AILA Presents Global Citizenship and the Foreign National
2 - 3 November 2017
Casa de Campo Resort, Santo Domingo


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Introductory Remarks

Hot Topics- Including Conference Participant Interactive Session on Consulate Adjudication Trends and Alerts*

-The Outlook for Immigration Legislation

-The Trump Fallout-Where are We Now?

-Significant Changes at CIS, CBP and ICE

-Visa Revocations and How to Avoid Damage to Your Client

-Consular Practice Interactive Session

-Ethical Issues in Representation of Foreign Nationals in a Changing Environment

All Participants are Speakers

Lynn Lee, Esq., Washington, D.C. (moderator); Annaluisa Padilla, Esq., La Habra, Ca.; Marketa Lindt, Esq., Chicago, Ill.; Diane Butler, Esq., Seattle, Wa.

9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Global Citizenship by Investment Advantages/Disadvantages and E-2 Possibilities

-Popular Caribbean Citizenship Programs

-Grenada’s Citizenship Program

-E-2 Possibilities and Limitations

-Tax and Loss of Citizenship/Residence Considerations

-Route to EU Citizenship

-Recommendations for Those Seeking Access to the U.S. or to the EU

-Ethical Issues in Multi-Country Citizenship

Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Miami, (moderator); Kaisha Ince, Senior Governance & Commercial Advisor to the Prime Minister of Grenada; Andrea St. Bernard, LL.M., Managing Partner of Henley & Partners, Grenada; Jon Green, Partner of Henley & Partners, Canada; Jack Finkelman, Esq., Miami, Fl.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
E Visas: Not Always Smooth Sailing

-Consular Officer is Wrong/Is There Recourse?

-Money in Escrow Contingent Upon E Issuance, Is This Still Allowed?

-Conflict Between Real and Operating and In The Process of Investing

-Walsh and Pollard, Is It Still Viable?

-E Renewals and Company losses

-Applicant is Beneficiary of Visa Petition, Is This Fatal?

-Are Real Estate Investments Viable Paths to the E-2?

-Third Country Processing, Does it Exist?

-Ethical Issues and Managing Client Expectations

Teri Simmons, Esq. Atlanta, Ga. (moderator); Ramon Curiel, Esq., San Antonio, Tx.; Maite Hoyos, Esq., Miami, Fl.; Leigh Ganchan, Esq., Houston, Tx.; Marcos Scanu, Visa Business Plans, Miami, Fl.

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m

Q & A with CBP/CIS International Ops and DOS

Guadalupe H. Ramirez, Assistant CBP Director (Santo Domingo); Miguel Figueroa, USCIS International Operations (Miguel Figueroa)

 2:00 p.m.-2:55 p.m.
EB-5: the Fallout

Legislative Changes to the Program

-Aftermath of Dealing with Sunset Dates

-Policy and Regulatory Updates

-Quota Retrogression and Processing Delays

-Can Counsel Assist in Ensuring the Client’s Money is Protected in Regional Center Projects

-Counsel’s Role in Selecting and Reviewing Regional Center Projects

-Is Acquisition of a Business Still Feasible for a Direct EB-5?

-Ethical Issues in EB-5 Representation, Fee Splitting, Fee Kickbacks, and Choosing Projects

Ronald Klasko, Esq., Phil, Pa. (moderator); Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Miami, Fl.; Ignacio Donoso, Esq., Washington, D.C.; Dawn Lurie, Esq., Washington, D.C.

2:55 p.m. -3:50 p.m
Dissecting the Skilled Worker Regulations

Highlighting the benefits and dangers

-Expansion of H-1B cap exemption

-Who Owns the Residence Process and When?

-Preservation of Priority Dates

Unlawful Presence Issues

-Are the Comments Law?

-What are Compelling Circumstances and the Advantages and Disadvantages of Applying for EAD

-Portability, What is our Experience?

Greg Siskind, Esq., Memphis, Tn. (moderator); Cyrus Mehta, Esq., N.Y. N.Y.; Chuck Kuck, Esq., Atlanta, Ga. ; David Grunblatt, Esq., N.Y., N.Y.

3:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

4:05 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dealing with the Problem Case at the Consulate

Tips for filing Successful 212(d)(3) Waivers

How to Package a Successful Waiver Application

–Dealing with “Reason to Believe” Grounds of Inadmissibility

-What Material Does the Consulate Send to the ARO?

-Is the ARO a Rubber Stamp for the Consulate?

– How Long Do 212(d)(3) Waivers Take to Process

-Is There Any Hope for the Terminal Case (reason to believe, administration processing)

-Ethical Quandaries in Waiver Preparation

Anis Saleh, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator). Cheryl David, Esq., NY, NY; Aaron Hall, Esq., Denver, Co.

5:00 p.m. -5:50 p.m.
Building and Maintaining a Successful Practice

-Advertising, Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

-What Successful Lawyers Attribute to their Achievement

-How to Bill and Collect Fees

-How Important is Client Follow-up?

-Yelp, AVVO, Superlawyers, Chambers-Do These Matter?

-How to Build Your Practice in an Ethical Manner

Julie Pearl, Esq., San Francisco, Ca. (moderator); Jeff Devore, Esq.  Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.; Marisa Casablanca, Esq., Miami, Fl.


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