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  • March 26 - Photos from Los Angeles H1B to EB5 Expo

    March 26 - Photos from Los Angeles H1B to EB5 Expo

    Comment: Photos from Los Angeles H1B to EB5 Expo ILW.COM conducted a H1B to EB5 Expo in Los Angeles, on February 20, 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 our next round of H-1B events are available. Please see below for our current H1B to EB5 Expo schedule: Date City Monday, March 25, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Phoneix, AZ Friday, March 29, 2019 San Jose, CA Monday, April 15, 2019 Baltimore, MD Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Atlanta, GA Friday, April 19, 2019 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: The Nuts and Bolts of Complying with the H-1B Notice Requirements By Cyrus Mehta Blogging: OCAHO Finds Applicant Failed to Prove Document Abuse By Bruce Buchanan Blogging: Columbia law professor and human rights expert shows how Trump's anti-immigrant attacks promote "New Right" neo-fascism and lead to a "downward authoritarian spiral." By Roger Algase News: USCIS States that CW-1 Filings for Fiscal Year 2020 Must be Accompanied by an Approved Temporary Labor Certification Focus: 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. Headline: ICE trained 1,500 local authorities to help enforce immigration law Click here Headline: McAllen Mayor Jim Darling candid on immigration issues facing the city Click here Headline: Boston-Based Advocates Sue Trump, Arguing End Of Immigration Protections For Liberians Is Racist Click here Headline: US Supreme Court Upholds Indefinite Detention of Immigrants Click here Headline: ICE chief: Congress could end 'unmitigated crisis' on border with one legal tweak Click here Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal Houston, Texas - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. has an opening for an immigration paralegal in Houston, Texas. Candidates must have either a Bachelor's Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program and at least 3-5 years of immigration experience. Responsibilities involve substantial writing and research for EB-1 and H-1Bs, and preparing responses to requests for evidence. Additional responsibilities include: assisting in determining case strategy; managing clients and tracking status of filings; gathering documentation from clients; reviewing case documents; assisting with legal research; filings with the government; drafting correspondence to the government and clients; preparing appropriate forms for government agencies, maintaining paperless file copies. Candidates should possess strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including the willingness and ability to work directly with foreign nationals to gather information. All applicants should have an aptitude for detail; the ability to work efficiently, and to work under pressure. Each candidate must be able to handle multiple projects at the same time and have excellent facility with computer systems and the ability to learn and efficiently use new systems. Candidates must be flexible, have regular attendance and be ...
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  • March 25 - Taiwan Expo

    March 25 - Taiwan Expo

    Comment: Taiwan Expo May 8, 2019 — Taipei Taiwan is one of the larger EB5 Markets, with about 150 investments per year raised Taiwan has an agent structure similar to China (but lower cost than China) The language is the same in both China and Taiwan thus simplifying preparation of marketing material Taiwan is very close geographically to China & Vietnam, so jetlag is minimized and productive time is maximized Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards Price: EB-5 Issuers: $7,999+$1,999= $9,998 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. For more information, please call (212)545-0818 or email webmaster@ilw.com or click here. Article: Case Study: EB-2 Education RFE – Overturned! By Sheila Danzig Article: Part 7 of 8: Alternatives to H-1B Visa. By: Michael Phulwani, Esq., David H. Nachman, Esq. and Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. Blogging: Indian Man Convicted of H-1B Visa Fraud By Bruce Buchanan Blogging: The same prejudices against Latino, African and Asian legal immigrants today were once directed against Europeans. We must move past fear and hatred to respect human rights By Roger Algase News: EOIR Releases Updated Guidance on Use of Electronic Devices in EOIR Space 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: DACA recipient flight attendant released by ICE Click here Headline: Immigration ‘would help social security fund’ Click here Headline: ICE Tracking Immigrants with Huge License Plate Database Click here Headline: David Bossie: An ‘America First’ immigration policy looks like this Click here Headline: Supreme Court Approves Indefinite Detention of Immigrants 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 time...
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  • March 22 - Red Herring Legislation

    March 22 - Red Herring Legislation

    Comment: Red Herring Legislation First an update on the EB5 Reg: The new EB-5 regulation remains pending at OMB. Some of our readers did reach out to the leadership of OMB. While the appeals to loss of jobs, and impact on real estate industry barely registered a response, the thought that this is a Obama-era regulation captured OMB's attention, which could derail the regulation. However, no one can really tell what will happen, the regulation still hangs like the Sword of Damocles over the EB-5 industry--with its proposed increase in investment amounts killing the market, and its centralization of TEA destroying 90% of projects currently in the market. There is action on the legislative front: A bill has been written, and is likely to be introduced in the House in the next few weeks. We expect a companion bill to be introduced in the Senate later. Following the rules of the two chambers, the bills will be referred to the Judiciary Committees, the chairs of which, Representative Nadler (D) and Senator Graham (R), respectively, will likely hold hearings this spring. The bill has been written 90% by urban interests and 10% by a minority of rural interests. The bill seeks to narrow the difference in investment between TEA and non-TEA and/or to continue a liberal definition of TEA, and will keep investor protection toothless. The biggest issue in the bill will be an increase in the EB-5 quota. The carrot of additional EB-5 visa numbers will be used to entice the EB5 industry to a circus especially when hearings commence. No one should get their hopes up--EB5 players will not succeed in getting additional numbers, due to the 4 reasons in our email "Congress Will Not Stop New EB5 Regulation" (full text reproduced at the bottom): "Reason 1: ...The leadership of both chambers view the immigration issue holistically, and EB-5 is a mere blip in the constellation of big immigration issues--there is no reason for them to use precious political capital to bring such a minor issue to the floor, nor will they take a chance to permit EB-5 language to be snookered into another bill. Reason 2: Control of the legislature is split between Republicans and Democrats. We have an extremely partisan atmosphere especially going into an election year. Expecting that bipartisan legislation on a relatively minor issue will pass in such a charged atmosphere is unrealistic. Reason 3: One of the principal lobbyists retained by the EB-5 industry has a 15+ years record of failure before Congress, with no ameliorating success on any immigration matter. Reason 4: The elephant in the room is Dreamers. The Dreamer issue is the most politically important immigration issue for all parties--we are doubtful that anything on immigration can get done without resolving this issue." Any change of immigration quota numbers has to go through the "Big Four" the leadership of the House and the Senate (Representative Pelosi, Representative McCarthy, Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer). If there is a bipartisan consensus in the leadership to raise of EB-5 numbers, we would be the biggest cheerleaders--but given the level of conflict between these four on issues of far greater importance to each of them, we do not see the possibility of such consensus developing in this Congress. Any attempt at legislation without consensus of the leadership is a Red Herring and should be ignored by all, because such a legislative attempt is doomed to fail and has no chance whatever. The next six months till September is an ideal time for projects to raise money abroad--especial...
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  • March 21 - More Mileage For Your Articles

