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The Law Office of Ameya S. Pendse, LLC. Legal practice focusing on U.S. Immigration Law & U.S. Franchise Law Ameya S. He practices U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law, as well as U.S. Franchise Law.
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Pendse is an Attorney-at-Law licensed to practice in the States of in New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia. Ameya regularly deals with a variety of family-based immigration issues such as Adjustment of Status (Green Card applications), sponsoring relatives, and Citizenship applications. Having lived and studied in the United States, Canada, and Israel, Ameya understands the importance

of having legal status in the country of you residence. During law school, Ameya clerked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and has also clerked with both boutique and large immigration law firms in New York City and New Jersey. He was also the Founder and President of the Immigration Law Students Association at Seton Hall Law School and also participated in the Law School's Immigrant's Rights Legal Clinic. In addition to being an attorney in the United States, Ameya is also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), authorized by the Government of Canada, through the Immigration Council of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) to represent clients throughout the Canadian Immigration process. During his Master of Laws degree at Tel Aviv University, Ameya specialized in Business Law with a specific focus in international franchising. His Master's dissertation, Achieving Uniform Franchise Disclosure Documents: A Regional Solution, analyzed the United States Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) in a comparative context with various other disclosure regimes around the world. Ameya now regularly represents clients throughout the franchise process, including FDD review and negotiation and has successfully negotiated changes of FDD terms with both international and multinational franchisors. He has represented clients seeking single-unit, multi-unit, area-development, and master-franchise opportunities.

Exciting news for our Israeli clients. Starting December 1, 2023, Israeli Citizens will no longer need a visa to visit t...
09/27/2023

Exciting news for our Israeli clients. Starting December 1, 2023, Israeli Citizens will no longer need a visa to visit the United States for tourist or business purposes (which until now requires a B1/B2 visa). Instead, Israelis will be able to get authorization to enter the United States by using ESTA, like the citizens of other countries that are a member of the Visa-Waiver Program.

Read more here:

https://il.usembassy.gov/joint-statement-on-the-designation-of-israel-into-the-visa-waiver-program/

The text of the following statement was released by the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security. Begin text: Today, Secretary of

09/05/2023

Congratulations to our clients, Coach Tim & Coach Kristin.

Our office was happy to help them open their first franchise, Sets Hybrid Training, coming soon to Neptune City, NJ! Check them out!

Interested in opening a franchise or starting your own franchise? Visit: https://pendselaw.com/franchise-law

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Thank you Michael Cort Photography!
05/31/2023

Thank you Michael Cort Photography!

If you also happen to find that the best spiffy photo you have of yourself is a blurry group shot taken at a networking event 5 years ago, be like Ameya here and give me a call. It was great catching up with .pendse and hooking him up with some fresh headshots for his main hustle, side hustle, and all future hustles.









With countless people from around world, our office also mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.We send our condolence...
09/09/2022

With countless people from around world, our office also mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

We send our condolences to the Royal Family and to our clients from Canada, the UK, and various other nations in the Commonwealth.

As I recently became a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario, Canada (where the Queen was the Head of State) I feel lucky and special to know that I will be one of the last lawyers to have the Queen’s name on my Bar Admission Certificate, as they will now be made in the name of the King. May she rest in peace.

- Ameya S. Pendse
Attorney at Law | Barrister & Solicitor

Important update for Americans abroad
06/17/2022

Important update for Americans abroad

Attention U.S. citizens living abroad: after June 30, you may no longer use your expired passport to return directly to the United States. Contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to renew your passport: https://www.usembassy.gov/

Happy to share that our client from Ecuador received their Green Card (Lawful Permanent Residence) today!This client has...
03/23/2022

Happy to share that our client from Ecuador received their Green Card (Lawful Permanent Residence) today!

This client has been in the United States since 1999 and has been waiting for this moment for 23 years. We’re happy that we could help her find a way to make her status permanent.

She will be eligible for U.S. citizenship after 5 years!

Congratulations!


Canada is easing its Border Restrictions starting April 1, 2022
03/17/2022

Canada is easing its Border Restrictions starting April 1, 2022

Calling all travellers! 📣

As of April 1, 2022, the Government of Canada is easing border measures, moving towards a sustainable approach to COVID-19. From this date, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID test.

Until this measure comes into force, travellers should continue to follow the existing border measures.

For more information: http://ow.ly/OBHz50IlTpG

02/16/2022

So happy to share that our client from Canada - just passed their U.S. Citizenship (Naturalization) interview and will take their oath to become a Citizen.

