The Best Way to Work With an Immigration Attorney

The immigration process is often tricky, complex, hectic and tiresome. It’s not something that a layman can easily get over with. There are so many documents, forms and loopholes involved that an immigrant working independently is deemed to get a bad outcome. This is where an immigration attorney plays an important role and his sole purpose is to help an immigrant avoid deportation, fine or any sort of punishment. An immigration attorney is only effective, when he is able to keep his client’s case going smoothly without any bumps.

Whenever a foreign resident is facing a problem with regard to his or her being an immigrant, it is important to hire an immigration attorney right away, so that he can help you to stay in the country. There is a proper way to work with an attorney to get the best work and hence, with this regard here are a few tips for those searching for an attorney.

An immigrant will hire or contact an attorney when some sort of problem arises, such as the authorities threatening to deport him or her. When the case is first placed in front of the attorney, it is best to come equipped with all the required information. Such information will include details regarding the entire scenario and circumstances under which the immigrant is living in the country. Details regarding how the problem started and date of the court hearing must also be informed right away. The attorney will ask the basic information such as the client’s name and country, where he was born and what sort of visa he has with him. In order to help the lawyer do his job effectively, the client must also inform him if there is any criminal record associated with him. All such details will help the attorney in imparting better guidance to the client and in handling the paperwork in a better fashion.

Related to the basic information listed above, the immigration attorney should also know the details about the history of the client. The history must be related to the documentation filed under the client’s name, starting from the day he arrived in the country. Even if a few details seem mundane to the client, they must also be informed to the lawyer. A complete record of all sorts of visas received by the client and documents filed must be with the attorney, since he will need all this information in proceeding with the client’s case.

A client should keep track of all such paperwork by making a list of all the required documents, along with the lead time consumed to get the necessary documents from the respective authorities. Translation of documents like birth certificates into local language takes more time. Planning out the work accordingly will smooth out the process for both client and attorney as well. This will also have the benefit of keeping the client calm and up to date, while gathering documents from various sources.

Successful Selling in a Tough Economy – Transcending The Yard Sale Mindset

The so-called “Great Recession” continues to hover over all that we do (and sell) in 2012. There are more than a few pundits who see current trends as an indicator of “The New Economy,” rather than a phase we are passing through. Every day brings new opportunities and a new chance for professional Salespeople to stand firm on value in their sales efforts, rather than acquiescing to price-driven negotiations.

Whether the economy is strong or weak, prospects who buy strictly on the basis of price are generally the worst long-term choices for customers. If you offer a “discount” to a customer once, they will continually seek additional discounts. If you lower the price of your offering in order to pander to prospects who are price shopping, they will consistently attempt to lower your prices even further. They see a price concession as a victory, but seldom assign any value to what they have purchased. It’s a game of chess, of one-upsmanship. If you create new relationships with price shopping as a foundation, you will soon develop a roster of clients who only want more, more, more. They’ll never be satisfied, and as a professional Salesperson, neither will you.

Accepting the fact that price is an issue in this economy, how do you incorporate this into your sales efforts and retain your integrity (as well as your profit margins)? The answer is simple. You must assign an honest value to the products and services that you offer, and you must be able to articulate a value higher than what you are selling.

You may or may not be able to provide valid R.O.I. data in your proposal. As an example, you can propose the creation of a Website for a local restaurant that includes a creative and engaging design, full menus, custom photography of the restaurant’s signature menu items, an embedded Google map, and a contact page. What you can’t promise is a specific number of customers who will visit the restaurant and purchase a meal.

Clients have told me “If I pay you “X” amount of dollars to create the Website, I have to sell “X” amount of lunches / dinners just to break even.”

That’s not the way marketing works. Here are a few key factors to consider:

1). In the current economy (and the “Internet Age”), a professionally designed Website establishes the credibility of a business. A business which chooses to put together a Facebook page, rather than a professional Website, is viewed as “dabbling” in their business. Customers know the business owner most likely made the decision based on price, and a desire to circumvent paying for the services of a professional Web Designer. A business that is not willing to make the commitment to promote their products and services in a professional manner is a business that becomes “suspect” in the eyes of its potential customers.

2). Everyone else is doing it. If you are in a major city… San Francisco, for example… and there are 20 restaurants on your street, and 18 of them have professional Websites, the remaining 2 restaurants can’t say that they “don’t need” a Website. They need to stand neck-and-neck with their competition.

3). In the current economy, most consumers are extremely cautious about “luxury spending.” For some, that might mean dining out. They might go online and search for restaurant reviews and restaurant Websites. If they make their decision based on online menus and/or photos of the food being served, restaurants lacking an online presence will lose every time.

In this scenario, the Salesperson can’t guarantee a minimum number of customers sitting down for a meal. They can provide data on how many of their competitors have Websites, and how their lack of a Website puts them at the back of the pack.

