May 23 2014

Targeted Employment Areas in California

TEAs in California have changed since the new data release at the start of May. For example, according to California’s new data, the city of Oakland is no longer a TEA, even though it is one according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data. (According to California, now only certain...

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May 13 2014

Martin in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal published my op-ed piece about the H-1B visas for technology workers. This is my third Wall Street Journal article. Click here to read the article in its entirety. WSJ subscribers can view the article online at this link: Rumors There are again rumors on the Chinese EB-5...

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May 7 2014

Saying “No Thanks” to 87,500 High-Skill Workers

By Martin J. Lawler & Margaret Stock Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2014 7:00 p.m. ET The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that if holders of H-1B visas for high-skill foreign workers are being sponsored for a green card by their employers, then their spouses will be able to work in the...

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April 22 2014

Will the China EB-5 Quota Backlog this Summer?

Last week in Washington, DC, I met with the Department of State official who distributes visa numbers. He predicts the 10,000 EB-5 visas allocated annually for China will be very close to being exhausted this fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2014. He will have a better estimate in June....

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April 17 2014

TEA Changes

As I have previously reported, some states, including California, are now switching from using 2000 census tract boundaries to 2010 census tract boundaries for determining targeted employment area (TEA) qualification. In some cases this switch may affect TEA designation. Here is an example of the difference that may arise: Consider a particular...

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