"Whats New In Consular Processing: NIVs, IVs And Waivers"
Speakers: Jan Pederson, Michael H. Davis, Stephen K. Fischel, Avi Friedman, Silvia Graves, Evan Green, Frances J. Hayden, Kehrela M. Hodkinson, Howard Hom, John B. Klow (CBP) and Gerald P. Seipp.
Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips by Jan Pederson, Michael H. Davis, Stephen K. Fischel, Silvia Graves, Evan Green, Frances J. Hayden, Kehrela M. Hodkinson, Howard Hom, John B. Klow (CBP) and Gerald P. Seipp.
FIRST Phone Session on April 27, 2006: NIV Issues
Third Country National NIV Applications In Canada And Mexico
SECOND Phone Session on May 18, 2006: IV Issues
Considerations in Consular Processing.
Processing of a Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Case.
"Portability of an approved alien labor certification and I-140" to immigrant visa processing.
THIRD Phone Session on June 1, 2006: Waiver Practice in Consular Processing
Nonimmigrant Visa Waivers of Inadmissibility.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Jan Pederson is the founder of Pederson Immigration Law Group, P.C. in Washington, D.C. and has practiced law in the Washington, D.C. since 1980. Recognized by The Washington Post as one of "seven leading lawyers" in Washington, D.C., Ms. Pederson has been dedicated to the practice of immigration and nationality law for over twenty years. She has successfully represented thousands of clients and is masterful at resolving complex immigration issues. She is a frequent national lecturer on the topic of consular processing and has authored many papers on the topic. She served as president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and as an elected director of the national Board of Governors of AILA for eighteen years. She served as a chairperson of the Physicians Task Force of AILA and has also served as chairperson of the AILA Visa Office Liaison Committee and Refugee Committee. She was the recipient of the prestigious national award, The Edith Lowenstein Award, in 1997 for excellence in the advancement of the practice of immigration law. Ms. Pederson graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from Howard University with a Juris Doctor degree.
Michael H. Davis practices immigration law in Minneapolis. He represents clients in complex immigrant and nonimmigrant cases at U.S. consulates worldwide, with a particular focus on Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and India. Mr. Davis is Associate Editor of AILA’s Visa Processing Guide and serves on AILA’s Department of State Liaison Committee.
Stephen K. Fischel was former Director of the Office of Legislation, Regulations and Advisory Assistance in the Visa Office of the U.S. Department of State. He is now with Fischel Mohar and Fanning as a partner. He has over 30 years of experience in international immigration policy making, has played a critical role in key legislation governing global movement of people and is an international expert and lecturer on matters relating to U.S. visa law. He is an active contributor to numerous immigration law and policy-related professional organizations. In his most recent position at the U.S. Department of State, he was responsible for security and non-security advisory opinions, supervised analysis and implementation of visa laws impacting U.S. consular affairs, worked closely with Congress in drafting immigration legislation, worked with the President's Domestic Policy Council on the President's Temporary Worker Program, and was the primary immigration law advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs. Other notable projects he oversaw include the Mexican Migration Talks, negotiation and implementation of NAFTA, and the negotiation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the transfer of certain visa authority prescribed by the Homeland Security Act. Mr. Fischel earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Fischel works and resides in Washington D.C.
Silvia Graves graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1986, with both a Juris Doctor and a Masters Degree in Psychology. She was a Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Texas Chapter (2001-2002). She has served as a Liaison between the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Immigration Service in Houston, Texas, from 1995 to 1998. She was Program Co-Chair of AILA National Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. in 1998. She was a member of the AILA National Program Planning Committee for the 1999 and 2003 AILA Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington and New Orleans, LA. She was a Chair of the Naturalization Committee at the 1998 AILA National Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. She was the Program Chair for the AILA Texas Chapter 2000 Spring Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. She has served with the AILA Texas Chapter as a Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chair. She has served as a Chair of the Awards Committee and Chair of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the AILA Texas Chapter (2003). She has been an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Consular Liaison for AILA Texas Chapter for the last three years. She has been practicing exclusively immigration for twenty years in Houston. She travels regularly to Mexico and Canada to represent third country nationals applying for nonimmigrant visas. She has been a speaker at a number of AILA, NAFSA and the Houston Bar conferences, on consular practice and other immigration issues.
