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  • August 10 - Pending Cases and Deportations

    August 10 - Pending Cases and Deportations

    Comment: Pending Cases and Deportations Today's Immigration Daily features several items of interest, including articles on the Pending Cases and Deportations etc. Please scroll below to find the item(s) of interest to you. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to editor@ilw.com. Article: Case Study: RFE for Degree from Unaccredited Institution – Overturned! By Sheila Danzig Blogging: New Web Tool Maps Cases Pending in Immigration Court By Matthew Kolken Blogging: Immigration Court Dispositions Drop 9.3 Percent Under Trump By Matthew Kolken Blogging: Trump's Deportations Lower than 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 under Obama By Matthew Kolken Focus: India Expo September 11, 2017 - Mumbai, India September 13, 2017 - Ahmedabad, India September 15, 2017 - Delhi, India ILW offers limited EB-5 exhibition opportunities at the Mumbai, Ahmedabad & Delhi Expos Info on India: India saw 43,000 millionaires leave in ten years ending in 2013 - second only to China, and the gap between India and China has been narrowing since then. India was #3 EB5 market in 2016, after China and Vietnam, India will likely overtake Vietnam to #2 spot behind China in 2017. India is fully English speaking country - no translation needed even for official documents. Indian regulatory structures are more robust than China. India source of funds is easier to handle for USCIS as compared to China source of funds. At ILW EB5 expos you will meet with direct investors, and/or with agents/intermediaries from the country and/or a combination of the above (all depending on local law) Format: All Day Expo featuring Exhibit Hall and frequent short seminars.(Speaking Opportunity included) Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards. Regional Centers - $3,999 per city; Law Firms - $999 per city (Inquire about Discounts and also about Platinum Level) For more information, please call (212)545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.com or click here. Headline: Canada Builds Camp to House Asylum Seekers Near US Border Click here Headline: Trump's Immigration Agenda Makes a Fundamental Miscalculation Click here Headline: Most Americans Think Legal Immigrants Are Good For The Country Click here Headline: President Trump’s Claim That Low-Skilled Immigration Placed ‘Substantial Pressure’ On U.S. Workers Click here Headline: Private Prisons Are Excited About Trump's Immigration Crackdown Click here...
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  • July 25 - Get Published Fast

    July 25 - Get Published Fast

    Comment: Get Published Fast We have streamlined our article production process. Immigration Daily carries more articles than ever before. What does that mean for you? If you are a writer, it means super-fast turnaround time for the dissemination of your thoughts - typically just one business day. We encourage all who wish to reach an audience among our 35,000+ readers including immigration professionals, journalists, scholars, employers, government officials and immigrants to submit articles to editor@ilw.com. If you are a reader, it means more articles delivered to you in a timelier fashion. Articles are clearly marked "Article: Title by Author" and all you have to do is to click on the links to read the articles. Article: Looking Back — Not Much Immigration Solace from Obama By Angelo A. Paparelli Article: Trump’s H-2B Visa Conflict: How We Can Take Advantage Of It To Gain Broader Immigration Reform By Cyrus D. Mehta Article: Congress Needs to Provide Dreamers with Permanent Protection By Matthew La Corte and Melanie Huettman Article: Asylum Officer Training Materials on "Nexus-Particular Social Group" Released by The USCIS in Response to a Freedom of Information Lawsuit By David L. Cleveland News: US District Ruled that EB5 Investments Are Securities And Orders Immigration Attorney To Pay $2.7 million News: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules Against Use of Immigration Detainers Focus: Hot Off The Presses: The EB-5 Book 2016-17 Edition; Editors: Matt Gordon and Sarah A. Schroeder Shipping Now! Specific focus on Enforcement and Compliance. 8 Brand New articles and 3 articles updated from previous edition to cover cutting-edge current developments. Articles by Shae Armstrong, Jeanne Calderon, Michael T. Clark, Laura Danielson, Michael Dunn, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Gary Friedland, Robert P. Gaffney, Adam Gale, Steve Ganis, Sherman Golden, Douglas Hauer, Jennifer Hermansky (Jen), Parisa K. Karaahmet, Mark Katzoff, Lily Li, Brandon Meyer, John Neill, Angelo A. Paparelli, Chun Yun ("Elizabeth") Peng, John Roth, Paul Ruby, Reid Thomas, Robert S. Winner, and Ben Zou. Buy Now! Online: http://www.ilw.com/books/TheEB5Book.shtm or Fax: http://www.ilw.com/books/theeb5book.pdf Headline: H1B visa: US resumes fast processing of some H-1B visa categories Click here Headline: US federal judge blocks potential deportation of more than one thousand Iraqis Click here Headline: Court Officers Can’t Hold People Solely Under ICE Detainers, Massachusetts Justices Rule Click here Headline: Phoenix police chief explains department's new immigration policy Click here Headline: Here is the draft of a new ‘DREAM Act’ that Trump is already rejecting Click here...
