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Immigration Daily August 22, 2006
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Peter Gelles, Mark Ivener, Lincoln Stone

Peter Gelles, Mark Ivener, Lincoln Stone will be on the panel of "Immigration For Investors: NIVs And IVs". Gregory Siskind will lead the discussion. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 22nd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:

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Immigration For Investors: NIVs And IVs

The curriculum for "Immigration For Investors: NIVs And IVs" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 24, 2006:

Regular EB-5 Program

  • Investment Forms
  • Amount of Investment
  • Job Creation
Regional Center EB-5 Program
  • Targeted Employment Area
  • Indirect Job Creation
  • Inactive Form of Investment
  • No Day-To-Day Management Required
  • Limited Partner has a Policy Making Role
Both Programs
  • Source of Funds
  • Removal of Condition
Investment Due Diligence
  • Analyze Business Investment Opportunity
  • Review Limited Partnership Agreement
  • Review Tax Consequences
SECOND Phone Session on September 21, 2006:

E-2 visas

  • What is a "substantial" investment?
  • How do you show investment funds are "at risk"?
E-1 visas
  • What is "substantial trade"?
  • When is it possible to base an E-1 on "trade in services"?
  • When is the E-1 the better option than the E-2?
THIRD Phone Session on October 5, 2006:

  • Advanced topics in EB-5s
  • Advanced topics in E-1s and E-2s
  • Other options for business owners: L-1s, EB-1s, O-1s, etc
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 22nd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


New Affidavit Of Support Rule
Cyrus D. Mehta provides a summary of the most recent significant changes.


USCIS Announces Expansion Of Premium Processing Service
USCIS announced the addition of two new classifications to the premium processing Service, which allows US businesses to pay a $1,000 premium processing fee in exchange for 15-calendar-day processing of their case.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Raleigh, NC - Maupin Taylor, P.A., an established multi-specialty corporate law firm with offices in Raleigh, RTP and Wilmington, N.C. seeks immigration attorney to head immigration practice in Raleigh office. 5+ years' experience in business immigration and naturalization law, with excellent writing, communication and organization skills, and an exceptional client service approach. NC Bar preferred. Spanish language skills helpful. Competitive compensation and excellent benefits offered in a pleasant office environment. Please send resume in confidence to Anne Webster, Director of Administration and Recruiting, by email: or mail: P.O. Drawer 19764, Raleigh, NC 27619-9764.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Toronto, Canada - Egan LLP, a business immigration law firm allied with Ernst & Young in Canada seeks (2) associate lawyers - one for our U.S. immigration team and the other for our Canadian immigration team - to join our firm of 11 lawyers and 16 law clerks. Demonstrate understanding of Canadian/US business immigration law and effectively apply knowledge. Prepare applications for Canadian/US employment authorizations, permanent residence, citizenship and passport matters. Manage staff. US associate requirements- law degree + US bar admission. 2-4yrs of post-bar business immigration experience. Canadian associate requirements - LL.B. + Canadian bar admission. 3-6yrs of post-bar business immigration experience. Broad exposure to Canadian immigration law. Both positions require excellent managerial, organizational, and verbal/written communication skills. Dual Canadian-U.S. bar admission is plus. Relocation pkg available depending upon applicant. To apply, send resume to Thomas Byun, Egan LLP,

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD 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, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:


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Dear Editor:
I read with amusement ID's comment (8/18/06) about the use of the term "Esquire" and the Wikipedia synopsis on the subject. I was further amused by Mr. Quinn and Mr. Hake's comments, my colleagues at arms (ID 8/21/2006). While both letters make valid points, and I respect their points of view, I believe, as William Shakespeare wrote, this is "Much ado about nothing". I am proud to be an Esquire, just as Doctors are proud to use their Dr. title and PhD's are proud to use their moniker - as a symbol of achievement, not pretense - something that through educational achievement sets us apart from the norm. Notwithstanding its historical linguistic derivation, by common usage in modern times, "Esq.", in a monosyllable, identifies us as lawyers, and anyone who is not a lawyer is certainly pretentious to use it, regardless of its historic origins, or the perceived class of nobleman one might believe himself to be. This being the 21st century, I will proudly continue to display my Esq. "label", to identify myself as a lawyer and as a gentleman. After all, it is who I am, and I am what I am.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
It is hilarious fun to entertain ourselves, as recent letters have done, with weighty questions such as whether lawyers should use the title "Esquire" or "Attorney at Law". But we immigration lawyers should stop laughing long enough to read the article by Tom Barry, mentioned in ID's 08/21/06 issue. This article describes how far right extremists are planning a major campaign to smear America's entire immigrant population, legal as well as illegal, as potential terrorists. Just as was the case with the Iraq war, when the neo-cons successfully used 9/11 to pursue a "regime change" plan they had been promoting since the 1990's, anti-immigrant zealots are now using the terrorism issue to try to accomplish a goal they have had for the past forty years. This goal is to turn the clock back to the time before the 1965 immigration law, which "deported" white supremacist ideology from our immigration system. In a country where, five years after the fact, many people still believe that Saddam Hussein personally ordered the 9/11 attacks, a well organized propaganda campaign may soon have Americans believing that the WTC and Pentagon attackers were from Mexico, not Saudi Arabia, and that they spoke Spanish instead of Arabic. If this appeal to fear and the use of the Big Lie leads to enactment into law of H.R. 4437 or something similar, we lawyers may find that all of our immigration clients are in jail and that any "Esquire" or "Attorney at Law" who even talks to them may wind up with the title of "Felon".

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Once again we hear the siren song from Gary Endelman (see 08/21/06 ID Article) about how importing an unlimited number of cheap foreign workers will somehow benefit American workers. His Article fails to mention the fact that such a program would enrich the 8000+ AILA members at the expense of good-paying white collar jobs lost to Americans. The H1B used to be for the 'best and the brightest' - now it's for the 'desperate and cheapest'. Many businesses hire unqualified relatives, using dummied up "credential evaluators" to magically convert their 16 years of tuning up cars into a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. On average H1B workers are paid nearly 25% less than they are supposed to be paid. why do immigration attorneys charge so much for so little work? A couple of friends and I decided to see how long it would take us (we are not immigration attorneys) to complete the I-129 and write an cover letter exaggerating the qualifications of a mythical applicant. The I-129 turns out to be little more than a "check the box" and "color in the circle"type of an application. It took each of us, working on our own "case", less than 2 hours to check the boxes, color the circles and write and proof a letter, address an envelope and write out a mythical check for the application fee. $4000 for this "work?" Perhaps we should begin opening the floodgates by importing 10,000 foreign immigration attorneys. And, to further competition, allow them to charge $25 per hour instead of $250. Might not AILA members suddenly start complaining and whining, concerned that they would be priced out of the marketplace? You bet. That would be music to many American workers' ears.

[deleted city, state Ed. 08/22/06]

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