring Non-Occurring Events,” Maskall et al., PCT/US2007/014105.
71. “Online Interactive and Partner-Enhanced Credit Card Application System,” Attorney Docket No. 47004.000380.
72. “Software Installation Checker,” Attorney Docket No. 47004.000383.
73. “A System and Method for Integrated systems and Data Processing,” Attorney Docket No. 72167.000517.
74. “Network and Applications Access Re-Certification System,” Attorney Docket No. 47004.000381.
75. “Application Access Control System,” Attorney Docket No. 72167.000599.
76. “Applications Access Re-Certification System,” JPMorgan, Attorney Docket No. 47004.000381.
77. “Technique for Forming a Thermal Conductive Interfacial Layer by Dip Soldering,” Attorney Docket No. 64470.000009.
78. “Dealworks System,” Attorney Docket No. 72167.000596.
79. “In-Show Product Advertisement and Purchase System,” Attorney Docket No. 47004.000361.
80. “System and Method for Communication Data to a Process,” Kingham et al., Patent No. US 7,085,759 B2, 2006.
81. “Method and System for Monitoring Non-Occurring Events,” Maskall et al., Patent No. US 7,610,172, 2009.
82. “System and Method for Multicurrency and Multibank Processing over a Non-Secure Network,” Jou et al., Patent No. US 7,809,636 B1, 2010.
83. “Customer Activated Multi-Value (CAM) Card,” Brake, Jr. et al., Patent No. US 7,263,507 B1, 2007.
84. “System and Method for Food Safety Inspection,” Brock et al., Patent No. US 7,686,232 B2, 2010.
85. “System and Method for Providing Access to Data from Proprietary Tools,” Gerald Hanweck, US Patent Application No. 10/358,921.
86. “EURO Payment Routing and Intra-Day Flow Control System and Method,” Nigel Knight et al., US Patent Application No. 09/868,176.
87. “Network Based Loan Approval and Document Origination System,” Lloyd Adams, US Patent Application No. 09/765,137.
88. “System and Method for Integrating Trading Operations Including the Generation, Processing, and Tracking of Trade Documents,” Albert Kwang-Hwa Sun, US Patent Application No. 09/495,393.
89. “System and Method for Post Closing and Custody Services,” John Peter Myer et al., US Patent Application No. 11/086,569.
90. “System and Method for Establishing or Modifying an Account with User Selectable Terms,” Mary Carter Warren et al., Patent No. US 7,689,504, 2010.
91. “System and Method for Offering a Financial Product,” James et al., Patent No. US 7,472,088 B2.
92. “System and Method for Generating Graphical User Interfaces,” Brian et al., Patent No. US 7,676,751.
93. “S/M for Offering Reward Programs,” Schmitt et al., US Patent Application No. 11/634,159.

Other Clients:
94. “Reagent for Labeling Primary Amine Groups in Proteins,” Yang Cai et al., US Patent Application No. 14/229,911.

EXAMPLES OF DRAFTED AND PROSECUTED INTERNATIONAL PATENT (PCT) APPLICATIONS
Qualcomm:
Australia
95. “Synchronized Broadcase/Multicast Communication,” Matthew S. Grop et al., PCT/US95/09651, Australian Patent Application No. 2010202417.
China
96. “Method of Forming a Magnetic Tunnel Junction Device,” Xia Li et al., PCT/US2009/035377, Chinese Patent Application No. 200980107899.4.
India
97. “At-Speed Multi-Port Memory Array Test Method and Apparatus,” Anand Krishnamurthy et al., PCT/US2007/063097, Indian Patent Application No. 1725/MUMNP/2008.
98. “Method and Apparatus for Conditional Broadcast of Barrier Operations,” James Edward Sullivan et al. PCT/US2007/077336, Indian Patent Application No. 320/MUMNP/2009.
99. “Method and Apparatus for Reducing Lookups in a Branch Target Address Cache,” Michael Morrow, PCT/US2007/075996, Indian Patent Application No. 240/MUMNP/2009.