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  • June 27 - Instant Immigration News with Twitter

    June 27 - Instant Immigration News with Twitter

    Comment: Instant Immigration News with Twitter Being part of a fast-paced generation, where time is essential and something is happening every second, can be difficult to keep up with. There's a place with millions of people where you can receive the latest events, news, have direct access to media members, public officials, attorneys, law firms, and other internet users who want to communicate with you. This place is Twitter; its users see their popularity increase with each mention and new follower. By using 140 character messages, hash tags, retweets and direct messages you'll be able to connect with potential customers, businesses, friends and reconnect with old ones. Twitter gets you on search engines, group similar tweets together and be listed among other well-known Twitter users. The newsfeed is accessible either on your mobile device or computer and the codes are available for your website. If you've ever wondered how to have access to all these benefits, then all you have to do is join Twitter and when you do, please join over 13,000 people who follow us on Twitter with one simple click to this button. Article: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Travel Ban Case – Reinstates Partial Ban By Robert J. Blanco and Bernard P. Wolfsdorf Article: Spousal Abuse Cases By Dr. Mark S. Silver Article: H1B RFE? 5 Questions to Find the Right Credential Evaluator By Sheila Danzig Blogging: BALCA Finds Job Duties Outweigh Job Title By Bruce Buchanan Blogging: Return of the Travel Ban By Jason Dzubow Blogging: USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants By Matthew Kolken Blogging: DHS Statement On SCOTUS Decision On Trump's Executive Order By Matthew Kolken Blogging: USCIS Introduces "Extreme Vetting" in New I-485 Adjustment of Status Form. Welcome to the United States of Ideological Purity By Roger Algase Blogging: Supreme Court Hands Trump Pyrrhic "Victory" by Upholding Muslim Ban Only Against People Not Likely to Come to U.S. Anyway By Roger Algase News: DHS Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision On Travel Ban News: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Releases Statement on Unanimous Supreme Court Decision News: USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants Focus: The Consular Posts Book 2015-2016 Edition ILW.COM is pleased to announce The Consular Book 2015-16 edition, Coming Soon! The editor is Rami D. Fakhoury and contributing authors are Poorvi Chothani, Steven A. Culbreath, Dharamchand Depoo, Marc Ellis, Vic Goel, Edward S. Gudeon, Magdale Labbe Henke, Frederick W. Hong, Christi Hufford, C. Valerie Ibe, Priscilla J. Jones, Noah Klug, Jose E. Latour, Lesa Lawrence, Adam Lee, Mark Levey, Jakob Lipman, Susan Willis McFadden, Christy Nguyen, Claire D. Nilson, Curtis Pierce, Luis A. Pinilla, Jessica L. Rodriguez, Kristina Rost, Emmanuel S. Tipon, Alice Yardum-Hunter. The table of contents is as follows: The Book Contents: Major Consular Posts: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Philippines, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Vietnam. Theory and Practice: Introduction; New Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice; Trade and Immigration Tightening? NAFTA, WTO, GATS Soup to Nuts; Tips for Avoiding B-1/B-2 Visa Denials and Correcting other Refusal Issues with the Consul; The Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Not As Simple and Easy As It Looks; Non-Immigrant Classes and Their U.S. Tax Obligations; E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors; The Consular Role in L-1 Blanket Petitions; H-1B "Dependent Employees": From Labeling to Lawbreaking; Temporary Assignment of H-1B Employees to Client Work Sites; State Department Name-Checks and Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs); ICE Data-Mining and Federal Benefits Fraud Task Forces - Send In the Marines: Best Practices to Survive Audits and Task Forces; What to do if Your Client's Visa is Denied: Visa Office Advisory Opinions; A Template for Attorney Risk-Assessment; Resource Materials on CD-ROM For additional information, including author biographies and to purchase, please see: Online By Fax Headline: Why the supreme court's travel ban ruling may not be a win for Trump Click here Headline: Texas' new immigration law is in court Monday. Wh...
