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"INS, DOS, DOL - The Search for Consistency"
Speakers: Ron Klasko, Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Jacqueline Bednarz (INS), Steve Fischel (DOS) and Harry Sheinfeld (DOL)

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Many complex immigration issues require resolution with more than one government agency. Examples include H-1B and adjustment portability, 245(i) labor certification grandfathering, ACWIA issues, 212 waiver issues, changes in location or salaries of H-1Bs, changes from adjustment of status to consular processing, substitution of experience for education, J-1 issues and consular readjudication of approved petitions.

Many opportunities exist to ask the INS or the DOL or the DOS for that agency's position on particular issues. However, this seminar is a rare opportunity to confront three of the most knowledgeable government officials in one forum to resolve issues where their respective agencies have taken contrary or inconsistent positions. Ron Klasko and Tammy Fox-Isicoff will present selected cross-agency issues to Jacqueline Bednarz (INS), Steve Fischel (DOS) and Harry Sheinfeld (DOL).

Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Phone Session on September 10, 2002:

DOL/INS Issues
This session will deal with DOL and INS positions on cutting edge issues including:

  • Start date of H-1B employment where issuance of social security number delayed
  • 245(i) grandfathering based on withdrawn or denied labor certification applications
  • Effect of concurrent filing on labor certification substitutions
  • Impact of leaves of absence on H-1B aliens and employers
  • Effect of changes in employer structure, job description full-time status, salary and location of employment on LCA, I-129, ETA, I-140 and I-485

SECOND Phone Session on October 16, 2002:

DOS/INS Issues
This session will deal with DOS and INS positions on cutting edge issues, including:

  • Child Status Protection Act
  • Concurrent adjustment/consular processing issues
  • Consular readjudication/revocation of INS-approved petitions
  • 3 and 10 year bar waivers
  • Travel by H-1B portable aliens
  • Who is subject to the two-year return requirement?
  • Accompanying or following to join

THIRD Phone Session on November 20, 2002:

  • Summary of DOL/INS/DOS positions on cross-agency issues
  • Hot Issues at DOL, INS and DOS
  • Impact of formation of Homeland Security Department on DOL, INS, DOS
  • Post-election legislative forecast for the new Congress
  • 2003 - a look ahead
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H. Ronald Klasko is the Philadelphia-based Chairman of the Immigration Law Group of the international law firm Dechert. He is a former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and served for 3 years as the bar association's General Counsel. He is a past Chair of AILA's Department of Labor National Liaison Committee, its Task Force on H and L visas and Business Immigration Committee. He co-authored the two volume Employers' Immigration Compliance Guide. Mr. Klasko represented employers and their lawyers both at the Department of Labor national training symposium in San Francisco and before the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. He has been Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Villanova University Law School and is a frequent lecturer on immigration law subjects. Mr. Klasko has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, as well as Who's Who in American Law. Mr. Klasko has been interviewed on national and local television and radio regarding immigration issues. Mr. Klasko represents businesses, hospitals, universities and investors and serves as co-counsel to other immigration lawyers in the U.S. and overseas.

Tammy Fox-Isicoff is a former Trial Attorney for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and Special Assistant United States Attorney. She is Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association "AILA" and currently serves on the Board of Governors of AILA National where she has chaired their Media, Congressional and Bar Association Committees. She is AILA's representative to the American Bar Association's Immigration Coordinating Committee. Tammy is on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities Legal Services and has been the recipient of three AILA Presidential Awards for advocacy on behalf of immigrants. Tammy serves on the Florida Bar's Certification Committee for Immigration and Nationality Law. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and South Florida's Top Lawyers, Tammy has been a frequent immigration law consultant on the Today Show and Morning Show. She has served as immigration legal consultant to NBC, CNBC and MSNBC. Ms. Fox-Isicoff currently practices law with the firm of Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff P.A.

Jacqueline Bednarz is Special Assistant to the Executive Associate Commissioner for the Office of Policy and Planning of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C.

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

Harry Sheinfeld is Litigation Counsel in the Employment and Training Legal Services Division, Office of the Solicitor, at the U.S. Department of Labor.


$199 Seminar Package
Audio tape of Sep 10 seminar (90 minutes)
Audio tape of Oct 16 seminar (90 minutes)
Audio tape of Nov 20 seminar (90 minutes)

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Disclaimer: participation in this seminar does not create an attorney-client relationship with the speakers