Japan
100. “Methods and Apparatus for Controlling Distribution of Location Information,” Norman F. Krasner et al., Japanese Patent Application No. 2010-014110.
101. “Multithreaded Processor with Lock Indicator,” Lucian Codrescu et al., PCT/US2008/085402, Japanese Patent Application No. 2013-034561.
102. “Power Saving for Hot Plug Detect,” Cheng Zhong et al., PCT/US2010/051863, Japanese Patent Application No. 2012-533324.
103. “Selective Fabrication of High-Capacitance Insulator for a Metal-Oxide-Metal Capacitor,” Wootag Kang et al., PCT/US2010/027450, Japanese Patent Application No. 2011-554277.
104. “System and Methods for Cache Line Replacement,” Ajay A. Ingle et al., PCT/US2009/032920, Japanese Patent Application No. 2010-548780.

Korean
105. “Power Saving for Hot Plug Detect,” Cheng Zhong et al., PCT/US2010/051863, Korean Patent Application No. (PCT) 10-2012-7011915.
106. “Selective Fabrication of High-Capacitance Insulator for a Metal-Oxide-Metal Capacitor,” Wootag Kang et al., PCT/US2010/027450, Korean Patent Application No. (PCT)10-2011-7024261.

EPO
107. “Method of Forming a Magnetic Tunnel Junction Structure,” Xia Li, PCT/US2009/034836, European Patent Application No. 11186235.5.
108. “Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) Device and Method,” Bin Yang et al., PCT/US2013/039947, Article 34 Amendment.
109. “Systems and Methods of Performing Noise Modulation and Gain Adjustment,” Venkatraman Atti et al., PCT/US2013/057368, Article 34 Amendment.

SanDisk:
EPO
110. “System and Method to Buffer Data,” Reuven Elhamias, PCT/US2012/037068, entry into national stage.
Korean
111. “Data Recovery Using Additional Error Correction Coding Data,” Manuel Antonio D’Abreu et al., PCT/US 2012/023735, Korean Patent Application No. (PCT) 10-2013-7021030.

Trademark
We handle a wide variety of trademark matters, and we provide fixed fee representation in most cases. Whether you are interested in evaluating a new mark, or you are attempting to register a mark and have received an office action from the USPTO, we can assist with your current trademark needs.
TRADEMARK SEARCHING
Considering a new trademark? Our trademark registrability search provides clients with the confidence of knowing whether a proposed mark is available. Search results are typically available within 24 hours.
TRADEMARK REGISTRATION
From preparing the initial application to sending you the final registration certificate, we handle the entire trademark registration process, including all routine follow up with the USPTO.
USPTO OFFICE ACTIONS
Have you received an "office action" email or other communication from the USPTO? If the USPTO has questioned your application or refused to register your mark, we can review your situation and provide a strategy to move forward. Our initial review is no obligation and always free, and in most cases, we can provide a low cost quote to help quickly and efficiently get your application back on track.
TRADEMARK MAINTENANCE AND CONSULTING
In addition to assisting with filing the appropriate maintenance and renewal documents to make sure your registration stays in force, we can also consult with clients regarding trademark infringement, licensing and transfer issues.

Immigration
Law Office of William Shen is dedicated to the practice of U.S. immigration law.  We provide full spectrum of immigration services, from non-employment-based visas to employment-based visas, from employment-based green cards to family-based green cards, and from citizenship to asylum petition.  We handle immigration cases anywhere within and outside the U.S. by effectively representing our clients through email, phone, fax, mail and in-person meeting.

This Office provides the following visa services:
Employment-Based Visas

 

  • H-1b – Specialty (Professional) Occupation
  • H-2b – Temporary Worker
  • L-1a – International Company Executive/Manager Transferee
  • L-1b – International Company Specialized Knowledge Transferee
  • TN Visa/Status – Mexican and Canadian Listed Professionals
  • E-1 – Treaty Trader and Essential Worker of Treaty Trader
  • E-2 – Treaty Investor and Essential Worker of Treaty Investor
  • R-1 – Religious Worker
  • B-1 – Temporary Business Visitor

Non-Employment-Based Visas

  • B-2 – Temporary Visitor
  • F-1 – Student
  • M-1 – Vocational Student
  • K-1 – Fiancé of US Citizen
  • K-3 – Spouse of US Citizen
  • J-1 – Exchange Visitor
  • VWP – Visa Waiver Program