Evan Green is with the law firm Green and Spiegal in Toronto, Canada. He was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1990 and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is currently the immediate past Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Canada Chapter. He practices corporate immigration to Canada on a permanent and temporary basis and he works extensively with consular processing at the American consulate in Toronto. He also deals with NAFTA applications at ports of entry. He has spoken at numerous AILA annual and regional conferences and is currently a Chair of the AILA's Northern Border Task force.
Frances J. Hayden has been practicing law for more than 18 years. She is a graduate of the prestigious School of Law at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as the California Bar Association. Frances is fluent in Spanish and has her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Western Washington University. For the past 15 years, she has focused on consular processing of non-immigrant visas at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, with a special emphasis on third-country national visa processing at border posts in Mexico and Canada. She and the attorneys associated with HaydenLaw travel with visa applicants to American consulates in Mexico and Canada several times each month. These trips keep Frances on top of all current visa regulations and ongoing policy changes. She is a recognized expert in her field. For 2 years, she served as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Liaison Committee with the U.S. State Department's Visa Office in Washington D.C. This important AILA committee is dedicated to maintaining open communication with the government to promote the fair interpretation of all U.S. immigration laws at U.S. consular offices worldwide. Frances also co-authors chapters on visa processing in Mexico City and Seoul, South Korea in "The Visa Processing Guide," a useful practical handbook for other immigration attorneys that is published each year. She has been a featured speaker and moderator at numerous AILA national conferences and other meetings on topics such as "Consular Processing Tips--What Works and What Doesn't."
Kehrela M. Hodkinson was admitted to the California State Bar in 1980, after graduating from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She established her first law office in Los Angeles, California in 1982, where her practice concentrated on nonimmigrant visas and employment and family-based immigration matters. After moving to San Francisco, California in 1987, she founded a second immigration law firm and continued to provide expertise relating to temporary and permanent visas for business personnel and family-based immigration. Since 1994, Ms. Hodkinson has exclusively practiced US immigration and nationality law in London. Ms. Hodkinson represents a broad range of corporate and individual clients in connection with nonimmigrant visa matters, immigrant visa petitions, extraordinary ability petitions and family-based immigrant petitions. In addition, she provides advice relating to maintaining permanent resident status and expatriation issues. Ms. Hodkinson is a founding member of the Academy of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL), a think tank dedicated to promoting best practices in immigration client service and law firm management and has been nominated by her peers to the International Who's Who of Business Immigration Lawyers. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and American Women Lawyers in London. Ms. Hodkinson is a frequent speaker at professional conferences regarding US visa processing in London and is often asked to testify before UK courts with respect to US immigration ramifications related to child custody matters and issues regarding treaty investor/treaty trader status.
Howard Hom is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, California State Board of Legal Specialization. He has been an adjunct Professor of Law, Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California, since 1995. Attorney Hom graduated, cum laude, from Loyola Law School in 1976. Upon graduation he was hired to work for the Immigration and Naturalization Service under the Attorney-General's Honor Law Graduate Program. After five years, Attorney Hom entered private law practice where he has handled many complex immigration and citizenship cases. Attorney Hom is a member of the elite group of attorneys who have presented oral argument before the United States Supreme Court. See, I.N.S. v. Yang, 117 S. Ct. 350(1996). Attorney Hom's opinion and assistance are sought after by many of his colleagues. He is the "immigration attorneys' attorney."
John B. Klow is the Interim Director of the Admissibility Review Office at the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Gerald P. Seipp was admitted to the New York bar in 1973. He has been practicing Immigration Law for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1972. He started his legal career as a VISTA lawyer assigned to a Legal Aid office in rural Western, New York , where his primary clientele were migrant farm workers. After 4 years of legal services work he joined the faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. In 1982 he joined a Buffalo , New York law firm where he initially concentrated his practice on special education litigation and Social Security disability. He became a partner of the firm in 1989, and the firm was named "Serotte, Reich & Seipp". He began litigating Immigration cases in 1983, and his practice eventually became concentrated in all facets of Immigration Law. In addition to his private practice, he returned to the Buffalo Law School and served on the adjunct faculty, creating and teaching the Immigration Law course for 15 years, from 1988 until 2002. He has authored numerous articles and presented at several American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual and local conferences. He authored the January 2002 West Group Immigration Briefing on the topic of Aggravated felons and the August and September, 2003 Briefings on Waivers of Inadmissibility. Mr. Seipp is past Chair for the Upstate New York AILA Chapter. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America under Immigration Law . For many years, he has served for the AILA mentor program on the topic of waivers. In February of 2005, Mr. Seipp was admitted to the Florida bar.
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