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  • January 11 - Top Articles And News For December

    January 11 - Top Articles And News For December

    Comment: Top Articles And News For December Articles Article: Will Trump Be Able To Use Information From DACA Applications In Removal Proceedings? By Nolan Rappaport Article: Fact Sheet: Aggravated Felonies: An Overview By American Immigration Council Article: Is Your Money Of Suspect Origin? By Joseph P. Whalen Blogging: What immigration enforcement measures is the Senate planning to legislate in 2017? By Nolan Rappaport Blogging: OSC Settles Two Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims By Bruce Buchanan News News: House Bill On Continuing Resolution Extends Immigration Programs Including EB-5 Regional Center Program News: DOS Publishes Final Rule Amending Definition of Immediate Family Members as A, C-3, G, and NATO Nonimmigrants News: CRS Report On Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Aliens' Detention Pending Removal Proceedings News: CRS Report On Barriers Along The U.S. Borders: Key Authorities And Requirements News: Mayors Of Major Cities Urge President-Elect Trump To Continue DACA Program What were your favorite November 2016 Articles and New Items? Share your thoughts by writing to editor@ilw.com Article: Expert Testimony In Immigration Hearings Live And Telephonic Testimony By Dr. Mark S. Silver Article: New Legal Framework for Adjudicating NIW Petitions By Christy Turovskiy, Esq. Article: 5 Things You Need to Know about New Proposed EB-5 Rulemaking By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq. and Joseph Barnett, Esq. Blogging: The Harm That Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General Can Do to Immigration Law and Due Process By Lory D. Rosenberg Blogging: February 2017 VISA Bulletin: Analysis By Chris Musillo Blogging: OCAHO Finds No Jurisdiction Over Case By Bruce Buchanan News: DHS Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking On EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program Focus: The Family Book 2016-2017 Edition ILW.COM is pleased to announce The Family Book 2016-17 Edition, Coming soon! Email webmaster@ilw.com to receive publication notice. For additional information please see: here. Headline: Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly: 'The law will guide me' on immigration, border security Click here Headline: Pol pushes to add immigration status to list of protected classes Click here Headline: D.C. will go ‘beyond sanctuary,’ create legal defense fund for [undocumented] immigrants Click here Headline: County supervisors create a new office that would help immigrants receive assistance Click here Headline: Concerns Over Trump's Take on Immigration: First Fear, Then Resolve Click here Headline: Sessions: Immigration should serve ‘the national interest’ Click here Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney San Diego, CA - Boutique San Diego immigration law office is looking to add an attorney. The firm emphasizes business immigration, while also maintaining an active family based immigration and naturalization practice. The candidate must be able to multi-task, work independently, and maintain a pleasant and professional demeanor with clients and colleagues. Our offices are located in a Class A building in downtown San Diego. Experience in employment based immigration law is preferred, but not required. Please send resume and a cover letter explaining your interest to ...