The professional Salesperson must maximize the reality of the value found in their products and/or services. If the Salesperson can’t guarantee a bottom-line profit margin for their clients, they must be prepared to articulate the landscape on which their competitors stand. Regardless of the economy, every business owner wants something at least a little better than what is being enjoyed by their nearest competitor.

The Website example used in this article can be modified and adapted to any product or service you may wish to sell. You must know the market, know the competition, know the value of your product or service, and strategically position yourself in order to reap the highest profit margin possible.

In the long run, all weak economies get healthier… eventually. As a professional Salesperson, you can’t afford to wait. You must do the best you can with what you have today, and when the overall economic picture brightens, your sales will soar accordingly.

Football Recruiting Tips – The Real Truth About Scholarship Offers

You hear it on ESPN almost every week. You read it on Blogs and in Magazines. It is one of the biggest misunderstandings in college sports, the Scholarship Offer ESPN, blogs and magazines report that top recruits were offered scholarships by these top schools and the top recruits verbally committed to a school in their junior year. LSU and Alabama just offered an 8th grader a scholarship. To me this is just ridiculous. Yes the 8th grader is a beast but who is to say he will still be a beast by the time he is a senior. He may not even want to play football or God forbid he injures his self. What do you think will happen to those scholarship offers if he gets injured between now through his senior year??? Yes you are right; there will be no scholarship offers, because they are NOT set in stone.

The truth of the matter is it is all fluff for the most part. The truth about scholarships and scholarship offers is there is nothing permanent or binding to this offer. Meaning until Signing Day these offers and verbal commitments really don’t mean anything until the recruit signs the letter of intent. The philosophy behind scholarship offering these days is to play a mental game on these young athletes. The school/football program wants to be the first to offer because; it’s something about the first offer that resonates with an athlete and their parents. Most parents and recruits want to show loyalty to the school/football program for being the first to see and acknowledge their talent or there child’s talent.

The process goes like this; a football program depending on what division they’re in (Div. 1A, Div. 1AA, or Div. 2) has a maximum number of total scholarships they are allowed to give each year. For example, Div 1A (FBS) football programs are allowed a maximum 85 scholarship players on a roster in an academic year. Each year scholarship players will graduate, transfer or quit, allowing the program to offer scholarships to high school student-athletes.

Now, here is where the misunderstanding arises for parents and recruits. For example, lets say a Div. 1A school has 20 scholarships available to offer. What most programs will do is offer 30-40 scholarships. Even though they only have 20. The coaches of the football program know they will lose some recruits to other schools and some of the recruits won’t make the grades or qualify to play. So in these cases their actual number of scholarship offers will dwindle down to about 25-30. So for the other 5-10 scholarships, they will tell the athlete they have decided to pull their scholarship offer and give it to the top recruit for that position. This is heartbreaking for a high school student-athlete and their parents. What is sad is that many do not know how this process works.

In most programs the process is as follows; the program will list the top 5 rated recruits they have for each position and offer all 5 of them scholarships. If the program gets the #1 rated player out of those 5 recruits, they will pull the remaining four from the other four recruits. Or if they lose the top #1 and #2 rated players and get #3 then, they will pull #4 and #5’s scholarship offers. This is how most athletic programs offer their scholarships. As I mentioned before, just because a player is offered a scholarship DOES NOT mean they are necessarily going to receive it. It’s a numbers game. It sucks for the #4 and #5 rated players on the list because it may be the only scholarship offer they’re receiving from a big school. The athlete is usually very excited about the offer and when they receive the bad news that they are no longer receiving the scholarship, it can put more stress on the recruit and their parents to find a school. It can be a very stressful time for the parents and the student-athlete.

It can also go the other way as well. Top recruits are getting offered by numerous schools and pretty much have their pick of what school they want to attend. They can verbally commit to a school but that DOES NOT mean it is set in stone they have to go there. They can change their mind at the last minute and pick a different school. Again these offers are not binding or permanent until signing day.

Case in point, in the class of 2013 there was a highly recruited linebacker from the South. He was offered by two very successful FBS schools. He verbally committed to one of the schools and went as far as getting a tattoo of the schools logo on his forearm. But, as signing day approached he changed his mind and signed with the other school. This is the type of situation that can hurt a football program. The coaches thought they had the linebacker due to his verbal commit and they probably pulled scholarships from the remaining top linebackers in that class. This can be detrimental to a program because now they have to go back and re-offer these players which probably signed with other schools because they initially pulled their scholarship offers from them. It’s all a game and you must know how to play it.

How to play the scholarship offer game?

DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! See how many scholarship players are currently on the team. Also it’s always important to ask how many other recruits the football program is offering scholarships to for the particular position you are being recruited for. Ask where you fall on their board. This will give you an indication on how interested they are in you.