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  • March 18 - India Custom Expos

    March 18 - India Custom Expos

    Comment: India Custom Expos 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 8 days – flooding you with many prospects in a short time "Boots on the ground". ILW will help you in forming your network or augmenting your network in these countries Feedback on the attractiveness of your deal terms to investors from this country, and effectiveness of your marketing collateral Format: Expo featuring seminar and exhibition Meetings with investors and agents Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards Special Note for Attorneys: The only way an immigration attorney can participate and speak at this event is if they are nominated by the issuer exhibiting at the custom expo. (there is no fee charged to immigration attorneys). Don't Delay; Get More Info Today. For more information, please call (212)545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.comor click here. Article: The Best Way for Trump to Offer “Love and Sympathy” is to Repeal the Muslim Ban By Cyrus Mehta Blogging: Pelosi has won — and she's now the only one able to secure the border By Nolan Rappaport Blogging: Head of Non-Profit Pleads Guilty for Her Role in Fraud Scheme Using P-3 Visas By Bruce Buchanan Blogging: An uncomfortable but unavoidable question: Did Trump (and the U.S. Supreme Court) help to provide inspiration for the horrific New Zealand mosque massacre of 49 people? By Roger Algase News: CRS Report on DHS Unity of Effort 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: Trump keeps pushing for his border wall. But the nation's immigration problems extend well beyond that Click here Headline: Bush hosting naturalization ceremony: Immigration is a 'blessing and a strength' Click here Headline: Michael Goodwin: We’re nowhere near a solution on the immigration crisis Click here Headline: Nearly 300 illegal immigrants arrested in a matter of hours after crossing US-Mexico border in Texas Click here Headline: Yes, illegal immigration is a national emergency, but not for the reasons Trump is giving Click here Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal NJ, NY, IN and Canada - International Law Firm with offices in NJ, NY, IN and Canada seeks Immigration Paralegals and Immigration Specialists for several new positions. Responsibilities consist of preparation of a variety of business-based nonimmigrant petitions (H-1B, H-3, TN, E, J-1, L-1 and O-1). Assis...
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  • March 15 - Turkey Expo

    March 15 - Turkey Expo

    Comment: Turkey Expo May 11-12, 2019 —Istanbul, Turkey Turkey is the fastest growing of the smaller EB5 markets, has significant population, and serious reasons to move families to USA. English is widely spoken in Turkey Turkey has 80 million people, 18th largest country in the world. Turkey is NOT a poor country, its GDP is $751 billion, also 18th largest in the world (in other words, it has a large number of millionaires and deca-millionaires) Format: Expo including Exclusive Event and Mini Meetings Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards Price: EB-5 Issuers: $11,998 ($9,999+$1,999*) per Issuer Limited to Three Issuers ONLY-- 4th issuer will not be accepted. Reserve your Spot Now! Special Note for Attorneys: The only way an immigration attorney can participate and speak at this event is if they are nominated by the issuer exhibiting at the custom expo. Not only is there no fee charged to immigration attorneys, ILW will pay the attorney nominated by each issuer $1,999 to towards their travel expenses. Don't Delay; Get More Info Today. For more information, please call (212)545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.comor click here. Article: Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court By Emma Winger for Immigration Impact Blogging: Board Disregards Form 9089 Section K License Instruction By Joel Stewart Blogging: April 2019 Visa Bulletin: Analysis And Predictions By Chris Musillo Blogging: 12 courageous GOP Senators vote with Democrats to overturn Trump's border Wall "national emergency" move toward a fascist America By Roger Algase News: CRS Report on the Budget and Homeland Security Focus: EB-5 Roundtable with Sam Udani This month's free 45-minute telephonic EB5 Roundtable with Sam Udani features: Guest Speakers: Shae Armstrong and Kripa Upadhyay This month's topic is: Latest EB-5 Updates Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - Time: 2:00-2:30pm ET Registration Deadline: 11:00pm (ET), Monday, March 18, 2019 To register, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/EB5RegionalCenterSeminars.shtm#regnow To view speakers and their biographies, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/EB5RegionalCenterSeminars.shtm Headline: Bill to permanently protect 'Dreamers' and TPS holders would benefit 115,000 in NJ Click here Headline: Immigration judges say quotas will increase backlog of cases Click here Headline: Feds target ex-con ‘attorney imposter’ for allegedly preying on undocumented immigrants Click here Headline: Judge Blocks USCIS in Immigration/Marriage Fraud Case Click here Headline: Immigrant rights group files complaint against DHS, saying it holds immigrant children longer than legally allowed Click here Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal NJ, NY, IN and Canada - International Law Firm with offices in NJ, NY, IN and Canada seeks Immigration Paralegals and Immigration Specialists for several new positions. Responsibilities consist of preparation of a variety of business-based nonimmigrant petitions (H-1B, H-3, TN, E, J-1, L-1 and O-1). Assist corporate clients with PERM application process. Assist with applying for and obtaining work visas with U.S. consular offices. Work closely with clients' and their employees and families to provide immigration services through the application process, including responses to applications, Requests for Evidence, inte...
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  • March 14 - Blanket I-526 Expedites

