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USCIS Gets an EB-5 Earful at Immigration Listening Session

Posted in EB-5, Investor Immigration, USCIS
[Blogger's note:  For EB-5 stakeholders interested in learning more about the USCIS Listening Session, you can register for "EB-5 Immigrant Investor Update,"  a webinar presented by members of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's EB-5 Immigrant Investment Team on May 13, 2014.  Topics include:  • The April 23, 2014 USCIS’s stakeholders listening session • FINRA’s recent notices and … Continue Reading

Senator’s Saucy Request Roils EB-5 Regional Centers

Posted in Congress on Immigration, EB-5, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Lawyers, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration
Imagine you’re the general counsel of Coca Cola (or of any other company that takes great pains to safeguard the internal secrets that endow the organization with competitive advantages over other firms in the same industry).  On your desk lands a letter from a U.S. senator in the minority party asking that your company turn … Continue Reading

The 2013 Nation of Immigrators Awards – The IMMIs Are Announced

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, EB-5, Foreign policy, Homeland Security, IMMI Awards, Immigration Humor, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, USCIS
Hindsight, the armchair pundits say, is 20-20.  The year 2013 has proven them wrong. The end-of-year’s rear-view mirror onto the world of U.S. immigration shows impenetrable fog.  Unsurprisingly, as filmgoers know, vapory views of the recent past tend to diminish the apparent significance of events occurring early in the year (“never has a film released … Continue Reading

Give Peace a Chance: End the U.S.-India Immigration and Trade War Now

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, Trade in Services
The drums of war are pounding.  Prominent American companies, through a variety of business associations, are urging the Obama Administration and Congress to punish the Government of India for mounting hostile actions in a brewing trade war. For its part, the Indian government cannot be pleased with the dramatically increased filing fees and restrictions to be … Continue Reading

Immigration Progress: A Good EB-5 Policy Memo Could Still Be Better

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Congress on Immigration, EB-5, I-9s, Immigrant Visas, Immigration and Entrepreneurship, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Investor Immigration, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
French philosopher and aphorist, François-Marie Arouet, better known by his nom de plume, Voltaire, wrote in Italian that “Il meglio è l’inimico del bene [the perfect is the enemy of the good].” The wisdom of this saying, championed by pragmatists everywhere, comes to mind upon reading a May 30, 2013 Policy Memorandum (PM) issued by the … Continue Reading

Memo to Immigration Reformers: “First catch your [EB-5] hare!”

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Customs and Border Protection, Democrats on Immigration, General Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS
Winston Churchill, whose mother was American (Jennie Jerome of Brooklyn), could just as well have been speaking about the components of comprehensive immigration reform.  Instead he was commenting on the Allies’ post-World War II plans for world governance when, in the summer of 1942 with the war yet unwon, he said: I hope these speculative studies … Continue Reading

The 2012 Nation of Immigrators Awards – The IMMIs

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Democrats on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, DHS Technology Reforms, DOL, DREAM Act, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, General Immigration, GOP on Immigration, H-1B Visas, I-9s, IMMI Awards, Immigration Courts, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, State Immigration Laws, Unlawful Presence, Waivers of Inadmissibility
As we count out the final hours of 2012, let’s recall the highs and lows of the past year in America’s dysfunctional immigration ecosphere. Nation of Immigrators is pleased to confer its third annual IMMI Awards. (Full disclosure: As in past years, these are my personal choices. If you disagree or believe I’ve missed an … Continue Reading

The Senate Must Modify Its Filibuster Rules to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Democrats on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Family Immigration, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Trade in Services
“ And there took place . . . [in the U.S. Senate] so many “extended discussions” of measures to keep them from coming to a vote that the device got a name, “filibuster,” from the Dutch word vrijbuiter, which means “freebooter” or “pirate,” and which passed into the Spanish as filibustero, because the sleek, swift ship … Continue Reading

Reforming Immigration “with Liberty and Justice for All”

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, Democrats on Immigration, DOL, EB-5, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/DOL, Enforcement/USICE, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Courts, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Investor Immigration, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, Trade in Services, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
As Republicans join Democrats in contemplating reform of the nation’s dysfunctional immigration system, the final line of the Pledge of Allegiance (“with liberty and justice for all”) is the best place to start.  Revitalizing our broken and outdated 20th Century immigration laws to respond to the needs of 21st Century America will turn in large part on … Continue Reading

Immigration’s NannyStateGate: Picking EB-5 Winners and Losers

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Investor Immigration, USCIS
With one week to go before the election, the final days have been marked by heated arguments over the proper role of government.  In the prime battleground state of Ohio, the Presidential candidates have crisscrossed virtually every county, arguing over whether and when government should intervene to save or create jobs. Political comic, Jon Stewart, recently offered … Continue Reading

The EB-5 Investor Immigration Program: Green Shoots or Chutes and Ladders?

