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Miami Design District EB-5 Opportunity; H1-B Filing Time; and Immigration News and EventsApril/2012

Bander & Associates, P.A. publishes this electronic newsletter as a way to keep our clients and colleagues and their colleagues, relatives, and friends informed about current issues related to U.S. immigration policies and practices.  Please send it on. 

The EB-5 Program


The EB-5 Program


Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to attract investors and entrepreneurs from around the globe to create jobs in America.   If an individual invests $500,000
in a "limited partner" capacity in an active enterprise with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") Regional Center designation that is located in a
Targeted Employment Area, and which will create indirectly at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the investor can receive permanent
residence for himself/herself and dependents. 
Miami Design District Investment Opportunity
The number of USCIS Regional Center designations continues to grow with investment opportunities located around the U.S.  Approved EB-5 petitions made
by Bander & Associates, P.A. clients have included many for investments in a USCIS Regional Center in Seattle, Washington and another for one in New York City, New York.  We are now pleased to be engaged to work on an EB-5 petition for an investment in the Miami Design District. 
This Miami Design District EB-5 opportunity is for Museum Village, a new Class A boutique office building that has received a USCIS pre-approval.  The investment site is located in the Miami Design District, an area that is quickly becoming home to luxury shops and restaurants founded by James Beard recognized chefs.  
Florida Overseas Investment Center (the "Regional Center") is the USCIS Regional Center for purposes of this investment and has been designated as a USCIS Regional Center since September 2009.  (Bander & Associates, P.A. has no corporate or personal relationship with Museum Village or the Florida Overseas Investment Center and is simply highlighting an investment that is in its community, as it will continue to highlight other EB-5 investment opportunities it believes may be of interest to its clients.)
The EB-5 Advantage
Permanent resident status based on EB-5 eligibility is available to the investor, her spouse, and unmarried children under 21 years of age. With permanent
residence through the EB-5 Program, the investor will obtain unrestricted work authorization for the investor and family members; can live anywhere in the United States indefinitely; and will be personally free of the responsibility of actively managing the investment or being employed by a sponsor.
EB-5 can be a life-saving option to individuals who have not had success in renewing L-1 visas, had immigrant visa petitions denied as a multinational manager
or executive, or have a child that could age-out during the time of other processes such as a labor certificate application.   For more information or assistance, please contact Michael A. Bander, Esq. at
Update on H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2013 

Substantial Number of Petitions for the FY 2013 H-1B Already Filed 

USCIS began processing first-time H-1B petitions for FY 2013 on April 1, 2012.  As of April 20th approximately 25,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been receipted, over one-third of the 65,000 visa cap.  USCIS had also receipted 10,900 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees, over half of the 20,000 visa exemption for such advanced degree holding individuals.  


U.S. businesses use the H-1B visa program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in the field such as scientists, engineers, architects, accountants, lawyers, or computer scientists.  Given the number of filings to date, it is clearly time for U.S. employers who would like foreign national professionals and skilled workers to start work on October 1, 2012 to submit their petitions before the cap is reached.   


For more information on the H-1B, please read our March Newsletter. For specific information and assistance, e-mail Michael A. Bander, Esq. at   


Current Immigration Issues, Events, and News 
Naturalization Ceremonies 
For Bander & Associates, P.A. clients who have initial naturalization examinations in May 2012
or are awaiting their oath ceremonies, scheduled dates for oath ceremonies for May and the corresponding field offices where the ceremonies will take place are:
Oath Ceremony
*Miami Field Office -  May 3, 23, 24, 29 and 30                   

*Hialeah Field Office -No  May Dates Scheduled Yet                                                          

*Oakland Park Field Office -No May Dates Scheduled Yet

*Kendall Field Office - May 18 and 25     


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 About Bander & Associates P.A.

Bander & Associates P.A. is one of the South's leading law firms practicing exclusively immigration and nationality law.  Based in Miami - the gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean and the Gulf - the firm provides comprehensive immigration law services to corporations, families, foreign scholars, and individuals worldwide. The firm is widely recognized as practicing aggressive law, taking on the most difficult of cases and finding workable solutions where others find none.


Founded in 1980, Bander & Associates P.A. is "AV" rated by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. Michael A. Bander and Stephen M. Bander are also individually "AV" rated. 


The firm is a founding member of IMMLAW, the consortium of U.S. immigration law firms providing services in port cities throughout the U.S. The liaison with IMMLAW attorneys allows the firm ready access to all major jurisdictions of USCIS and ancillary governmental administrative agencies. The firm's attorneys are also members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.



Michael A. Bander, Esq.
Bander & Associates, P.A.




 Stephen M. Bander, Esq. 

 Bander & Associates, P.A.