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  • April 26 - Regional Center Program Renewal

    Comment: Regional Center Program Renewal
    Many readers have contacted Immigration Daily inquiring about the prospects of renewal for the Regional Center program which is due to expire on April 28th. There is no realistic possibility that the program will not be renewed. There are two ways in which the program would be extended: a clean extension and an amendment to the program. In every single cycle of appropriations for the last several years, there have been attempts to amend the program. The latest such attempt is the language released by Senators Grassley and Leahy last week. While earlier versions by Grassley and Leahy were largely wishful thinking, the current language makes advances that brings it closer to the point of political viability. However there is still a debate as the language is opposed by some urban real estate projects who will be disadvantaged by the restrictive TEA definitions.

    More importantly, Senator Cornyn has circulated ideas quite different from the Grassley-Leahy language. This is significant because (1) Cornyn is the #2 person in the majority party in the Senate (2) His opposition prohibits the Grassley-Leahy language from being the consensus. Dynamics of the appropriations negotiations are such that only amendments with consensus are included and all else defaults to clean extension, postponing amendments to a later date. It is almost certain, barring some unusual event, that the Regional Center program will get a clean extension till September 30, 2017. For people raising money, we do not expect anything to change in the next few days or the next few months.

    There are two points to note:

    1. There is tension between President Trump and not only the Democrats, but also the Republicans in Congress. Last minute fireworks are likely before appropriations are finalized. We expect there to be a short 1 day to 1 week extension (vide a continuing resolution) while the differences are worked out. It is possible that there may be a few days for filing after April 28th. Of course, it is unwise to speculate on the timing of a sovereign body, so prudent attorneys would want to get their applications in before the deadline. The duties and responsibilities of attorneys are quite different from those who are raising money.
    2. We are beginning to suspect that EB-5 reform will happen in the fall of 2017. Opposition to the status quo is building and the language of the principal proposals continues to evolve closer to political viability. Legislative reform on EB-5 is possible in 6-12 month time frame--but not in the one to two week time frame.

    This is our best judgment after observing and reporting on legislative action on immigration for the past 17 years. We have a long (though not perfect) record of forecasting appropriations insofar as immigration issues are affected thereby. Our comments on legislative dynamics are a matter of public record, and we, in the tradition of the American trade press, are content to spell out our thoughts before our readers and be judged by our readers.

    Article: Late to the Party, the Trump Administration Weighs in On H-1B’s With 5 Pronouncements By Alan Lee, Esq.

    Article: EB-3 Other (unskilled worker) Category Immigration Program is Necessary for Some Employers and is a Long Standing, Valid Program By Jinhee Wilde

    Article: 5 Pro-Active Steps Employers Can Take to Prepare for Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” April 18, 2017 Executive Order By Richard Yemm

    Article: Gazing Into The Abyss: How Uscis Would Handle An EB-5 Regional Center Program Lapse By Matthew T. Galati

    Article: RFE? Whose Fault Was That? By Sheila Danzig

    Blogging: Unauthorized Immigrant Population Fell in 2015 Below Recession Level By Matthew Kolken

    Blogging: Federal Court Blocks Sanctuary Cities Executive Order as Arguing in Good Faith Becomes the Latest Casualty of Trump Era By Roger Algase

    News: USCIS Assists in Investigation Leading to Conviction of Imposter Attorney in Marriage Fraud Scheme

    News: DHS Announces Launch of New Office For Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime

    Focus: International Students Expos in USA
    International students are coming to the US in dramatically increased numbers. The explosion in Chinese, Indian and Korean students started less than a decade ago and continues. For EB-5 purposes students offer good prospects. We have been conducting events since 2014 educating students on EB-5 in New York, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Michigan and California. We are expanding these events to other locations in 2017 to cover the entire USA. For each city we promote the event to multiple campuses across the metropolitan region; this can vary from ten to twenty campuses per city. These are 1 day events that require a short single night stay trip from the sponsoring Regional Center or law firm. During the educational event covering the students' immigration options the sponsor makes a short presentation about their Regional Center or law firm. The event structure allows for plenty of networking opportunities with students. These events are available only to Regional Centers that use Regulation-D or to law firms, and we require clients to consult a securities attorney before signing up for these events.

