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  • Oct 9 - EB5 in Senate Election

    Comment: EB5 in Senate Election
    The senatorial race in South Dakota, which was thought to be assured for the Republican candidate, now appears far from settled. According to recent polls both Democratic and Independent candidates are growing in popularity, while Republican Mike Rounds, is declining. The reason appears to be an EB5 "immigration scandal." According to Politico:

    Rounds saw economic development potential as governor, but the state's program was problematic, run out of a state agency from 2005 to 2009 and then moved to a private company that later went bankrupt. The state lost money, and there has been a series of lawsuits about money that went missing. A former state cabinet secretary was found dead in an apparent suicide last year.

    This is not just a local issue. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee now plans to spend $1 million on TV commercials as it deems the race winnable. The campaign is expected to bring more attention and scrutiny - at a national level - to the EB5 immigration issue. Likely, we will see more discussions both on the value and the need for careful supervision of this program. Share your thoughts by writing to editor@ilw.com.

    Article: Update on the China EB-5 Market By H. Ronald Klasko

    Blogging: FSBPT Eliminating Distinction Between General Education And Professional Education By Chris Musillo

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    News: USCIS Updates Processing Times Information for the Immigrant Investor Program Office (10/7/14)

    News: DOS Releases Visa Bulletin for November 2014

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    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Birmingham, AL - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. has an immediate opening for a business immigration paralegal. Candidates must have either a Bachelor's Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program. Spanish, German, Portuguese or other foreign language fluency preferred, but not required. Some responsibilities include: assisting attorney with determining case strategy; managing large volume of client cases and tracking status of filings and documentation needed; gathering relevant documentation from clients; reviewing extensive case documentation received; assisting attorney with legal research; assembling and organizing petition filings to submit to various government agencies; drafting legal correspondence to the government and clients for attorney review; preparing appropriate forms for government agencies, maintaining fully paperless file copies. Candidates should possess strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication (oral and written) skills, including the willingness and ability to work directly with foreign nationals to gather information and documentation. All applicants should have strong analytical ability; an aptitude for detail; the ability to work efficiently, and to work under pressure with or without direct supervision. 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. Equal opportunity employer. Apply here.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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    DNA Testing
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    Letters of the Week: Bloxham

    ComingsNGoings: New Partner
    Fragomen Worldwide, the leading provider of global immigration services and a member of both the Am Law 100 and the Am Law Global 100, announces the election of a new partner. Brian Coughlin is based in Fragomen’s Boston office. He assists small and multinational corporate clients, chiefly in the IT consulting industry, with workforce mobility and employment authorization concerns.


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