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  • Nov 2 - The EB-5 Summit Houston

    Nov 2 - The EB-5 Summit Houston

    Comment: The EB-5 Summit Houston - The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers will be held on Friday, November 16 in Houston, TX. The speakers will be Robert Loughran, Ignacio Donoso, Charles C. Foster, Clifford Morris, John Meyer, and others to be announced. The curriculum is as follows: Morning Session For Investor's Counsel Lawfully Advising on Project Choices 526 Petitions and Source of Funds Issues 829 Petitions and Documenting Job Creation Ethical Considerations in EB-5 Practice (1.0 EPR Credit) Lunch Presentation Afternoon Session For Regional Centers and Regional Center Counsel Economist Panel Economist Issues: TEAs, Job Creation Models, Tenant Occupancy Issues Marketing Projects in Compliance with U.S. Securities Law Developing the 924 Petition Projects, Project Selection and Marketing Experiences From an Established Regional Center Legally and Effectively Marketing Projects Domestically and Abroad For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: here. For the fax form, see here. Don't delay, act today! This $100 off offer is available only until November 5! This is an abbreviated version of Immigration Daily because we still do not have power at our office. News: USCIS Announces Opening of Six Offices in NY and NJ, Continued Closure of Six News: DOJ Announces New York City and Varick Street EOIR and Immigration Courts Remain Closed; All Others Open News: Supreme Court Oral Argument Transcript Available In Chaidez v. United States, Case on Padilla Retroactivity Today's Obama's Childhood Arrivals Promise Graph Focus: INA And CFRs Under Ten Bucks - ILW.COM is pleased to offer the latest, completely revised 2011-2012 editions of Patel's Immigration Law Library on Kindle. This collection includes the essential reference resource The WHOLE Act, The INA (Annotated) (http://www.ilw.com/books/thewholeact-ina.shtm), used by DHS officials, federal court libraries, and veteran immigration practitioners. Once you have used this best indexed version of the INA, you will wonder why you ever used any other! This collection also features the fully indexed 8 CFR (http://www.ilw.com/books/8cfrplus.shtm) and fully indexed 20/22/28 CFR (http://www.ilw.com/books/20-22-28cfrplus.shtm). You do not need to have a Kindle device to read these books - You can read them on your computer by downloading the free Kindle program from Amazon or on your smartphone by downloading the free Kindle App. These high-quality immigration law reference books are now available at the cheapest price on the market - $9.99 each. Buy them all today! Headline: Immigrant’s detainment sparks outcry in New Haven Click Here Headline: Activists Urge Latinos in Arizona to Oust Sheriff Who Pushed DeportationsClick Here Headline: Innovative Immigrants: without commercial or family ties, they r better prepared to play the innovator’s roleClick Here Headline: What do you think abt Sergio Romo, Giants pitcher, wearing "I just look illegal" t-shirt? seen here Is this the right messaging? Headline: Romney is best bet for Hispanics: who thinks comprehensive reform can pass Congress without R...
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  • Expanded List of STEM Eligible Degrees Announced by Sheela Murthy et al.

    Expanded List of STEM Eligible Degrees Announced by Sheela Murthy et al. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently expanded the list of approved degree programs that are eligible for the 17-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions. The ICE announcement is available online. Background: Basics of STEM Extensions In April 2008, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created a new program allowing certain students to obtain extensions of the standard 12-month OPT period. Under the new provisions, students completing designated science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) programs become eligible for a 17-month OPT extension. OPT is normally authorized for a maximum of 12 months after completion of a post-secondary degree program. Graduates of STEM-approved degree programs can file for an additional 17 months, for a total OPT period of 29 months. According to ICE guidance, each student is eligible for only one 17-month STEM extension. To implement the new program, ICE created a list of degree programs qualified for the extended OPT period. The original STEM degree list was expanded on May 12, 2011. The new list of expanded STEM degree programs is available online. New Computer and Engineering Degrees Added The updated list of eligible STEM degrees includes a number of new computer and engineering degrees. Many of these degrees are designated with the term "other." This is a catch-all designation within various fields of study to include programs that would not fit within any of the more specific designations. These degrees are: Computer and Information Sc...
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  • September 25 - Largest SEC EB5 Fine
