April 6, 2011 Balita
The Board of Directors of Search to Involve Pilipino Americans invite you to join us at
SIPA 39th Anniversary Awards Benefit Dinner Thursday, April 28, 2011
Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown
711 South Hope Street • Los Angeles, CA 90017 5 p.m. — Hosted Corporate Reception
6 p.m. — Community Reception & Silent Auction
7 p.m. — Dinner • 8 p.m. — Awards & Entertainment Dress code: Business Attire (Semi-Formal) or Filipiniana
Please join us as we celebrate Los Angeles
Asian Pacific-Islander American Heritage Month and recognize the following individuals and organizations for outstanding
contributions to SIPA, multi-ethnic Historic Filipinotown and the greater Los Angeles Pilipino American community:
Dado Banatao Managing Partner, Tallwood Venture Capital Kalampusan (Corporate Achievement)
JP Morgan Chase Gintong Tulong (Corporate Sponsor)
Honorable Victor Manalo Mayor, City of Artesia Linkod Bayan (Political Leadership)
El Centro Del Pueblo Bayanihan (Community Service)
Grace Mercado President, Astoria Nursing Homes Bayanihan (Community Service)
Featuring Giselle Toengi as Emcee.
Entertainment featuring Charmaine Clamor and Himig Kawayan (Sounds of Bamboo) Angklung Youth Orchestra
CORPORATE SPONSORS (Partial List)
About K-1 Fiancé Visas
O YOU have finally found your soul mate, the only problem is that she lives in another country. You have fallen in love become en- gaged, and now it is time to get your loved one into the United States so you can be married. Before you can walk down the aisle, you will need to file for a K-1 visa for your foreign spouse to be so they can lawfully enter the U.S. What is it? A K-1 visa allows a foreign fiancé lawful entry in the U.S. in order to marry a U.S. citizen. Once you are married, your spouse will need to file for an adjustment of status. It is important to note that this method will in essence provide your loved one with
lawful entry into the U.S., and provides a 90-day window period to get married. It is to be distinguished from other immigrant spouse visas, the CR-1 and IR-1 visa. These visas are for immediate relatives and once obtained will provide lawful permanent residence into the U.S. and no adjustment of status filing will be required. The process of obtaining a visa can be complicated depending on your particular circumstance. As with all immigration is- sues, it is best to consult with a qualified immigration attorney for help at the begin- ning of your immigration journey. Having legal guidance will prevent mistakes being made, resulting in frustrating delays. In order to get the ball rolling, you will need to file Form I-129F with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Ser- vices (USCIS). In this petition, you will be representing that you are in fact single, and are eligible to be married. You will also need to prove that you have an exist- ing relationship with your fiancé. As far as proving your relationship, you will need to provide cancelled airline tickets or passport stamps to show you have been in a relation- ship within the past two years. Once this petition is approved, your fiancé will be able to complete the process and receive the K-1 visa. The USCIS will forward the petition to the American con- sular office in your fiancé’s country. The consular’s office will request that your finance submit various documents such as their passport, birth certificate and vac- cination records. Once in the U.S., the for- eign fiancé will need to submit additional documentation, have a medical exam and be interviewed for their visa. Requirements: Your fiancé must be physically outside the U.S., and be a citizen of another coun- try. Also, as a couple you must be able to prove that you have a genuine intention to marry. It is important that you both are in the position to marry each other within 90 days of entering the U.S. The marriage must occur within the 90-day period. Do I Need a Lawyer?
While you may be tempted to try to navigate the immigration process your- self, it is not recommended. Having your fiancé safely arrive in the U.S. is just too important to take short cuts. There are many details to attend to, and mistakes can
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SEARCH TO INVOLVE PILIPINO AMERICANS
At the Temple Gateway Youth & Community Center 3200 West Temple Street, Historic Filipinotown Los Angeles, CA 90026-4522
Oles, Peter Erskine and Bob Mintzer. Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Denise Donatelli will also be performing, as will the Vitello’s All Stars featuring Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Tom Warrington and Joe La Barbara. Attendees will also be treated to “Jazzcomedian” Franklyn Ajaye; Japanese vocalist Takako Uemura; THE TRIO with pianist Terry Trotter and bassist Chuck Berghofer; cajon master & percussionist Alex Acuña; pianists Tamir Hendleman and David Arnay; guitarist Mitchell Long; bassists Larry Steen and Kevin Axt; drummers Aaron Serfaty and Ray Brinker; plus the top combo and big band from USC’s Thornton School of
BY ATTY. JAMES G. BEIRNE
result in your fiancé’s visa being delayed or denied all together. Contact the Law Offices of James G. Beirne for advice and guidance. Immigra- tion law can be complex and it is important to approach the matter with a lawyer guid- ing you through the process. Our office has helped thousands of clients gain lawful en- try into the United States, and we can help you too. We provide immigration services including family, fiancé and employment petitions, student and investor visas, visa extensions, naturalization and much more. Come in to speak with an immigration lawyer from our team. We will provide you with sound legal advice as well as a free consultation. Contact us today. We have three locations to serve you, Glendale (818) 552-4500, Cerritos (562) 865-4480 and West Covina (626) 262-4446. With your first appointment, you will receive legal guidance and a free consultation, so call today.
An active member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Nevada, James G. Beirne is also a member of the highly respected American Immigration Lawyers Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Sec- tion. He is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, all federal district courts in California and Nevada, California state courts, and Nevada state courts. Mr. Beirne has represented clients in numerous immigration cases. His of- fices are located at 520 E. Wilson Ave., Suite 110, Glendale, CA 91206, and 17215 Studebaker Rd., Suite 380, Cerritos, CA 90703, with telephone numbers (818) 552-4500; (562) 865-4480; and (866) 903- 4522. He also has offices at 2640 E. Garvey Ave., Suite 104, West Covina 91791, with tel. no. (626) 262-4446.
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Music. Noted jazz radio personality Dick McGarvin will serve as host and emcee for the event.
Performances will begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 11 p.m. in the evening and those attending will enjoy the Italian cuisine of Vitello’s.
There will also be a Silent Auction fea- turing an array of items donated by music celebrities as well as by various musical instrument and electronics manufacturers, with all proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross.
Auction Items will include: Vic Firth (a “brick” of drumsticks, plus their custom pepper shakers, etc.), Zildjian (cymbal pack, plus tour jacket), etc. ■
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