    March 14 - Blanket I-526 Expedites

    Comment: Blanket I-526 Expedites ILW was commissioned to write a white paper on blanket I-526 expedites about 5 years ago. We also conducted an EB-5 Roundtable on blanket I-526 expedites at that time. One of the attorneys who attended that Roundtable subsequently succeeded in obtaining a Blanket I-526 expedite which secured hundreds of investors from China. How does a blanket I-526 expedite work? A blanket I-526 expedite for a regional center is adjudicated in 2 weeks to 6 months rather than the current 15 months to 24 months of regular USCIS processing. Projects with a blanket I-526 expedite have a dedicated adjudicator or two whose only full time job is to process applications for that specific project's investor applications. The project has the names, phone numbers and direct emails of the adjudicators, and are able to reach them as needed. Often instead of sending routine RFEs regarding investor applications, the adjudicators reach out directly to the project by phone or email asking for the additional information they need. Not only is this faster processing, but this is great service-- Royal, Red-carpet, Rolls-Royce service from USCIS. There are five kinds of EB5 expedites: (1) I-924 Expedite (2) Individual I-526 Expedite (3) Individual I-829 Expedite (4) Blanket I-526 Expedite (5) Blanket I-829 Expedite. The individual I-526 and I-829 expedites depend on individual circumstances of particular investors--and are independent of the project, so we are not discussing those here. We have not heard of blanket I-829 expedites and are not sure if these are even possible. So we are discussing only I-924 expedites and blanket I-526 expedites herein. To the best of our knowledge, USCIS has approved I-924 expedites in approximately 15 instances, sometimes approval has come in just a few days. Sometimes a I-924 expedite is granted Sua Sponte--without even having to ask for an expedite. In our perspective, the standard for granting an I-924 expedite to a project appears to be lower than granting a blanket I-526 expedite to a project--for getting a I-924 expedite, the project needs to meet the expedite criteria for *commencing* the project, whereas to get a blanket I-526 expedite, a project needs to meet the expedite criteria for *completion* of the project. We believe that there have been barely 6 situations where USCIS has approved a blanket I-526 expedite; only 2 of which projects are currently in the market. Please note that the USCIS expedite criteria apply to many other kinds of immigration applications and petitions such as asylum, family immigration etc., but USCIS appears to be using a significantly higher standard for these criteria when applied to blanket I-526 expedite requests. We are not an immigration law firm--please talk to your immigration attorney to explore whether a blanket I-526 expedite is possible for your project - the attorney will apply your particular facts and circumstances to USCIS's 7 expedite criteria, and using the attorney's experience and professional judgement, will give you considered advice. Everyone wants a blanket I-526 expedite but do you really need it? Several dozen applications for blanket I-26 expedites are being prepared as best as we can tell. We expect that the overwhelming majority of them will be denied, but of course this is up to USCIS's discretion. What if you cannot get a blanket I-526 expedite? Is all lost then? Maybe not....
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  • March 13 - Photos from Houston H1B to EB5 Expo

