Immigration: Employment Based Visas – An Introduction

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

In 2018 we held our two-day Immigration 101 South Florida Conference and it was a sold out program. The reviews were terrific!

This audio package is one session taken from the two-day conference and it focuses on Employment Based Visas, including EB1, Labor Certification, EB2/NIW, EB3 and Religious workers.

Included in this Home Study package is the 1.5 hour audio recording of the program, as well as the handout on this topic.

 

Other topics covered at this seminar, but not included in this home study package, are listed below. If you are interested in purchasing the entire two-day Immigration 101 South Florida Conference Home Study package, please click here. If you are interested in purchasing any additional individual session topics listed below, click on the session title.

Broad Introduction (CFR and INA) and Road Map and Terms of Art  Road Map

  • The history and authority to regulate U.S. Immigration Authorities:
    • USCIS
    • ICE
    • CBP
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • US Department of Justice – Immigration Court
    • US Department of State -Embassies
    • US Department of Labor
  • Governing Law: The interplay between Immigration laws and policy

Terms of Art

  • Immigrant vs. Non-Immigrant
  • Visa vs. Status
  • Inadmissibility vs. Deportability
  • Who is considered not legally in the US?
  • Unlawfully Present, Out of Status or both?

How to Set up and Manage an Immigration Practice

  • What to do when someone walks in the door
  • Where to go for more information, what are your resources as a practitioner?
  • Resources, Books, Forms Programs, etc.
  • Best practices on handling your immigration cases

Permanent (immigrant) Visas Part I

  • Family-based
    • Who May File, and Who May Be Sponsored?
    • If you are a U.S. citizen, on whose behalf can you can petition?
    • If you are a U.S. permanent resident, on whose behalf can you can petition?
    • Temporary Fiancé(e) Visas
    • The Process for sponsoring eligible family members of U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents – the I-130 Petition
    • Decisions & Appeals
    • Adjustment of Status
    • Consular Processing
    • Using the Visa Bulletin


Permanent (immigrant) Visas Part II

  • Employment-based Visas
    • EB1
    • Labor Certification
    • EB2/NIW
    • EB3
    • Religious workers

Permanent (immigrant) Visas Part III

  • Quotas and Monthly Visa Bulletin
  • Adjustment of Status v processing abroad at a US Embassy or Consulate (known as Consular Processing)

Working Visas

  • H1B
  • L1
  • E2/E1
  • J1/O1
  • TN

Detention

  • Material misrepresentation
  • TRIG
  • False claim to citizenship
  • Public charge (new standards)
  • Security grounds
  • Tourist children going to public school
  • New definition of certain crimes

Inadmissibility and removability

  • Material misrepresentation
  • False claim to citizenship
  • Public charge (new standards)
  • Security grounds
  • New definition of certain crimes

Citizenship

  • Criteria & eligibility
  • How to conduct the initial consult with the client who is seeking to naturalize
  • Was the client “lawfully admitted for permanent residence”
  • How to properly screen the case before filing and the importance of evaluating the case history
  • What is the statutory period
  • General rule on physical presence
  • General rule on continuous residence
  • How to establish good moral character
  • Preparer’s signature warnings/Attorney declaration
  • Supporting documents to submit with the application
  • The naturalization interview
  • When is the applicant actually considered a US citizen
  • Child support
  • Denaturalization proceedings-there are two major cases that came out on this

Immigration Court

  • Challenges to NTAs
  • The latest court cases
  • Attorney General is certifying cases to himself
  • Castro Tum
  • Asylum classes-private action v public action
  • Gang related asylums
  • Administrative closure
  • Pereira
  • Motions to Reopen, Motions to Terminate, Motions practice

Waivers

  • General waiver for non-immigrants
  • Immigrant waivers and eligibility
  • Provisional waivers and criteria
  • Waivers after prior removal or deportation, permission to reapply for admission to the US
  • Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents and Non-Permanent Residents
  • 212c waivers
  • Waivers for Asylees
  • INA 245k certain employment based applicants
  • 237(a)(1)(H) waivers for those who were inadmissible at the time of admission to the US
  • Hot topics in waivers
    • Upward tick of allegations of alien smuggling
    • Drug possession, drug trafficking and/or the dreaded “reason to believe” label
    • Waiver for entry on a photo switched passport
    • Matter of Arrabelly case
  • Stacking Waivers

Refugee and Asylum

  • Bars to asylum
  • Eligibility to asylum
  • Credible Fear v. Reasonable Fear
  • Hot issues: Particular Social Groups
  • Withholding (compared to asylum, similar/different)
  • Convention Against Torture

