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Kudos to America's Voice for calling Lou Dobbs out over his latest outrageous statements.
I am continuing to hear from many of you asking what to do if you lose your job. I've written an extensive article on the topic that can be found at http://www.visalaw.com/08oct2/2oct208.html. The article focuses mostly on how to stay legal and how employers can make sure they don't unnecessarily harm their workers. There is one option I don't discuss in the article and it's near and dear to my heart. I founded my law firm 15 years ago when I was worried about my job security at a large law firm. But this lack of security was actually a blessing since it led me to take the plunge and start up my own business. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I have loved being my own boss and found that being an entrepreneur is really fulfilling.
Not everyone is cut out for running their own business and many of you won't have the financial means to go this route. But if running your own business is something you've wanted to explore, there are a number of immigration options available. Some think you need to invest $1,000,000 to qualify. But that is often not the case. Many people can qualify for a fraction of that amount - perhaps in the $100,000 to $200,000 range if they pursue an E-2 non-immigrant visa. And while the EB-5 green card sometimes requires a minimum investment of $1,000,000, you can sometimes invest in a targeted employment area with a high unemployment rate or in a non-metro area and cut the requirement to $500,000.
I'm going to be giving a seminar at the International Franchise Expo in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 2 pm. You can get free tickets to the seminar as well as the entire Expo by going here. The event is one of the largest franchise expos in the world so if you're looking at going this route to starting your business, this is a great event to attend.Below you'll find my slides from next Saturday's event. I'm also going to be sharing the panel with John Reynolds from the International Franchise Association and business broker Stephen J. Wain. I hope to see you there.
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The Senate has passed by unanimous consent HR 1127 which extends the Conrad 30 and religious worker green card programs until September 30th. The President is expected to sign the bill into law soon.
35 year old Russian-born billionaire Sergey Brin has probably had more of an influence on the American public than nearly any one I've ever honored here at Immigrant of the Day. I don't think I need to tell all of you how important the company he founded is to the American economy and our national ethos. While Google has its detractors, it is fair to say that the firm that Brin co-founded in 1998 at the age of 24 is one of the most successful, admired companies in the world. Chances are you will be using a Google service several times today. Brin is also a great philanthropist, as evidenced in today's New York Times. He is donating a large sum of money and his own DNA to study Parkinson's Disease. Brin will work with his wife, Anne Wojcicki, who runs a personal genomics service and they intend to recruit 10,000 people with Parkinsons's disease for their genetic research. Brin revealed in an intereview with the Times that he is at risk of Parkinson's because his mother Eugenia suffers from the illness. I should also say that I had the honor of recently serving with Eugenia Brin on the board of directors of a national non-profit refugee organization and she is a lovely, incredibly bright woman who genuinely cares about her fellow human being. Sergey Brin and his family are testament to the great contributions political refugees make in American society. His family entered the US in 1979 with the assistance of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. They were fleeing anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and entered the US with little in the way of assets. While Brin's success is obviously spectacularly greater than nearly everyone else, the fact that his refugee story has a great ending is nothing unusual - even in Silicon Valley. Refugee families often start with nothing other than the generous support of the American taxpayer, various non-profit agencies and their kind American neighbors. But they give back a lot especially in terms of turning out great kids.
If you have had a PT or an OT case that has been denied by USCIS on the Masters/Bachelor degree issue, please contact Chris Musillo or Cindy Unkenholt. Your case could be critical in overturning the USCIS' present interpretation of law. We especially are looking for cases that were filed for Virginia petitioners and/or were supported by Virginia licenses.