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Focus: The Removal Book - New Edition at a Discounted Price!
ILW.com is pleased to announce the newest edition of The Removal Book at a discounted price! The Editor is Priscillia Suntoso and Authors include Nadeen Aljijakli, Josh Bardavid, Philip Eichorn,
The popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is on the rise for students around the world. These classes are taught exclusively online and are often free of cost. They have very high enrollments – sometimes hundreds or thousands of students.
Many colleges and universities in the United States offer MOOCs as course options for enrolled students to earn course credit, but students studying in the United States on an F-1 or M-1 visa should be aware of the rules for counting online or distance education courses towards a full-course of study. The Student and Exchange
The popularity of the EB-5 program has grown exponentially over the past few years. More and more Regional Centers (RCs) are being approved by the USCIS, and some of those entering the space are large experienced companies, thereby significantly increasing the level of competition for investors. In some cases, newly approved Regional Centers may find it a little daunting to compete with longer running, more established, big brand RCs. There are several marketing strategies that every new and existing Regional Center can follow to help ensure a higher chance of success.
1)Develop the best channel to investors and stay involved. Prospective foreign investors have many choices when considering which project to invest in. With direct overseas marketing, you are able to leverage the understanding of the in-country culture and the network of your channel partners to speak to investors directly about why they should invest in your project versus a competitor’s. Align yourself with proven partners that value your project and can help you develop a pipeline of prospects. Taking the time to interact directly with and getting to know these investors can go a long way. It also provides hands-on knowledge as to any objections with respect to the project or channel, so that you can address it.
Remittances are funds transferred from a foreign worker to an individual in his or her home country. The people in the home country who receive this money typically spend it on food, clothing, and other essentials. Each year, foreign workers send home billions of dollars to their native countries.[i] The following World Bank[ii] chart lists the countries that received the most remittances in 2012.
The figures for the following year, 2013, were India ($71 billion), China ($60 billion), the Philippines ($26 billion), Mexico ($22 billion), Nigeria ($21 billion), and Egypt ($20 billion). Remittances are expected to experience an average annual growth rate of more than 8%, which by 2016, could result in a total of $540 billion if only developing countries are counted and a total of more than $700 billion worldwide. Remittance amounts already exceed the foreign exchange reserves in at least 14 developing countries, and they are equivalent to more than 50% of the level of the reserves in more than 26 of them.[iii]
More remittances are sent from the United States than from any other country, approximately 23.3% of them. The total amount of remittances sent from the United States to other countries in 2012, was more than $123,273,000,000.[iv] The following chart provides World Bank estimates of how much money was sent from the United States to 15 other countries in 2012.[v]
Significant fees are charged for sending a remittance and sometimes also for receiving it.
The World Bank monitors remittance fees across all geographic regions of the world and publishes this information on Remittance Prices Worldwide.[vi] In the first quarter of 2014, the global average total cost of sending remittances was 8.36%, which is a new low; average rates have been significantly higher in previous years. The World Bank researchers tried to determine whether fees also are being charged to the person who receives the remittance. In the majority of the cases (69%) they checked, the provider of the service claimed that no fee was charged to the receiver, but 11% of the service providers disclosed a receiving fee. The fees to the receivers of remittances generally are for transfers to a bank account; it seems to be a common practice for banks to charge account holders for receiving international transfers.[vii]
In many cases, the people sending the remittances are low-income migrant workers and the amounts typically are no more than a few hundred dollars at a time. Any reduction in remittance transfer prices would result in more money remaining in the pockets of migrants and their families, and it would have a significant effect on the income levels of the remittance receivers. For instance, if the cost of sending remittances could be reduced by five percentage points, remittance recipients in developing countries would receive approximately $16 billion dollars more each year than they do now.[viii]
The Overseas Development Institute[ix] (ODI), a leading international development think tank in the United Kingdom, recently announced that Britain's leading money transfer companies are imposing a "super tax" on remittances to Africa which should be investigated by the government's consumer watchdog. According to ODI, Africa is losing $1.8 billion a year from excessive remittance fee charges.[x] ODI explains in its report, “Lost in intermediation, How excessive charges undermine the benefits of remittances for Africa,”[xi] that foreign workers are paying an average of 12% in fees to send remittances to relatives in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, a worker sending $200 home to provide for a relative’s education would pay a $24.00 fee.
Remittances sent by foreign workers in the United States to Latin American countries.
Remittances from the United States to Latin American countries usually are concentrated in the countries closest to the United States border. More than half of the remittances to Latin American Countries ($23
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Focus: PERM for Experts
We are proud to announce the newest ILW.com seminar series, "PERM
for Experts." The first session will take place this Thursday,
April 24. The Discussion Leader is James Pack and other speakers
for this series include Michael Boshniak, Barbara Brandes, Kelly Cobb, Jason
Gerrol, Sherry Neal, and others to be announced. The curriculum is as
FIRST Phone Session on April 24, 2014 - Formulating the Job
Description and Requirements; The Elusive Usable Prevailing Wage
Alternate requirements and "substantial equivalence"
When is Kellogg language required?
DOL and USCIS views on Delitizer
EB-2 - EB-3 degree equivalency
Job requirements - can they be gained through "a reasonable
period of on-the-job training"?
Tailoring and Audit Triggers
Alternate requirements and Prevailing Wage
Responding to RFIs
Responding to RFIs
"Managerial" wage determinations
Use of private Wage Surveys
SECOND Phone Session on May 15, 2014 - Current Trends in
Recruitment Requirements, Non-traditional workers, and Layoffs
and Applicant Review
Required language in newspaper ads vs. other postings -
starting recruitment prior to receipt of a wage
Standards for employee referral programs
Acceptable newspapers and other recruitment
Non-traditional workers: what constitutes "travel"? how to
recruit for multiple work-sites, roving employees, telecommuters,
April 16, 2014. Staggered Crossing of Seafood Industry (through September 30, 2014)
On January 17, 2014, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (the "2014 Appropriations Act"), Pub. L. 113-76, which includes a provision permitting staggered entry of H-2B workers employed by employers