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Immigration 101 Two-Day Conference
Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)
Our Immigration 101 two-day Conference is a must for any attorney new, or somewhat new, to their immigration practice. This program sold out and received terrific reviews! Any attorney who practices in Immigration should have a copy of this.
It’s terrific for anyone in immigration that needs immersion in the key areas of the law or needs to know more about a specific practice area of immigration that are not yet their forte.
The first session starts with a good, broad introduction to immigration law and practice, give you a road map, and cover all of the myriad Terms of Art and acronyms you need to know to practice in this area. This includes the list of authorities who regulate immigration, the interplay between immigration laws and policy, the difference between Immigrant and Non-Immigrant, Visa vs. Status, Inadmissibility vs. Deportability, and more. You get the idea.
Once you’ve had that overview, our faculty will provide some guidance and advice about how to set up and manage your immigration practice. What do you do when someone walks in the door? What resources are available? What should your intake form look like? What cases should you turn down? All important questions.
Once you’ve got the basics, faculty will launch into the meaty stuff right away. They’ll carefully walk you through permanent immigrant visas that are family-based. Next they go into Permanent (immigrant) Visas, discussing on Employment-based Visas, including EB1, Labor Certification, EB2/NIW, EB3 and Religious workers.
In the Permanent (immigrant) Visas Part III session, faculty will discuss quotas and the monthly visa bulletin as well as Adjustment of Status v. processing abroad at a US Embassy or Consulate (known as Consular Processing).
Our two-hour Working Visas session will cap off Day One. This Working Visas session will teach you about H1Bs, L1s, E2/E1, J – or O1 and TN.
On to Day Two. Now that we’ve got the visas covered, your faculty will discuss the critical areas of Detention, Inadmissibility and Removability.
After that, the conference moves on to Citizenship including topics such as – What are the criteria and eligibility? How do you conduct the initial consult with the client seeking to naturalize? What are the facts you need to determine if the client was “lawfully admitted for permanent residence”? How do you properly screen the case before filing? What about your case history? What are the rules, how do you meet the criteria? What documents to you need? What about the naturalization interview? And more.
After these two intensive sessions, we’ll discuss Waivers for non-immigrants, immigrant waivers, eligibility, provisional waivers, cancellation, Asylees, the latest hot topics in waivers, and, again, more.
Then faculty will cover Refugee and Asylum law.
We end the conference discussing with a variety of hot topics related to the current administration. We have an exhaustive list of all of the topics covered that the program under the agenda tab (above).
It’s a thorough conference. You’ll learn what you need to know. You’ll get a great handout with terrific resources. You’ll meet a lot of leaders in the area and colleagues and make some new friends.
The audio package will include the seminar Handbook, with samples, and any PowerPoints used during the program.
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What You Will Learn
Day One Agenda
Broad Introduction (CFR and INA) and Road Map and Terms of Art Road Map
- The history and authority to regulate U.S. Immigration Authorities:
- 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
- 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 (Family)
- Consular Processing (Family)
- Using the Visa Bulletin
Permanent (immigrant) Visas Part II
- Employment-based Visas
- Labor Certification
- 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)
Day Two Agenda
- Material misrepresentation
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Motions to Reopen, Motions to Terminate, Motions practice
- 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
“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.”
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 delaz 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.”
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.”
Albite Law Group, P.A.
Mrs. Diana Albite is the Founding Partner of Albite Law Group. Mrs. Albite was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. After beginning her undergraduate studies at Florida International University on various scholarships, she graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Political Science. Thereafter, Mrs. Albite attended St. Thomas University School of Law, ultimately earning the degree of Juris Doctor. While at St. Thomas, Mrs. Albite participated in the law school’s Immigration Clinic as a Certified Legal Intern. In this capacity, she had the opportunity and privilege of trying several cases before Department of Homeland Security on behalf of underprivileged persons. Also while in law school, Mrs. Albite served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Ellen Leesfield in Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Mrs. Albite also clerked at Downs, Brill, Whitehead, & Sage, where she gained invaluable research experience in Personal Injury and Maritime and Admiralty Law. While a law student, Mrs. Albite was a member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Hispanic Association of Law Students, and the Student Animal Defense Legal Fund.