Updates on Administration Changes and Challenges

  • TPS: Will it end? And what happens then
  • Motions to Continue after Matter of L-A-B-R
  • Current ICE/DHS policies on parole and bond
  • Update on affirmative stays: should you file or not?
  • DACA court opinions: where are we now?
  • Judicial independence and pending complaints filed by the judiciary
  • Court decisions on the Travel Ban

What You Will Learn



Permanent (immigrant) Visas

  • Employment-based Visas
    • EB1
    • Labor Certification
    • EB2/NIW
    • EB3
    • Religious workers
  • Quotas and Monthly Visa Bulletin
  • Adjustment of Status v processing abroad at a US Embassy or Consulate (known as Consular Processing

Testimonials

Testimonials from the entire two-day conference:

“Great to hear these experts speak. Absolute expert lecturing.” – Vincent Miller, Esq.

“I was very satisfied with the program… Very good information and tips!” – Luis Alvan, Esq.

“Very satisfied.” – Edward Ramos, Esq.

“Great!” – Laura Fonseca, Esq.

“Very good overview of the entire topic. Given that it was only two days, the speakers did a great job with providing the relevant details.”

“The speakers are amazing and the topics are excellent.”

“Excellent – great presenters, very knowledgeable.”

“Great examples. Straight forward and easy to follow.”

“Great seminar!”

 

These testimonials are from our 2014 – 2017 Immigration 101 programs in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando with many of the same speakers and topics.

“Excellent presentation of topics. Very good overview.” – Lisa Thompson, Esq.

“Great overview – learned a lot. Great speakers.” – Joshua Aguilar, Esq.

“Amazing!!! It really increased my interest in pursuing more immigration law; Great resources!!!” – Yamilette Rivera, Esq.

”I wanted an entry-level, basic introduction to Immigration Law and that’s what I got. I was very impressed by the quality of the presenters. They were all experts in their field and were effective in sharing their wide knowledge base with us.” – Laura dePaz Cabrera, Esq.

”Speakers were extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer even the simplest question. Felt as though it was a comprehensive introduction to a complicated subject.” – Lauren Bebek, Esq.

“Very informative. I learned a lot!” – Isaura Gomez, Esq.

“Great CLE.” – Alex Farris, Esq.

“Great speakers. I received a lot of clarification as a paralegal…Thanks!”  – Shirley M. Quesada Rivera

“Great big-picture overview of practicing Immigration Law.”

“Excellent overview.” – D. Halper, Esq.

“Absolutely satisfied with the course and the information I received from it.” – S. Wilkerson, Esq.

“I haven’t felt this excited about practicing law in a while – can’t wait to get my feel wet!” – K. Rosenchal, Esq.

“Very informative and useful information.” – E. Samet, Esq.

“Very educational and great speakers!” – C. Perez, Esq.

“Great insight.”  – E. Rafael Hahn, Esq.

“It was a good intro into immigration.” – D. Duckett, Esq.

“Very good and knowledgeable speakers.” – B. Mittelberg, Esq.

“Good course. I’m glad I came…” – A. Rivera, Esq.

“Great! All of them explained every single question.” – F. Cervantes, Esq.

“This class was simply phenomenal. Thank you!” – Gisela Rodrigues, Esq.

“Great overview of the visas!” – Sherine Makar, Esq.

“I would like to get into immigration law. This seminar was a great introduction.”

“I found the seminar very informative.” – Pedro A. Lopez, Esq.

“All of the speakers were great, the information was invaluable.”

“The speakers and content were great.”

“Good material and presenters.”

“Great speakers. I wish there was more time.”

“Thorough primer on relevant topics in this field.”

“Very good overview.”

“The panel was very knowledgeable.”

“The material given was wonderful.”

“Great speaker. Extrememly knowledgeable.”

“Fantastic info!”

These testimonials are from our 2016 and 2017 Immigration 101 programs in Los Angeles with similar agendas:

“It was great and I learned a lot. It was an awesome experience, thank you!” Ismael Rosas, Esq.

“As a new attorney to immigration law I was satisfied with the program because it provided a great overview of immigration laws. I chose this particular seminar because of the comprehensive nature of the agenda and I appreciated that so many topics within immigration were covered.”

“It was an incredibly helpful overview of immigration! Thank you!” – Yana Loboda, Esq.

“Excellent experience, good job!” – Gulomjon Azimov, Esq.

“Overall I thought that the seminar was helpful and informative.” – April Perez, Esq.

“Incredible rooster of speakers.” – Serrano Margaret, Esq.

“Green, Damast, and Piibe were fabulous. Lots of energy, extremely knowledgeable, and their material was informative.” – David A. Torres, Esq.