    International Student Expos 2017

    • Los Angeles, CA - March 18, 2017
    • New York, NY - March 25, 2017
    • Houston, TX - April 8, 2017
    • Seattle, WA - May 6, 2017
    • Washington, DC - June 3, 2017
    • New York, NY - June 17, 2017
    • Chicago, IL - July 15, 2017
    • Philadelphia, PA - August 12, 2017
    • New York, NY - September 16, 2017
    • Boston, MA - September 23, 2017
    • San Francisco, CA - October 14, 2017
    • Dallas, TX - November 11, 2017
    • Miami, FL - December 2, 2017
    • New York, NY - December 9, 2017

    Format:

    • All Day Expo featuring Exhibit Hall and frequent short seminars.
    • Participation includes distribution of all marketing materials, an exhibit table and 2 speaking slots.
    • Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards.

    Regional Center - $2999 per city; Law Firms - $1999 per city

    For more information please call: 212-545-0818 or write to webmaster@ilw.com or click here.

    Headline: Trump’s immigration crackdown is going to crush the economy—and one sector in particular Click here
    Headline: Sen. Kamala Harris’s claim that an ‘undocumented immigrant is not a criminal’ Click here
    Headline: Mexicans No Longer Make Up Majority Of Undocumented Immigrants In U.S. Click here
    Headline: Trump immigration court defeat is 'bananas', says White House Click here
    Headline: Cross-country squabbling on immigration undermines vital reform Click here

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Atlanta, GA - Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Our Atlanta office seeks multiple experienced immigration attorneys to join the firm’s expanding practice and assume a major role in our business immigration group. Requirements: Juris Doctor; Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing; During employment, must meet requirements for continuing licensure for law practice; Must have 3 or more years of business immigration experience in a fast paced environment; Candidates should possess extensive experience with PERM applications, H-1B, L-1, TN and E visas; Must possess experience in high-volume business immigration work environment; Excellent writing, organizational and research skills are required. Ogletree Deakins offers a robust suite of benefits for our Attorneys including: Comprehensive training and development programs including a Firm-wide Attorney Retreats every year, Firm sponsored CLE and bar admission expenses, Competitive Bonus Programs, 401K, affordable Health and Life Insurance including Dental & Vision coverage, Flexible Spending Accounts to help offset the cost of dependent care and/or health care expenses, Teladoc (24/7 access to a doctor by phone or online video) and an EAP Program. To apply for this position, please email your resume to Vanessa Russell at Vanessa.Russell@ogletreedeakins.com with “ATLANTA IMMIGRATION ASSOCIATE” in the subject line.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Raleigh, NC - Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Our Atlanta office seeks multiple experienced immigration attorneys to join the firm’s expanding practice and assume a major role in our business immigration group. Requirements: Juris Doctor; Qualified candidates must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in the state of employment; During employment, must meet requirements for continuing licensure for law practice; Experience with PERM applications, H-1B, L-1, TN and E visas is preferred; Experience in high-volume business immigration work environment is a plus; Excellent writing, organizational and research skills are required. Ogletree Deakins offers a robust suite of benefits for our Attorneys including: Comprehensive training and development programs including a Firm-wide Attorney Retreats every year, Firm sponsored CLE and bar admission expenses, Competitive Bonus Programs, 401K, affordable Health and Life Insurance including Dental & Vision coverage, Flexible Spending Accounts to help offset the cost of dependent care and/or health care expenses, Teladoc (24/7 access to a doctor by phone or online video) and an EAP Program. To apply for this position, please email your resume to Vanessa Russell at Vanessa.Russell@ogletreedeakins.com with “RALEIGH IMMIGRATION ASSOCIATE” in the subject line.

    Letters of the Week: Roger Algase, L Galy

    ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
    Washington, DC – May 3, Wednesday. State-Based Visas: A Federalism Approach to the Immigration Impasse, https://www.cato.org/events/state-ba...ration-impasse


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