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Beat The Cap And Fix The Law: All About the H

Speakers: Sherry L. Neal, Christopher T. Musillo, Maria M. Cordon, Howard D. Greenberg, Jeffrey W. Pitts, Stephen H. Smalley, Roy J. Watson and Karen Weinstock.

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants. MCLE credit approved for TX (Sessions 2 & 3) and CA (Sessions 2 & 3). MCLE Credit for IL (Session 2 & 3) have been applied for.


FIRST Phone Session on April 26: Beating the cap

  • H alternatives: E, L, P, O, B, J, etc
  • Exempt employers: the Texas case, etc (Concurrent Hs: part time, etc)
  • The Canadian alternative (No work permit quotas, Numerous categories of entry including intra company transferee and NAFTA Professionals, Expedited criteria and procedures for Software workers, Relatively quick processing times at Canadian Consulates and Ports of Entry, Part of comprehensive US strategy – return to United States in L status)
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative update: Skil, other H visa bills like Durbin/Grassley, etc
  • Up-to-the-minute USCIS update: lottery problems, duplicate filings, premium processing, etc

SECOND Phone Session on May 17: Complex issues with the H

  • Problematic occupations: Market Analyst, etc
  • Credential evaluations: NSC on degree equivalency, etc
  • Special considerations for H1B dependent Employers
  • Speculative Employment
  • Itinerary for consultants
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative update: Senate CIR, Amendments offered, Likelihood of CIR passing Senate, What will the House do? and CIR?
  • Up-to-the-minute USCIS update: H-1 Cap news, H-1 masters cap news and Bifurcation update

THIRD Phone Session on June 7: Strategic issues with the H

  • LCA enforcement issues
  • Work experience equivalency between I129 and I140
  • Prevailing wages relations between LC and LCA
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative update: Senate CIR, Amendments offered, Likelihood of CIR passing Senate, What will the House do? and CIR?
  • Up-to-the-minute USCIS update: H-1 Cap news, H-1 masters cap news and Bifurcation update

Citations for Session 1        Citations for Session 2       


Sherry L. Neal (co-discussion leader) is a Partner in the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Hammond Law Group. She has been practicing immigration law for more than ten years. She represents corporations, staffing companies and universities throughout the U.S. on employment-based immigration cases. She is the Chair of the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and member of the national Healthcare Committee (non-physicians) of AILA, and co-founder of the Foreign Nurse Taskforce/Coalition for Improved Healthcare Staffing which was instrumental in getting legislation passed for an additional 50,000 visas for Schedule A occupations. Ms. Neal is a frequent speaker and author on employment immigration law. Her articles have appeared in national and international publications such as Talent Economy, Irish Nurse, Immigration Law Today, International Journal of Nursing Practice, Business Courier as well as THE PERM BOOK published by ILW.COM.

Christopher T. Musillo (co-discussion leader) is a Partner with Hammond Law Group LLC. He focuses his practice on immigration for the business community, especially for the healthcare, corporate, and information technology industries. He is a founding attorney for the Coalition to Improve Healthcare Staffing, which now exceeds 60 immigration attorneys. He currently coordinates the Coalition's lobbying and advocacy efforts. He also edits HLG's Healthcare and Immigration Advocacy Blog and the firm's Monthly Medical Monitor. He has authored a chapter on immigration for allied occupations in ILW.COM's forthcoming book on Healthcare Immigration.

Maria M. Cordon is president and shareholder of Maria M. Cordon, P.C., a law firm representing small to medium-size businesses and individuals in immigration and customs and border protection matters. She also serves as legal advisor in immigration matters to the Consulate of Guatemala. Ms. Cordon is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law, is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. She was born in Guatemala, is fluent in French and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese. Admitted to Bar, 1994, Texas and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Court of International Trade. In her immigration practice, she is an expert in qualifying individuals for H-1B status and has exempted hundreds of foreign nationals from the H-1B cap. Her legal expertise won the leading case to date on H-1B exemptions. Now certain teacher candidates can enter and work in the U.S. even though the cap on entry has been met.

