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  • Jul 2 - Imminent EB5 Regulation

    Jul 2 - Imminent EB5 Regulation

    Comment: Imminent EB5 Regulation

    OMB has concluded its review of the long awaited EB-5 rule (increasing investment amounts and changing TEA definition). Here is the link to the official announcement at OIRA/OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoDetails?rrid=128858 The review was completed on June 27, and USCIS has the rule as of June 28 to publish it in the Federal Register as a Final Regulation. Here are the highlights: OMB decided that this was not a major rule. OMB decided that regulatory flexibility analysis was required - OMB also decided that small business impact analysis was required. Both these analyses have now been completed. OMB has sent the rule to the agency with the action "Consistent with Change", see meaning of which below. The rule has been sent to the USCIS to be published in the Federal Register. OMB made changes to the rule as sent by USCIS to OMB (USCIS likely made changes to the proposed regulation in response to the hundreds of comments received a couple of years ago). Nobody knows whether the changes (by USCIS and/or OMB) were merely editorial or substantive--they could be either or both. However, what *IS* known is that the rule is on the way to the Federal Register for publication as a final rule. See the flowchart of the OIRA regulatory review process below. We are not sure whether anything can stop the publication of this rule at this stage. Only six people might be able to stop it: The acting director of USCIS, the acting director of DHS and the President plus three presidential advisers who have been influential on President's immigration policy. However, it is unlikely if any of them will stop the publication of this rule at this juncture. 1. Acting Director of USCIS: Acting director of USCIS will need to sign off on the rule--that is part of the process of sending the final regulation to the Federal Register. There is no scope for any external input at this stage--it is purely an internal USCIS process. We have talked to two individuals who were involved in the rule making procedure in USCIS, and both independently confirmed this. 2. People directly upward in the chain of command of the acting Director of USCIS. This would be Acting Secretary of DHS. Unfortunately, USCIS is only a small part of the responsibilities of the DHS Secretary. EB5 does not even register on the priorities at the level of Secretary of DHS--so any intervention at this level is highly unlikely. 3. President: The President is always busy and has many demands on his time--again this is too small a matter to attract his attention. 4. Other than the official channels above there are three more individuals who can stop this regulation. The first of these is Steven Miller. However, it is implausible that Mr. Miller will intercede given that his stance has been fairly consistently anti-immigration. 5. & 6. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are much more accessible than all the people above. Mr. Kushner in particular as a developer, is likely to understand the point of view of other developers intuitively. He and Ivanka have repeatedly shown the ability to swerve President Trump's immigration policy with a whisper in his ear. Once this rule has been published, we expect there to be a grace period of 30, 45, or 60 days in the published rule. During this grace period we expect 4,000+ investments to be made--half of which will come from Indians. ILW plans to conduct a dozen H1B to EB5 events in US and two dozen EB5 events in India during the 3 weeks following the publica...

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  • Jun 14 - Deception by DOS

    Jun 14 - Deception by DOS

    Comment: Deception by DOS We have argued previously that DOS projections are based on bad data and bad methods. See here and here . The most dramatic example of the consequences of serious limitations of DOS projection data/methodology is Visagate in 2007, which affected hundreds of thousands of immigrants. The EB5 Industry will soon make a case to Congress for additional numbers for EB-5 visas. To do so, the industry will likely use recent DOS projections. These projections may be read into the Congressional Record, and Congress may ask DOS officials to testify on the numbers under penalty of perjury. Numbers from DOS affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals--it is only fair that those making the projections be ready to stand behind them under penalty of perjury, and fully defend their methodology to Congress. DOS's current disclaimers are woefully inadequate, because they do not identify the limits of USCIS data, and attempt to paper over the problems with the data by using terms such as "DOS estimates". Any estimate is only as good as the data it is based on, and not identifying the unreliability of the data one is basing one's estimates on is disingenuous. An example of the methodological problem with DOS projections is that DOS assumes that the demand from the rest of the world remains constant. If demand in second tier EB5 countries like Brazil, Korea and Taiwan were to double in the next two years, the waiting time for Chinese investors would skyrocket from 16.5 years to perhaps 25 years. As demand from rest of the world is a material factor shaping waiting times, simply a disclaimer stating that it is not accounted for in order to simplify DOS's calculations gives DOS's projections a deceptive sense of accuracy. Doing projections under such circumstances requires complex mathematical tools like Monte Carlo simulations, application of Game theory, and the results would be in form of alternate scenarios rather than a single number. DOS has no business suggesting pin-point accuracy and then hiding behind disclaimers, which disclaimers are deceptive, since pin-point accuracy is not methodologically possible. The entire US immigration system is grinding to a halt as is evidenced by estimated wait times of perhaps 125 years for FB4 for Philippines, perhaps 150 years for EB2 in India and perhaps 25 years for EB5 in China. There is nothing special about EB5 in China grinding to a halt. Let us not compound the already existing problem of long waiting times by adding a layer of deceptive official projections by DOS. Article: H-1B RFE Case Study: Expert Opinion Letter from Professor of Computer Sciences Denied By Sheila Danzig Blogging: Visa Bulletin For July 2019 By Carl Shusterman Blogging: July Visa Bulletin – Why You Need To Take Action Now! By Carl Shusterman Blogging: New USCIS director Cuccinelli's horrendous record of bigotry signals Trump's intention to end legal immigration as we know it By Roger Algase News: USCIS Provides Class Notice on Case Involving Special Immigrant Juveniles Filed After Applicant Turned 18 News: USCIS Releases Updated Procedures for Asylum Applications Filed by UACs News: U.S. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card Program Regulations Focus: H1B to EB5 Exhibition/speaking opportunities for our next round of H-1B events are available. Please see below for our current H1B to EB5 Expo schedule: San Jose, CA - Monday, July 1 ( 2 Seats Available ) Atlanta, GA - Wednesday, July 3 ( 4 Seats Available ) NYC/Edison, NJ - Friday, July 5 ( 4 Seats Available ) Format: Half Day Event for Indian H-1Bs considering EB-5 Option (Speaking Opportunity included) Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards. Special Note for Attorneys: This event will feature two immigration attorney panels solely on immigration law matter...
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  • MAJOR VICTORY: L-1A APPROVAL THROUGH FEDERAL COURT ACTION

