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THE LATEST CRISIS FOR EB-5: VISA BACKLOGS EXTEND TO MORE COUNTRIES
Posted on 11-28-2018 by Mshahlaw

By: Mona Shah, Esq. The EB-5 Industry was stunned when in June 2017, the OMB announced that the backlog for Chinese investors had reached 10 years, effectively stymieing the market. Anxious to find investors for EB-5 projects, regional center operators... Read More

Tags: Immigration

The Visa Bulletin: What It Is and What It Actually Means
Posted on 11-28-2018 by Mshahlaw

By Rebecca S. Singh, Esq. Whether you are an immigration lawyer or an applicant for a U.S. immigrant visa, the Visa Bulletin is a go-to resource to keep updated on the latest news and visa numbers that are released by the United States Department of... Read More

Tags: Immigration

An Example of Inconsistent Consulate Decisions – The Culture of NO in current Immigration Process to Stop even the Legal Immigration
Posted on 11-28-2018 by Mshahlaw

By Jinhee Wilde, Esq. On March 15, 2018, one EB-3 Other (EW) Visa applicant’s (GUZ20085xxxxx) (Applicant 1) Immigrant Visa was denied in Guangzhou. The Applicant had an approved I-140 petition based on the certified Labor Certification (LC) application... Read More

Tags: Immigration

As Demand for the US EB-5 visa continues to rise in India, Distinctions are made with China
Posted on 11-15-2018 by Mshahlaw

By Mona Shah, Esq. As the Times of India publish yet another article on the increase in the popularity of EB-5 visas, the Chinese media report on the rapid slowdown of a once booming industry. For years the EB-5 industry has been bolstered by wealthy... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , Visa , Immigration

New EB-5 Regulations Reach the Final Rule Stage
Posted on 10-24-2018 by Mshahlaw

By Mona Shah, Esq. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization (RIN1615-AC07) is in the final rule stage. On October 17, 2018, the Trump Administration released the Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Agenda), a collection... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , Immigration

The State of Play in Washington – October 2018
Posted on 10-17-2018 by Mshahlaw

Mid- term elections draw closer, September 30 th Deadline moves to December 7th… What else! As Immigration falls out of out of the media spotlight, what can we expect? Status of the EB-5 Program Continued funding authorization for the... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , Immigration

September 2018 Ponzi Scheme Roundup
Posted on 10-03-2018 by kathy@kathybphelps.com

Posted by Kathy Bazoian Phelps Below is a summary of the activity reported for September 2018. The reported stories reflect at least 8 new Ponzi schemes worldwide; about 38 years of newly imposed sentences for people involved in Ponzi schemes; 4 guilty... Read More

Tags: Ponzi Scheme

How Attorneys Find New Clients—5 Tips to Grow Your Client List
Posted on 09-21-2018 by Lextalk Staff

A lawyer is often confronted with a proverbial mountain of casework as part of their day-to-day workload. While tackling those jobs is important, the need for generating revenue through new business is still an integral part of a successful practice.... Read More

Tags: lawyer , client experience , clients

Data Privacy: How to Keep Current with Data Security Laws and Regulations
Posted on 09-12-2018 by Lextalk Staff

How do you handle the privacy and data security issues for your firm and your clients? How do you stay abreast of the myriad rules and regulations governing data security and cybersecurity problems? Are cybersecurity attackers and data breach specialists... Read More

Tags: cyber security , Lexis Practice Advisor , Data Privacy

The Cannabis Industry’s Cash Problem
Posted on 09-06-2018 by Lextalk Staff

The latest attempt to address the ongoing banking issue for the recreational marijuana industry has failed in committee. A proposed amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019, 115 H.R. 6258 , was tabled by the... Read More

Tags: Controlled Substances Act , BSA , Banking , marijuana , financial services , commercial law , AML , finance , Bitcoin , FinCEN , Cryptocurrency , business law , cannabis , Cole Memo , anti-money laundering , credit union , SAFE Banking Act , Bank Secrecy Act

August 2018 Ponzi Scheme Roundup
Posted on 09-04-2018 by kathy@kathybphelps.com

Posted by Kathy Bazoian Phelps Below is a summary of the activity reported for August 2018. The reported stories reflect at least 7 new Ponzi schemes worldwide; about 20 years of newly imposed sentences for people involved in Ponzi schemes; 2 guilty... Read More

Tags: Ponzi Scheme

A Higher Form of Litigation Intelligence: Analytics and the Data-Driven Attorney
Posted on 08-31-2018 by Lextalk Staff

The good news: there’s more potentially case-making intelligence available than ever before. The bad news: there’s more potentially case-making intelligence available than ever before. We’re talking oceans of data strung across... Read More

Tags: litigation , Lexis Analytics

Summary of Policy Manual on Redeployment
Posted on 08-31-2018 by Mshahlaw

By Jinhee Wilde, Esq. On June 14, 2017 U.S Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised Volume 6 of its Policy Manual which concerns EB-5 investors. The policy clarified the “Period of Sustainment” as the Conditional... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , Immigration

Diving into the EB-5 Direct Pool with Kelly Freis of International Growth Capital
Posted on 08-22-2018 by Mshahlaw

EB-5 Investment Voice - Mona Shah & Associates Global Podcast Series Reported by Hermione Krumm, Esq. EB-5 Investment Voice is the only Podcast series that focuses on the United States immigrant investor visa, EB-5 and foreign direct investment... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , Immigration

Managing Natural Conflict in Your Firm’s Marketing
Posted on 08-22-2018 by Lextalk Staff

By Matt Starosciak “Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right.” Peter Shaffer Playwright Marketing gives rise to natural conflicts, which are important to identify and manage... Read More

Tags: marketing , Conflict

The Right Kind of Networking for Lawyers
Posted on 08-17-2018 by Lextalk Staff

By Matt Starosciak You can waste an incredible amount of time networking with the wrong people, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and for the wrong reasons. I recently had a 7-year associate at a client firm ask me for advice about networking... Read More

Tags: networking

Ponzi Scheme Roundup: July 2018
Posted on 08-06-2018 by kathy@kathybphelps.com

Posted by Kathy Bazoian Phelps Below is a summary of the activity reported for July 2018. The reported stories reflect at least 10 new Ponzi schemes worldwide; over 40 years of newly imposed sentences for people involved in Ponzi schemes; 3 guilty... Read More

Tags: Ponzi Scheme

CaseMap: Enter the 21st Century of Case Management and Presentation
Posted on 08-01-2018 by Lextalk Staff

It’s time to get organized. Push your case management and presentation into the 21 st century. Some attorneys are still buried in litigation case files—piles of paper documents, manila folders and filing cabinets, convinced that the... Read More

Tags: CaseMap , technology

Fatal Consequences For EB-5 If Country Caps Are Removed
Posted on 08-01-2018 by Mshahlaw

By Mona Shah, Esq. On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the DHS appropriations bill, passed on a party-line vote of 29–22. All EB5 practitioners should be alarmed as the bill has fatal consequences for almost all of the employment-based visa preferences... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , Immigration

India vs. Pakistan vs. Bangladesh – “The Sun Never Sets On the British Empire!”
Posted on 07-17-2018 by Mshahlaw

By Mona Shah, Esq. and Rebecca S. Singh, Esq. At first sight, one could be excused for thinking that this was an article relating to cricket, after all With economic growth averaging 6 percent over the last two decades, South Asia has one of the world’s... Read More

Tags: EB-5 , Immigration