    March 13 - Photos from Houston H1B to EB5 Expo

    Comment: Photos from Houston H1B to EB5 Expo ILW.COM conducted a H1B to EB5 Expo in Houston, on February 18, 2019. 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 Exhibition/speaking opportunities for March 2019 H-1B events are available. Please see below for our current H1B to EB5 Expo schedule: Date City Monday, March 11, 2019 Washington, D.C. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Dallas, TX Friday, March 15, 2019 Seattle, WA Monday, March 25, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Friday, March 29, 2019 San Jose, CA To find out more please call 212-545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.com or click here Don’t delay, act today! Article: After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact Blogging: Mexican Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Harbor Undocumented Workers By Bruce Buchanan Blogging: USCIS Allows Premium Processing For All H-1b Petitions By Chris Musillo Blogging: On the Morality of Deporting Criminals By Jason Dzubow Blogging: Report: Trump will close all overseas USCIS offices as the latest move in his wide ranging assault on all non-white legal immigration By Roger Algase News: CRS Report on US Asylum Policy Focus: Immigration Attorneys and Securities Liabilities ILW , being an immigration law publisher for the past 20 years, cares deeply about the long term health of the immigration bar. ILW has the best interest of the immigration bar in our heart, and we have a long track record bearing this out. We want to bring a point to the attention of the immigration bar. We talk regularly to securities attorneys in the course of our business. Some of them have pointed out to us that most immigration attorneys are making an elementary mistake of suggesting to their clients "good" regional centers or "how to find good RCs". If an immigration attorney were to suggest a project is "good" that creates a securities liability for the attorney. An immigration attorney can fully legitimately evaluate any immigration aspects of the project, such as the job count without incurring any securities liability whatsoever. However, saying the project is "good" or "short-listed" based on such things as deal structure, deal term, location, track record or any criteria is tantamount to recommending an investment which opens the immigration attorney to securities liability. The liability of this kind is not just limited to professional liability, but extends to personal liability. You are welcome to check this with a securities attorney. We are making no claim regarding the ethics of directing investors to specific Regional Centers--we are simply pointing out the liability that act is burdened with it even if it is within the bounds of securities laws. A typical $15,000 I-526 attorney fee is a very small premium to underwrite insurance on a $500K investment over 5 years--and there is no reason why an immigration attorney should shoulder such unnecessary risk, opening themselves to an out of proportion risk for a relatively small reward. By suggesting to an investor that an RC or project is good, the attorney is leaving the realm of providing legal advice and entering the world of providing financial advice. Typically, in order to do so, a person should be either a representative of a registered broker-dealer, or be a registered investment adviser. Those two classes of individuals are regulated, trained and held to a standard of professional conduct, which if they follow, insulates them from potential liability in the event that an investment doesn’t work out as expected. A lawyer who dispenses financial advice will be held to the standard of these investment professionals. If they do not follow the professional standards, then personal liability will apply and it is the kind of liability that is typically disclaimed by legal malpractice insurance. Historically, Chinese investors have been reluctant to sue, but that is not true of investors of other nationalities like India. Also, remember that almost the entire bulk of EB-5 investments have taken place during an economic upswing from 2008 to the present. The EB-5 industry has no...
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  • March 12 - Surge in EB-5 Investments

