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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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  • 10月23日 - 入籍申请进度变慢 递表到面试要等1年
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    今日亮点: 入籍申请进度变慢 递表到面试要等1年 入籍申请进度变慢 递表到面试要等1年 ; 为拦住非法移民 川普宣布将减少对中美洲三国的援助 ; 美支付非法移民生育费惊人 远超筑边境墙资金 ; 美国两党冲刺中期选举 特朗普执政面临“中考” 。中文移民日报面向对美国移民新闻及信息感兴趣的所有华人,欢迎您发送评论或文章至editor.chinese@ilw.com 文章(英文): DACA申请应该要求披露欺诈性社会保险号码的17个理由 作者: Charles Thaddeus Fillinger 头条: 入籍申请进度变慢 递表到面试要等1年 点击这里 头条: 为拦住非法移民 川普宣布将减少对中美洲三国的援助 点击这里 头条: 美支付非法移民生育费惊人 远超筑边境墙资金 点击这里 头条: 美国两党冲刺中期选举 特朗普执政面临“中考” 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的法律关系。读者不可在没有咨询...
    10-23-2018, 02:35 PM
  • October 23 - Photos from Newark H1B to EB5 Expo
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    Comment: Photos from Newark H1B to EB5 Expo ILW.COM conducted a H1B to EB5 Expo in Newark, on October 8, 2018. See photos below. A Regional Center presenting to the audience of investors Investors interacting with exhibitors during networking breaks The audience of investors listening to presentation Investors interacting with exhibitors during networking breaks ILW is conducting H1B to EB5 Expo in many cities in October & November. Date City Monday, October 22, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Wednesday October 24, 2018 Dallas, TX Friday October 26, 2018 San Francisco, CA Monday, November 12, 2018 Washington, DC Wednesday November 14, 2018 Atlanta, GA Friday November 16, 2018 San Jose, CA Monday, November 26, 2018 Boston, MA Wednesday November 28, 2018 Dallas, TX Friday November 30, 2018 Los Angeles, CA To find out more please call 212-545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.com or click here Don’t delay, act today! Article: 17 Reasons Why DACA Applications Should Require Disclosure of Fraudulent Social Security Numbers By Charles Thaddeus Fillinger Article: Recipe for Confusion: USCIS Says Only the Final Action Date in Visa Bulletin Protects a Child’s Age Under the Child Status Protection Act By Cyrus Mehta Blogging: Trump's delusional attacks on Central American immigrants as criminals and terrorists not only threaten to destroy legal immigration, but also put democracy in danger: A dark warning from the past By Roger Algase News: USCIS on a Case of Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law Focus: Custom Expos ILW offers Exclusive Event (Similar tour Expos) and Mini Meetings (In an elegant Conference Room) We will help you locate cities and countries with strong EB-5 demand for your type of project We will quickly put you in front of investors and agents to present your project to Custom Expos duration can vary from 4 days to 14 days – flooding you with many prospects in a short time Format: Expo featuring seminar and exhibition Meetings with investors and agents Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards ILW offers very limited opportunities only to existing ILW clients For a custom proposal call 212-545-0818 or write to webmaster@ilw.comor click here. Headline: Caravan 'crisis' a chance to forge better immigration policy Click here Headline: President Trump's Midterm Arguments: Mobs, Immigration and the Economy Click here Headline: Change in Immigration Process Affects Those Applying for Green Cards Click here Headline: Sessions seeks to expand power on immigration cases Click here Headline: DC attorney general sues ICE for information on immigration crackdown Click here Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal Ridgewood, NJ - Business immigration specialists wanted - Northern New Jersey office located in Ridgewood, NJ : International Law Firm with offices in NJ, NY, Indiana and Canada seeks Immigration Paralegals and Immigration Specialists for several new positions. Essential Duties and Responsibilities consist of preparation of a wide variety of business-based nonimmigrant petitions (H-1B, H-3, TN, E, J-1, L-1A/B and O-1). Assist with corporate clients with PERM application process. PERM process beginning to end a "must". Assist with applying for and obtaining work visas with U.S. consular offices abroad. Work closely with clients' and their employees and families to provide comprehensive immigration service through the application process, including responses to applications, Requests for Evidence, interviews and compliance. Compile and maintain records of immigration forms, other documentation and records of activity on behalf of corporate clients' employees. Review immigration regulations and be able to apply them to various case scenarios. Perform research using all available immigration research tools including government agencies' websites. Education and/or Experience: Required: BA/BS with strong academic credentials; Proficient at Microsoft Office Applications and Adobe Acrobat; Minimum of 1 to 4 years of experience with the corporate business immigration process. Preferred: Paralegal Certificate and Foreign Language. Other Skills and Abilities: Strong oral and written communication skills; Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills; Strong sense of good judgment; Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills; A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job. We sponsor. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please send cover letter and salary requirements to: hr@visaserve.com Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney Chicago, Illinois - Sidley Austin seeks an experienced immigration lawyer to join the Chicago office as a staff attorney. Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years of experience in high volume...
