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"Immigration For Investors: NIVs And IVs"

Speakers: Gregory Siskind, Greg Berk, Henry J. Chang, Peter A. Gelles, Mark Ivener, Linda Lau and Lincoln Stone

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips by Gregory Siskind, Greg Berk, Henry J. Chang, Peter A. Gelles, Mark Ivener, Linda Lau and Lincoln Stone, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


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
Citations for Session 1        Citations for Session 2        Citations for Session 3       

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Gregory Siskind is the founding partner of Siskind Susser and has been practicing immigration law since 1990. Since he started Siskind Susser in 1994, he has become one of the best-known immigration lawyers in the country. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, Gregory Siskind went on to receive his law degree from the University of Chicago. For the past several years, he has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He recently served as chairman of the AILA Physicians Committee and now chairs the Foreign Medical Graduate Taskforce. Greg is a member of the American Bar Association where he serves on the Council of the Law Practice Management Section. He is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and on the executive board of the Jewish Family Service agency in Memphis, Tennessee. He recently was named one of the Top 40 executives under age 40 in Memphis, Tennessee by the Memphis Business Journal and as one of the 101 best lawyers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee Magazine. Greg regularly writes on the subject of immigration law. He has written several hundred articles on the subject and is also the author of the book The J Visa Guidebook, published by Lexis-Nexis, one of the nation's leading legal publishers. He is also a technology columnist for Immigration Law Today published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Greg Berk's practice is devoted exclusively to U.S. Immigration Law. He handles all aspects of immigration law. He is a past Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at both Cerritos and Santa Ana College ’s Paralegal Programs. These programs are accredited by the American Bar Association. He was Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Immigration Law section in 2005 and Secretary in 2002 and 2003. Mr. Berk spends a great deal of time staying current on changes to U.S. Immigration Law for the benefit of his clients and students. Mr. Berk is also the author of Immigration Concepts: A Primer for Law Students and Paralegals on the U.S. Immigration & Nationality Act.

Henry J. Chang is an attorney in the Toronto office of Chang & Boos. Mr. Chang obtained his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. He is a member of The State Bar of California, The Law Society of Upper Canada ("LSUC") and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Chang was the Chapter Chair of AILA Canada and a member of AILA's Board of Governors from 1996 until 1998 and 1999 until 2002. He is again the Chapter Chair for AILA Canada and a member of AILA's Board of Governors this year. Mr. Chang chaired AILA National's Technology Committee and served on AILA National's Governance Committee in 1998. In 1999, he served on AILA National's Northern Border Task Force, which was co-chaired by Greg Boos. Mr. Chang has lectured extensively on immigration law in both the United States and Canada. He has been a speaker at AILA's Annual Immigration Conference each year for the past five years. He has also participated in several regional conferences held by AILA Chapters. Mr. Chang's articles on immigration law have appeared in numerous nationally recognized publications. Mr. Chang has the distinction of being a Canadian-born, U.S.-licensed and Canadian-licensed attorney representing Canadian citizens and other foreign nationals in U.S. and Canadian immigration matters. He represents individual and corporate clients including, without limitation, those in business, medicine, entertainment, and the computer industry. His knowledge of Canadian law and his proximity to Canadians enhances his ability to represent them in U.S. immigration matters.

Peter A. Gelles was born and educated in the U.K. and received his law degree from Oxford University (where he was the recipient of an Open Exhibition in Jurisprudence). Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1970, Peter worked as an international lawyer for the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and for a London firm of Solicitors. In addition to being a California attorney, Peter is admitted as a Solicitor in the U.K. and in Hong Kong. Peter now has his own firm in L.A., specializing in representing and advising select clients in U.S. and international business, real estate and private client matters. Peter is a founder member and current Secretary of InterCounsel, an association of independent international law firms in major cities in North and South America, Europe and Asia, and has cooperative relationships with other U.S. and non-U.S. counsel. Peter currently serves as Chair of the California State Bar's International Law Section and as an ex officio member of its Council of Sections. Peter also is a former Chair of the L.A. County Bar Association's Real Property Section and a former Chair of American Bar Association Committees on International Secured Transactions and International Real Estate Investments. Peter has authored numerous publications, and has chaired, moderated and participated in numerous seminars and panel presentations, on U.S. and international foreign investment, transactional and other topics, in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Mark Ivener was educated at the University of Illinois (B.A.,1964) and at U.C.L.A. Law School (J.D., 1967) and admitted to the California Bar in January 1968. He has been practicing law in Los Angeles for 30 years. He has lectured on US immigration law for the World Trade Institute in New York, Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco. He has also lectured for the International Bar Association in Munich, Madrid, and New York. Mr. Ivener has participated in many immigration seminars for the Law Societies of British Columbia and Alberta and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has authored the books, Handbook of Immigration Law, Volumes I and II [1980; 2nd edition, 1982; and 3rd edition, 1986; Online edition, 1999]; Doing Business in the USA Under Free Trade [1989; 2nd edition, 1990]; Get The Right Visa [1992; 2nd edition 1994]; A Complete Guide To Getting An American Visa (in Japanese) 1993; 2nd edition 1994; 3rd edition 1999]; and Have You Thought About Immigrating To The US? (in Spanish) [1995]. He has also written many articles on immigration law which have appeared in the International Law Journal, the Canadian-American Bar Association Newsletter, Business and the Law and World Trade Trends. Mr. Ivener is a founding member of IMMLAW, The National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms. Also, Mr. Ivener is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Ivener was recently named Top 100 Wealth Advisors and Managers in the Americas by Citywealth magazine. He was the only immigration lawyer named on this list.

Linda Lau is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before The Supreme Court of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court, Central District of California. Linda Lau received her B.A. degree from University of California at Berkeley and M.S. degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received his J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law. Linda's practice includes all aspects of immigration and nationality law and related family and business law matters. Linda has represented hundreds of businesses from sole proprietorships to major multinational organizations as well as individuals. She provides representation to companies, both domestic and international, in immigration law matters. She represents companies in connection with the transfer and employment of executives, managers and professionals on both a temporary and permanent basis and in compliance with the employer sanctions laws. She advises companies and individuals about the significant new business-related immigration statutory and regulatory provisions. She structures immigrant investor projects for U.S. companies and assist investors with their immigrant investor petitions for the purpose of obtaining U.S. permanent residency. Currently, Linda is Chair and member of Executive Committee of American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA) Southern California Chapter. She was a past co-chair the Immigrant Investor Committee of AILA. Linda has authored many articles and has been a speaker on the subject of immigration law.

Lincoln Stone is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Following his clerkship with a federal court judge, Mr. Stone started his career in immigration law in 1987 as an attorney with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mr. Stone is renowned internationally as an expert in the complex area of law concerning investment immigration. He has drafted key legislation enacted by Congress. Lawyer colleagues and government officials have cited Mr. Stone’s work, and commercial litigators, the national media and the U.S. Congress’ Government Accountability Office have relied on his expertise. Mr. Stone is a frequent speaker before local, state and national bar associations. He has published numerous practitioner-focused articles in immigration law journals, and he is Editor in Chief of a new publication on investor and entrepreneur immigration. Mr. Stone has served five years as Chair of the Investor Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an association of more than 9,000 attorneys worldwide. He recently accepted an appointment to serve as a Commissioner on the Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

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$199 Seminar Package
Audio CD of Aug 24, 2006 (90 minutes)
Audio CD of Sep 21, 2006 (90 minutes)
Audio CD of Oct 5, 2006 (90 minutes)

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