    MAJOR VICTORY: L-1A APPROVAL THROUGH FEDERAL COURT ACTION

    As the Lead Counsel in Add Chapter Design LLC v. Nielsen et al, 1:18-cv-06254, I am glad to share that after months of legal battle with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other related parties in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) decided to approve our client’s previously denied L-1A extension petition.  Just when we were gearing up to file a Summary Judgement Motion against the Defendants, USCIS decided to reopen and reconsider its previous denial decision and e-mailed us an electronic approval notice.  To our surprise, it all happened in just one day—as if lightning struck the slow moving and resistant turtle and transformed it into an agreeable rabbit!   Though I am extremely happy to report this success achieved through Federal District Court action, I am disappointed sharing how this was handled by the Defendants, including DHS, represented by the Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) within the Department of Justice (DOJ). So much of tax payers’ money and some good intellectual resources have been better utilized if the adjudicating officer at USCIS or someone at the OIL would have carefully read either initial petition or Request for Evidence (RFE) response, or even our Federal Court Complaint.  It all started in March 2018 when USCIS’ California Service Center denied our client’s L-1A extension application even though we had provided not just adequate information and supporting documentary evidence to meet the preponderance of evidencestandard but close enough to cross clear and convincing evidenceevidentiary standard threshold. Appalled to infer, through denial decision, that USCIS neither read our initial petition nor the RFE Response, we decided to straight away filed a Federal District Court Complaint seeking review of USCIS’ erroneous decision. We asserted in the complaint th...
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  • Article: DHS’s Proposed Registration Requirement for H-1B Petitions and Its Potential Adverse Impact on U.S. Employers and Prospective H-1B Employees By Xiaojie Meng, Alex Kim