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    Comment: Largest SEC EB5 Fine SEC announced a settlement with CMB Regional Center. Please see here for the news item and here for an article on this development. We commend SEC for bringing one of the largest EB5 market players into compliance. However, despite this settlement, a significant number of immigration attorneys and other non-licensed intermediaries continue to receive "success fees" from a majority of active EB-5 market issuers. The effect of SEC and FINRA attempts at upholding compliance of securities laws is not yet sufficiently visible in the market. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to us at editor@ilw.com Erratum: The image on the article Article: Brown Around Town: Sessions' Dream By Jan H. Brown from the 9/24/2018 issue of Immigration Daily was incorrect and has been corrected. Article: A Slap on the Wrist is a Slap in the Market’s Face By Matt Gordon Blogging: DOJ Settles with Palmetto Beach Hospitality Over Discrimination of U.S. Workers By Bruce Buchanan News: SEC Charges Unregistered Sales of Securities Issued Under EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program News: USCIS Awards FY 2018 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants News: DOS Publishes Notice On Registration For Diversity Immigrant (DV-2020) Visa Program Focus: Hot Off The Presses: The EB-5 Book 2016-17 Edition; Editors: Matt Gordon and Sarah A. Schroeder Shipping Now! Specific focus on Enforcement and Compliance. 8 Brand New articles and 3 articles updated from previous edition to cover cutting-edge current developments. Articles by Shae Armstrong, Jeanne Calderon, Michael T. Clark, Laura Danielson, Michael Dunn, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Gary Friedland, Robert P. Gaffney, Adam Gale, Steve Ganis, Sherman Golden, Douglas Hauer, Jennifer Hermansky (Jen), Parisa K. Karaahmet, Mark Katzoff, Lily Li, Brandon Meyer, John Neill, Angelo A. Paparelli, Chun Yun ("Elizabeth") Peng, John Roth, Paul Ruby, Reid Thomas, Robert S. Winner, and Ben Zou. Buy Now! Online: http://www.ilw.com/books/TheEB5Book.shtm or Fax: http://www.ilw.com/books/theeb5book.pdf Headline: Tracking Over 2 Million ICE Arrests: A First Look Click here Headline: 34 detained by ICE over weekend, immigration group says Click here Headline: Trump's anti-immigration 'public charge' proposal solves a problem that doesn't exist Click here Headline: Opinion: Trump’s immigration policies threaten your Social Security Click here Headline: How Trump's new definition of 'public charge' will affect immigrants Click here Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney Washington, DC - Small Washington, DC immigration law firm (Lichtman & Rosenblum, PLLC) seeks to hire a recent law graduate or attorney with up to three years of immigration experience for an Associate Attorney position. Solid academic record, demonstrated interest in immigration, excellent writing skills, and attention to detail are required. To apply, send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to ELichtman@LRimmlaw.com with “Associate Attorney Position” in the subject line. Help Wanted: The 4 th Diversity in Action International Career Fair Los Angeles, CA - The 4 th Diversity in Action International Career Fair will be hold in Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at University of Southern California. Date: November 8, 2018 (Thurs.) 10:00 am–2:00 pm. Why International Career Fair? Hire Tech talent with hard to find skills such as UX, programming, STEM, engineering, etc.; Business and MBA graduates for marketing, management, and sales roles; Bilingual talent with international expertise (especially Mandarin & Canton...
    09-25-2018, 03:09 PM
  • 9月25日 - The 4 th Diversity in Action International Career Fair
    ImmigrationDaily
    今日亮点: The 4 th Diversity in Action International Career Fair Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at University of Southern California November 8, 2018 (Thurs.) I 10:00 am–2:00 pm Why International Career Fair? Hire Tech talent with hard to find skills such as UX, programming, STEM, engineering, etc. Business and MBA graduates for marketing, management, and sales roles. Bilingual talent with international expertise (especially Mandarin & Cantonese) Show your company's support of diversity. ILW readers save $100 with the coupon code NCD100. Go to https://icf2018fall.eventbrite.comto reserve your space today! Contact Angela for registration questions: angela.efros@hgplus.com | 626-342-1078 文章(英文): 十大为什么特朗普政府公共收费提案是不良政策的理由 作者: Bernard Wolfsdorf 头条: 美国H1B工签审批太慢 大量留学生等成失业状态 点击这里 头条: 吃福利绿卡难办 引发议论 点击这里 头条: 美国下驱逐令近900非法移民进入加拿大 加政府仅驱逐6人 点击这里 头条: 针对中国?特朗普调转枪口大放厥词,美国终于露出了最真实面目 点击这里 广告与合作 移民日报诚邀服务于美国华人社区的公司(团体)展开合作,刊登广告, 请发邮件至webmaster.chinese@ilw.com 每周信件:如果您对移民日报的推送内容有任何观点或疑问,欢迎发送您的信件至editor.chinese@ilw.com An Important disclaimer! The information provided on this page is not legal advice. Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt by you does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers must not act upon any information without first seeking advice from a qualified attorney. Copyright 1995-2017 American Immigration LLC, ILW.COM. Send correspondence and articles to editor.chinese@ilw.com. Letters and articles may be edited and may be published and otherwise used in any medium. The views expressed in letters and articles do not necessarily represent the views of ILW.COM. 重要的免责声明!本网页所提供的信
    09-25-2018, 03:07 PM
  • News: SEC Charges Unregistered Sales of Securities Issued Under EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
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    SEC Charges Unregistered Sales of Securities Issued Under EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2018-208 Washington D.C., Sept. 21, 2018 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that an Illinois-based regional center, its CEO, and 37 affiliated limited partnerships have agreed to settle charges related to securities issued under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which provides foreigners who invest in the U.S. a potential path to becoming a U.S. resident. ...