Green Cards
If you or a loved one is attempting to obtain a green card in Austin, the lawyers at the Law Office of William Shen, understand the challenges that you may be facing, and we are dedicated to working hard on behalf of our clients to ensure that they have the resources and the support they need.  Green cards may be issued to an individual for either business or personal/family reasons, and at the Law Office of William Shen, we are prepared to help individuals with any of the following immigration matters:
Employment-Based Green Cards
EB1 – First Preference Employment Based Immigration
EB2 – Second Preference Employment Based Immigration
EB3 – Third Preference Employment Based Immigration
EB4 – Fourth Preference Employment Based Immigration
EB5 – Fifth Preference Employment Based Immigration

Family-Based Green Cards
Immediate Relatives of US Citizens: family-based immigration
FB1 – First Preference: unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens
FB2 - Second Preference: spouses, children, unmarried sons and daughters (over 21) of Permanent Residents
FB3 – Third Preference: married sons and daughters of US citizens
FB4 – Fourth Preference: siblings of US citizens

Removal Proceeding
Removal proceedings are begun when the government issues a Notice to Appear (NTA). The NTA is presented to an Immigration Judge who must decide whether to order you removed from the United States or allow you to remain. An NTA is a list of allegations that the government must prove about you. In addition, the NTA contains a charge of removability. Essentially, the government is stating that, if they can prove the following allegations, then an immigration judge must conclude that you are removable from the U.S. For example, if you are here on a student visa, an NTA may allege that you failed to attend school and are therefore removable for failing to maintain your student status. Or, if you are a permanent resident, the NTA may allege that you have been convicted of a crime which makes you removable. While the allegations that must be proven are distinct, the proceedings are pretty similar- the government must prove its allegations to establish that you are removable. If those allegations can not be proven, then the Immigration Judge should terminate removal proceedings.

    The NTA may contain a hearing date when you have to appear in front of an immigration judge. If you do not show up on that date, you will be ordered removed in your absence. That initial hearing is called a master calendar hearing. A master calendar hearing is a very brief hearing in front of the judge that introduces the court to your case and your defense. Many people are scheduled at the same time and an individual will only be in front of the judge for a few minutes. At the first master hearing, the judge will ask you to reply to the allegations and charges on the NTA. You have the right to admit or deny the allegations and charges. Just like on TV or Law and Order. You can say that you admit or deny, which is like saying “guilty” or “not guilty.” How often does anyone on Law and Order say “guilty” at the first hearing? Almost never! Yet, immigrants and their attorneys do it every day. When the government must prove the allegations and charges, you only make it easier for the government to remove you if you admit the allegations and charges. If you deny the allegations, the government must produce evidence to prove their charges.If the government has the evidence to prove the charges or the immigrant (called “respondent”) admits the charges, removability will be established and the Judge can order the respondent removed. Yet, the respondent is able to apply for relief from removal. Just because someone is removable does not mean that they must be removed. Many people are eligible for relief from removal. In other words, they get the chance to convince the judge that there are good reasons why they should be allowed to stay in the U.S.
    At the master hearing, the Judge may schedule another hearing to give the government a chance to prove its allegations and charges or, if the government proves it, will schedule a hearing to hear the respondent’s application for relief from removal. That type of hearing is called an individual or merits hearing. Before the individual hearing, the government and the respondent must submit evidence and arguments to the judge. For the respondent, the evidence may be an application for relief. The government may introduce evidence of convictions or other conduct. The individual hearing lasts much longer than the master calendar hearing and is for the judge to consider all the evidence, arguments and to hear testimony from the respondent or other witnesses. Generally, at the end of the hearing, the Judge will issue a decision and give her reasons for either granting relief from removal or ordering removal.
    Both the government and the respondent have the opportunity to appeal the judge’s decision. If the judge has ordered removal, an appeal provides an automatic stay on the order of removal, meaning that the government can not remove an individual while the appeal is pending at the Board of Immigration Appeals. An appeal must be filed within thirty days of the judge’s decision.
    We will take the time to explain this process to you and to advise you of your rights. We will understand your priorities and concerns. We will map out a comprehensive strategy to help you achieve your goals. Then, we will execute the tactics to implement our strategy and achieve your goals. Removal proceedings create anxiety. We cannot eliminate all of it, but we can take away the mystery, set your expectations and give you the best chance to succeed.