    March 12 - Surge in EB-5 Investments

    Comment: Surge in EB-5 Investments EB-5 investments have always had a choppy pattern through out this decade--they have never come in as a steady, smooth flow. The investments have always occurred in spikes followed by periods of lull. These spikes have been driven by government deadlines, such as the perennial re-authorization circus. From Quarterly I-526 filing stats USCIS publishes you can see that spikes occur before government deadlines soaking up the pipeline of existing leads, and cause lulls after the deadline because of depleted lead pipelines. Historically, the higher the spike, the lower and longer the lull. EB-5 issuers need to take advantage of the spikes, unless they have a multi-year time horizon for their raises. With the publication of the new EB-5 regulation looming, a mini-spike prior to the publishing of the regulation is already under way. Once the regulation is published, we expect a massive spike in global EB-5 investments as a result of the increased investment amounts. We expect 1000-2000 investments from India during this spike, and another 1000-2000 from rest of the world in the same time-frame. The only country untouched by the regulation will be China due to retrogression. For the same reason, Vietnam will have a smaller spike. Because Indian retrogression has not begun, we expect that India will experience a major spike in EB-5 investments. There will also be significant spikes in Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, South Africa, Mexico, Russian and Turkey. These ten countries will account for 90% of world EB-5 market--rest of the world accounting for only 10% split across multitudes of countries. When the regulation is published, issuers may want to cancel all vacations, minimize sicknesses, and equip your offices with sleeping bags and coffee to make hay while the sun shines. When the lull comes, your staff can take the deferred vacations and recharge. Issuers may also want to consider bringing all marketing plans forward, and start pushing before the regulation is published. No one knows how much grace period we will have after the regulation is published--it is better to start now to position yourself best for the new regulation. In light of the fact that EB-5 investments have had a pattern of spikes and lulls throughout this decade, we encourage everyone in the EB-5 industry to plan on making the best of the current spike. P.S. The EB-5 Modernization Regulation has been sent to OIRA/OMB to be published as a Final Rule, which includes a massive increase in investment amounts to $1.3 million/$1.8 million, and Centralized TEA designations. There will surely be a grace period, 30-days or 60-days, prior to the new EB-5 rule going into effect. Once the regulation is published with the grace period in black-and-white, India will rocket forward in investments with perhaps 1000-2000 investments during the grace period, and perhaps another 1000-2000 investments will materialize from other countries during the same time. ILW is conducting many events to ensure that issuers can make the most of this opportunity, please write to webmaster@ilw.com for more info, or call us at 1-212-545-0818, or get info online. Don't Delay; Act Today! Article: David Nachman's Top Ten Reasons Why Willing Prospective H-1B Employers Should Do H-1B Visas For Willing H-1B Candidates By Michael Phulwani, Esq., David Nachman, Esq.and Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. Blogging: The Fairness For High-skilled Immigrants Will Decimate Nurse Immigration By Chris Musillo Blogging: BALCA Approval of Equivalency Language is a Double Edged Sword By Joel Stewart Blogging: Trump's 2020 budget: Americans will pay a cruel price for Trump's $8.6 billion border Wall obsession - and more family detention beds - through cuts in essential domestic programs By Roger Algase News: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Focus: H1B to EB5 Exhibition/speaking opportunities for March 2019 H-1B events are...
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  • March 11 - Photos from Dallas H1B to EB5 Expo

    March 11 - Photos from Dallas H1B to EB5 Expo

    Comment: Photos from Dallas H1B to EB5 Expo ILW.COM conducted a H1B to EB5 Expo in Dallas, on February 6, 2019. 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 Exhibition/speaking opportunities for March 2019 H-1B events are available. Please see below for our current H1B to EB5 Expo schedule: Date City Monday, March 11, 2019 Washington, D.C. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Dallas, TX Friday, March 15, 2019 Seattle, WA Monday, March 25, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Friday, March 29, 2019 San Jose, CA To find out more please call 212-545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.com or click here Don’t delay, act today! Article: Case Study: The Specialty Occupation EXPERT is NOT a PROFESSOR By Sheila Danzig Article: Advancing a “Social Group Plus” Claim After Matter of A-B- By Cyrus Mehta Blogging: TPS EADs Extended Automatically until January 2, 2020, for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua & Sudan By Bruce Buchanan News: DHS Announces Extension of TPS for South Sudan Focus: Attorneys Don't Pay Whenever there is an EB-5 event anywhere in the world, the primary reason investors or agents come to the event is to hear from immigration attorneys. While other players such as Regional Centers present material of interest to the attendees, the primary content value is provided by immigration attorneys. Because EB-5 is primarily an immigration program, and immigration is the fundamental reason why investors look to EB-5, it is not a surprise that the audience considers immigration attorneys the best source about EB-5 information. Those who agglomerate audiences, like ILW and its competitors, must identify that immigration attorneys are the key part of the program of any conference. The economic value of an investor to an immigration attorney is a relatively modest amount of $25K. But for Regional Centers, the lifetime value of an investor is much higher as roughly estimated in the chart below: Therefore, the revenue for Regional Center from each investor is 3 to 20 times that of immigration attorneys. While immigration attorneys bring the primary content value to events they get less value from the event; therefore it is only fair that Regional Centers bear the cost of the events and not immigration attorneys. Two years ago, knowing immigration but not finance, we did not grasp this point, and we charged attorneys on par with Regional Centers. We realized the above economic point in 2017, and slashed our fee to attorneys by 75%. We are happy to note that our competitors followed suit by reducing the amount they charged to immigration attorneys, creating a two tier price structure for industry events--a higher price for RCs and a lower price for attorneys. In early 2018, we completely eliminated fees charged to attorneys. This is true for both group events and custom events. All attorneys need is to be nominated by a Regional Center that is participating in the ILW event. Attorneys don't pay. We encourage immigration attorneys to ask the Regional Centers they work with to nominate them to participate in ILW events. Should an immigration attorney decide to speak at or attend any event of our competitors, we suggest you insist on a fair deal, wherein attorneys don't pay. Headline: Early signs of immigration fight on the 2020 trail begin on Capitol Hill Click here Headline: Why are Trump and Congress avoiding comprehensive immigration reform? Click here Headline: Judge Says Immigration Must Account For Thousands More Migrant Kids Separated From Parents Click here Headline: Record Immigration Surge at U.S.-Mexico Border to Accelerate, Government Projects Click here Headline: Muslim Travel Ban: Less Immigration And Few Waivers Click here Letters of the Week ComingsNGoings: Immigration Reading Open Borders: In Defense of Free Moveme...
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  • March 8 - Group vs. Custom Events