    DHS’s Proposed Registration Requirement for H-1B Petitions and Its Potential Adverse Impact on U.S. Employers and Prospective H-1B Employees by Xiaojie (Marta) Meng, Alex Kim On December 3, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would impose an internet-based registration requirement for cap subject H-1B petitions. Although the proposed rule is well-intentioned, aiming to reduce the cost, paperwork burden, and complexity of participation in the H-1B program, some commenters have observed that it does not conform to the statutory requirements for the H-1B program. [1] Moreover, the proposed rule contains serious shortcomings likely to jeopardize the interests of U.S. employers and prospective H-1B employees by causing postponements and delays in the filing and adjudication of cases and creating confusion regarding the application of the “cap-gap” extension . While we are not opposed per se to the introduction of a registration requirement for H-1B petitions, the issues of protracted delay and cap-gap applicability must be addressed in order to avoid causing serious detriment to employers and employees participating in the H-1B program. Therefore, we respectfully and strongly urge USCIS to hold off on implementing the proposed registration requirement until a thorough test and evaluation has been conducted and the aforementioned issues have been resolved. A. DHS is Proposing Amendments to Introduce an Electronic Registration Requirement for H-1B Petitions and to Change the Order in Which Petitions Eligible for the Advanced Degree Exemption Are Selected The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) is proposing to introduce a new H-1B registration process that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including both regular cap petitions and petitions asserting eligibility for the advanced degree exemption, to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period prior to the date that petitions could be filed. Petitioners would be asked to provide basic information regarding the petitioner and beneficiary, including the employer’s name, employer identification number, mailing address, beneficiary’s name, country of citizenship, passport number, and whether the beneficiary has obtained a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education. Once USCIS has received the number of electronic registrations needed to reach the H-1B regular cap limit, USCIS would close the registration period and randomly select the registrations to fill the regular H-1B cap. H-1B cap-subject petitions would only be filed on behalf of beneficiaries whose registrations were selected by USCIS. Unselected registrations would remain on reserve in the system for the applicable fiscal year. DHS is also proposing to change the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions for the regular cap and advanced degree exemption. Under the current system, petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption are selected first, and regular cap petitions are then selected afterwards. DHS’s proposed amendments would reverse the order of selection. USCIS would select all registrations needed to meet the 65,000 regular cap limit first, then select registrations that are eligible for the 20,000 advanced degree exemption limit next. Changing the order of selection in this way will...
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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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  • Jul 22 - More Mileage For Your Articles
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    Comment: More Mileage For Your Articles Immigration Daily is always looking for articles written for immigration law professionals. 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. If you have already written an article (for your website/blog or another publication), republishing it in Immigration Daily gives you additional milege for the work you have already put in, by giving you added circulation and impact. Send your articles to editor@ilw.com. Article: Cutting Interpreters From Immigration Court Risks Due Process By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick Blogging: Trump's attacks on Congresswomen, inhuman detention conditions, and Miller's plan to ban all refugees show Trump's agenda is only about race, not "enforcing immigration laws" By Roger Algase 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: Top Dem Think Tank Warns Party: You’re Losing Immigration Messaging War to Trump Click here Headline: Immigrants are skipping reproductive health care because they’re afraid of being deported Click here Headline: What do migrants experience when they request asylum at the Texas-Mexico border? Click here Headline: Trump Campaign Ad Argues His Immigration Policies Place Safety Of Americans ‘At Risk’ Click here Headline: Trump administration weighs allowing no refugees into US next year Click here Letters of the Week ComingsNGoings: Immigration Reading Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the Worl By Todd Miller. Verso, 304 pp., Hardcover, ISBN: 1784785113, $20.19 https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Borders-Exporting-Border-Around/dp/1784785113 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 attor...
    07-22-2019, 11:15 AM
  • Article: Cutting Interpreters From Immigration Court Risks Due Process By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick
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    Cutting Interpreters From Immigration Court Risks Due Process by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick Every day, hundreds of non-English speaking immigrants show up to court for initial hearings where they will see an immigration judge for the first time. But due to a new policy, many immigrants will lose the help of dedicated court interpreters to ensure they understand what’s going on in the hearing. Instead, in-person simultaneous interpreters will be replaced with orientation videos and telephonic interpretation. According to news reports, the policy was officially announced to judges on Thursday. The policy is set to begin nationwide on the week of July 15. However, it has not been publicly confirmed by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the agency which oversees the immigration courts. It was reportedly previewed to some immigration judges in late June and first revealed by Paul W. Schmidt, a former immigration judge who reports on developments in the courts. All immigrants in removal proceedings have a right to interpretation, but how that interpretation is carried out varies from place to place. In most locations, interpreters sit next to immigrants when they appear in front of a judge, translating from the immigrants’ language to English and vice versa. By being in court, interpreters can quietly ask follow-up questions without breaking the flow of the conversation, take body language into account, and provide high quality interpretation. Under the new policy, in-court interpreters will not be available for initial hearings. Instead, immigrants who don’t speak English will watch a video orientation in “multiple languages,” and will not be permitted to ask questions about the video. Once the immigrant appears in front of the judge, they will only be able to receive interpretation through the phone. However, interpreters will still be available for full hearings on any applications for relief from removal, such as asylum. Telephonic interpretation is often of lower quality than in-person interpretation. Telephonic interpreters have to wait longer to determine whether someone has finished talking, slowing proceedings down. Since they can’t see people, they can’t consider facial expressions or body language in their interpretation. Low-quality telephone lines and volume problems may prevent them from understanding everything that was said. Before the policy rolled out, immigration judges expressed significant reservations. In leaked emails revealed by BuzzFeed, judges attacked the policy as misguided, with one judge suggesting that playing a video means he will be sitting in court “twiddling my...
