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  • Jun 07, 2019Norris McLaughlin Sponsors the 34th Annual Lebanese Festival

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Raymond G. Lahoud, Member of the firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, are proud to sponsor the St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church Lebanese Festival, better known as “Mahrajan,” in Somerset. The event will be held Friday, June 7, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, noon – 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 9, noon – 10:00 p.m., at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, 526 Easton Avenue, on the corner of Franklin Boulevard. Admission and parking are free of charge.

    The festival is an outdoor gathering for authentic Middle Eastern food, music, dance, and culture. Traditional Lebanese foods such as falafel, shawarma (gyro), hushish kabob, spinach pies, tabouhli, stuffed grape leaves, and more will be featured. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy a large assortment of Middle Eastern pastries including baklawa, mamool, nammoora, and ghraybeh.  Festivities will also include live music, games, raffles, prizes, and nights of Lebanese dancing. Featured performers include Eddie Osama on Friday; Ayad Atallah on Saturday; and Jad Rahme on Sunday, who will be performing traditional and popular Lebanese songs. For more information, please visit: https://saintsharbelnj.org/.

    “As the son of Lebanese immigrants, I am proud to support these great festivities and help the Lebanese communities play a vital part in the success of our region,” said Lahoud.

    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.

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  • Jun 04, 2019Ray Lahoud to Present Immigration Law Basics

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present “EOIR (Removal and Deportation) and Immigration Courts” on Thursday, June 27, 1:10 – 1:40 p.m., at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) Seminar, “2019 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond” hosted by  New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Immigration Law Section, Labor & Employment Law Section, and International Law and Organizations Special Committee.

    The seminar will run 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. It is designed for those who want an immigration update or refresher and for those who wish to have a basic understanding of immigration practice and procedure. This program will present the basics of immigration practice, including how to obtain Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas and how to handle employment and family-based immigration matters; and provide an update on the Trump Administration’s immigration initiatives and its efforts to shift the immigration structure from a family-based to a merit-based system.

    Registration costs are $235 for non-NJSBA members, $188 for NJSBA members, and $176 for NJSBA Section members. New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and ethics CLE credits are available. For more information and to register, click here.

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of 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. in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Apr 04, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present I-9 Compliance Seminar for Employers

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, will present “Are You I-9 Compliant?” for all human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, management, and administrators at organizations and companies in every industry of every size. The seminar which will address how to complete the I-9 process correctly, prepare for random immigration inspections, and be proactively avoid devastating employer immigration compliance penalties is set for Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the firm’s Allentown Office.

    The Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar is free of charge and open to the public. HRCI and SHRM credits are available. For more information and to register, click here or RSVP by email to Katlyn Huff, Marketing Coordinator, at.

    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.

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  • Mar 12, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present for Keller Williams Realty

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, will present “The Intersections of Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry” for members of Keller Williams Realty, Wednesday, March 20, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., at Hash House a Go Go, Moorestown, New Jersey.

    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.

    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.

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  • Feb 27, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present at New York Immigration and Asylum Law Conference

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present at the 2019 New York Asylum and Immigration Law Conference to be held at New York Law School from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8.  Intended for new and experienced attorneys, as well as professors, featured topics include an intro to asylum law, ethics in immigration law, constructing the narrative, best practices before the asylum office, new developments, and detention issues.  As the events fall on International Women’s Day, the conference will offer a presentation on gender violence and a poetry reading by Professor Marjorie Agosín, Human Rights Activist.  Each of the three tracks will offer up to 8.5 hours of CLE, including options for 1.5 hours of ethics and 1.5 hours of diversity, inclusion, and elimination training.  The event is hosted by the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section and New York Law School’s Asylum Clinic.

    Lahoud will co-present the “Introduction to Asylum Law,” 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., speaking on the U.S. asylum process, entities involved, standards and burdens of proof, and basic case law.  The presenters will also compare asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture.  For more information or to register, click here.

    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 is broad, ranging from 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 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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  • Feb 20, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present Immigration Law for Lehigh County Paralegal Association

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “A Confusing Immigration System: Facts, Myths, & Effects on Your Practice, What You Need to Know,” at noon on Friday, February 26, at the Bar Association of Lehigh County in Allentown.  Lahoud will provide an overview of the American Immigration system (without the political spin), its impact on the everyday lives of many Americans, and its increasing importance in other legal practices. This presentation has been approved by the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations for one substantive Paralegal CLE credit.  For more information or to attend, please contact Karen Mesch by Friday, February 22, at (610) 433-6204 ext. 12, or via email at .

    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 is broad, ranging from 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 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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  • Dec 04, 2018Raymond Lahoud to Present “Immigration in the United States” at Penn State Lehigh Valley

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “Immigration in the United States,” for the SAGE learning program at the Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus on Friday, December 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

    The SAGE Lecture Series includes Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment. This program is designed for adults over 55 years of age who are interested in expanding life’s experience. SAGE offers an opportunity to enrich one’s life through learning in a relaxed and accepting environment among peers. Each SAGE Session is held on the first Friday of the month.

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of 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. in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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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 , 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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