    March 8 - Group vs. Custom Events

    Comment: Group vs. Custom Events ILW has conducted more than 200 EB-5 events in India. Our custom expos are designed exclusively for a single project, and put your project in front of dozens of direct investors. Our events are designed to flood you with leads so that your time in India is most effectively used. We believe that adding a few B2C custom events to your trip itinerary will improve the results you get from your trip. We have found that in India direct investor "B2C" events work much better than intermediary focused "B2B" events (which used to work very well in China). See the reasons in the table below: We are happy to send you a proposal for India Custom Events for your review and consideration, please reach out to us at 212-545-0818, by email at webmaster@ilw.com or online here. Article: DHS Secretary Denies Responsibility for Family Separation, Asks Congress to Limit Asylum Protections By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact News: Ninth Circuit Holds that Asylum Seekers Have Constitutional Right to Federal Court Review of Expediated Removal Orders Focus: PERM Illuminated - Hot Off the Presses Joel Stewart has done something remarkable in the new edition of THE PERM BOOK 2017-18 Edition. He has taken the spaghetti of all the sources on PERM: legislations, rules, FAQs, cases etc. and reintegrated them into a simple and luminously logical progression of how to do PERM. In each of the chapters, he uses articles by notable practitioners and his own extensive commentary to provide deep insights on every aspect of PERM. If you are a seasoned PERM practitioner, you will appreciate the clarity of the organization seen in the table of contents below, and will discover many new insights in every chapter. For anyone relatively new to PERM, Joel Stewart serves as a trusted guide to your mastering the lay of the land of this complex area. This book belongs in the library shelf of every PERM practitioner. Get your copy now, here: http://www.ilw.com/books/THEPERMBOOK.shtm Book includes: Chapter 1: All About the Law, Chapter 2: Parties to PERM, Chapter 3: Legal Requirements, Chapter 4: Anomalies: Special Handling or Processing, Chapter 5: Educational Degrees as Requirements, Chapter 6: Job Offers, Chapter 7: Prevailing Wage Requests, Chapter 8: All About Recruitment, Chapter 9: Consideration of Job Applicants, Chapter 10: All About Filin, Chapter 11: Post Filing Issues, Chapter 12: Approvals: Expiration, Validity, Portability & Duplicates, Chapter 13: Denials, Chapter 14: Request for Reconsideration, Chapter 15: Introduction to BALCA, Chapter 16: How to Request Review at BALCA, Chapter 17: Consideration by BALC, Chapter 18: BALCA Can Remand, Chapter 19: Disciplinary Measures, Chapter 20: DOL Organization and Updates, Acknowledgements, The PERM Book Online Library. Get your copy of THE PERM BOOK 2017-2018 edition Now, Here: http://www.ilw.com/books/THEPERMBOOK.shtm For additional information, including author biographies and purchase information, please see: Online Fax Form. Headline: USCIS is fighting immigration fraud using data science Click here Headline: HHS asks Pentagon to f...
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  • March 7 - Photos from Orlando H1B to EB5 Expo