    07-22-2019, 09:42 AM
  • 7月19日- 川普执政头两年 数据显示边境死亡率下降
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    今日亮点: 川普执政头两年 数据显示边境死亡率下降 川普执政头两年 数据显示边境死亡率下降; 美墨边境移民处境糟糕 听证会主席怒怼国安部官员; 众院通过决议谴责特朗普“种族主义言论”,这场纷争反映了什么?; 民权组织申请临时限制令,阻止特朗普政府有关庇护的新规定。欢迎投稿或发送您的任何建议和意见至editor.chinese@ilw.com。 文章(英文): ICE机构在南部地区加大移民拘留的范围 作者: Katie Shepherd 头条: 川普执政头两年 数据显示边境死亡率下降 点击这里 头条: 美墨边境移民处境糟糕 听证会主席怒怼国安部官员 点击这里 头条: 众院通过决议谴责特朗普“种族主义言论”,这场纷争反映了什么? 点击这里 头条: 民权组织申请临时限制令,阻止特朗普政府有关庇护的新规定 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!本网页所提供的信息并不是法律建议。信息的传送与读者的接收并不因此创造或形成律师与委托人间
    07-19-2019, 02:21 PM
  • Jul 19 - Instant Immigration News with Twitter
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    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 "ilwcom". Article: ICE Quietly Expands Immigration Detention in the Deep South By Katie Shepherd Blogging: Trump administration is preparing a new citizenship test, raising fears that it will be used to cut down on nonwhite immigration. Routine change, or more bigotry? By Roger Algase Blogging: Trumps biggest failure: international condemnation for abusing immigrants' human rights. So his administration is "'redefining" human rights out of existence By Roger Algase News: OFLC Announces Changes to the FLAG System for CW-1 and H-2B Programs News: USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test Focus: Raleigh and Edison While everyone awaits the new EB5 regulation with bated breath, it is not here yet. However, at least some Indians have grasped that the regulation is definitely coming (reports from Taiwan and Vietnam indicate that those markets are still a bit skeptical). This is evidenced by the fact that many of our clients are reporting sharply increased interest from Indian investors (measured by volume of communication), and a few of our larger clients are reporting many wires from Indians last week--much higher than their investment flows a few weeks ago (some of these wires are from those who attended ILW events). In other words, the market has already heated up even before the regulation is published. In consequence, several of our clients urged us to organize events right away as the market is already hotter now than it was in May & June. However, we can execute only a limited set of events before the regulation is announced. Should the regulation get delayed by a week or so, it is better to be doing a couple of events rather than just waiting. In view of all the above we have decided to conduct 2 events--one in Raleigh on July 23rd and one in the New York area on July 24th. Our usual discounts are available for these two events. In view of the very short time remaining before the events, we urge you to contact us immediately if you plan to present to Indian investors at this events. For more information and details, please call 212-545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.com or click here. Headline: A restaurant in the North Carolina city where Trump held his rally is donating to aid immigrants Click here Headli...
    07-19-2019, 02:06 PM
  • Article: ICE Quietly Expands Immigration Detention in the Deep South By Katie Shepherd
    ImmigrationDaily
    ICE Quietly Expands Immigration Detention in the Deep South by Katie Shepherd While members of Congress were struggling to reach a bipartisan deal in February in order to end the government shutdown, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quietly expanded its complicated network of immigration jails—this time in the Deep South. In late June, ICE started using three jails in Louisiana and Mississippi, with bed-space for 4,000 people. Just two years ago—at the beginning of the Trump presidency—ICE had the capacity to hold only about 2,000 people. This expansion increase’s ICE’s capacity in Louisiana and Mississippi by 50 percent. All three of the detention centers are run by private prison companies: Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi is run by CoreCivic, the Catahoula Correctional Center in Louisiana is run by LaSalle Corrections, and the South Louisiana ICE Processing Center is run by GEO Group. Private prison companies are driven by financial incentive and so historically have cut corners in order to maximize profit. As a result, privately run jails are chronically understaffed in order to save money and incarcerated individuals may have more limited access to critical services, including medical care and adequate food. This expansion is particularly concerning given the long and horrifying track record of human rights abuses, staff mistreatment, and inadequate medical care in these facilities in recent years. Deplorable conditions at one of the jails—the Adams County prison—contributed to a 2012 riot that left one guard dead and at least a dozen people injured. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in May that it would no longer use Adams County to hold federal inmates, giving ICE—and CoreCivic, which now runs Adams County—the chance to take over. In fact, the horrifying conditions in facilities just like these were uncovered by Mother Jones in the summer of 2016, when an investigative reporter went undercover for four months as a guard at a CoreCivic-run jail in Louisiana. Ramping up ICE detention in the Deep South is particularly problematic given the remoteness of the facilities, and their distance from available attorneys, expert witnesses, and loved ones.  The region is notorious for particularly harsh immigration judges. Many of the hearings are likely to be heard by video teleconference (VTC), which disadvantages immigrants.  Attorneys and advocates have complained that video technology often breaks down, and the lines may have bad sound quality. Congress must fully exercise its constitutional oversight authority and hold ICE accountable for repeatedly overspending its detention budget. Further, the Trump administration must decrease its over-reliance on private prison companies, which systemically cut corners at the cost of the well-being and health of the individuals in their custody. Until that happens, individuals in facilities like Adams County, Catahoula, and South Louisiana Processing Center will continue to suffer out of sight of attor...
    07-19-2019, 01:36 PM


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