Asylum
What Is Asylum?
Immigration status sought by a person either entering the U.S. or already physically in the U.S., who has a reasonable fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion, if forced to return to their country of last residence.
Who Is Eligible for Asylum in the US?
Aliens who have remained in the U.S. for less than one year and are part of an eligible Asylum class (i.e. persecuted due to political party, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation group, social group, etc.)
What Is the Visa Duration?
The asylum status can be held indefinitely.
Renewability
The asylum status does not need to be renewed.   Although an asylee may apply for work authorization and this may be renewed on a yearly basis (they expire after one year) if desired, an Asylee is not required to posses a work authorization document as they are granted permission to work in the US as a matter of law.
Family Benefits
Immediate family members may be eligible for asylum status with all its benefits such as work authorization, as long as they have been named in the alien's asylum application; even if any family members are not present in the U.S. at the time the application is filed.
What Documentation Do I Need for an Asylum Petition?
Applicant supporting documentation for Asylum Petition:
Alien's birth certificate or other form of identification
Marriage certificate (if applying with spouse)
Copy of passport and I-94 for all applicants (if alien already in the U.S.)
3 passport style photos on white background for each petitioner
Evidence of relationship if applying for children under 21 years of age (birth certificates of children, school records, etc.)
Affidavit from client stating the problems they have had in their country of origin and why they cannot return there

Third Party supporting documentation for Asylum Petition:
Newspaper articles supporting persecution of "asylum class",
Death certificates of family members and other "class members",
Medical records showing abuse of petitioners, family members and other "class members",
Police reports proving violence against petitioners, family members or other "class members",
U.S. Department of State Report on petitioner's country
Human Rights Reports supporting situation on petitioner's country
Proof of membership in "asylum class" in petitioner's country of origin, (i.e. if claiming political asylum-documents showing current membership in persecuted party; if claiming religious asylum-documents showing membership in persecuted religious group, etc.)
Any other documents that demonstrate persecution of petitioner's "asylum class" in their country of last residence.

What is the Asylum Process Like?
Stage 1:
Gather Alien's information and all supporting documentation-time required depends on client's ability to obtain documents and his/her level of involvement.
Stage 2:
Complete and file asylum application (I-589)-Approximately 15-20 days from the date in which all supporting documentation is obtained. A notice of receipt from the U.S. Immigration Service should be received approximately within 30-60 days.
Stage 3:
The US Immigration Service will schedule and mail an interview date (this is generally scheduled for 30 to 900 days from the date recorded in the notice of receipt--the length of time depends on the particular schedule of the interviewing local U.S. Immigration Service office).
Stage 4:
Prepare alien for the U.S. Immigration Service Interview and attend the U.S. Immigration Service interview-number of preparation sessions and time required depends on client's progress and comfort level.


Our Firm
我们公司提供广泛的专利服务,包括准备,起诉,许可服务和咨询。我们公司为来自财富100强公司和小型初创企业的不同行业的实体提供全面的解决方案。无论项目的公司,技术或范围如何,我们都将与每位客户密切合作,以了解其独特的业务和法律目标,并制定有效的专利战略。


Our Services
We have experience handling a wide range of matters, including the following:

  • real estate transaction brokerage
    real estate title and closing services
    civil and criminal litigation
    immigration
    divorce and child custody
    patent
    trademark
    corporate law
    will and trust

Education
Loyola University, J.D., 2011
Princeton University, Ph.D., 2002
Princeton University, M.A., 1998
Tianjin University, M.E., 1991
Tianjin University, B.E., 1988

Bar Admissions
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Texas
Virginia

Weimin William Shen is a registered patent attorney with ten years of experience in technology and related intellectual property matters.  Mr. Shen has represented highly sophisticated corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, in a wide range of intellectual property areas including strategic counseling, patent prosecution, offensive and defensive patent analysis, and opinions.  Mr. Shen has significant experience in developing and implementing customized, client-driven, high value patent strategies for corporations of all sizes.

