Announcing the EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship finalists...
EB5Investors.com is proud to announce the recipients of our first EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship. Finalists were chosen from among the members of their school’s immigration association to research and write on the EB-5 visa in order to promote awareness of this important program. Participants had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with some of the leading attorneys working on EB-5 issues. It is our hope that these promising students will continue to learn about the EB-5 visa throughout their academic and legal careers. Thank you to EB5Investors.com community members Rachel Lew and Stephen Yale-Loehr for their willingness to share their expertise with the scholarship participants!
Congratulations to our five finalists! Learn a bit about the finalists below and click through to read their articles.
Madhavi Chopra-Bhutani is an LL.M. candidate at Santa Clara University School of Law, specializing in intellectual property law.
"Participating in the EB5Investors.com scholarship program provided me a great opportunity to further my interest in United States immigration law. The scholarship program is uniquely designed and structured, in that it provided its participants both an opportunity to learn as well as express and exchange ideas on the EB-5 investor program. While participating, I got an amazing opportunity to have a conference with attorney Rachel Lew, a very well-respected immigration specialist, who graciously addressed all questions and curiosities that I had about the EB-5 investor program. I also got to lay my hands on the EB5 Investors Magazine, published under the aegis of EB5Investors.com, which enriched me with valuable insights while preparing my essay on the viability of the EB-5 investor program. I'm also thankful to Mr. Sean Burgos from EB5Investors.com, who guided and encouraged the participants through the various steps of the scholarship program. Pursuant to participating in the EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship, I feel enriched in my understanding of the EB-5 investor program, and excited about my prospects to practice and gain expertise in this promising field of immigration law."
Jessi Castro is in her third year at Chapman Law School.
"Learning about the EB-5 visa has been fantastic. Getting to speak with an experienced and practicing immigration attorney has been very informative and helpful. I was able to experience a whole new area of immigration law, and learn the practical things a textbook can’t teach you. I am very grateful for this educational experience, and know that my future clients will be better-represented with my knowledge of the EB-5 visa. Thank you again to EB5Investors.com for allowing future attorneys to learn more about their field of interest."
Daniel Scow is a 3L at the Brigham Young J. Reuben Clark Law School.
"The EB-5 program has added tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. The program allows immigrants to obtain permanent U.S. residency by investing $500,000 or $1 million in a new enterprise and creating 10 U.S. jobs. EB-5 is an area where business law, immigration law, and securities law come together in a dynamic way. Thanks to EB5Investors.com for hosting the scholarship and increasing awareness of this visa."
Sonia Sujanani is in her third year at Cornell University Law School.
"It was an honor to be selected and participate in the EB5Investors.com scholarship program. I started learning about the EB-5 visa in my first year of law school as a research assistant for Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr, a practicing immigration attorney. After researching and writing articles with Yale-Loehr, I thought I knew a lot about the EB-5 visa. The EB-5 scholarship program took my knowledge to the next level. Speaking with practicing EB-5 attorney Rachel Lew about her day-to-day activities and challenges was particularly enlightening. EB-5 visa awareness and demand is growing and EB-5 attorneys are truly interdisciplinary, often dealing with immigration, securities and corporate law."
Lucy Twimasi is a 3L at George Mason University School of Law
"For me, participating in this scholarship program has shed light on novel areas of the EB-5 visa and on how beneficial immigration is to our economy at-large. EB-5 investing is a fast-growing avenue for foreign investors and entrepreneurs to gain permanent residence, however, without awareness of the EB-5 visa, foreign nationals will not take advantage of its residence and financial benefits, and the U.S. will not reap its economic stimulus. However, with the advent of regional centers and more focus on employment and investor-based immigration reform, the EB-5 visa category is now an excellent option for investors and the business-minded."
EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship
EB5Investors.com is unveiling the first annual EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship for currently enrolled U.S. law school students. Deadlines for the scholarships will vary throughout the year, so check back for updates on future scholarship deadlines. The most recent deadline was December 6, 2013.
The scholarship was founded to raise awareness about the EB-5 visa program among our nation’s future attorneys, while supporting law students in their educational pursuits
Recipients of the next available scholarship will win $300 toward educational pursuits and will be featured on EB5Investors.com.
Student participants will be assigned an EB-5 related topic, introduced to a professional in the corresponding field of practice, and will be expected to submit a 350-500 word essay on their assigned topic after speaking with the professional.
Participating in the EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship offers the opportunity to learn about an exciting section of immigration law, to network with professionals working in the EB-5 program, and to be featured on the premier online community of EB-5 professionals. Recipients of the scholarship will also be considered for future writing opportunities with our publications EB5Investors.com and EB5 Investors Magazine.
We will be choosing 5 currently enrolled students in U.S.-based law schools as finalists to compete for the scholarship, based on the students' academic performance and affinity for immigration law. To submit an application for yourself and/or fellow students of your law school, please follow these steps:
1) Please submit the resumes and transcripts of no more than three law students who are members of your school’s immigration association. Participants must be currently enrolled law students.
Resumes will be due on November 18, 2013 by 5pm PST. All resumes must be sent via email to scholarships at eb5investors.com
2) EB5Investors.com will select 5 finalists among all applicants, and will contact each finalist to assign a topic and an attorney to interview. Finalists may use any resources available to familiarize themselves with the EB-5 visa program created by the Immigration Act of 1990. All sources must be cited in final article submissions, and all writing must be the finalist's own originally written content.
Essays will be due on December 6, 2013 by 5pm PST. Finalists' article submissions must be sent via email to scholarships at eb5investors.com
3) Promote Yourself! Our finalists' articles will be published on EB5Investors.com for one month, during which time finalists should send their friends and family to EB5Investors.com and request them to share their article on their social networks.
4) EB5Investors.com's Community Outreach Director will review each article for accuracy, comprehension of the EB-5 visa program, as well for the volume of social media activity created by the article (Facebook Likes, Google +1s, and Tweets).
We will announce the scholarship's winner on December 30, 2013. To receive payment, the final step is to have your school website reflect the EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship recipient with the following content and link: "[Name of Individual] has been granted an EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship from EB5Investors.com on December 30, 2013." Thank you and good luck to all applicants!