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BALCA Holds Ads in One Newspaper Can Count as Multiple Recruitment Steps

Prior to filing a permanent labor certification (PERM) application for a foreign worker, U.S. employers must conduct a cumbersome recruitment process to first attempt to hire a U.S. worker. Demonstrating that the recruitment...more

2014 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Overview - Tax Reform Outlook - Immigration Outlook - Health Care Outlook - Telecommunications Outlook - Energy Outlook - Financial Services Outlook -...more

ICE Seizes Counterfeit Domain Names

On December 2, U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations announced in a press release that 706 domain names set up to “dupe” consumers into buying counterfeit goods had been seized by...more

From Couch Potatoes To Pro Athletes: USCIS Includes Video Gamers in P Visa Category

After intensive lobbying by Riot Games, a Santa Monica-based gaming company, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is now issuing visas that are normally given to foreign professional athletes to professional...more

Concurrent EB-5 Offerings In The United States And Abroad

Until recently, U.S. offerors and others had to make offerings of EB-5 project investments solely offshore in order to benefit from Regulation S, an exclusion from registration requirements. The offerors had to exclude...more

FINRA Provides Guidance on the Applicability of the Suitability Rule to Broker-Dealers Marketing Private Placements in the EB-5...

In an interpretive letter to a broker-dealer dated August 26, 2013, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) interpreted the suitability requirements under Rule 2111 for recommendations to foreign nationals making...more

EB-5 Issuers May Commence General Solicitation for Rule 506 Offerings on September 23, 2013

The final rules for eliminating the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in Rule 506 offerings will become effective on September 23, 2013, which is 60 days after the July 24, 2013 date they were...more

The Securities and Exchange Commission Lifts The Ban On General Solicitation and General Advertising

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the elimination of the ban against general solicitation for offerings relying on Rule 506 of the Regulation D exemption. The amendments to the rule were required by the...more

SEC Implements JOBS Act to Allow General Solicitation in Regulation D Offerings

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued regulations implementing the portion of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), enacted more than a year ago, allowing an issuer enjoying exemption from...more

What the SEC’s Elimination of the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 Offerings means to the EB-5 Community

As we previously reported, on July 10, 2013, the SEC adopted the amendments required under the JOBS Act to Rule 506 that would permit issuers to use broad-based marketing methods such as the Internet, social media, email...more

The Sweet Spot of the Mexican Telecom Reform (Part 2/3)

It´s STEM People time. The debate of immigration across the US is being fueled by the lack of STEM professionals (science, technology, engineering and math). The scarcity of STEM people in Silicon Valley has forced the...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Remove Ban on General Solicitation for Rule 506 Offerings – Will significantly affect permissible EB-5...

This morning the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a 4 to 1 vote of the Commissioners, approved implementing rules under Title II of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act to remove the ban on general...more

SEC Commissioner Comments On JOBS Act; Immigration Reform

On May 18, 2013, SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar spoke at the annual gala of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, using the opportunity to highlight the contributions of immigrants (and Hispanic immigrants in...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Politics of immigration: A style change or attitude change?

Last week the Associated Press (AP) changed its style manual so that the term “Illegal” is to be used to describe an action or procedure, but not a person. No more “illegal immigrant” in AP stories....more

Enforcement Increases: Firm to Pay $27,750 for Discriminatory Job Postings

Florida healthcare staffing company, Avant Healthcare Professionals LLC, has agreed to pay $27,750 to resolve charges by the U.S. Department of Justice that the company posted discriminatory job advertisements on the...more

Employment and Labor Newsletter - May 2012

In This Issue: - Bullying in the Workplace: Allegations of workplace bullying, which may include verbal abuse, work sabotage, and various types of threatening behavior, have gained national attention in recent...more

Crackdown on Notarios Continues

Officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced this month that they are expanding the 2011 pilot program for crackdown on immigration scams that fraudulently promise immigration services...more

Immigration Insights (October 2010)

In This Issue: Immigrant Visa Usage and Predictions Within the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is the Visa Control and Reporting Division that is responsible for the movement of immigrant visa cut-off dates each month...more

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