Mrs. Albite’s passion for advocating on behalf of her clients led her to creating Albite Law Group, P.A. As a result of that very same passion and tenacity combined with dedication and labor, Mrs. Albite’s boutique firm rapidly blossomed, offering personalized service and attention to individuals and corporate clients alike. Mrs. Albite’s love for the South Florida community motivates her to dedicate countless hours to assisting to those who cannot afford legal advice.
Mrs. Albite is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Mrs. Albite has appeared in Almavision radio station broadcasted on 87.7 FM, Univision and Telemundo, and Buenos Días Miami on Mira TV show with renowned presenter Tomas Garcia Fuste. She has been extensively quoted by El Nuevo Herald among other newspapers and media outlets, where she has discussed current immigration issues.
Mrs. Albite appears and presents at Immigration events and maintains the Immigration community informed free of charge.
Mrs. Albite resides in Miami with her husband, three wonderful children and their two mastiff dogs.
Christine J. Alden, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Christine J. Alden provides customized immigration solutions for a global clientele. As a naturalized citizen herself, she recognizes the importance of U.S. citizenship and the opportunities and security it brings. She is also able to identify with each and every one of her clients, no matter the situation or walk of life.
Christine serves individual clients, especially unique and complex cases, as well as business and corporate clients across a variety of industries – in the U.S. and abroad. Over the last two decades, Christine has helped countless individuals successfully immigrate to the U.S. including foreign nationals and entrepreneurs investing in the U.S. and creating jobs. She has helped meet the business needs of American companies in securing visas to bring their skilled workers, multinational executives and managers to add to their workforce and contribute to the U.S. economy. Additionally, she has helped individuals who qualify to self-sponsor in the extraordinary ability and national interest waiver categories obtain permanent residence. She has also been honored to help reunite families and loved ones, creating a positive impact on their lives and helping strengthen their communities.
Her entire career has been focused solely on immigration. She is currently the President-elect of the South Florida chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Within the AILA South Florida, she is the Chair of Budget for the association, Coordinator of National Day of Action which consists of organizing lobbying efforts to implement common sense immigration reform, Vice Chair of the Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee and Vice Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee.
Christine is also the President of the British American Business Council of Miami and very involved with the local European Union Chamber joint events.
Maria Casablanca, Esq.
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.
Irving J. Gonzalez, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Irving Joseph Gonzalez, P.A.
Irving practices Miami immigration law including naturalization and deportation. His vast experience in immigration law has been recognized by the media in both television and print and he has served as an advisor for Telemundo on the subject.
Irving attended Fordham University and received his B.S in 1983 followed by a law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1987 He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1987 along with the U.S District Court, district of New Jersey in 1989 and the Florida Bar in 1990 as well as the U.S District Court, Southern district of Florida and U.S Court of Appeals, Third and Eleventh Circuits.
Irving is also a member of the New Jersey Federal, State, American, and Hispanic bars. He has served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Hollywood (1993-1995) and was a Governmental Liaison for the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County in 1995.
Maite Hoyos, Esq.
Maite Hoyos P.A.
Maite Hoyos has been practicing law in the area of Immigration and Nationality law for over 27 years. She is the President and Owner of MAITE HOYOS, P.A. a boutique firm that caters exclusively to Entertainment, Employment-Based and Family Based Immigration clients. Ms. Hoyos graduated with honors from the University of Miami in 1985, where she majored in Political Science and Latin American Studies. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1989.
Ms. Hoyos is a member of the Florida Bar since 1990. She is Past-President of the AILA, South Florida Chapter. She is also on the board of directors of AILA, Latin America and Caribbean Chapter. She is currently the liaison with U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection Liaison for The Florida Bar, International Law Section. She has also served in numerous liaison capacities between AILA and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the past. Ms. Hoyos is a frequent speaker at AILA conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Hoyos has been featured in numerous publications such as The Miami Herald, Venue Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine, among others. She is frequently asked to comment on immigration matters for leading networks including CNN en Español and NBC 6.
Juliana Lamardo, Esq.
Law Offices of Juliana G. Lamardo, P.A.