Mr. Shen practices in the fields of communications, computer software and hardware, electronics, medical devices, mechanical engineering, material science, chemical engineering, structural engineering, and business method.

Mr. Shen has a Bachelor's Degree in Structural Engineering from Tianjin University, a Master's Degree in Computer Simulation from Tianjin University, a Master's Degree and a Philosophy Doctorate in Material Science from Princeton University,  and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University.

Mr. Shen worked as a Research Scientist in developing data storage products for three years at Imation Corporation.  Mr. Shen also worked as an Engineer and a Manager for SFECO Corporation for six years in project planning and engineering management.

Prior to founding Law Office of William Shen, Mr. Shen worked as a patent agent for Hunton and Williams LLP and a patent attorney for Toler Law Group.  Mr. Shen is admitted to practice in the states of Texas and Virginia, as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Our Firm
Our firm adopts a personalized approach. This client-centered focus allows us to leverage our experiences and expertise to meet your needs and goals.  Our firm will work closely with you to ensure the strategy pursued is the most effective way to achieve your goals.  Using the specialized skills, knowledge, and experience, our firm represents our clients effectively and economically.  Our firm encourages specialization, communication, and support to provide our clients with the expertise and experience necessary to produce quality results in a timely manner.


Our Services
We have experience handling a wide range of matters, including the following:

  • real estate transaction brokerage
    real estate title and closing services
    civil and criminal litigation
    immigration
    divorce and child custody
    patent
    trademark
    corporate law
    will and trust

Education
Loyola University, J.D., 2011
Princeton University, Ph.D., 2002
Princeton University, M.A., 1998
Tianjin University, M.E., 1991
Tianjin University, B.E., 1988

Bar Admissions
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Texas
Virginia

Weimin William Shen is a registered patent attorney with ten years of experience in technology and related intellectual property matters.  Mr. Shen has represented highly sophisticated corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, in a wide range of intellectual property areas including strategic counseling, patent prosecution, offensive and defensive patent analysis, and opinions.  Mr. Shen has significant experience in developing and implementing customized, client-driven, high value patent strategies for corporations of all sizes.

Mr. Shen practices in the fields of communications, computer software and hardware, electronics, medical devices, mechanical engineering, material science, chemical engineering, structural engineering, and business method.

Mr. Shen has a Bachelor's Degree in Structural Engineering from Tianjin University, a Master's Degree in Computer Simulation from Tianjin University, a Master's Degree and a Philosophy Doctorate in Material Science from Princeton University,  and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University.

Mr. Shen worked as a Research Scientist in developing data storage products for three years at Imation Corporation.  Mr. Shen also worked as an Engineer and a Manager for SFECO Corporation for six years in project planning and engineering management.

Prior to founding Law Office of William Shen, Mr. Shen worked as a patent agent for Hunton and Williams LLP and a patent attorney for Toler Law Group.  Mr. Shen is admitted to practice in the states of Texas and Virginia, as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Civil Litigation
Civil litigation generally includes disputes in which one party is claimed to have committed a wrong, but not a crime. This Office has represented clients bringing and defending all types of civil claims. We have earned a reputation for professionalism, diligence and determination in handling civil matters.
Our experience ranges from straight-forward contract disputes to complex document-intensive litigation.  This Office will aggressively pursue your case from start to finish. When appropriate, we will try to arrive at a timely and fair settlement. If it is necessary, we will forcefully represent your interests in court.

Criminal Litigation
Everyone knows someone who has encountered law enforcement. Criminal charges and investigations often bring anxiety and uncertainty to the accused and his or her family. For this reason, it is essential to promptly find an experienced partner who can guide you through the legal process. We provide our clients with the clarity needed to understand the criminal law processes and protect our clients by finding the best solutions based on their needs.

Real Estate Brokerage
This Office provides comprehensive residential/commercial real estate services including representing clients through the process of buying and selling residential/commercial properties. We will help guide you through the process and will work with you to find the right solution for you.