    March 7 - Photos from Orlando H1B to EB5 Expo

    Comment: Photos from Orlando H1B to EB5 Expo ILW.COM conducted a H1B to EB5 Expo in Orlando, on February 4, 2019. 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 Exhibition/speaking opportunities for March 2019 H-1B events are available. Please see below for our current H1B to EB5 Expo schedule: Date City Monday, March 11, 2019 Washington, D.C. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Dallas, TX Friday, March 15, 2019 Seattle, WA Monday, March 25, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Friday, March 29, 2019 San Jose, CA To find out more please call 212-545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.com or click here Don’t delay, act today! Article: ICE Releases Infants in Its Custody Following Civil Rights Complaint By Katie Shepherd for Immigration Impact Blogging: “Sue the miscreants!” – Challenging Unjust Work-Visa and Green-Card Denials with Flood-the-Zone and Head-Fake Immigration Strategies By Angelo A. Paparelli Blogging: Staffing And Service Companies Under Attack From Uscis By Chris Musillo News: CRS Report on Border Security Between Ports of Entry Focus: India Custom Expos 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 8 days – flooding you with many prospects in a short time "Boots on the ground". ILW will help you in forming your network or augmenting your network in these countries Feedback on the attractiveness of your deal terms to investors from this country, and effectiveness of your marketing collateral Format: Expo featuring seminar and exhibition Meetings with investors and agents Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards Special Note for Attorneys: The only way an immigration attorney can participate and speak at this event is if they are nominated by the issuer exhibiting at the custom expo. (there is no fee charged to immigration attorneys). Don't Delay; Get More Info Today. For more information, please call (212)545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.comor click here. Headline: GOP lawmaker compares illegal immigration to D-Day invasion Click here Headline: Three Times the Illegal Immigration of 2017 Levels at Current Rate Click here Headline: DOJ to pause hiring of immigration judges due to budget constraints: report Click here Headline: New York Post: Set aside partisan warring on immigration and stop child rape Click here Headline: Washington Post: Trump's sons employed undocumented immigrant at private hunting retreat Click here Foreign Credential Evaluations & Translations American Evaluation & Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) is the industry leader in foreign credential evaluations and certified document translations. AETS provides the most competitive rates in the industry – including educational evaluations using the Aacrao EDGE database, as well as expert opinion work experience and position evaluations completed by university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for Educational and Work Experience Evaluations, and Expert Opinion Position Analysis and Position Evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: ...
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  • March 6 - Immigration Attorneys and Securities Liabilities

    March 6 - Immigration Attorneys and Securities Liabilities

    Comment: Immigration Attorneys and Securities Liabilities ILW , being an immigration law publisher for the past 20 years, cares deeply about the long term health of the immigration bar. ILW has the best interest of the immigration bar in our heart, and we have a long track record bearing this out. We want to bring a point to the attention of the immigration bar. We talk regularly to securities attorneys in the course of our business. Some of them have pointed out to us that most immigration attorneys are making an elementary mistake of suggesting to their clients "good" regional centers or "how to find good RCs". If an immigration attorney were to suggest a project is "good" that creates a securities liability for the attorney. An immigration attorney can fully legitimately evaluate any immigration aspects of the project, such as the job count without incurring any securities liability whatsoever. However, saying the project is "good" or "short-listed" based on such things as deal structure, deal term, location, track record or any criteria is tantamount to recommending an investment which opens the immigration attorney to securities liability. The liability of this kind is not just limited to professional liability, but extends to personal liability. You are welcome to check this with a securities attorney. We are making no claim regarding the ethics of directing investors to specific Regional Centers--we are simply pointing out the liability that act is burdened with it even if it is within the bounds of securities laws. A typical $15,000 I-526 attorney fee is a very small premium to underwrite insurance on a $500K investment over 5 years--and there is no reason why an immigration attorney should shoulder such unnecessary risk, opening themselves to an out of proportion risk for a relatively small reward. By suggesting to an investor that an RC or project is good, the attorney is leaving the realm of providing legal advice and entering the world of providing financial advice. Typically, in order to do so, a person should be either a representative of a registered broker-dealer, or be a registered investment adviser. Those two classes of individuals are regulated, trained and held to a standard of professional conduct, which if they follow, insulates them from potential liability in the event that an investment doesn’t work out as expected. A lawyer who dispenses financial advice will be held to the standard of these investment professionals. If they do not follow the professional standards, then personal liability will apply and it is the kind of liability that is typically disclaimed by legal malpractice insurance. Historically, Chinese investors have been reluctant to sue, but that is not true of investors of other nationalities like India. Also, remember that almost the entire bulk of EB-5 investments have taken place during an economic upswing from 2008 to the present. The EB-5 industry has not seen a recession yet. When a recession hits, there will inevitably be failures and investors affected by the failures will be looking for parties to sue including their immigration attorneys if they pointed them to their project, how...
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  • March 5 - EB-5 Regulation Countdown Begins

