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Immigration Daily February 28, 2012
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Comment: Silicon Valley Without Immigrants - Michael Moritz, another recipient of this year's Outstanding Americans by Choice award, is a partner at Sequoia Capital and has been a key early investor in companies like Google, Yahoo!, PayPal, Apple Computer, Cisco, Webvan, YouTube, eToys, and Zappos. He says "Take immigrants out of Silicon Valley and you have no Silicon Valley." Last year, he wrote in The Wall Street Journal "Here in Silicon Valley, immigrants and first-generation Americans provide the drive and hunger for almost every company worth its salt. But these days protectionism and xenophobia are choking off the supply of H1-B visas for the best and brightest foreigners. Sadly, we no longer lay out the welcome mat for people with names like Grove, Brin, Yang, Bechtolsheim, Huang, Nguyen, Omidyar and Wadhwani. Some say that the effect of immigrants on Silicon Valley is exaggerated and that venture capitalists should provide more opportunities for homegrown Californians. But the state's xenophobes and protectionists need only take a look at the recent history of the English Premier League to see the staggering and transformative effect that immigrants can have on a market Turning away talent - wherever it's from - only weakens the market and brings down everyone's game." When people like Mr. Moritz and Mr. Wadhwa demonstrate how immigration laws are hobbling the competitiveness of Silicon Valley, we better pay attention. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to us at

Article: Analysis of a Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement on "Regional Perspectives on Agricultural Guestworker Programs" February 9, 2012 by Nolan Rappaport

Article: Banking on Something New:The EB-5 Alternative To Traditional Bank Financing by M. Keil Hackley and Ryan Kosobucki

Bloggings: NPTE Handbook by Chris Musillo

Bloggings: Will bigotry against immigrants and minority Americans doom the Republican party to extinction? by Roger Algase

Bloggings: Secure Communities Shut Down Or a Bird Of a Different Color, by Danielle Beach

Bloggings: Why So Much Vitriol Toward "Illegals"? by Laura Danielson

News: USCIS Updates H-2B Cap Count

Focus: The 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, Jeffrey B. Carr, Robert Gaffney, Susan L. Pilcher, Frederick Troncone and Other Speakers to Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1: The EB-5 category

  • Basic Eligibility for the I-526 petition
  • Business Models - Equity, Loan
  • Source of Funds - Basics; Currency Transfers
  • Exemplar Petitions - Any Benefit?
  • The I-829 petition
    • Basics
    • Job Creation - When
    • Construction Jobs
    • Material Change
Session 2: TEA & Regional Center Designation
  • TEA
    • Purpose
    • Defined
    • Challenges
  • An Economist's View
  • Regional Centers
    • Purpose
    • Defined
    • Mayorkas Letter
    • Business Plan
    • I-924
    • Oversight & I-924A
Session 3: Liability Considerations
  • Growth of regional centers
  • Due diligence - Regional Centers & EB-5 Projects
  • Advising clients about investments - is it smart?
  • Professional liability insurance
Session 4: EB-5 and Investments
  • Securities law issues
    • EB-5 projects as securities
    • Investors Qualifications
    • Reg. D
    • Reg. S
    • Disclosure Requirements
    • Broker-Dealer
    • Right of rescission
  • Knowing when to co-counsel and when to use experts
  • Avoiding and managing conflicts of interest
For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: here. For the fax form, see here. Don't delay, act today! Last chance to register is March 2, 2012.

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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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ComingsNGoings: New Promotion
Fragomen is pleased to announce Susan Steger as new Of Counsel attorney. Her area of specialization is in setting up efficient business immigration programs and policies. She has experience with startup companies, large corporate entities, multinational corporations, mergers & acquisitions, reductions in force, I-9 and LCA compliance programs and government audits. Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP is the largest firm in the world dedicated to corporate immigration, and is widely recognized as the leading global immigration services provider.

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