Buyer Representation Service
We can assist you with your lease or purchase negotiations for all types of residential/commercial property. Our tenant representation services include:
Leasing
Renewals and restricting
Lease buyouts
Anchor tenant development
Build-to-suits

Purchasing
Lease vs. purchase evaluations
Lease to-own structuring
Purchase and sale agreements
Property due diligence
Financing and lender options
Our unparalleled knowledge of available residential/commercial space ensures that we will find the right space for your unique needs.

Seller Representation Services
We will ensure that you get the most from your property. Our seller representation services include:

Market conditions, emerging trends and pricing consulting
Property positioning for maximum exposure
Contract / lease negotiations
Foster relationships with buyers, tenants and brokers

This Office will advise you in every step of the way during the selling process. We can help you with all types of residential/commercial real estate property, including: industrial, land, office, retail, medical and investments. Let us take care of the real estate so that you can focus on your business.

Title and Closing Services
Law Office of William Shen is a Fee Office for Austin Title.  The services we provide include:
Draft Contracts on Residential/Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Provide Title Insurance
Clear Title Issues
Conduct Commercial/Residential Transaction Closings

Our office handles Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transaction Closings. William Shen, Attorney and licensed Escrow Officer for the State of Texas, has in-depth knowledge and experience in both legal and title services. As a closing office for Austin Title, we offer affordable services to buyers and sellers.
Our closing process provides buyers, sellers, and lenders with peace of mind and security knowing they are working with an experienced attorney and escrow officer to ensure a smooth transaction from start to finish.
Our staff monitors the entire closing process, including drafting the contracts to modify provisions and add additional provisions the Realtors’ mandated contracts do not provide, keeping all parties updated, preparing legal and title documents as needed, and ordering home warranties and surveys when indicated by client.  We prepare closing documents and review documents provided by lenders and any other third party to ensure our clients close under the terms as they understand them to be.
Our office works hard to ensure there are no last minute issues or concerns at closing table. If there are any title issues, we explain them to our clients and quickly begin to resolve them.
At closing, our attorney explains all the documents that will be signed, all closing costs and loan fees, as well as the impact of proposed exceptions to coverage on the commitment for insurance.  We ensure good funds are received prior to disbursing funds to seller, lender, and any other payees at closing.  We take the utmost care and diligence with the entire process to ensure our clients’ interests are secure.
We often have lenders, realtors, and attorneys refer clients to us when they are uncertain of how to handle specific real estate issues. In fact, many investors would prefer to close with an attorney they can trust to prepare the legal documents and review the title commitment and survey for potential issues affecting their investment.
If you are uncertain about any aspect of the closing process, you will appreciate our professional, courteous attention to your investment.  In an increasingly complex world, it is comforting to know your needs will be taken care of with uncompromising integrity.

Property Management
As a property manager, Our legal duty to our clients is "fiduciary" and simply means we serve them as though we own the assets ourselves. It also means our clients' interests are prioritized to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship.

No Maintenance Surcharges - We do not mark up charges for performing repairs; all work is at cost.

Reduced Maintenance Costs - With our property management, expenses are minimized through our long term relationships with quality service providers. Incidentally, our clients get copies of every billed invoice providing full disclosure of the expense.

Diligent Rent Collection - Collecting rents, evicting non-paying tenants, and getting vacant units rented are done in a proactive and thorough fashion.

Creative Solutions to Problems - With our combined background of legal and real estate experience, "out of the box" solutions are available in addressing unique or difficult problems - an added benefit from Prime Properties, your property manager.

Accounting and Monthly Statements: Statements and distribution checks are generally processed by the 10th of each month. Our accounting system is simple (cash basis), detailed, and accurate. It allows us to accommodate owner requests, such as interim statements, year-end statements and custom statements (detailing account histories such as security deposits, or any other account that transactions are posted under). Vendor invoices are inserted into Client monthly statements to provide transparency and the details on specific expense charges. The entire populated statement is then scanned and emailed, or mailed via US Postal Service, depending on our client's preference. Proceeds are distributed monthly with each statement cycle.

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    • 13740 Research Blvd, Suite K8
    • Austin, TX 78750
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