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Speakers: Shanni Alexandrovitz, Jacqueline Bart, Brian Bolton, Jill Bussey, Jane Carroll, Rachel Graciano, Stephen Pattison, Nicholas Rollason, Sal Savatteri Lois Gimpel Shaukat and Nita Upadhye <

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by questions and answers from participants. MCLE Credits in CA, TX and other states (click here for more details).


FIRST Phone Session on November 18: Preparing Clients for Visa Interview: When Does "Preparation" Become "Coaching"?

  • Perspectives on "Coaching"-Consular Officers and ABA Model Rules
  • Coaching vs Preparation-Defining the Differences
  • Discussion and Analysis of Case Examples

SECOND Phone Session on December 23: Global Migration

  • Overview of Multiple Jurisdictions
  • Current Hot Topics in Global Migration
  • Trends in the Field-Including Special Focus on Changes in UK Immigration Guidance
  • Business Visitors vs Skilled Workers

THIRD Phone Session on January 6: The Art of Visa Adjudication

  • The Art of Visa Adjudication
  • Visa Interview Pet Peeves
  • The Visa Application Process: What Needs to be Fixed-and What Doesn't
  • Consular Officers and Immigration Attorneys: Suggestions for Creating a Constructive Working Relationship


Shanni Alexandrovitz (Discussion Leader) is a Senior Associate at Liam Schwartz & Associates and leads the firmís U.S. corporate immigration practice, with sub-specialties in consular law and visas relating to extraordinary ability employees, family issues, investors and artists and entertainers. With almost a decade of immigration experience, she is admitted to practice law in both New York and Israel, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as well as the Israeli Bar Association. Shanni has lectured at the Export Institute in Tel Aviv and was a panelist at the AILA Rome District Chapter 2009 Spring Conference. She currently serves on the DHS Liaison and Ethics/CLE Committees of the AILA Rome District Chapter.

Jacqueline Bart is a Certified Immigration Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada. She obtained her undergraduate and law degrees in Canada and her Juris Doctor in the United States. She commenced her legal career at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt and has worked at Barristers Chambers in London, England and at the UK High Court of Justice. In addition, Ms. Bart interned and worked at the United Nations in the area of International Human Rights and Immigration Law.

Brian Bolton is a Consular Affairs Specialist at Liam Schwartz & Associates. Brian uses his wealth of knowledge about American visas and immigration procedures to assist clients with a wide range of services, from exploring relocation options to preparing for the visa interview. A native of southwestern Virginia, Brian has worked at U.S. Embassies in Mexico City, London, and Tel Aviv, as well as serving in the Department of State in Washington, DC. He holds a degree in linguistics and cognitive science from the University of Virginia.

Jill Bussey is an Associate in the Global Migration and Executive Transfers practice at Baker & McKenzie LLP. Based in Washington, D.C., Jill assists foreign and domestic corporations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, federal contractors, and financial institutions in their movement of international personnel and advises these clients regarding U.S. immigration and global migration. She has significant experience in immigration processes and analyses, including immigration compliance, visa processing, and worldwide placement of international personnel.

Jane Carroll is Associate General Counsel of ThoughtWorks, Inc., a global It consultancy firm headquartered in Chicago with offices in Canada, the UK, Australia, China, India and Brazil. Her practice focuses on business-related immigration law, including nonimmigrant business visas and permanent residence. She is responsible for inbound as well as outbound immigration for the company. She is a current member of the AILA Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee and is a Core Committee Member of AILAís Global Migration Action Group (GMAG) and the Rome District Chapter (RDC) Global Migration Committee. She has spoken on business immigration topics at various immigration law conferences and seminars.

RachelGraciano worked in the corporate world until joining the State Department in 2006. She's a Consular [focused] officer who began her overseas career in Tel Aviv, Israel. Currently she is serving at the Vancouver Consulate. She is excited to be moving next summer to Beirut, Lebanon as the American Citizen Services Chief.

Nicolas Rollason is recognized as "very experienced, knowledgeable and highly diligent' (Legal 500 2009) Nick is also known as an expert in EU immigration law and has litigated key test cases before the European Court of Justice. He has been a regular contributor to the European Commission's Annual Report on Free Movement for the UK since 1997 and is a consultant to the International Labour Organisation and the OECD, for whom he acts as an expert on international highly skilled migration policy. He is the author of the Immigration chapter in the Solicitors Family Law Association's International Aspects of Family Law and is currently co-authoring the chapter of Free Movement of Persons in Vaughan & Robertson's Law of the European Union.

Stephen Pattison is a Senior Counsel at Maggio + Kattar and has more than three decades of experience in immigration law and consular affairs. An accomplished and sought-after public speaker, Mr. Pattison has been served on panels for national and international immigration conferences. He has also been widely published on a variety of topics, including consular processing, ethics, waivers, and all facets of business immigration.

Sal Savatteri is a Principal of the Savatteri Law Firm, P.C., and concentrates his practice in U.S. immigration, citizenship and consular law. His clients include corporations and their employees in numerous sectors including manufacturing, health care, professional service and academia. Mr. Savatteri's representative matters include adjustment of status, immigrant visa processing, labor certification, naturalization, temporary worker visas, waivers of inadmissibility, consular matters and I-9 audit and compliance. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and chair of the AILA Rome District Chapter CLE/Ethics committee. Mr. Savatteri received his Bachelor degree from College Misericordia, his Master degree from the University of Scranton, and his J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Member of Pennsylvania and Maine Bar.

Lois Gimpel Shaukatis an experienced practitioner in the field of immigration law. She is currently in-house Immigration Counsel at McKinsey & Company, Inc. Lois previously worked for several years with the New York office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy. She also worked with indigent clients while a lawyer with Florida Rural Legal Services. Lois completed her J.D. degree at Temple University and holds an undergraduate degree from Barnard College. She has participated as a panel member in several business immigration related speaking engagements.

Nita Upadhye concentrates in business related immigration matters with a focus on consular processing at the American Embassy London. Ms. Upadhye advises multinational corporations, investors, members of the foreign media, marriage-based green card applicants and applicants with criminal ineligibilities. Ms. Upadhye earned a bachelorís degree in economics from University of California, Irvine and a law degree from University of Notre Dame Law School. Before joining the legal profession, Ms. Upadhye volunteered at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, held internships at the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC and the American Embassy in South Africa, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Namibia. Ms. Upadhye has been active in the field of immigration law since 1999. Prior to moving to London in 2002, Ms. Upadhye worked in the field of business immigration for a large national firm in Arizona and California, assisting clients in visas matters at the U.S. Port of Entry in Nogales and the American Consulate in Mexico. Ms. Upadhye has been recognized in the International Whoís Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.


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Includes all three dates:
Audio Streaming for Thur, November 18 (60 minutes)
Audio Streaming for Thur, December 23 (60 minutes)
Audio Streaming for Thur, January 6 (60 minutes)

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