Comment: The Last Days Of EB-5? -
With just ten weeks left until the sunset date for the EB-5 program, ILW.COM wants to encourage discussion on this topic, both because of its importance to our nation's economy but also because of how it is indicative of our legislative branch's lethargy. Congress must act on or before September 30th to prolong the program; if they do not, USICS will lose the authority to grant immigrants' petitions and thus deprive American business ventures of the investments they need to finance their projects and create jobs for American workers at a time when our economy continues to sputter. Between the present and September 30th, Congress only has about four total weeks while it is in session; two now and two in September. Realistically, nothing of value will get done in the September session - those sessions will be full of political grandstanding with the national election on the horizon. Thus, there should be a sense of urgency to get this program reapproved NOW! While the EB-5 program has almost lapsed and, indeed, even did lapse once in the past, the U.S. economy was never in the dire straits which it today finds itself. Congress should be doing everything it can to spur the U.S. economy and help out-of-work Americans find jobs, particularly those in blue collar jobs, which are the majority of the jobs EB-5 development projects create. Congress' unwillingness to act affirmatively on this program is especially disturbing because there is almost unanimous support for it on both sides of the aisle. In other words, there is no real risk that the program permanently disappear, but this is little consolation to those overseas who do not know the program's history. Congress has shown a reticence to act at all in recent months, preferring to let blustery rhetoric carry the day time after time. The upcoming national election cycle has only frightened politicians who would rather do nothing than take a stand on issues where any change could bring dreaded negative feedback or give their opponents the opportunity to criticize them. The time is now to call on your Congressmen and women to act - not only EB-5, but on immigration in general and other issues of national importance where the status quo has seemed to rule the day for months or even years. Are we on the money or overreacting? Share your thoughts with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Focus: Deferred Action And Related Relief For Experts
Tuesday, July 24 is the deadline to sign up for the Thursday, July 26 phone session of "Deferred Action And Related Relief For Experts" with Robert Loughran, Magali Candler, Charles Kuck, Avalyn Langemeier, Jose Perez, and Other Speakers to be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:
FIRST Phone Session on July 26: Introduction to Deferred Action
- What is the Dreamer initiative?
- What is deferred action? Is it status?
- Can you be in status, e.g., H-4, and then apply for deferred action?
- Can deferred action be renewed/extended?
- Possible consequences if deferred action denied?
SECOND Phone Session on August 16:Issue Spotting When Taking On Deferred Action Cases
- Proof of entry in the U.S. and age at entry
- Criminal issues and obtaining appropriate documentation
- Physical presence and absences
- Educational background and documents
- Risk of denial - is it worth to file?
THIRD Phone Session on September 13:Filing Procedures Hot Off The Presses
- Housekeeping procedures: Where to file, filing fee, and fee waivers
- What to file
- Putting your client's best foot forward - Packaging your supporting documents
Tuesday, July 24 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/201208.shtm.
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