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Comment: EB-5 Workshop
The EB-5 Workshop will be held on Monday, March 5, 2012 in Orlando, FL. The speakers are Edward Carroll, Steven T. Anapoell, K. David Andersson, Edward Beshara, Boyd Campbell, Daren Di Nicola, Jeffrey B. Carr, Robert Gaffney, Michael Homeier, Susan L. Pilcher, Dave Souders, Frederick Troncone, and Cletus Weber . The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1: The EB-5 Basics - Eligibility Criteria and Petition Process

  • Basic Eligibility for the I-526 Petition
    • Overview of EB-5 Criteria
    • Significance of the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program - Regional Centers
  • Structuring the Investment: Selection of Business Model
  • Exemplar petitions: Can projects be "pre-approved"?
  • Lawful source of funds requirements
    • Source documentation and tracing
    • Tax and licensing compliance
    • Currency control restrictions
    • Current trends and challenges
  • Overview of the Petition Process
    • Sequence and timing
    • Current processing times
    • Construction Jobs
    • Child Status Protection Act
  • Preparing for the I-829: Basic requirements and overview of the I-829 petition
Session 2: Building the Foundation - TEAs, Regional Centers, and Economic Studies
  • Targeted Employment Areas (TEA
    • Purpose and definition
    • Current developments/challenges
  • Regional Centers and Regional Center Designation Process
    • o Purpose and definition
    • "Direct" vs. "Indirect" jobs
    • Mayorkas letter
    • Business plans (Evolving USCIS requirements)
    • Regional Center Applications and Amendments (I-924 decision boards, processing times and premium processing, "material change", current development/challenges)
    • Oversight and I-924A
  • An Economist's View
    • The role of the economist
    • Overview of regional economics and input-output modeling
    • Working within USCIS parameters (NAICS codes, regional center boundaries, what a TEA should look like, which "jobs" count)
    • Current challenges
Session 3:Hot Topics and Current Developments
  • Perspective on the EB-5 program from the USCIS Ombudsman
  • Growth of Regional Centers
  • Due diligence: Regional Centers and EB-5 projects
  • Regional Center Leasing and Hosting Arrangements
  • Hot Topics
    • I-829 Adjudications and "Material Change"
    • Bridge Financing
    • Regional Center adjudication delays
    • Pilot Program Sunset
    • Trending issues with USCIS
Session 4: EB-5 and Investments Through a Broader Lens
  • Securities law issues
    • EB-5 Projects as securities
    • Investor Qualifications
    • Reg. D and Reg. S Exemptions
    • Disclosure Requirements
    • Broker-Dealer
    • Right of Rescission
  • Ethics and Risk Management
    • Knowing when to co-counsel and when to use experts
    • Avoiding and managing conflicts of interest
    • Advising clients about investments - is it smart?
    • Finder's fees
    • Professional liability insurance considerations
For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: here. For the fax form, see here. Don't delay, act today!

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Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
Boston, New Jersey, New York - Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP is seeking various levels of business immigration professionals with management and business immigration experience who will be responsible for managing the firm's global content, knowledge management (KM) systems and client-facing solutions. Responsibilities include partnering with the firm's leadership to manage our global content, be responsible for the continuous expansion of the firm's overall knowledge base, developing and implementing KM strategies, designing and launching innovative new clients solutions, conducting needs analyses and developing training programs for staff and clients, and coordinating with IT for new enhancement. The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of knowledge management/business immigration experience and is intelligent self-starter with excellent written and oral communication skills, familiar with KM concepts, technology solutions, informal architecture, possess research skills and project management experience, excellent presentation and intercultural communication skills. U.S. JD is strongly preferred for team leader roles. To apply for a GK position domestically, please click here. We are always looking for talented candidates to fill a wide array of roles in our various global offices. To create your own profile, upload application materials and express an interest in other practice areas and locations, you can send us your resume through our Careers web page.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Immigration Practice Group is seeking immigration paralegal to provide support in preparing and filing of petitions and applications with federal government agencies. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparing and drafting routine correspondence and memoranda, researching immigration law and procedures and case management, gathering information from clients, preparing draft filings to relevant federal and state agencies, entering case information into web-based case management system, tracking the status of filings and inform the client of any follow up that may be necessary, training support staff on immigration practice and procedures. An ideal candidate will have 2+ years of immigration paralegal experience preparing non-immigrant (e.g., H-1B, L-1, E-2, O-1) and immigrant (PERM and EB-1) filings, excellent attention to detail and strong organizational and communication (oral and written) skills, ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with an emphasis on ability to work with a team, strong skills in working on multiple projects, flexibility for overtime and willingness to travel. BS/BA degree required. Paralegal Certificate a plus. Some lifting required up to 20 lbs. Hours - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, with overtime as required. EEO M/F/V/D. Submit your resume and cover letter to

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CLE Immigration Event
Memphis, TN - (May 18-19, 2012) The Federal Bar Association in conjunction with the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the FBA; the Mid-South Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, invite you to join us for one of the most exciting national immigration conferences available this year. The confirmed speaker line-up is a who's who of well-renowned AILA attorneys and government officials including Judges from The US Circuit Court of Appeals, EOIR and other former and current Immigration Judges from across the country, and counsel from The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL). This conference also offers the opportunity to hear from a panel of ICE and USCIS supervisors as they discuss various immigration issues that affect both the Mid-South and the nation as a whole. Program includes special tracks for pro bono attorneys as well as criminal lawyers. Earn up to 12 CLE hours (with a possibility of 3 ethics hours offered) and have fun, too. Early bird deadline is April 15, 2012. This Conference is limited to 400 Participants. Feel free to check out the preliminary brochure. Also, check out the housing and other information see here.

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ComingsNGoings: New Partner
Fragomen is pleased to announce Becky Xia as new Partner. Becky is responsible for the firm's China practice, supervising a team handling inbound visas and work permits. As the leading expert in the increasingly complex area of China immigration, she specializes in assisting multinational corporations, financial institutions, and other global employers with employment-based immigration and investor visas. Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP is the largest firm in the world dedicated to corporate immigration.

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