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  • Nov 30, 2018Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak at Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, will present “The (Hidden) Lucrative Intersections of Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry” at the Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo on Wednesday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

    Lahoud will cover the intersections of immigration with residential and commercial real estate transactions, including those involving documented and undocumented immigrants, temporary foreign employees, and international students; foreign corporations seeking to open a location in the United States or considering a complete relocation of company and employees; and residential and commercial property developers seeking alternative, low-cost project financing. Richard B. Somach, also a Member Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be Master of Ceremonies for this presentation.

    Triple Play is a tri-state convention with 8,000 realtors attending over a three-day period, December 3-6. Triple Play attracts thousands of realtors, brokers, appraisers, and other real estate professionals to the largest real estate convention and trade show of its kind in the U.S. Participants travel from coast-to-coast to learn about the newest and most exciting developments in real estate products and services.

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009

    Somach focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, residential subdivisions, and shopping center development. As a licensed title insurance agent, Somach is President of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS®. He also serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau, and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He has presented two lectures on mortgage foreclosures at the annual Real Estate Institute Program, “Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure” and “Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure.” He received his B.A., with honors, in 1971 from Lehigh University and his J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University Law School.

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  • Sep 19, 2018Norris McLaughlin to Present EB-5 Financing Program for GLVR

    Raymond G. Lahoud a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice, will present an immigration seminar, “Everything You Wanted to Know About EB-5 Financing, But Were Too Afraid to Ask,” sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS. The session will be held at GLVR on September 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. This seminar is geared towards commercial realtors and brokers with general immigration overview. For more information or to register click here or email Diane Fetzer, Director of Professional Development.

    Lahoud will provide a brief overview of the basics of EB-5 financing and reasons why REALTORS can promote it as an attractive source of financing for real estate developers. He will provide a detailed look at the structure of EB-5 investments and offer insight into how developers can make their project EB-5 eligible from a legal and marketing standpoint. The discussion will raise and address common questions that developers encounter when trying to determine whether EB-5 financing is appropriate, and touch on common myths and realities about the EB-5 program and process. The panel will also discuss the different entities and experts, including REALTORS who are engaged in a typical EB-5 investment, and outline concrete next steps for developers interested in securing EB-5 financing for their residential or commercial real estate venture.

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice ranges from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006 and his J.D. in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Jul 18, 2018Raymond Lahoud to Be a Panelist for the 2018 EB-5 Convention Los Angeles

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, will be a panelist at the 2018 Los Angeles EB-5 Convention, Monday, July 23, through Tuesday, July 24, at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, California.  This two-day educational, networking event will host a gathering of broker-dealers, developers, immigration and securities attorneys, migrant agents, regional centers, and more.  Lahoud will be on a panel on Tuesday at 9:25 a.m., discussing “A Deep Dive Into “At Risk:” How does USCIS interpret “risk” and how should it?  What are the practical implications?”  For more information, please click here.

    “Since 2008, the EB-5 Investor Visa Program has led to over $22.5 billion in foreign direct investments into projects throughout the United States of all types, from infrastructure, hotels, commercials and residential developments, to the IT, manufacturing, and the professional services industries,” states Lahoud.  “As a result, thousands of jobs have been created, investments have continued, and the impact of the EB-5 investor visa program on states like New Jersey has been positive, significant, and long-term.  I am honored to be asked to speak at this year’s EB-5 Investor Magazine Annual Convention, given the importance of the investor visa program, in a time when there are many immigration uncertainties.”

    Lahoud’s EB-5 experience spans every aspect of the program including formations and management of regional centers and representation of investors from across the world. His experience of direct and regional center investments includes travel to several Middle Eastern, European, and Asian countries to present educational sessions for possible investors. Lahoud offers leadership and counsel with economic development organizations, municipalities, developers, quasi-government entities and planning commissions to implement and market the EB-5 program as an alternative funding source for public and private projects.

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally.  He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Mar 20, 2018Raymond Lahoud Spoke to Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was pleased to present a free seminar, “The Future of Immigration Law – How it will Affect the Real Estate Industry,” for the Greater Lehigh Valley members.

    The seminar for residential realtors included the rights and responsibilities of selling to an undocumented immigrant, protecting yourself from real estate discrimination and the undocumented immigrant, how to work with a foreign real estate client, and more. The seminar for commercial realtors/brokers discussed leasing or selling to a foreign organization relocating from abroad and the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.

    “Now, more than ever, US immigration policies are impacting the domestic real estate market.  From expats, international employees and students, temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, foreign direct investments, EB-5 visa project financing, to individuals lacking valid immigration status, the number of real estate transactions involving non-US Citizens has reached record proportions with no slowdown expected,” Lahoud expresses.

    He continues, “The Lehigh Valley has seen this growth and, with the continued globalization of the region, more and more foreign companies and their employees are calling the Lehigh Valley home.  Given this, it is important that the region’s residential and commercial realtors are aware of not only the rights and responsibilities of foreign born buyers and sellers, but also the financial potential in accessing this globally growing real estate consumer market.”

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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