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Consular Processing For Beginners

Speakers: Rami Fakhoury, Kevin Aiston, Steven N. Garmo, Joel S. Guberman, Frances Hayden and Angelo Paparelli

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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 Credits for CA and TX.


FIRST Phone Session on April 29: Role of the State Department in Visa Processing

  • Information gathering
  • New FISA law
  • Visa Waiver Program - eligibility, ESTA system
  • 9 FAM - ground of inadmissibility
  • Security Advisory Opinion (SAO)
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update

SECOND Phone Session on May 27: Coordination between USCIS/ICE, CIA, FBI and DOS

  • Investigations by Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service
  • Data mining process, profiling programs - H and L cases
  • Documents and Benefits Fraud Task Forces (DBFTF) and other multiple agency task forces
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update

THIRD Phone Session on June 24: Set Up of Consular Posts: Who's Who Behind the Glass Wall, and How to Get Them to Work With You

  • Practical guide to risk factors and self-audits
  • Risk management profile - client, your firm, client counter-parties
  • What to expect at two dozen foreign consulates
  • Due diligence steps in your application
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update

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Rami Fakhoury is the editor of The Consular Posts Book, the most comprehensive book on consular processing, including major consular posts, theory and practice and several additional resources. For detailed table of contents and to place your order, see here.


Rami Fakhoury (Discussion Leader) is a member of Fakhoury Law Group, P.C. His practice focuses on business-based employment immigration, particularly in the Information Technology, Engineering industry, health care workers, investors, academics and individuals of exceptional ability. Mr. Fakhoury has extensive experience in the areas of Corporate Immigration, and has worked in private firms, as well as serving as In-House Counsel for Syntel Corporation, a Fortune 1000 company in the Information Technology industry. In particular, his practice focuses on H, L, E, and O visas, Labor Certifications, Advance Degree Professionals, Multinational Executives and Outstanding Researchers and Professors. Mr. Fakhoury has represented clients at U.S. Consulates abroad and is an international lecturer and fellow for the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) and a Member of the Immigration section of the International Bar Association. Mr. Fakhoury has served as Panel Speaker at the American Bar – International Law Section. He has also presented and written articles on immigration issues. Mr. Fakhoury is a Member of the State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section; Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), Immigration Law Committee; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); International Business Association, Immigration Law Committee; and Fellow, Center of International Legal Studies, Salzburg Austria.

Kevin Aiston is of counsel to the Chicago office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. Mr. Aiston joined the firm in 2003 after 15 years of service with the U.S. Department of State, working primarily in the Visa Office. His domestic assignments included positions as Deputy Chief of the Legal Advisory Opinions Division of the Visa Office, Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services, and Deputy Chief of the Visa Office's Post Liaison Division. Mr. Aiston also served as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassies in Paris, France, and Victoria, Seychelles. Mr. Aiston graduated summa cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Law Review. He is admitted to the bar in Illinois and has been a frequent speaker at immigration conferences.

Steven Garmo is a Principal in the law firm of Garmo & Associates, P.C., in Farmington Hills, Michigan where he specializes in U.S. Immigration Law. He has a J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law, a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, and an A.S. in computer Science from Detroit College of Business. Mr. Garmo previously chaired the advocacy/legislation committee for the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and was a past chair of the Oakland County Bar Association, Immigration committee. Mr. Garmo is a frequent speaker on immigration related issues. Mr. Garmo is a frequently invited guest speaker on immigration related issues. He has published extensively both in English and Arabic various articles relating to U.S. immigration law. Mr. Garmo authors the article on the Visa Processing guide for the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan and Damascus, Syria for the Visa Processing Guide published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Mr. Garmo is also a frequent speaker and lecturer on immigration law through out the United States. Mr. Garmo has maintained an immigration practice concentrating solely on immigration related matters. As an immigration attorney, Mr. Garmo handles all types of immigration related matters including Business and Family visas,

Joel S. Guberman is a senior partner of the law firm of Guberman, Garson, Bush and has been practicing in the field of immigration law for over twenty-five years. Mr. Guberman advises his clients on immigration issues related to conducting business across international borders. His clients include senior executives and individuals as well as institutions and large multinational organizations. He advises on various matters including North American free trade, treaty investors and treaty traders and other issues related to worldwide skilled worker immigration. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law. He is Past-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association, Immigration and Citizenship Section, a Past-Chair of the Canada Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association – of which he was a founding member. He is also listed in the "Lexpert Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada" and the "Who's Who in Executives and Professionals".

Frances Hayden 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 most of her career as an immigration attorney, 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 served for two years 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. Frances also co-authors chapters on visa processing in Mexico City and Seoul, South Korea, and Guatemala City in AILA's "The Visa Processing Guide".

Angelo Paparelli is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Paparelli, with a bicoastal practice in Southern California and New York City, is known for providing creative solutions to complex and straightforward immigration law problems, especially involving mergers and acquisitions, labor certifications and the H-1B visa category. His practice areas include legislative advocacy; employer compliance audits and investigations; U.S. and foreign work visas and permanent residence for executives, managers, scientists, scholars, investors, professionals, students and visitors; immigration messaging and speech-writing; corporate policy formulation; and immigration litigation before administrative agencies and the federal courts. He is frequently quoted in leading national publications on immigration law. He is also President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, a 30-firm global consortium of leading immigration practitioners. Paparelli’s blog and a comprehensive list of his many immigration law articles can be found at He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan where he earned his B.A., and of Wayne State University Law School where he earned his J.D. Paparelli is admitted to the state bars of California, Michigan and New York.


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Includes all three dates:

Audio CD of Wed, Apr 29, 2009 (90 Minutes)
Audio CD of Wed, May 27, 2009 (90 Minutes)
Audio CD of Wed, Jun 24, 2009 (90 Minutes)

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