Howard D. Greenberg is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law, and the Chair of the Law Society's Certification Committee responsible for certifying lawyers in this practice area. He is the past Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Committee of the Human Resources Section of the International Bar Association, and Past Chairperson of both the Canadian Bar Association's National Immigration Section and the Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). Mr. Greenberg is the co-editor of the Immigration Law Reporter, the leading case law reporting series in the field and a Part Time Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law teaching Corporate Immigration Issues. Mr. Greenberg has chaired and presented numerous papers for legal education programs of both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) and acts as an ad hoc advisor to Government on immigration related matters.

Jeffrey W. Pitts, Associate with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati (B.A., with honors, 1991) and New York Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1998). Articles Editor, New York Law School Law Review (1997-98). Mr. Pitts is admitted to the bar in the states of New Jersey and New York and is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Stephen H. Smalley's business immigration practice emphasizes the representation of clients in the information technology and engineering fields, professional athletes, and other business professionals. He also possesses extensive experience with overseas consular processing and the representation of clients in Asia, and in administrative and appellate litigation. Mr. Smalley is listed in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Smalley was an attorney with an immigration and nationality law firm in Washington, D.C., where he also practiced in the area of business-related immigration law in partnership with the former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mr. Smalley has served as a speaker regarding international recruiting in the software and high technology fields, employer compliance, and I-9 and IRCA issues. Other previous experience includes handling civil litigation and trial matters.

Roy J. Watson, a graduate of Brandies University, with a B.A. in Economics, (1971); a J.D. from Boston College School of Law, (1975); and an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, (1983). Roy is founder and past Editor-in-Chief of the Immigration Case Reporter (ICR), published by Matthew Bender, Inc., and sent to over 1,000 lawyers in 5 countries to provide the latest information and changes in the field of immigration law. Roy has authored numerous articles on a variety of immigration law topics, and is a frequent lecturer on business-relevant immigration law issues. Roy is past Past President of the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and has served on numerous AILA national committees during his 30 years of active practice of immigration law. Roy is a past Chair of the immigration law committees of both the Massachusetts Bar (MBA) and Boston Bar (BBA) Associations, and a past International Law Section Chair for the BBA. Roy remains active with numerous international business organizations, and Watson Law Offices is the first law office in the United States to be registered under ISO 9002. Watson Law Offices have recently relocated from downtown Boston to Bedford Center to better serve the high-tech, bio-tech and business corridor between Route 128 and I-495.

Karen Weinstock is the managing attorney of Siskind Susser’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. Karen graduated law school from Hebrew University School of Law in Jerusalem, Israel and has a license to practice law both in Israel and in New York State. She is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Federal Court of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 9th and 11th Circuits. Karen is fluent in English, Hebrew and speaks some Spanish. She is a member of the New York Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and an outgoing member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. She also sat on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, and is a member of the Lawyer's Club of Atlanta. She was also nominated for the 2006 International Women of Influence Awards presented by GlobalEXECWomen and the International Council. Karen Weinstock worked in an Intellectual Property firm in Tel Aviv and later in one of Jerusalem's largest law firms. Immediately prior to joining Siskind Susser, Karen had a solo law practice in New York City, focusing on serving international clientele doing business or working in the U.S. Having practiced corporate law, Karen can accommodate the special needs of multinational corporations. She represents U.S. and international companies, and specializes in the technology and healthcare areas. She focuses on serving entrepreneurs, business owners and physicians from all over the world. Karen authors and is the editor of Siskind Susser's Visalaw Health Care Immigration Newsletter and also contributes to Siskind's Immigration Bulletin, a newsletter with over 30,000 subscribers. She also writes for newspapers and is a keynote speaker at immigration law forums and events. Karen authored a book on the H-1B visa that will be published this year.


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