Registration and Continental Breakfast
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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