This client first came to the United States in 1990 - it took 32 years for them to complete their immigration journey. We are happy that we helped them cross the finish line.

Congratulation to the newest citizen of the United States! Welcome to the American family.

Please note the following guidance released by the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for those wishing to enter ...
01/24/2022

Please note the following guidance released by the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for those wishing to enter the United States by land or ferry:

“Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide. These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and non-essential reasons.

They will not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals”

Full press release here: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2022/01/20/dhs-require-non-us-individual-travelers-entering-united-states-land-ports-entry-and

As of now this requirement does not apply to those entering the United States by air (flight), however you will still have to show a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your flight.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please reach out to our office.

Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination, as COVID-19 cases continue to r...

 Happy to share that our client from Israel got his K-1 Fiancé visa appoved. With COVID-19 related delays the entire pro...
12/14/2021



Happy to share that our client from Israel got his K-1 Fiancé visa appoved. With COVID-19 related delays the entire process took over a year, but we’re happy that he is coming to the United States so he can marry his fiancé (and soon to be husband).

Once they get married, he will be eligible to apply for his Green Card! Congratulations!


10/01/2021

Update:

Just heard from our client - they are now in the United States and reunited with their fiancée! Congratulations and Welcome Home!

 Our office just successfully overturned a visa refusal made by one of the U.S. Consulate-Generals in India. After our c...
09/28/2021



Our office just successfully overturned a visa refusal made by one of the U.S. Consulate-Generals in India.

After our client’s K-1 Fiancée visa was wrongfully refused, we appealed the decision directly to the U.S. Department of State.

Once the attorneys at the Department of State reviewed our legal arguments (regarding our client’s circumstances)- the State Department overturned the visa refusal and ordered the U.S. Consulate-General to issue our client their K-1 visa.

Our client now has their visa and is packing their bags so they can finally come to the United States — to marry their American-citizen Fiancée!

We wish them the best!


The Bachelorette season finale, while controversial, presents a classic immigration law case study.The last episode show...
08/11/2021

The Bachelorette season finale, while controversial, presents a classic immigration law case study.

The last episode showed us that the Bachelorette, Katie (an American citizen 🇺🇸) got engaged to Blake (a Canadian citizen 🇨🇦).

Now that they are engaged, what does Blake need to do if he wants to live in the United States with Katie?

Katie & Blake’s best bet is to apply for the K-1 Fiancé(e) visa. To get this visa, some of the things Katie must do is prove to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that (1) she is a U.S. citizen; and (2) that she and Blake met at some point during the last 2 years. Katie also needs to demonstrate that she intends to marry Blake within 90 days of his entry into the U.S on his K-1 visa.

After Katie’s petition is approved, Blake would have to attend an in-person interview at the U.S. Consulate General Montréal in Canada. He would also have to provide a medical exam, among other things. Once he is approved he will be issued a K-1 visa and can go to the United States.

Once in the U.S., Katie and Blake MUST get married within 90 days. After they are married Blake can apply for his Green Card, allowing him to permanently live in the country, and allowing him to apply for his U.S. citizenship after 3 years (if he meets all the requirements).

However, based on what I’m hearing and seeing online about unresolved feelings involving Greg, they might want to wait before starting the K-1 process. Couples should only do this process if you they are committed to getting married within 90 days of the foreign fiancé(e)’s arrival.

If you want to learn more about the K-1 visa and your eligibility - please contact our office.

**Disclaimer**

The information contained in this post is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this post without seeking legal advice.

Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin

On Friday, July 16, 2021, a federal judge in Texas ruled that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is unlawful....
07/19/2021

On Friday, July 16, 2021, a federal judge in Texas ruled that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is unlawful.

What this means:

- New initial DACA applications will not be processed;

- Initial DACA applications that are currently pending (even if they were submitted before this ruling) will not be processed;

- Those who **currently** have DACA are able to keep their status AND renew it (conditions apply)

- The Biden Administration is planning to appeal this decision. Stay tuned for updates

All of our clients impacted by this decision have already been notified. If you have any questions please contact our office.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/07/16/politics/what-to-know-daca-ruling-illegal/index.html

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful. The decision, by US District Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas, injected uncertainty into the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, as well as their families...

 : Our office just received an approval for an I-129f Fiancé(e) petition we filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ...
07/08/2021

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Our office just received an approval for an I-129f Fiancé(e) petition we filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Our client, an American citizen, sponsored their fiancé, an Israeli citizen. With this approval, the Israeli Fiancé can now apply for their "K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa at the U.S. Embassy Jerusalem. Once they get their visa, they can come to the United States, get married (within 90 days) and then apply for their Green Card!

