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"Latest Developments relating to Consular/Visa Issues & Border Security"

Speakers: with Bernard Wolfsdorf, Avi Friedman, Robyn Bishop, Steve Fischel, Leslie Gerson, Mary Grandfield, Peter L. Gordon, Allen E. Kaye, Gloria Leong, Gregg Rodgers and Hugh Williams

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips by with Bernard Wolfsdorf, Avi Friedman, Robyn Bishop (DOS), Steve Fischel (DOS), Leslie Gerson (DOS), Peter L. Gordon (INS), Mary Grandfield (DOS), Allen E. Kaye, Gloria Leong (INS), Gregg Rodgers and Hugh Williams (DOS), followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Phone Session on December 17:

Consular/Visa Application Issues

  1. Recent Changes in Consular Processing at Border Posts
    1. Changes to TCN Appointment System
    2. Amendment to the Automatic Revalidation Provision of 22 CFR 42.112(d)
    3. Procedures Followed if Visa Denied
    4. How to get back to U.S. if denied visa at Border Post
    5. Exceptions to 222(g)
  2. Security Checks and the accompanying Delays - Security Advisory Opinions (SAO)
    1. NCIC updated with over 7 million records (even simple offenses)
    2. Visa Condor Checks
    3. Technology Alert List
    4. IPASS
    5. Spot Checks of Visas
  3. Understanding the Revised and New Visa Application Forms
    1. DS-156
    2. DS-157
    3. DS-158
  4. Canadian Landed Immigrants from Commonwealth Countries
  5. Is Revalidation of Visas through DOS still an Option?

SECOND Phone Session on January 24:

Inspection/Admission Border Security Issues

  1. Lookout Lists: CLASS, IBIS, CAPS, AIPS, NAILS, NCIC
  2. Special Registration - Designated Ports of Departure (POD)
  3. Data Sharing/Mining
  4. Entry/Exit Control
  5. Admissions under Advance Parole
  6. Automatic Visa Revalidation - 22 CFR 41.112(d)
  7. Student Commuters
  8. Proposed B Regulation including B-2 Prospective Student Notation
  9. Admission Mistakes
  10. AR-11 Issues

THIRD Phone Session on February 21:

Summary of Visa/Inspection Issues with main focus on future Additional issues including Homeland Security Act of 2002

  1. Summary of Main Issues from the first two sessions
  2. GAO Study - Border Security
  3. Homeland Security Act
  4. Directorate of Border & Transportation Security
  5. Section 402
  6. Section 428 - Visa Issuance
  7. Section 429 - Visa Denials
  8. Immigration Enforcement Functions:


Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, a California State Bar-Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, is one of the nation's most prominent immigration law practitioners. Mr. Wolfsdorf has been the subject of many articles in major newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, USA Today and the Orange County Register, which have covered his frequently fascinating work, his victories in difficult cases and his expert opinions on immigration law matters. Mr.Wolfsdorf currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Liaison Committee to the U.S. Department of State. He has held numerous leadership positions in the American immigration law field over the years, including Chair and Treasurer of AILA's Southern California Chapter, Co-Chair of AILA's State Department Liaison Committee, Co-Chair of the California Service Center Liaison Committee, Chair of AILA's Artist's and Entertainer's Visa Committee, and Vice-Chair of AILA's National Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Mr. Wolfsdorf has received the highest possible rating for competence and ethics from his peers. He holds Martindale Hubbell Pre-eminent certification.

Avi Friedman is a Senior Attorney with Wolfsdorf Associates in Los Angeles, California, and practices exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. He has a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He was admitted to the California bar in 1995. Mr. Friedman is the author of various immigration related articles, including "U.S. Consulate General in Nogales, Mexico" and "U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico" for The Visa Processing Guide 2002-03 Edition. He was recently a panelist at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Southern California Chapter roundtable on "Satisfying the Gatekeepers at DOS and U.S. Consulates" and at the NAFSA Region VII Conference. Mr. Friedman is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Immigration and Entertainment Law Sections). He has extensive experience in consular processing and frequently travels to U.S. consulates in Mexico to accompany clients to visa interviews.

Robyn Bishop is the Minister Counsellor, at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico.

Steve Fischel is the Director of Legislation, Regulations and Advisory Assistance in the Visa Office of the Department of State.

Leslie Gerson is the Minister Counsellor at the US Embassy in Montreal, Canada.

Peter L. Gordon is the Assistant Regional Commissioner, Office of Inspections, at the INS.

Mary Grandfield is the Immigrant Visa Chief at the US Embassy in Montreal, Canada.

Allen E. Kaye is a past National President of the AILA. Mr. Kaye is a regular columnist on the U.S. immigration and naturalization law for the newspaper India Abroad and over 50 other newspapers across the U.S. He co-hosts a popular bi-monthly television program on Channel 47 in New York called "Immigration and You". He is a frequent lecturer on the U.S. immigration, naturalization, visa and consular law for various organizations and associations in the U.S. and India and has offices in New York City and Bombay, India. He is Co-Editor, with Dan P. Danilov, of the United States Immigration News. Mr. Kaye is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and also in The Best Lawyers in America, both in the field of Immigration and Naturalization Law.

Gloria Leong is the Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, Office of Inspections, at the INS.

Gregg Rodgers chairs AILA's National INS Enforcement Liaison and is a member of AILA's National Board of Governors.

Hugh Williams is the Chief of the Consular Section, at the US Consulate-General in Toronto, Canada.

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$199 Seminar Package
Audio tape of Dec 17 seminar (90 minutes)
Audio tape of Jan 24 seminar (90 minutes)
Audio tape of Feb 21 seminar (90 minutes)

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