    10-23-2018, 02:24 PM
  • Article: 17 Reasons Why DACA Applications Should Require Disclosure of Fraudulent Social Security Numbers By Charles Thaddeus Fillinger
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    17 Reasons Why DACA Applications Should Require Disclosure of Fraudulent Social Security Numbers

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    10-23-2018, 12:59 PM
  • Article: Recipe for Confusion: USCIS Says Only the Final Action Date in Visa Bulletin Protects a Child’s Age Under the Child Status Protection Act By Cyrus Mehta
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    Recipe for Confusion: USCIS Says Only the Final Action Date in Visa Bulletin Protects a Child’s Age Under the Child Status Protection Act by Cyrus Mehta The Child Status Protection Act is one of the most complex pieces of immigration legislation. Passed in 2002, the CSPA protects the age of children who would otherwise not qualify as children if they turned 21. The lack of any regulation has made the legislation even more confusing especially in light of more recent developments such as the introduction of the dual chart State Department Visa Bulletin in October 2015. On August 24, 2018, however, the USCIS Policy Manual consolidated the guidance on the CSPA that the USCIS has developed over the years, and definitively confirmed that the Final Action Date in the State Department Visa Bulletin protects the age of the child rather than the Filing Date. There are other significant interpretative changes too, but this blog will focus on the change relating to the interplay between the dual chart Visa Bulletin and the CSPA. On October 1, 2015, DOS introduced two charts in the monthly visa bulletin – Chart A – Final Action Dates and Chart B – Filing Dates. The Filing Date in the Visa Bulletin potentially allows for the early filing of I-485 adjustment of status applications if eligible applicants are in the United States and the filing of visa applications if they are outside the country. The Final Action Date is the date when permanent residency (the green card) can be granted. The Filing Date, if the USCIS so determines, allows for the early submission of an I-485 application prior to the date when the green card actually become available. Similarly for those who are outside the United States and processing for an immigrant visa overseas, the Filing Date allows applicants to submit the DS-260 immigrant visa application and become documentarily qualified prio...
    10-23-2018, 10:58 AM
  • News: USCIS on a Case of Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law
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    USCIS Efforts Lead to Guilty Plea in Case of Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law COLUMBIA, S.C.—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services helped initiate an investigation that led to charges and guilty pleas from Veronica Perdomo, 43, for fraudulently practicing immigration law and impersonating an immigration officer. The plea included two counts of Wire Fraud, each of which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison; four counts of Impersonating an Officer or Employee of the United States, each such count carrying a sentence of up to 3 years in prison, and twelve counts of Fraudulently Affixing the Seal of an Agency of the United States to a Document, each such count carrying a sentence of up to 5 years in prison. Sentencing will occur after the preparation of a presentence report by the United States Probation Office. ...
    10-23-2018, 10:55 AM
  • October 22 - China is 3rd India is 1st
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    Comment: China is 3rd India is 1st EB5 Market Update - October 2018 Table of Contents ============= (1) China is in 3rd place! - a new 4-tier global EB5 market (2) Smaller raises + Higher marketing costs >>> LoRiskLoReward changes to MedRiskMedReward (3) B2B vs B2C (4) India - a tale of 2 markets (1) China is in 3rd place! - a new 4-tier global EB5 market As of September 2018, China is in 3rd place in terms of actual wires received by EB5 issuers during that month. India is the new numero uno EB5 country, followed by Vietnam. Here is the outlook for the next 12 months, in terms of annual wires the EB5 world is now stratified into four tiers: TIER ONE: 1000 to 2000 wires :: India, all by itself TIER TWO: 300 to 600 wires each :: Vietnam, China, Korea, Brazil TIER THREE: 100 to 200 wires each :: Taiwan, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Turkey TIER FOUR: most are less than 50 wires :: all other countries (2) Smaller raises + Higher marketing costs >>> LoRiskLoReward changes to MedRiskMedReward Today's EB5 capital market is less than half the size of the market of 2015/2016, and is also splintered over many countries. Consequently, planned raises today are much smaller (much less than 100 investors), and marketing costs much higher than 2015/2016, and even more so, when a higher marketing cost is spread over a smaller raise. This additional cost is not sustainable in the USA's efficient real estate financing markets, and move the EB5 market away from traditional EB5 players toward new players - in effect, the market is moving from developers with low mezzanine finance costs toward developers with high mezzanine finance costs. Those with high mezzanine finance costs find the additional EB5 marketing costs still result in EB5 capital which is very competitive, whereas those developers with low mezzanine finance costs cannot justify the high marketing costs needed in today's EB5 world. Furthermore, Indian investors are favoring issuers with higher returns, such as 2% per annum and higher (in effect, the points that used to go to Chinese agents now go to Indian investors). What all this does is to move the market away from a low risk, low reward model toward a medium risk, medium reward model. Many EB5 market players of 2015/2016 will not make the transition to the new EB5 world, and are either trying to complete their last EB5 raise now, or worse, are curtailing their final EB5 raise. (3) B2B vs B2C The China model, which is also followed in Taiwan, Vietnam and Korea, is an agent-intermediated one, in effect a B2B market where EB5 issuers do not have to deal with investors directly, and the risk of capital agglomeration is absorbed by a player other than the EB5 issuer. The India model, which is also followed in Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, does not feature "agents", these in effect are B2C markets where EB5 issuers frequently engage investors face-to-face, and the risk of capital agglomeration is largely on the shoulders of the EB5 issuer. Apart from this cost also making for a move away from traditional EB5 players to new players, there is also the real issue of corporate culture - the corporate skill set for B2B is different from B2C, and this factor is also among the causes of many traditional EB5 market players wrapping up their final EB5 raise, or even abandoning ongoing raises. Of course, most traditional EB5 players will remain committed to EB5 capital in the form of re-deployed funds, but as far as new injections of EB5 capital, for many, their last hurrah was in early 2018. (4) India - a tale of 2 markets India is the new gorilla in town, but is actually two gorillas, in that the Indian market is actually two markets, each quite different from one another - the first being Indian EB5 investors in India, and the second being Indian EB5 investors in USA (there are also Indian investors in 3rd countries, but these are much fewer in number than is commonly believed). Apart from a different securities compliance regime, there are also other important differences in approaching these two markets. The EB5 market is currently in the process of major expansion, in terms of new EB5 cap...
    10-22-2018, 04:08 PM


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