2018 EB-5 Convention Los Angeles – Luciana Zamith Fischer Invited as a Panelist

EB5 Investors Magazine is pleased to present the 2018 Los Angeles EB-5 Convention at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites on July 23-24, 2018.

This two-day educational, networking event will host a gathering of broker-dealers, developers, immigration and securities attorneys, migration agents, regional centers and other EB-5 program stakeholders.

The event will also feature special guest speakers and sponsorship opportunities.

At our 2017 San Francisco EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention, about 700 EB-5 professionals attended the two-day conference at the Westin St. Francis in July. With the backing of more than 75 sponsors, the successful event by EB5 Investors Magazine featured 94 distinguished speakers in a variety of interactive and educational panels.

The San Francisco conference, which featured advanced and beginner educational panels, was praised by many of its participants.

William Dean, Vice president of Immigration for Masterplans.com, described it as a “tremendous conference.”

“The entire event far surpassed my expectations – it was a polished, well-orchestrated affair filled with insights and worth every penny,” he said. “I never expected such attention, especially as a first-time attendee.”

Robert Divine, Head of the Global Immigration Practice at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C., agreed about the positive impact.

“EB5 Investor conferences have been super productive,” he said. “Key players meet to build consensus on legislative advocacy, smart people share knowledge and experience about the latest developments and innovative new product offerings emerge. Providers from every angle find ways to do business with each other and people make friends and solidify existing friendships.”

Ronald Klasko of Klasko Immigration Law Partners called the convention essential for EB-5 professionals.

“As always, this EB5 Investors Magazine convention was the best attended, most substantive conference in the EB-5 industry,” he said. “It is a must for EB-5 networking.”

For info and sponsorship opportunities, contact our team at (800) 997-1228 or email at info@eb5investors.com.

Location

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites

404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS cannot provide a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions. USCIS asks petitioners not to inquire about the status of their cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.

Additionally, USCIS may transfer some Form I-129 H-1B cap-subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. If your case is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail. After receiving the notification, please send all future correspondence to the center processing your petition.

Souce: U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services

Automatic Termination of Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students If They Transfer to a Different School

USCIS reminds F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) that transferring to another school or beginning study at another educational level (for example, beginning a master’s program after completing a bachelor’s degree) automatically terminates their OPT as well as their corresponding employment authorization document (EAD).

Although authorization to engage in OPT ends upon transferring to a different school or changing educational level, students in F-1 status will not be otherwise affected as long as they comply with all requirements for maintaining their student status. These requirements include not working with a terminated EAD, because termination means that students are no longer authorized to work in the United States. Working in the United States without authorization has serious immigration consequences, including removal from the country and bars on reentry. Furthermore, remaining in the United States in violation of lawful nonimmigrant status could lead to an accrual of unlawful presence which includes another set of penalties under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Currently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) informs USCIS of the termination date, and the OPT termination is automatic under current regulations. USCIS has updated its systems and will begin to enter the EAD termination date into these systems after being notified by SEVP. USCIS will notify affected students and provide them with an opportunity to correct any errors in the record via their designated school official (DSO). This process is intended to strengthen the integrity of the F-1 and OPT programs, to ensure consistency between SEVP and USCIS systems, and to inform students of possible consequences of working with a terminated EAD.

Source: U.S Citizen and Immigration Services

DHS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule to Remove the International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking public comments on a proposed rule to end a program that allows certain foreign entrepreneurs to be considered for parole to temporarily come to the United States to develop and build start-up businesses here, known as the International Entrepreneur Rule (IE Final Rule).

Read the notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on May 29, 2018: Removal of the International Entrepreneur Parole Program. The public has until June 28, 2018 to comment. To submit comments, follow the instructions in the notice.

DHS is now proposing to eliminate the IE Final Rule because the department believes that it represents an overly broad interpretation of parole authority, lacks sufficient protections for U.S. workers and investors, and is not the appropriate vehicle for attracting and retaining international entrepreneurs.

By statute, DHS has discretionary authority to parole individuals into the United States temporarily, on a case-by-case basis, for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. After reviewing DHS parole programs in accordance with the Executive Order titled Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, issued on Jan. 25, 2017, DHS is proposing to remove regulations published as part of the IE Final Rule. DHS concluded that the IE Final Rule created a complex and highly-structured program that was best established by the legislative process rather than relying on an unorthodox use of the Secretary’s authority to “temporarily” parole, in a categorical way, aliens based on “significant public benefit”.

The Immigration and Nationality Act already provides for visa classifications that enable certain entrepreneurs to start businesses and work in the United States, such as the E-2 nonimmigrant classification and the EB-5 immigrant classification. DHS is committed to reviewing all existing employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs to ensure program integrity and protect the interests of U.S. investors and workers.

The proposed changes do not take effect with the publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking. Instead, an effective date would be indicated when the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

Source: U.S Citizen and Immigration Services