Wednesday, 22 February 2017

How to get US L1 Visa?

USA L1 visa is a document required to enter the USA to work for a short period and its non-immigrant visa. Foreign worker could continue employment to the USA with the office branch of the same employer, subsidiary or affiliate. L1 visa holder is known as intracompany transferee.

I. Petitioner Requirements

a. There must be a qualifying relationship between the employer in the US and the foreign company wherein the employee works.  It will be based on the type of qualifying relationship the exact evidence required for submission.

b. During the duration of the L-1 visa holder’s stay in the US, the petitioner must have consistent business in the US and at least in one another country directly or through qualifying organization.

II. Employee/Alien/ Beneficiary Requirements

a. The employee must have been employed abroad by the qualifying foreign employer for one continuous year within the three years immediately before going into the US. He can be directly employed by the qualifying organization, or get paid by agency or personal service company, or even as freelance, if the qualifying organization managed the worker during the qualifying year.

Authorized periods of stay in the US for a branch or affiliate or subsidiary of the same employer for business work, should not be interrupted for one year of continuous employment abroad. Part-time work in one year or more can’t be added up to meet the one year abroad required. But it’s allowed if the employee has worked part-time for several foreign affiliates of the US company and the total employment equals full-time hours.

If the beneficiary is already in the US on some other work visa like H1B visa for few years, it might still be possible to get L1 visa from a qualifying employer as one year out of three years is counted before the admission in the US.

b. The employee must work in managerial, executive or specialized knowledge capacity before going to the US and it should be the same work position also once he reaches that country. But, the beneficiary does not have to be transferred to the US in the same capacity in which he was employed abroad, provided the US operation has been doing business for at least 1 year. For instance, manager in the foreign country could be transferred to the US in a specialized knowledge capacity.

You should contact experienced Immigration consultants to obtain L1 Visa easier in your area

Saturday, 18 February 2017

How to Obtain UK Investor Visa?


People can start any type of business in the UK but, they must work full time in the management of the business. Once you apply, your spouse and children can also accompany you as your dependents. Your children going to the UK as your dependants will also get same free education as British children if you like they can study in the private school. National Health Service will give your family free health, you're not required to take out private health insurance. 

Requirements to get UK visa as an investor:
  1. You must have at least £1 million in your control to invest in the UK, of which at least £750,000 must be invested in:
  • Unit trusts
  • Private companies
  • Property investment companies.
  • Offshore companies.
  • Banks or building society accounts
          2.       If you like, the remaining £250,000 may be invested. 

    3.       While managing your investments, you can’t take employment.

    4.       You must make the UK your main home, you do not need to spend all your time in the UK, but you should spend at least 50% of your time here.
    Application Process
        1. You should apply the visa to a British Consulate in your usual residence or the country of your nationality.

      2. If you will invest more than £200,000, it might be approved quite quickly by the consular officials. But if your case needs more careful assessment, it will be referred to the home office in the UK. Normally, it takes 9 months for the process. 
       Application should be accompanied by:

  • Passports
  • Visa fee of £50
  • 2 passport photos for each applicant
  • Business plan which should include:
  • Evidence of the funds to be invested
  • The object of the business
  • A detailed description of employment created.

A projected balance sheet, including:

  • The financial outlay
  • Any loan to the company
  • Assets
  • Stock
  • Profit and loss projection

Overheads including:

  • Establishment expenses
  • Admin expenses
  • Depreciation

     3. You might be asked to state your assumptions made in the business plan for example with market research.

     4. If you need help including the business plan, you can go to to help you all areas of the application.

       Extending the visa:
      Your initial visa will be valid within 12 months’ period and it will be based on your demonstrated assets and your stated plans, you don’t need to invest before the visa will be given. You should have transferred the funds to the UK, during your arrival there within 3 months.

      You can contact well-known and reputed Immigration Consultants for obtaining UK Investor Visa 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Pergola Design Techniques

Pergola is an advisable open cover to compliment any deck or patio area outside your home and it will attract more visitors to enjoy the outdoors. If you will add planting and lattice to the sides, it will give your pergola much privacy and protection from the sun. Climbing plants and the addition of lattice to the roof will give you more shade.

Preparing your Pergola Building Plan 

You need to ensure the dimensions and location of your proposed pergola building are acceptable to your local building office, therefore, this construction will be an advantage to your home. You need to determine if you need to build a traditional four post pergola construction with a particular distance from your home or if your pergola building plan is approved. Your local building office will give you advice on acceptable procedures to secure your pergola posts in your area. 

To speed up any necessary planning permissions for your pergola building plan, you can use your home design software or use a pencil and paper to help you to create the draft of your intended project. Once you get the approval, you need to know where all the underground utilities are running to and from your home. Although building an attached Pergola usually only requires digging footings for two pergola posts, it could be costly if you burst a pipe. 

Measuring for Square

It’s time to measure out the area to ensure that your pergola will be square. The easiest and best way to get it right is placing stakes or boards into the ground and extending mason string raised off the ground and along the extremes. 

(In this diagram we have used red to denote mason's string.)

Length 1 - runs along the wall of the house the full length of the proposed construction.It should be exactly the same length as side 2

Length 2 - represents the outer beam of a parallel beam attached construction, and should be the same as length 1

Length 3 - is the distance the pergola will extend out from your home and should match length 4.
Length 4 - is the distance the pergola will extend out from your home and should match length 3.

At this point we can measure the diagonals to make sure that our pergola building plan is square. When constructing the pergola, it’s also important for you to make sure the fitting beams and rafters are equal length. 

*Note the alphabetical letters is each corner of the diagram:
Measure diagonally from corner a to corner d
Measure diagonally from corner b to corner c
If both diagonal measurements are the same, you can be confident that your plan is square.
This is the same measuring method used for any like construction - including building a deck.

Preparing Pergola pass

To secure the posts for your pergola, its important the procedure is up to your local code and will give the best possible solid foundation. You need to prepare a solid concrete foundation into the ground which reaches below the frost level in your area

Figure 1: The concrete foundation rises to a couple of inches off the ground and the top is rounded off for good drainage.

A galvanized steel metal post anchor is pushed down into the cement and placed into the exact center of the footing before it dries.

These tall two-sided metal post anchors provide more strength than the shorter versions used for anchoring posts of low level decks.

It is important that they are placed square and facing the right direction for the posts to be placed square to the build once the cement is dry.

Leave a small gap between the post and cement footing to allow for good drainage then the posts are secured with 4" machine bolts or as otherwise directed.

Concrete footing will take about three days to fully set unless you are going to use pre-prepared and bagged - quick drying cement which can take mere hours to dry - as per instructions given on the product used.

Concrete footings for a pergola to be built over a deck or patio will mean that the pergola will extend just beyond the surface deck or patio - to where you can dig post holes.

Figure 2: The post is embedded into the cement. It’s advisable to use cedar for this method to ensure that the construction would be reliably long lasting.

Once the hole is dug, small stones are placed on the bottom before pouring in the cement - the stones mean better drainage out of the bottom of the hole. Once the post is in place, it will need to be braced until the cement has completely set.

Figure 3:  This is a method used to secure pergola posts directly onto decking. The post anchors are later covered with wood post trim to hide them.

Although the post anchor is placed directly onto a decking board - the board must rest securely on top of a under-supporting joist and with additional blocking between surrounding joists to provide a strong base.

Figure 4: This is a more secure way to anchor posts to the strongest part of your under-deck construction. Here the posts extend below the level of the deck and are bolted directly into main joists.

We would then still use trim and molding around the base of the post at the deck surface for a neater finish.

You must contact the pergola designers in your area for the better designs