Congratulations to the couple!

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We wish you all a Happy Independence Day! We also want to give a special shoutout to our clients who have recently recei...
07/04/2021

We wish you all a Happy Independence Day!

We also want to give a special shoutout to our clients who have recently received their U.S. citizenship and are now celebrating their first 4th of July as American citizens - we congratulate you and wish you a very special and memorable day!

Franchising with a big brand is usually a safe bet. They are established brands that consumers know & love; they have st...
05/27/2021

Franchising with a big brand is usually a safe bet. They are established brands that consumers know & love; they have strong advertising; and strong systems (backed by extensive market research) in place.

However, franchising with big brands can also have some disadvantages — recent disputes between the franchisees and franchisors of McDonalds, Subway, and 7-11 show us that a big disadvantage with going with a big brand is the lack of franchisee power.

A smaller / emerging brand, is certainly more risky, but may allow franchisees to have more say and power in the franchise relationship.

If you are considering becoming a franchisee -consider talking with a Franchise attorney to understand the differences, along with the advantages and disadvantages when it comes to going with big brands vs. emerging brands. Our offices are now open for both Zoom and In-Person consultations.

https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/amp/financing/three-huge-franchises-three-big-franchise-disputes

McDonald’s, Subway and 7-Eleven, three of the biggest franchises in the world, are facing major disputes with their operators. RB's The

05/08/2021

For those of you who applied for the 2022 Diversity Visa (also known as the Green Card Lottery) - you can check if you were selected starting today:

https://dvprogram.state.gov/ (the website may crash at times)
You will need to enter your entry confirmation number, your last name and your year of birth.

If you have been selected - you may be eligible to immigrate and live permanently in the United States.

If you have been selected and want to start the immigration process, please contact our office to discuss next steps.

Good luck!

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Keep your eyes open for Dickey's Barbecue Pit National. With over 500 locations in 44 states, they have already opened 6...
04/27/2021

Keep your eyes open for Dickey's Barbecue Pit National. With over 500 locations in 44 states, they have already opened 60 new locations during their last quarter. Its impressive.

Franchising with emerging brands definitely involves risk, but can also present opportunities for growth. Brands that are eager to expand and grow in new markets may, under certain conditions, give you more favorable franchise terms than big-name franchisors.

Our office works with people interested in becoming franchisees. Book a consulation to learn more about the process, regardless of the brand.

https://www.eatthis.com/news-dickeys-barbecue-pit-expanding/

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The Law Office of Ameya S. Pendse does not endorse, recommed or have any relationship with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit or its affilates. The information provided is for informational purposes only.

The chain has already opened 60 new locations across 12 states this year, with even more currently in the pipeline.

Success Story - Our client in India just got their K-1 Fiancé(e) visa approved! They can now come to the U.S., marry the...
04/23/2021

Success Story - Our client in India just got their K-1 Fiancé(e) visa approved!

They can now come to the U.S., marry their American Citizen Fiancé(e) (within 90 days of entry), and can then apply for their U.S. Green Card!

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All New Jerseyans, Age 16+ can now get their COVID-19 vaccine.This includes anyone who lives, works, and studies in New ...
04/19/2021

All New Jerseyans, Age 16+ can now get their COVID-19 vaccine.

This includes anyone who lives, works, and studies in New Jersey — regardless of your immigration status.

If you don’t have health insurance, you can still get the vaccine - for free. Find an appointment here: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder

Wishing you all good health!

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It’s moments like this one that make it all worth it.—Applying for U.S. citizenship (also know as naturalization) is the...
04/12/2021

It’s moments like this one that make it all worth it.


Applying for U.S. citizenship (also know as naturalization) is the last step in your immigration journey.

While you may be eligible for citizenship after having a Green Card for 3 or 5 years (depending on how you got it), for some this journey has taken upward of 30 years. Not everyone is eligible.

Consider hiring an immigration attorney to: see you if are eligible for U.S. citizenship; to submit your citizenship application; and/or accompany you to your citizenship interview.

It’s the last step of your journey - make sure its done right.

Congratulations to Ms. Lopez & to her family!

https://youtu.be/jytwl-Uf104

Students and faculty at Prairie Vale Elementary School in Edmond, Oklahoma, cheered on Yanet Lopez, originally from Cuba, after she passed her U.S. citizensh...

Excited to share our website, www.PendseLaw.com.Please follow us for updates relating to U.S. Immigration Law & U.S. Fra...
04/01/2021

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03/30/2021

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