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"Adjustment Of Status In Immigration Practice Today"

Speakers: Dinesh Shenoy, Romulo E. Guevara, Laurence F. Johnson, Khorzad Adi Mehta, Nancy E. Miller, Lori A. Pinjuh, Kristina Rost and Freddi M. Weintraub.

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips by Dinesh Shenoy, Romulo E. Guevara, Laurence F. Johnson, Khorzad Adi Mehta, Nancy E. Miller, Lori A. Pinjuh, Kristina Rost and Freddi M. Weintraub, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Phone Session on Mar 23, 2006: Employment-Based Adjustment

  • Refresher - INA § 245(a)(3) & the Visa Bulletin
  • Retrogression - What caused this train wreck? Any legislative relief coming?
  • Effect of Retrogression on how Child Status Protection Act works - Scenarios
  • EAD and Adv Parole renewal issues - 485s transferred to district offices
  • Transferring I-485 between I-140s - effect of retrogression and the May 2000 memo
  • Maintenance of H-1B Status - discussion of AC21 § 104(c) as alternative to AC21 § 106(a); pending I-140 situations.
  • Portability and Retrogression - Scenarios
  • Portability Updates - May 12, 2005 Yates memo & USCIS Adopted Decision dated October 18, 2005

SECOND Phone Session on April 20, 2006: Family / Diversity Visa

  • Direct Filing (Lockbox) Updates - problems and recommendations
  • V visa update - one year after Akhtar
  • Who does Akhtar not cover?
  • VAWA Adjustments - procedures and tips
  • Discussion of DV Lottery adjustment procedures & issues
  • Security Name Check problems & resolution - Mandamus?

THIRD Phone Session on May 11, 2006: Adjustment in Removal Proceedings / Refugee/Asylee Adjustments

  • Latest on Arriving Aliens - Succar v. Ashcroft - Discussion on the Federal Circuit Case Law & Splits
  • Latest in refugee & asylee adjustments practice - changes and guidance from USCIS
  • REAL ID - Lifting of the asylee adjustments cap & continuing validity of the Ngwanyia settlement
  • Update on Multiple-year EADs
  • Post-Adjustment issues for Refugees/Asylees - use of refugee travel documents and question of travel back home to country of persecution

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Dinesh Shenoy is an associate attorney with Ingber & Aronson PA in Minneapolis, practicing exclusively in the field of immigration law with an emphasis on employment-based cases. He has published articles for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on the “concurrent filing rule” and H-1B extensions of status under the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (“AC21”). In 2003 he won the AILA Mentor Award for “Outstanding Efforts and Excellent Counsel to Immigration Attorneys By Providing Mentoring Assistance.” He has spoken on employment-based immigration at the AILA Annual Conference in 2003 and 2004, and spoke about the “Child Status Protection Act” on a nationwide teleconference shortly after the CSPA was enacted. He currently serves on AILA’s 2004-05 Liaison Committee to the Nebraska Service Center of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Romulo E. Guevara is an attorney with Littler Mendelson Bacon & Dear PLLC in Phoenix, Arizona, where he handles complex business immigration issues in large- and medium-size companies spanning a wide range of industries. Mr. Guevara currently serves on the AILA New York Chapter DOL Liaison Committee, the Young Lawyers’ Division (YLD) National Steering Committee, and contributes articles to Interpreter Releases, AILA’s Immigration Law Today, AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Handbook, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, and His law firm experience includes the New York City practices of Neil A. Weinrib & Associates, PLLC and Cyrus D. Mehta & Associate. PLLC. Mr. Guevara received his undergraduate degree in 1993 from Long Island University and his law degree in 1996 from Hofstra University School of Law. Mr. Guevara is originally from El Salvador and has been practicing immigration law since 1997.

Laurence F. Johnson has authored articles on immigration law in the Maryland Law Forum, and has served as faculty for immigration law seminars at the Bar Association, Montgomery County, Maryland, the Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Washington DC, and the Maryland Institute on Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers. He previously served as the Vice President of the DC Chapter of AILA and also served as National Chair of AILA's Office Technology and National Telecommunications committees.

Khorzad Adi Mehta is an associate with David Wolfe Leopold & Associates and has been with the firm since October 2003. His primary interests include J-1 waivers of the foreign residence requirement for foreign medical graduates, H, O, and L nonimmigrant employment petitions, Labor Certification, and immigrant petitions based upon employment and family preferences. Khorzad is a 2004 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Nancy E. Miller is the senior associate of Reeves & Associates. She heads both the Detention & Removal and Family Based Departments. She is a shareholder in the firm. Attorney Miller has successfully represented hundreds of clients in political asylum, withholding of deportation, cancellation of removal and fraud waiver cases before the Immigration Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She successfully argued the landmark case of Song v. INS - a U.S. District Court case involving the availability of 212(h) waivers for persons convicted of certain crimes. Nancy E. Miller obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974. She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1984. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 1985. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is currently the AILA liaison to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Immigration Court. She was named one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers of 2006.

Lori A. Pinjuh is a senior attorney at Margaret Wong & Associates, holding a B.S. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Syracuse University. Her professional memberships include the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she was Ohio Chapter Secretary 2003-2005, and the Cleveland Bar Association. She has been honored with awards such as induction into the Order of Barristers (1 of 10), the LFE Goldie Memorial Award (International Legal interests), the Legislative Research Service Award (journal), and the Robert W. Miller Award (Moot Court Board). She has also made presentations for the Federal Bar Association, Cleveland Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, and the Northeast Ohio Regional Recruitment Chapter. Her civic and community activities include being an MDA fundraiser and Cleveland Bar Association volunteer for the Battered Women’s shelter. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and Ohio.

Kristina Rost is a Partner at Maged & Rost. Before being appointed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Ethics and Professionalism Committee in 2005, Kristina was co-chair of the AILA Young Lawyers Division (New England Chapter) for 2003 -2004 where she was responsible for organizing monthly lawyers' meetings, Brown Bag Lunches and special events with speakers from such organizations as the the US CIS and the Department of Labor. Kristina writes regular newspaper columns relating to immigration law for the Russian publications "Contact" and "Kurier" as well as for the weekly Brazilian newspaper, "Metro / Brazilian News." Kristina is a frequent speaker at various Brazilian events, has conducted teleconferences for immigration lawyers, presented at the National Conference on Brazilian Immigration at Harvard, and is a member of business immigration corporate panels. She is the supervising attorney for the Brazilian Immigrant Center's immigration clinic.

Freddi M. Weintraub is a Partner at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, New York. She graduated from University of Massachusetts (B.A., 1978; with honors) and New York Law School (J.D., 1988). Ms. Weintraub was Editor of New York Law School Human Rights Journal. Ms. Weintraub was admitted to the New York and New Jersey State bars in 1990. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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Audio CD of Mar 23, 2006 (90 minutes)
Audio CD of Apr 20, 2006 (90 minutes)
Audio CD of May 11, 2006 (90 minutes)

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