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2020 Real Estate Excise Tax Increases

2020 Real Estate Excise Tax Increases

See the chart for the new combined REET Rate and King County Rate starting on January 1, 2020.

2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration is Now Open

2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration is Now Open

The Diversity Visa Program, commonly called the visa “lottery,” was created to maintain a balance of diversity among those immigrating to the U.S.  The Department of State divides the planet into regions, and then subdivides the regions by country. 

Employers Beware: New Non-Compete Statute Takes Effect January 1, 2020

Employers Beware: New Non-Compete Statute Takes Effect January 1, 2020

Washington recently joined other states by restricting the use of non-competition agreements for employees and independent contractors. The new law, Chapter 49.62 RCW, takes effect on January 1, 2020 and affects both new non-competition agreements and existing agreements.

Firm Member John J. White Selected for Inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers® for Tax Law

Firm Member John J. White Selected for Inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers® for Tax Law

We are pleased to announce that firm member John White has again been selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers® for tax law for 2019. This year marks the 14th year that John has been selected for this prestigious honor.

New Interview Locations for Many Suburban Seattle Naturalization Applicants

New Interview Locations for Many Suburban Seattle Naturalization Applicants

The USCIS District 20 has begun moving naturalization interviews from the Seattle field office to other offices in the district including specifically Yakima, WA and Portland, OR.  Learn more about these moves.

Attorney Barbara Marcouiller Meets with U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Attorney Barbara Marcouiller Meets with U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Barbara Marcouiller and five Seattle-area immigration attorneys met with U.S Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on July 3, 2019.  Barbara discussed business-related immigration issues including H-1B adjudications, I-9 audits, and the need for more H-2B’s.

Washington Supreme Court Rules that Obesity Is a Disability Under Washington’s Law Against Discrimination

Washington Supreme Court Rules that Obesity Is a Disability Under Washington’s Law Against Discrimination

Washington’s Supreme Court decided on July 11 that obesity is a “disability” under the state discrimination law and that employers who refuse to hire an obese job applicant (who is otherwise able to perform the job) are liable under the statute. Learn more about the effect of this statute.

USCIS New Policy Regarding Application Denials Begins Today: Update

USCIS New Policy Regarding Application Denials Begins Today: Update

USCIS’ new policy of initiating removal proceedings against anyone whose application is denied and that denial leaves the applicant out of status goes into effect today.  In a stakeholder meeting September 27th USCIS addressed a number of concerns. Read more about these changes.

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