    March 5 - EB-5 Regulation Countdown Begins

    Comment: EB-5 Regulation Countdown Begins The EB-5 Modernization Regulation has been sent to OIRA/OMB to be published as a Final Rule. It typically takes a few months for OMB's review to be complete. The regulation contains four things 1) Massive Increase in Investment Amounts. 2) Centralized TEA designations 3) I-526 Portability 4) Technical Corrections. Increasing EB-5 Investment amounts without a corresponding increase in the number of jobs makes the US Investment Immigration program more in line with other countries but seriously undercuts EB-5 as a job creation program. By the basic law of supply and demand, just by increasing the price of creating the same 10 jobs, less such jobs will be created. This sounds like pure job destruction. It is puzzling why this Obama era rule has moved forward especially when it is against the stated American job creation agenda of the Trump administration. At a minimum, a staggering of the increases in the investment amount, raising it in steps over time, for example, $500K, $600K, $700K and $800K spread over three years would cushion the job loss. The EB-5 industry appears to be counting on Congress to overrule the regulation by enacting a new EB-5 statute. That strategy is misplaced. Congress is highly unlikely to take up EB-5 (which it regards as a relatively minor immigration issue) before resolving what are the major immigration issues such as DREAM. If people are hoping that publishing a bad regulation will goad Congress into providing a more palatable solution, they are playing with fire, and they will get burnt. There will surely be a grace period, probably 45-days or 60-days, prior to the new EB-5 rule going into effect. Once the regulation is published with the grace period in black-and-white, the wolf will be howling through the world. India will rocket forward in investments with perhaps 1000-2000 investments during the grace period. Perhaps another 1000-2000 investments will materialize from other countries during the same time. ILW is conducting many events to ensure that issuers can make the most of this opportunity, please write to webmaster@ilw.com for more info, or call us at 1-212-545-0818, or get info online. Don't wait for the regulation to be finalized, make plans to cash in on the EB-5 bonanza now. Article: Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low By Walter Ewing for Immigration Impact Blogging: Applying for a Work Permit When You Have an Arrest Record By Jason Dzubow Blogging: Will Roberts Accept that Trump's Wall has the Same Racially Discriminatory Purpose and Uphold Immigrants' Human Rights? By Roger Algase News: CRS Report on Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses of H-1B Temporary Workers Focus: PERM Illuminated - Hot Off the Presses Joel Stewart has done something remarkable in the new edition of THE PERM BOOK 2017-18 Edition. He has taken the spaghetti of all the sources on PERM: legislations, rules, FAQs, cases etc. and reintegrated them into a simple and luminously logical progression of how to do PERM. In each of the chapters, he uses articles by notable practitioners and his own extensive commentary to provide deep insights on every aspect of PERM. If you are a seasoned PERM practitioner, you will appreciate the clarity of the organization seen in the table of contents below, and will discover many new insights in every chapter. For anyone relatively new to PERM, Joel Stewart serves as a trusted guide to your mastering the lay of the land of this complex area. This book belongs in the library shelf of every PERM practitioner. Get your copy now, here: http://www.ilw.com/books/THEPERMBOOK.shtm Book includes...
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