    09-25-2018, 01:05 PM
  • News: USCIS Awards FY 2018 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants
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    USCIS Awards FY 2018 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants More than $9 Million will Expand Citizenship Preparation Services in 19 States WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today awarded $9.425 million in grants to 40 organizations across 19 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. The fiscal year (FY) 2018 grants, which run through 2020, aim to promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics. USCIS awarded the grants through two competitive funding opportunities. The first funding opportunity supports organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs. The second funding opportunity supports organizations that provide extended assimilation services to LPRs who have entered the U.S. as refugees or asylees. Organizations that receive grants under either of these funding opportunities can only use grant funds to provide services to immigrants who have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. In making final award decisions, USCIS took into account various program and organizational factors, including past grantee performance and whether an applicant and any sub-awardees are enrolled in E-Verify. The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program ...
    09-25-2018, 10:27 AM
  • News: DOS Publishes Notice On Registration For Diversity Immigrant (DV-2020) Visa Program
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    [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 186 (Tuesday, September 25, 2018)] [Notices] [Pages 48499-48507] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2018-20796] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10554] Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV-2020) Visa Program ACTION: Notice. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV-2020 Program and is issued pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Program Overview The Department of State annually administers the statutorily- mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as ``diversity immigrants,'' from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2020, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV Program. Applicants who are selected in the lottery (``selectees'') must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. Diversity visa numbers are distributed among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. For DV-2020, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. There are no changes in eligibility this year from the previous year. Eligibility Requirement #1: Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter. If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify: Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are eligible? If yes, you can claim your spouse's country of birth-- provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible for and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously. Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents were born or legally resided at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents--provided that one of your parents was born in a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2020 program. For more details on what this means, see the Frequently Asked Questions. Requirement #2: Each applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either: At least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work experience. For more information about qualifying work experience for the principal DV [[Page 48500]] applicant, see the Frequently Asked Questions. Do not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these requirements. Entry Period Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2020 DV program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry per person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. Completing Your Electronic Entry for the DV-2020 Program Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at dvlottery.state.gov. We will not accept incomplete entries. There is no cost to register for the DV Program. We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a ``visa consultant,'' ``visa agent,'' or other facilitator who offers to help. If someone else helps you, you should be present when your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number. After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen that contains your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and unique confirmation number. Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that will inform you of the status of your entry. You also should retain access to the email account listed in the E-DV. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Diversity Visa scams. Starting May 7, 2019, you will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to dvlottery.state.gov, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV-2020, providing instructions on how to proceed with your application, and notifying you of your appointment for your immigrant visa interview. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process. You must provide the following information to complete your E-DV entry: 1. Name--last/family name, first name, middle name--exactly as it appears on your passport. If you have one name, it must be entered in the last/family name field. 2. Gender--male or female. 3. Birth date--day, month, year. 4. City where you were born. 5. Country where you were born--Use the name of the country currently used for the place where you were born. 6. Country of eligibility for the DV Program--Your country of eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. Your country of eligibility is not related to where you live. If you were born in a country that is not eligible, please review the Frequently Asked Questions to see if there is another way you may be eligible. 7. Entrant photograph(s)--Recent photographs (taken within the last six months) of yourself, your spouse, and all your children listed on your entry. See Submitting a Digital Photograph below for compositional and technical specifications. You do not need to include a photograph for a spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, but you will not be penalized if you do. DV entry photographs must meet the same standards as U.S. visa photos. Your entry will be disqualified or your visa refused if the entry photographs for you and your family members do not fully meet these specifications or have been manipulated in any way. Submitting the same photograph that was submitted with a prior year's entry will result in disqualification. See Submitting a Digital Photograph for more information. 8. Mailing Address-- In Care Of Address Line 1 Address Line 2 (optional) City/Town District/Country/Province/State Postal Code/Zip Code Country 9. Country where you live today. 10. Phone number (optional). 