Posted in Investor Immigration, USCIS
The EB-5 immigrant investor green card program resembles a multi-country version of Chutes and Ladders, the “game of rewards and consequences“.  In the EB-5 edition, the ladder represents progress toward a green card and the chute is an ICE-tunneled luge ride ending in immigration court at a removal hearing.  This comparison only begins to approach … Continue Reading

Immigration Quibbles and Bites: The Fortnight in Review

Posted in Courts on Immigration Law, EB-5, General Immigration, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
It’s been a momentous, startling and exasperating two weeks.  The Supreme Court ended the term with three blockbuster decisions, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a less-noticed public engagement that knocked the socks off one important segment of the stakeholder community.   In Arizona v. United States, the Court — notwithstanding the ludicrous claims of … Continue Reading

Immigration-Agency Lawbreaking Revealed: USCIS’s EB-5 “Tenant-Occupancy” Scandal

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Guest Columns, Immigration Agency Expertise, Investor Immigration, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), USCIS
[Bloggers Note:  This post is authored jointly by Brandon Meyer and Angelo A. Paparelli]  Some scandals raise eyebrows; others cause real economic harm.  The one we’re about to reveal — known as ”tenant occupancy” — does both.  It makes the GSA’s Las Vegas cavorting pale in comparison. (Immigration lawyer alert:  For those with prurient interests [you know who you are], … Continue Reading

Immigration Options for DREAMers under EXISTING Law

Posted in Adjustment of Status, DREAM Act, H-1B Visas, Investor Immigration, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
Last week marked the end of the second annual National Coming out of the Shadows Week, a rite of passage for undocumented youth — Americans in all but the eyes of the law — who support enactment of the DREAM Act.  Publicly proclaiming one’s unauthorized immigration status is clearly a courageous act. As the National … Continue Reading

Guest Immigration Post: What Are We Paying for? USCIS and the I-526 Exemplar Process

Posted in Guest Columns, Immigrant Visas, Investor Immigration, USCIS
[Blogger's Note:  Today's post comes to us courtesy of my colleague, Brandon Meyer, a prolific writer whose analysis and commentary cover a wide array of immigration law topics.   Brandon offers a spirited post on a troubling aspect of the EB-5 employment-creation immigrant investor green card category. Thanks to him for having allowed me to be in top holiday spirits, … Continue Reading

Guest Post: USCIS Entrepreneur Initiatives – Do They Really Help?

Posted in Guest Columns, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
[Blogger's note:  Sincere thanks go to my colleague and friend, Karin Wolman, for giving me a writing respite during my summer vacation.  Karin's latest guest post, like her prior ones, available here and here, critique USCIS policy changes that make it less likely that deserving workers, entrepreneurs and investors will receive the employment-based immigration benefits Congress intended in enacting the … Continue Reading

End the Tyranny of Immigration Insubordination

Posted in Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, General Immigration, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
Despite persistent immigration deadlock in a Congress whose job approval has plummeted to its nadir, fresh tendrils of hope are sprouting:  We hear from reported remarks of Senator Richard Durbin that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon announce administrative action to give much-needed relief to individuals who would benefit from the DREAM Act, a bill still in … Continue Reading

Revenue-Raising Immigration: The $$$ Visa

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Foreign policy, Global Migration, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, USCIS
As the debt-ceiling crisis causes America to plunge headlong into the lemming-led abyss of a credit default, Congress and the country are reminded of a timeless truth. ”Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” In these parlous times, our nation is regularly compared to the nearly deadbeat country of Greece, which tried recently but … Continue Reading

Race to the EAD: Revitalizing Depressed American Cities through State Immigration Initiatives

Posted in Employment-Based Immigration, General Immigration, Global Migration, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Immigration Laws, USCIS
As economic opportunities appear to diminish in the United States, global mobility management has become the hottest trend in migration.  In the globalized world, executives, entrepreneurs, investors and talented workers are voting with their feet and moving to places where economic opportunities entice.  (For background, see my recently published article, “Global Mobility Management – A Primer for … Continue Reading