    March 21 - More Mileage For Your Articles

    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:(Part 6 of 8): The H-1B Cap Was Reached; Do I Still Have A Chance Of Getting An H-1B Visa? By Michael Phulwani, Esq., David Nachman, Esq.and Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. Blogging: Immigration opponents are really worried about Diversity and Demographics, not Safety and Security By Roger Algase 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: The American Bar Association says US immigration courts are 'on the...
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  • March 20 - Jobs in TX, NJ, NY, IN and Canada

    March 20 - Jobs in TX, NJ, NY, IN and Canada

    Comment: Jobs in TX, NJ, NY, IN and Canada International Law Firms are hiring immigration Paralegal. See below help wanted ads for TX, NJ, NY, IN and Canada. Article: An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future By Royce Murray for Immigration Impact Blogging: Trump's attack on immigrant human rights is leading to a fascist America even faster than we think By Roger Algase News: DOL Issues Memo on Compliance with the H-1B Notice Requirement by Electronic Posting Focus: 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. Headline: GOP senator to publicly call out Trump for McCain attacks Click here Headline: Trump administration to stop detaining some migrant families at border: report Click here Headline: Record $120 billion sent home to 3 top nations flooding US with illegal immigrants Click here Headline: The Supreme Court’s liberals are very worried about indefinite detention of immigrants Click here Headline: 'Immigration is a blessing': George W. Bush welcomes new U.S. citizens at ceremony Click here Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal Houston, Texas - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. has an opening for an immigration paralegal in Houston, Texas. Candidates must have either a Bachelor's Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program and at least 3-5 years of immigration experience. Responsibilities involve substantial writing and research for EB-1 and H-1Bs, and preparing responses to requests for evidence. Additional responsibilities include: assisting in determining case strategy; managing clients and tracking status of filings; gathering documentation from clients; reviewing case documents; assisting with legal research; filings with the government; drafting correspondence to the government and clients; preparing appropriate forms for government agencies, maintaining paperless file copies. Candidates should possess strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including the willingness and ability to work directly with foreign nationals to ga...
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  • March 19 - Top Articles And News For February 2019

    March 19 - Top Articles And News For February 2019

    Comment: Top Articles And News For February 2019 Articles Article: An Open Letter to Honorable President Donald J. Trump on EB-5 Visa Job Creation Program By Bernard Wolfsdorf Article: EB-5 Funds Obtained From Unsecured Loans Now Legal Under Zhang By Matt Gordon Article: Delays in U.S. Immigration Applications – Remedies for Past-Due Adjudications By Joseph Barnett and Bernard Wolfsdorf Blogging: Workplace ICE Raids Continue in Sanford, North Carolina By Bruce Buchanan Blogging: February 2019 Visa Bulletin: Analysis And Predictions By Chris Musillo News News: DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions on Ghana News: USCIS Policy Alert on Marriage Involving Minor(s) News: USCIS Strengthens Guidance on Spousal Petitions Involving Minors News: CRS Report on Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses of H-1B Temporary Workers News: New EB-5 Modernization Final Rule Sent to OMB What were your favorite February 2019 Articles and New Items? Share your thoughts by writing to editor@ilw.com Article: Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most By Walter Ewing for Immigration Impact Blogging: Get Rid Of Per-Country Quotas And Increase Merit-Based Immigration By Carl Shusterman Blogging: OCAHO Finds No Discrimination By Bruce Buchanan Blogging: Seven Things To Remember About The H-1B Cap By Chris Musillo News: Supreme Court Holds that the Government has Authority in Detaining and Deporting Immigrants with Past Criminal Charges in Nielsen v. Preap News: USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes Focus: Taiwan Expo May 8, 2019 — Taipei Taiwan is one of the larger EB5 Markets, with about 150 investments per year raised Taiwan has an agent structure similar to China (but lower cost than China) The language is the same in both China and Taiwan thus simplifying preparation of marketing material Taiwan is very close geographically to China & Vietnam, so jetlag is minimized and productive time is maximized Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards Price: EB-5 Issuers: $7,999+$1,999= $9,998 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.com or click here. Headline: Supreme Court hands Trump administration a victory in immigration battle Click here Headline: The U.S. Is Reportedly Keeping Immigrant Children in Secret Shelters Click here Headline: George W. Bush:'Immigration is a blessing and a strength' Click here Headline: Applications For H-1B Immigrant Visa Comparable To The Size Of Marin County, California, Population Click here Headline: Dream Act 2019: Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status holders push for immigration bill in Boston 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, 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 with resume; Minimum of 2 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 and joy_fehribach@visaserve.com Le...
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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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