Host Ray Suarez and guest panelists Algernon Austin, Marcos Vilar and Juan Carlos Benitez discuss why job creation remains low.
An attorney with 25 years of experience, Juan Carlos Benitez is president of the Marianas EB-5 Regional Center on Saipan Capital Island, where he oversees a center designed to facilitate the investment of foreign nationals who are pursuing green cards in the United States. He also leads Latte Training Academy on Saipan Capital Island in offering workforce development for the Northern Mariana Islands. Experienced in immigration law, Juan Carlos Benitez belongs to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which will celebrate Citizenship Day on September 15, 2018.
The AILA’s celebration of Citizenship Day will take place two days before the nation celebrates Citizenship Day on Monday, September 17, 2018. The holiday commemorates September 17, 1787, when 39 men signed the U.S. Constitution and granted citizenship to everyone born in the United States and to individuals naturalized into the country.
The AILA celebrates Citizenship Day by providing free or affordable workshops to legal residents who qualify to apply for citizenship. This year’s celebration takes on special meaning, given the current political turmoil surrounding the topic of immigration. Poised to help immigrants become citizens, AILA chapters throughout the United States will give a warm welcome to immigrants seeking citizenship and celebrate the positive impact of immigrants throughout the country.
Attorney Juan Carlos Benitez’s legal career has spanned over two decades. In 2001, he served the U.S. Justice Department when he was confirmed unanimously as a Special Counsel, appointed to ensure compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act. Juan Carlos Benitez is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, an organization that advocates for fair applications of immigration law.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has an over 60-year history of informing members of the immigrant community of their rights and lobbying for laws and policies that ensure equitable treatment for foreign-born residents. A large part of AILA’s mission is to increase access to quality immigration law representation and support and enhance the ethical and professional standards of immigration law practice. AILA’s members provide pro bono services and represent individuals from immigrant backgrounds as well as companies that are interested in attracting talent from overseas.
AILA is currently composed of 39 chapters and has over 15,000 members nationwide. The national office is in Washington D.C.
An experienced business leader with a wealth of legal and regulatory experience, Juan Carlos Benitez has served as president of the Washington Pacific Economic Development Group for 15 years and president/board chairman of the Latte Training Academy for three years. Since 2013, Juan Carlos Benitez has also helped foreign nationals invest in the United States and obtain residency visas through the Marianas EB-5 Regional Center on the Northern Marianas island of Saipan.
The Marianas EB-5 Regional Center operates under the auspices of the American EB-5 Visa and Investor Program. Administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the EB-5 visa allows entrepreneurs, their spouses, and their dependents the opportunity to obtain permanent residence in the United States.
Congress enacted the EB-5 program in 1990 in an effort to attract foreign investment and encourage domestic job creation. Since 1992, foreign investors have been able to qualify for an EB-5 visa by investing through a chain of regional USCIS-affiliated centers. All EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise within the United States and commit to creating and/or preserving at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs for qualified American workers within a period of two years.
An experienced litigator, Juan Carlos Benitez has worked in fields including national defense, U.S. territorial law, and economic development. For the past 15 years, he has served as president of the Washington Pacific Economic Development Group in Hagatna, Guam. Juan Carlos Benitez is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
The 2018 AILA Spring CLE Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., on April 13 at the Washington Court Hotel. The event will feature conversations with several liaison committees, as well as “Conversations with the Agencies,” which will give attendees insight into the decisions being made at agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Department of Homeland Security, and Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Attendees may be able to earn CLE credits. For those in jurisdictions giving an hour’s credit per 50-minute session, a maximum of 10 CLE credits is possible; a maximum of eight could be earned for jurisdictions requiring 60 minutes. Registration for the event is open at agora.aila.org.