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Religious worker immigration

There are many people who come to the Dayton area each year for religious reasons. Some of these people are religious workers. These religious workers are here to be ministers or to be in another type of religious vocation. In order for them to stay and work in the U.S. they need to obtain a visa.

Nonimmigrants who come to the U.S. temporarily as a religious worker can apply for an R-1 visa. To be eligible for this visa, the foreign national needs to be employed at least 20 hours each week by a nonprofit religious organization, a religious organization that is authorized to use a group tax exemption, or a nonprofit religious organization that is affiliated with a religious denomination. This visa is given to religious workers who have dedicated their lives to their religion and does not apply to those who are secular members of the religion. Spouses and family members who are under the age of 21 may be eligible for an R-2 visa. The initial amount of time a person can stay under an R-1 visa is 30 months. An extension may be granted for an additional 30 months. The religious worker cannot stay in the U.S. under an R-1 visa for more than 60 months.

Large percentage of fatal crashes in Ohio due to drunk drivers

Unfortunately, many Dayton area residents have been involved in an impaired driving accident. Drivers who have been arrested for impaired driving know they have made a mistake. Those who have been arrested need to understand what legal ramifications they may be facing.

Many people in Ohio have been arrested for drunk driving. Nearly one million Ohio residents have had their license suspended because of drunk driving. In addition to a license suspension, those who are convicted of drunk driving can face thousands of dollars in fines along with the potential of jail time.

Ways military divorce differs from other divorces

Numerous factors can lead to divorce. Military deployment can result in a huge strain on a marriage, and not all couples last through it. It is for this reason that many military divorces occur in Ohio every year. 

Divorces always have profound impacts on all parties involved. However, military divorces come with their own unique set of challenges. It is vital for all parties involved to be ready for these challenges, so they can take the necessary legal action to figure them out. 

Family killed in wrong-way crash near Dayton

Most families in the Dayton area use their car to get around town. Whether it's to visit friends, go to work or the grocery store, or drive kids to activities, there are a million reasons why we are out driving each day. Most of the time we are able to safely reach our destination, but occasionally a motor vehicle accident occurs. A tragic car accident recently occurred near Dayton.

Recently, three Mason residents were killed in a crash near Dayton. A 10-year-old girl and her parents were killed on I-75 in a wrong-way crash between South Dixie Drive and Dryden Road in Moraine. Authorities are trying to figure out which driver wound up going the wrong way on the freeway.

Logan County motor vehicle accident kills three

When a Dayton area resident is driving around their town, they don't expect they will be involved in a serious car accident. These accidents can occur in just seconds and are usually caused by another driver's negligence. Whether another driver is engaging in speeding, driving while intoxicated or driving while distracted, there are many ways in which a driver does not drive safely. When a serious motor vehicle accident occurs a family's life can be turned upside down.

A tragic accident recently occurred in Logan County. A minivan that was traveling south on state Route 117 crossed the center line and struck a Toyota Tundra that was traveling north head-on. A third vehicle also struck the side of the Toyota truck. The driver of the truck and the driver and passenger in the minivan were all killed. Two others were taken to local hospitals for serious injuries. A witness to the accident states that she was following the minivan for several miles and observed them drifting towards the center line many times.

Common immigration application mistakes

Immigration issues can be complicated and intimidating for those in Ohio who are not familiar with the process. Those who are seeking a green card need to understand the mistakes that can happen and how to avoid them during the immigration application process.

One major mistake a person can make in the green card application process is not submitting all of the required forms or documents that are needed, including birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, bank accounts and more. If a person is not from an English-speaking country the documents need to be translated into English. Another application mistake is not signing all the required forms or submitting the correct fees. There are also important deadlines that need to be met including a visa expiration date, interview dates and other deadlines. If these dates are missed a person can have their application denied.

OVI basics in Ohio

Dayton residents understand that drunk driving can be dangerous and is against the law. But, sometimes it can be hard to judge how much alcohol is too much, or maybe a person inadvertently mixes alcohol with prescription medication that affects their level of intoxication. Whatever the reason, when a person is pulled over for an OVI it can be a traumatic experience.

In Ohio, there are two different types of alcohol offenses. The first is an OVI which is operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The second is having physical control over a vehicle. This is when a driver is in the driver's seat while in possession of the keys even if the car is not moving. So, sleeping off the alcohol or drugs is illegal if a person has the car keys and is in the driver's seat. First time physical control or OVI crimes are misdemeanors. An OVI offense requires the defendant to serve three days in jail and there is no minimum sentence for physical control.

It is time to think about your company’s new H-1B filings

If your organization is like many in the Dayton area, you need to recruit top talent to meet customer demands. Hiring foreign workers is often an effective way to take your company to the next level. If you can find a student in the United States on an F-1 visa, you may be able to encourage him or her to come work for you. 

Foreign students often obtain F-1 visas to complete undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. As you may know, though, these individuals often have considerable limitations on their eligibility to work. In fact, most may only work for a short time after graduation. If you want them to work longer, you probably need to file an H-1B petition

Speeding is a major problem on Ohio roads

Drivers in the Dayton area may be annoyed when they see police officers on the side of the road pulling over speeders, but they should know how dangerous speeding is. No one expects they will be in a car accident while they're driving on Ohio roads, but thousands of families are affected by a motor vehicle accident each year.

Speeding is one of the major causes of car accidents in Ohio and across the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed more than 9,700 people in 2017 and was the cause of 26 percent of traffic fatalities that year. Speeding endangers the life of the person who is driving too fast along with everyone they meet on the road. At any time, a speeding driver could lose control and cause a major crash. Many times, accidents that involved speeding are much more severe with serious injuries as well.

What can a nonmarital cohabitation agreement include in Ohio?

There are many couples in the Dayton area who do not have a traditional marital relationship. Some couples are no longer together but have children together, or there are couples who are living together but not married, plus many other situations. For many of these couples, a cohabitation agreement makes sense.

A nonmarital cohabitation agreement is a legal contract between two unmarried people. It can include important items including what to do with property that is acquired during the marriage. The agreement should list who owns the property if one person buys it. Do both parties own it if one person buys it or does it belong to whoever bought it? Also, a cohabitation agreement can include whether property received from an inheritance is to be the property of the person that received it and thus is separate property. Property that was acquired before the relationship began is usually considered separate property, but a person may want to have that written down as well.

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