Comment: Immigrants Boost Economy
Thomas J. Donohue, the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, expressed his support for CIR on gazettextra, pointing out that talented immigrants infuse capital, ideas and modernize our workforce.

Through common-sense immigration reform, we have a tremendous opportunity to help close the skills gap in our workforce, address labor shortages, strengthen our economy and create jobs for everyone living in America. But if we don't act on this national priority soon, we'll fall behind in the global competition for talent, putting our economy and American jobs at risk.

The crude rejection of immigration reform ignoring the complex ways in which immigration supports the economy will lead to unpredictable losses to our economy. Businesses, which depend directly on the contribution of the immigrants to the workforce, know this better than anyone else. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to us at

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Focus: The EB-5 Summit, LA - Final Deadline
The EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers will be taking place on Friday, February 28th in Los Angeles, CA. The Discussion Leader will be David Hirson and other speakers include Allen Chi, Ronald Darling, Matt Gordon, Patrick Harvey, Ali Jahangiri, Nima Korpivaara, Cheryl Lane, Reid Thomas, and Katie Wu. This event is sponsored by E3 Investment Group and NESFinancial. The curriculum is as follows:

  • The Regional Center View: Structuring the Deal and Finding Investors
  • Lawfully Advising on Choosing A Project
  • Developing the 924 Application
  • Lunch - Keynote Luncheon Speaker - Patrick Harvey
  • 526 Petitions and Source of Funds Issues
  • 829 Applications and Documenting Job Creation
  • Funds Administration
  • Innovation in EB-5, The Non-Regional Center Concept
  • Special Topics on EB-5 - Due Diligence, Market Sentiment in China, Political Changes in EB-5, Business Plans, Current trends, USCIS Adjudications Memo, Licensing Third Party Projects, and More.

For additional information, including speaker biographies, sponsor profiles, and to register, please see:
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Los Angeles, CA - Immigration law firm in Studio City is seeking a full time, bilingual (Spanish) associate attorney. The law firm handles a variety of immigration cases, including (but not limited to) Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, provisional waivers, U-Visas, VAWAs, DACAs, SIJS cases, TPS, cases before Immigration Court, the BIA, and the Ninth Circuit. The law firm handles PERM labor certifications and employment based petitions and also works on nonimmigrant business visas such as L Visas, E Visas, etc. Responsibilities include: working with the paralegal team to supervise and facilitate the preparation of immigration packets to be sent to USCIS; preparing evidence and briefs to be sent to the Immigration Court, BIA, and Ninth Circuit; conducting legal research; appearing in Immigration Court on behalf of clients; representing clients in adjustment of status and naturalization interviews; giving consultations and providing potential clients with an assessment of any possible immigration relief available to them. Ideal candidate will have the following experience and skills: experience with types of cases outlined above; experience with the Immigration Court, BIA, and Ninth Circuit; fluency in Spanish and the ability to provide information to clients in Spanish in a way that allows clients to easily understand whether they qualify for any immigration relief; and excellent customer service skills. All resumes and submissions will be treated with strict confidence. Please send resumes to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Multiple Locations - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. has an immediate opening for two immigration paralegals. One opening is in the Chattanooga Office, the second opening is in the Chattanooga, Atlanta or Nashville office. Candidates must have either a Bachelor's Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program. Spanish fluency preferred, but not required. Some responsibilities include: assisting attorney with determining case strategy; managing large volume of clients 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 filings with the government; drafting legal correspondence to the government and clients for attorney review; preparing appropriate forms for government agencies, maintaining fully paperless file copies. Ideal candidate will have 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 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. Candidates must be flexible, have regular attendance and be willing to work overtime if necessary. Resumes will only be accepted for position posted. Must provide minimum authorization to work in the United States. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and all employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity and marital status. To apply, go to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
New York and New Jersey - Immigration Law Firm is seeking additional Business Immigration Lawyers to add to its staff. Immigration attorney will handle a full range of immigrant and nonimmigrant employment based matters. Lawyer will manage paralegal staff and also him/herself prepare, file, and monitor status of NIV and IV petitions for corporate and individual clients including PERM, H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1, P-3, P-1 J-1, E-1/2, B-1/2, etc. Immigration lawyer will also research and draft RFE and Audit responses and Motions to Reopen/Reconsider to CIS/DOL. Consular processing experience a plus. Immigration lawyer will maintain case files in Tracker. 1+ years of experience in business immigration law required. Law students with business immigration experience are welcome to apply. Multi-tasking a must. EOE. Please send resume and salary requirements and letter of interest in confidence to or by snail-mail to NPZ Law Group, ATTN: Human Resources Department.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - Immigration Law Firm is seeking a Business Immigration Attorney. Position will handle full range of immigrant and nonimmigrant employment based matters. Attorney will prepare, file, and monitor status of NIV and IV petitions for corporate and individual clients including PERM, H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1, J-1, E-1/2, B-1/2, etc. Attorney will also research and draft complex Request for Evidence responses and Motions to Reopen/Reconsider to USCIS/DOL; in addition, attorney will update and maintain case files via LawLogix. Ideal candidate will have 2+ years of experience and will manage own caseload. Please send resumes to and use " Classified Response" as the subject line.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Los Angeles, CA - Polsinelli, LLP is seeking a candidate to immediately fill a Paralegal position in their Immigration group in Los Angeles (Century City). Responsibilities include drafting government form, writing letters, conducting research, maintaining files and case management, preparing and maintaining reports, and communicating with clients. Ideal candidate will have attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and the ability to meet assigned deadlines. Requirements include a Paralegal Certificate and BS or BA degree; immigration experience a plus. Please send resumes to

Immigration Law Certificate
Classes offered both online and in-person. Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here

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ComingNGoings: Law Firm Merger
Asher Frankel is proud to announce that he has merged his practice with Devry Smith Frank, LLP, a mid-sized full service law firm of approximately 60 lawyers, where he will lead the immigration law group. Asher Frankel is dually admitted and practices in all areas related to Canadian and U.S, Corporate Immigration Law, with emphasis on the cross-border temporary movement of employees under NAFTA, as well as immigration provisions of universal application. For additional information, please see:

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