“Everything was well explained.” – Aaron Caspar, Esq.

“It’s a good seminar. Thank you all! Loved Susan, James and Alary!!” – Jenny (Paralegal)

“Excellent staff and fantastic speakers. 5-Star program. Very satisfied with panels, content, and hotel location. [Pincus Staff] were very professional and extremely competent; ALL of the attorney presenters were erudite, highly-experienced, and very interesting – some of the best I’ve heard. The overall quality of the entire program was excellent.”

“Very good speakers, well-organized.”

“Great overview. Thanks! I work in a niche area of immigration law and wanted a base for other types of visas. Great seminar.”

“I needed a systematic overview of the major immigration case types and got it.”

“Truly enjoyed all the speakers and topics.”

“Well organized, breaks at perfect times, panel was perfect, great speakers. Well done!”

“It’s a good seminar, thank you all!”

“Comprehensive covers all major bases.”

“Speakers were very good obviously know their stuff.”

“[Speaker] seems extremely up-to-date with current immigration matters.”

“[Speaker] She’s really organized and explained things well.”

Faculty

Maria Casablanca, Esq.

Akerman LLP

Maria "Marisa" Casablanca has dedicated herself to the practice of U.S Immigration and Nationality Law for 25 years. Her practice involves representing corporate clients and individuals in obtaining immigration assistance and benefits. Marisa is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by The Florida Bar, and was a member of The Florida Bar’s Certification Committee for Immigration and Nationality Law. 

Marisa counsels her clients on a wide array of immigration related issues including obtaining assistance and benefits such as employment visas (EB-5) as well as business related visas and residency for foreign nationals, representing family members of permanent residents and United States Citizens, and assisting those seeking asylum.

An experienced litigator, Marisa practices in all areas of Immigration law and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Southern District Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She has filed a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court on an immigration issue that conflicted with different states. She advises employers on compliance procedures and counsels individuals on how to maintain their status in the United States.


Maria Mejia-Opaciuch, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Carlton Fields

 Maria Mejia-Opaciuch has more than 25 years’ experience providing comprehensive legal services related to U.S. immigration and nationality law for businesses of all sizes, families, and individuals. Her clients include Fortune 100 companies in the banking, financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology, and specialty chemicals industries.

Ms. Mejia-Opaciuch assists clients with their immigration programs and policies. She has extensive experience working with human resources staffing agencies to bring foreign national employees to the United States and keep them in the country with valid employment authorization on either long- or short-term assignments, using the various nonimmigrant temporary work visas available under U.S. immigration laws. She offers a breadth of knowledge and experience in processing residency applications to keep foreign nationals in the United States indefinitely.

She has designed best practices for regulatory enforcement programs including Form I-9, E-Verify, no-match, and public access folder record-keeping requirements for H-1B visa holders. Ms. Mejia-Opaciuch has assisted in mock investigations at various company sites to prepare corporate clients for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement site visits. She has also trained and educated human resource professionals on I-9 or U.S. Department of Labor compliance and regularly conducts mock I-9 audits to ensure compliance. Ms. Mejia-Opaciuch’s services complement those of the firm’s immigration group, specifically with regard to EB-5 programs and foreign investments as a means to emigrate to the United States, consular processing, and waivers.


Elaine Weiss, Esq.
Partner
Weiss & Kahn, P.A.

Elaine Weiss concentrates on immigration and naturalization law. She is past president of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and frequently writes and lectures on immigration law.

A graduate of Northwestern University (with highest honors) and George Washington University’s National Law Center, she has served on the staffs of United States Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III, Federal Communications Commissioner Nicholas Johnson, and the General Counsel of US Airways.

Ms. Weiss has practiced immigration law for over 30 years. She formerly taught full-time at the University of Miami School of Law and, for many years, was an adjunct professor at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., and in the Business Law Department at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Among many other contributions to the profession, Ms. Weiss served as member and then Chair of the Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee focusing on immigration, and as Special Counsel to the Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar dealing with complaints about attorney representation in immigration matters.


Fees

Audio Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download: $149.00

For CDs please add $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

 

(Audio packages are available approximately two to three weeks after the seminar is held.)

CLE Credit

FL General: This program is approved for 15.0 general CLE units in Florida through April 18, 2020.
FL Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Credits: 15.0 units through April 18, 2020.

CA General: This seminar is approved for 1.5 units of general CLE in California.
CA General: This seminar is approved for 1.5 units of Certified Legal Specialist CLE in California.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.

Terms and Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.  Conversions to CD require a $7.50 shipping fee, and in CA, 9% sales tax.

Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

$149.00 each

Recorded in 2018.

Clear