11. Email address--An email address to which you have direct access, and will continue to have direct access after we notify selectees in May of next year. If your entry is selected and you respond to the notification of your selection through the Entrant Status Check, you will receive follow-up email communication from the Department of State notifying you that details of your immigrant visa interview are available on Entrant Status Check. The Department of State will never send you an email telling you that you have been selected for the DV program. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process. 12. Highest level of education you have achieved, as of today: (1) Primary school only, (2) Some High School, no degree, (3) High School degree, (4) Vocational School, (5) Some University Courses, (6) University Degree, (7) Some Graduate-Level Courses, (8) Master's Degree, (9) Some Doctoral-Level courses, and (10) Doctorate Degree. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about educational requirements. 13. Current marital status--(1) Unmarried, (2) Married and my spouse is NOT a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident, (3) Married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident, (4) Divorced, (5) Widowed, or (6) Legally Separated. Enter the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, country of birth of your spouse, and a photograph of your spouse meeting the same technical specifications as your photo. Failure to list your eligible spouse or, listing someone who is not your spouse, will result in disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview. You must list your spouse even if you currently are separated from him/ her, unless you are legally separated. Legal separation is an arrangement under which a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order. If you and your spouse are legally separated, your spouse will not be able to immigrate with you through the Diversity Visa program. You will not be penalized if you choose to enter the name of a spouse from whom you are legally separated. If you are not legally separated by a court order, you must include your spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for the Diversity Visa. Failure to list your eligible spouse is grounds for disqualification. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, do not list him/her in your entry. A spouse who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not require or be issued a DV visa. Therefore, if you select ``married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR'' on your entry, you will not be prompted to include further [[Page 48501]] information on your spouse. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about family members. 14. Number of children--List the name, date of birth, gender, city/ town of birth, and country of birth for all living unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless . Submit individual photographs of each of your children using the same technical specifications as your own photograph. Be sure to include: All living natural children; all living children legally adopted by you; and, all living step-children who are unmarried and under the age of 21 on the date of your electronic entry, even if you are no longer legally married to the child's parent, and even if the child does not currently reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you. Married children and children over the age of 21 are not eligible for the DV. However, the Child Status Protection Act protects children from ``aging out'' in certain circumstances. If you submit your DV entry before your unmarried child turns 21, and the child turns 21 before visa issuance, it is possible that he or she may be treated as though he or she were under 21 for visa-processing purposes. A child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not require or be issued a diversity visa, and you will not be penalized for either including or omitting such family members from your entry. Failure to list all children who are eligible or, listing someone who is not your child, will result in disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about family members. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2019 Program. Selection of Applicants Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, the Department of State will randomly select individuals by computer from among qualified entries. All DV-2020 entrants must go to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2020 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be available on the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov starting May 7, 2019, through at least September 30, 2020. If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies selectees of their selection for DV-2020. The Department of State will not mail out notification letters or notify selectees by email. U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Individuals who have not been selected also will be notified ONLY through Entrant Status Check. You are strongly encouraged to access Entrant Status Check yourself and not to rely on someone else to check and inform you. In order to immigrate, DV selectees must be admissible to the United States. The DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, electronically, and the consular officer, in person will ask you questions about your eligibility to immigrate, and these questions include criminal and security related grounds. All eligible selectees, including family members, must be issued by September 30, 2020. Under no circumstances can the Department of State issue DVs or approve adjustments after this date, nor can family members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the United States after this date. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process. Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image) You can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent (taken within the last six months) photograph with a digital scanner, as long as it meets all of the standards below. DV entry photos must be of the same quantity and composition as U.S. visa photos. Do not submit a photograph older than six months or a photograph that does not meet all of the standards described below. Submitting the same photograph that was submitted with a prior year's entry, a photograph that has been manipulated, or a photograph that does not meet the specifications below will result in disqualification. Compositional Specifications: In color In focus Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1\3/8\ inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template on travel.state.gov for more size requirement details Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo Do not wear Eyeglasses If you normally wear a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo Technical Specifications You must upload your digital image as part of your entry. Your digital image must be: In JPEG (.jpg) file format Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width) 600 x 600 pixels in dimension Do you want to scan an existing photo? In addition to the digital image requirements, your existing photo must be: 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) Eligibility 1. What do the terms ``NATIVE'' and ``CHARGEABILITY'' mean? ``Native'' ordinarily means someone born in a particular country, regardless of the individual's current country of residence or nationality. ``Native'' can also mean someone who is entitled to be ``charged'' to a country other than the one in which he/she was born under the provisions of Section 202(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Because there is a numerical limitation on immigrants who enter from a country or geographic region, each individual is ``charged'' to a country. Your chargeability'' refers to the country towards which limitation you count. Your country of eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. However, you may [[Page 48502]] choose your country of eligibility as the country of birth of your spouse, or the country of birth of either of your parents if you were born in a country in which neither parent was born and in which the parents were not resident at the time of your birth. These are the only three ways to select your country of chargeability. If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, you must provide an explanation on the E-DV Entry Form, in question #6. Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one to which you cannot establish a valid claim) will disqualify your entry. 2. Can I still apply if I was not born in a qualifying country? There are two circumstances in which you still might be eligible to apply. First, if your derivative spouse was born in an eligible country, you may claim chargeability to that country. As your eligibility is based on your spouse, you will only be issued a DV-1 immigrant visa if your spouse is also eligible for and issued a DV-2 visa. Both of you must enter the United States together using your DVs. Similarly, your minor dependent child can be ``charged'' to a parent's country of birth. Second, you can be ``charged'' to the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither of your parents was born in or a resident of your country of birth at the time of your birth. People are not generally considered residents of a country in which they were not born or legally naturalized, if they were only visiting, studying in the country temporarily, or stationed temporarily for business or professional reasons on behalf of a company or government from a different country other than the one in which you were born. If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, you must provide an explanation on the E-DV Entry Form, in question #6. Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one to which you cannot establish a valid claim) will disqualify your entry. 3. Why do natives of certain countries not qualify for the DV program? DVs are intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons who are not from ``high admission'' countries. The law defines ``high admission countries'' as those from which a total of 50,000 persons in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to the United States during the previous five years. Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) counts the family and employment immigrant admission and adjustment of status numbers for the previous five years to identify the countries that are considered ``high admission'' and whose natives will therefore be ineligible for the annual diversity visa program. Because USCIS makes this calculation annually, the list of countries whose natives are eligible or not eligible may change from one year to the next. 4. How many DV-2019 visas will go to natives of each region and eligible country? United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines the regional DV limits for each year according to a formula specified in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The number of visas the Department of State eventually will issue to natives of each country will depend on the regional limits established, how many entrants come from each country, and how many of the selected entrants are found eligible for the visa. No more than seven percent of the total visas available can go to natives of any one country. 5. What are the requirements for education or work experience? U.S. immigration law and regulations require that every DV entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience. A ``high school education or equivalent'' is defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education in the United States OR the successful completion in another country of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to a high school education in the United States. Only formal courses of study meet this requirement; correspondence programs or equivalency certificates (such as the General Equivalency Diploma G.E.D.) are not acceptable. You must present documentary proof of education or work experience to the consular officer at the time of the visa interview. If you do not meet the requirements for education or work experience, your entry will be disqualified at the time of your visa interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family members. 6. What occupations qualify for the DV program? The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine qualifying work experience. The O*Net Online Database groups job experience into five ``job zones.'' While the DOL website lists many occupations, not all occupations qualify for the DV Program. To qualify for a DV on the basis of your work experience, you must have, within the past five years, two years of experience in an occupation that is classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher. If you do not meet the requirements for education or work experience, your entry will be disqualified at the time of your visa interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family members. 7. How can I find the qualifying DV occupations in the Department of Labor's O*Net online database? When you are in O*Net OnLine, follow these steps to find out if your occupation qualifies: 1. Under ``Find Occupations'' select ``Job Family'' from the pull down; 2. Browse by ``Job Family,'' make your selection, and click ``GO;'' 3. Click on the link for your specific occupation. 4. Select the tab ``Job Zone'' to find the designated Job Zone number and Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating range. As an example, select Aerospace Engineers. At the bottom of the Summary Report for Aerospace Engineers, under the Job Zone section, you will find the designated Job Zone 4, SVP Range, 7.0 to ...

    09-25-2018, 10:18 AM
  • Article: A Slap on the Wrist is a Slap in the Market’s Face By Matt Gordon
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    A Slap on the Wrist is a Slap in the Market’s Face

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    There’s an old adage on Wall Street that says to get news of bad news out on Friday and good news on Monday, the logic being that after trading on Friday, the weekend will lessen the blow when trading resumes on Monday. It seems the SEC in its settlement with CMB on Friday, September 21 st, was rather polite and nice to CMB by waiting to issue its press release until a Friday afternoon.

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