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Retrogression, US Visit, Cases, Tsunami

ILW.COM's February 9th seminar will discuss Retrogression, US Visit, recent Cases, and the Tsunami. The detailed curriculum is as follows:

Tsunami-Related Immigration Relief

  • What are the best strategies and tactics for securing parole or petitioning for minor children, extending nonimmigrant stay, changing status, and gaining other immigration benefits for citizens or residents of Tsunami-affected countries (Burma, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Thailand)?
  • What special stay or removal procedures are available to citizens of Sri Lanka and Maldives because of the tsunami-inflicted damage?
Immigration Judicial Decisions and Strategies You Can Use Today
  • How do you preserve the record on appeal (even if you have no plans to litigate on behalf of your clients)?
  • What are most vulnerable interpretations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Administrative Appeals Office and how can you best attack them?
  • How can you create a litigation template to attack unlawful USCIS, DOL or DOS regulations using the Administrative Procedures Act and rules of statutory construction without exhausting administrative remedies?
  • Which successful cases can you use as models for challenging unlawful agency practices and policies?
  • How can you establish that the INA jurisdiction-stripping provisions of IIRIRA do not apply to your client's case?
US Visit Implementation and NSEERS Detritus
  • How does US Visit work and when will it be fully operational?
  • When will "Kiosk-Compliance" suffice for US Visit exit confirmation?
  • Will your client be forgiven for failure to register departure or surrender the I-94 card?
  • How does the ghost of NSEERS still haunt aliens seeking nonimmigrant visas, nonimmigrant extensions, changes and adjustment of status?
  • What techniques can be used to overcome past failures of NSEERS compliance?
Priority Date Retrogression and Extensions of Extraordinary Extensions of Nonimmigrant Status
  • What is the impact of the Yates' retrogression memo and the new restrictions on concurrent filing?
  • How can your client gain maximum benefit from the "other" 7th-year-plus H-1B extension for per-country quota unavailability?
  • What are the best ways of recapturing H-1B or L-1 time in order to bridge the gap between the maximum period of nonimmigrant stay and a slow-moving priority date?
  • How can you avoid your client's departure from the United States despite the backlog in priority dates?
  • How can you gain the benefit of earlier priority dates in prior-filed employment-based and family-based immigrant visa petitions by using priority-date transfer procedures?
  • What are the most advantageous ways of shifting between or among nonimmigrant visa categories while you await forward movement in priority dates?
  • What ethical issues arise and what legitimate techniques work in traversing between the employment-based second and third preference categories?
The deadline to register is Monday, February 7th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

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