Comment: Boosting Entrepreneurship through Immigration
Forbes reports that there is a growing and substantial body of research from a number of independent sources showing that business-ownership, entrepreneurship, economic vitality and job creation is boosted by immigration.

  • The immigrant share of the self-employed has more than doubled since 1980, and immigrants have higher representation among business owners than in the general labor force. The business creation rate is also higher for immigrants.
  • Immigrants comprise roughly one-quarter of new entrepreneurs in the United States, and that share has consistently risen over time. By comparison, less than one-fifth of the labor force is comprised of immigrants.
  • Businesses started by immigrants follow the "up or out" pattern that economist John Haltiwanger has found characterizes young firms in general-they fail more often, but when they survive, tend to grow faster.
  • While people may often associate immigrant entrepreneurs with low-wage jobs, such as restaurant and shop owners, there is a substantial presence of immigrants in high-skilled jobs in high-tech sectors.
  • Conditional on the level of educational attainment, immigrants are more likely than natives to start a business with more than 10 employees, which suggests that "immigrants have a niche in start-ups based on technical knowledge" requiring an advanced degree. This applies particularly to those who came to the United States as students.
Fixing our broken immigration system to remove numerous unreasonable obstacles in the path of would-be immigrant entrepreneurs is of vital national interest. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to us at editor@ilw.com.

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Focus: The EB-5 Summit - Discount Deadline
The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers will be taking place on February 20 in Los Angeles, CA. The speakers include Angelo Paparelli (Discussion Leader), Allen Chi, Matt Gordon, Michael Petrucelli, John Roth, Reid Thomas, and others to be announced. This event is sponsored by E3 Investment Group, NES Financial and Seyfarth Shaw LLP. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Where does EB-5 fit in the Capital Stack
  • How does one find investors
  • Lawfully Advising on Choosing A Project
  • Developing the I-924 Application
  • I-526 Petitions and Source of Funds Issues
  • I-829 Applications and Documenting Job Creation
  • Funds Administration
  • The Non-Regional Center Concept
  • Security Issues in EB-5
  • Roundtable with all speakers on all EB-5 Matters


For additional information, including speaker biographies, sponsor profiles, and to register, please see: Online
For the fax form, see here.
Don't delay, the Discount Registration Deadline is February 3rd.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY. Yarden Law Group is looking for a business immigration paralegal with two or more years of experience with employment and investment visas, immigrant petitions, adjustment of status applications and naturalization. If interested, please send CV and cover letter by email to shavit@yardenlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Northern New Jersey. 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-1 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 with focus on India and the Middle East. 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; Writing sample must be submitted with resume; Minimum of 2 to 4 years of experience with the corporate business immigration process. Preferred: Paralegal Certificate and Gujarati and/or Hindi or other 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 and resume to hr@visaserve.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Bergen County, NJ. International Law Firm with offices in NJ, NY, Indiana and Canada seeks Gujarati and Hindi Immigration Paralegals and Immigration Specialists for Complex Family-Based Immigration Law Practice in Bergen County, New Jersey. Essential Duties and Responsibilities consist of preparation of a wide variety of Family-Based Petitions, Waivers, Provisional Waivers, Reinstatements, Marriage Cases, 751s, DACA, Naturalization, etc. Assist clients with U.S. consular offices abroad with focus on India and the Middle East. Work closely with clients' and their family members to provide comprehensive family-based immigration law service through the application process, including responses to applications, Requests for Evidence, interviews, etc. Client intake, review immigration regulations and be able to apply same to various case scenarios. Perform research using all available immigration research tools including government agency websites. Education and/or Experience: Required: BA/BS with strong academic credentials preferred but not required; Proficient at Microsoft Office Applications and Adobe Acrobat; Writing sample must be submitted with resume; Minimum of 1 to 2 years of experience with the family-based immigration process. Preferred: Paralegal Certificate and Fluency in Hindi and Gujarati. 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. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please send cover letter and salary requirements and resume to hr@visaserve.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Seattle, WA. Cowan Miller & Lederman, a premier boutique immigration law firm in Seattle, WA, is seeking a paralegal to join our team of eight attorneys and eight paralegals in downtown Seattle. We are looking for someone with a Bachelor's degree and at least three years of experience as an immigration paralegal. Business emphasis (H-1B, TN, L, E, NIW, PERM, I-140 and AOS experience) is strongly preferred. The candidate must be able to work in a collaborative environment, have a high level of attention to detail and provide excellent client service. We offer competitive pay and benefits. Cowan Miller & Lederman can be found at www.cmlseattle.com. To apply, please email your resume to info@cmlseattle.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Philadelphia, PA. Green and Spiegel, a growing Philadelphia business immigration firm seeks a detail-oriented legal assistant to assist in the preparation of nonimmigrant visa petitions. Strong writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills needed for fast-paced environment. BA/BS required. Business immigration experience preferred and special consideration for candidates who have worked with H-1B visa processing in the past. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send resume and cover letter to info@gands-us.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY, The Seltzer Firm, PLLC has an opening for an experienced Paralegal to handle a variety of immigration matters for physicians, small businesses, hospitals, universities, and research organizations. Bachelor's degree and experience preparing LCAs, H-1Bs, PERM, I-140s, adjustments of status, and IV consular processing required; experience with physician immigration and Special Handling PERM would be a great asset. Information about The Seltzer Firm can be found at www.theseltzerfirm.com. Email resume and a brief writing sample to hr@theseltzerfirm.com.

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Based in Teaneck, NJ (NYC Metro Area), Faveo Paralegals provide cost-effective, per-case, flat-fee, immigration paralegal services to attorneys across the United States. Faveo Paralegals' clients include sole practitioners, mid and large size law firms, and legal departments of Fortune 500 Companies. Our paralegals previously worked for large international law firms and in-house departments of Fortune 500 Companies. References are available upon request. For a cost-effective, flat, per-case fee, Faveo Paralegals can fully, professionally and competently prepare for attorney's review wide range of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions including: H-1B, H-2B, H-3, L-1A/B, E-1/2, I-1, K-1/K-3, O-1, P-1, R-1, TN, U, PERM, I-140 Eb-1, Eb-2, Eb-3, Eb-5, NIW, I-601 Waivers, Responses to RFEs, & Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status Applications. Please visit us on the web at: www.visaparalegal.com Contact E-mail: info@visaparalegal.com Contact Tel: 201-256-3767 x 1. To view Faveo Paralegals video presentation on YouTube go to: Faveo Paralegals Presentation. Important Notice: Please note that we only provide services to attorneys licensed to practice law in the United States. Faveo Paralegals cannot provide paralegal services to general public.

Chinese EB-5 Marketing
EB-5 Supermarket is one of the top Chinese media and marketing companies that specializes in the EB-5 immigrant investment market. It is a direct gateway between the U.S. EB-5 project developers, EB-5 Regional centers, EB-5 professionals, U.S. immigration attorneys, Chinese immigration agencies and Chinese investors in China. If you are planning to promote your EB-5 projects or services to China market, EB-5 Supermarket is the only one you need to talk with. We offer an one-stop marketing plan for doing business in China, including bilingual marketing collateral, online/offline national promotion, interpretation and coordination with your authorized Chinese immigration agencies, brokers and other services provider to promote your investment projects in China. Moreover, our top-notch marketing team as well as the strong network in China will bring you unbelievable value. Our special working process will condense all the advantages and deliver the highlights of your project in the most effective and efficient way! Please contact us contact our Chicago office at (630)701-6163 or Email: eb5supermarket@gmail.com Website: http://www.eb5supermarket.com/index.php/lianxiwomen.

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ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
January 28, 2015, 1pm - 2:30pm (Eastern), New York, NY, The New York Immigration Coalition will hold a training seminar on "How to Prepare and Submit a Fee Waiver Request to the USCIS." CLE credits: 1.5 credit. This training is free to all non-attorneys staff of nonprofit agencies. For more details and registration see http://www.thenyic.org/node/3826.


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