Juliana G. Lamardo was born in São Paulo, Brazil. When she was 8 year’s old, her parents made the difficult decision to leave Brazil in search of a better life. Juliana’s father obtained an L-1A visa and moved the entire family to the United States. In 1994, Juliana became a lawful permanent resident and then a U.S. Citizen in 2001. Juliana experienced the immigration process firsthand and knows how apprehensive it can be.
Juliana attended Florida International University in Miami and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2003. Following her mother’s footsteps as an attorney, Juliana attended law school at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. She graduated in 2007. It was in law school where her desire to help other immigrants came to life.
Juliana opened the Law Offices of Juliana G. Lamardo in 2016. She was previously a Senior Associate Attorney with a private immigration law firm for over six years, where she handled thousands of cases. She concentrates in the areas of deportation defense, bond hearings, deferred inspections, family-based residency, Citizenship, and naturalization.
Juliana has represented clients in removal and bond proceedings before the Immigration Court, before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on family-based petitions, applications for residency, and applications for Citizenship, as well as various waivers for criminal activity. She has also appeared before the Customs Border Protection (CBP) for deferred inspections.
She is a frequent speaker at various immigration-related seminars including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Pincus Professional Education, and the Association for the Studies of the Cuban Economy (ASCE). She was also a regular guest speaker on Almavisión radio (87.7 FM) on issues related to immigration.
She has been licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida Division since 2008. She is also a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice immigration in all 50 states.
Juliana is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She understands the complexities associated with immigration procedures and she applies her knowledge and background to competently assist those who wish to build a life in this country.
Andrea Martini, Esq.
Andrea Martini, P.A.
Andrea was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to young Venezuelan parents who attended college in the United States and later returned to Venezuela. After living in Venezuela, Andrea and her family returned to South Florida.
Andrea attended Miami Sunset Senior High School and was the recipient of a Florida Bright Futures scholarship based on her academic performance.
Soon after, Andrea enrolled at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida to study Journalism. After completing her first year at FIU, Andrea excelled academically and was invited to join the university’s prestigious Honors College, a rigorous academic program with a special curriculum designed to promote interdisciplinary learning. Through the Honors College, she participated in a study abroad program in Italy to learn about the interrelation between art and literature while also becoming fluent in a third language: Italian. Andrea was also a writer for The Beacon, the university’s bi-weekly student newspaper, during most of her tenure at FIU and her articles were regularly featured in various sections including sports, op-ed, news and arts. During the Summer of 2002, Andrea had the privilege of being selected to participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (“CHCI”) Summer Internship program and was assigned to the office of Former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman John Conyers. During her internship, Andrea worked on several projects, including the coordination of town hall meetings to promote bilateral discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and she conducted research and wrote on the topic of hate crimes.
Upon her return from Washington, D.C., Andrea interned with the office of Senator Bill Nelson in Coral Gables, Florida, where she worked on local constituent issues. Andrea received the FIU Honors College Outstanding Service 2003-2004 Award for her involvement with several community projects and her work with children with disabilities as the President of FIU’s Student Council for Exceptional Children. After continuously maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout her major studies, the FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication awarded her as the 2004 Outstanding Journalism Student, and she obtained a paid internship as an assistant producer for Univision’s National Newscast and Ultima Hora. In May of 2004, Andrea graduated Magna Cum Laude from FIU with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Minor in Criminal Justice.
In the fall of 2004, Andrea began to attend NOVA Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center to pursue a Juris Doctor degree. Based on her academic performance and attainment of Dean’s List, Andrea was invited to be a junior member of NOVA’s ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, and she later became the editor of the 2006-07 bilingual edition. Andrea also served as President of the school’s International Law Student Association, and she participated in the University of Miami’s study abroad program through which she completed coursework in international and comparative law in Greece and at the University College London. She was awarded a Public Service Fellowship for her work with the Department of Justice, Office of Chief Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in Washington, D.C., and graduated in May of 2007. She was admitted to practice in Florida in September of 2007.
After law school, Andrea worked as an associate attorney with the world-renowned immigration law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. (KKWTP), in Miami, Florida. While a KKWTP, Andrea’s practice included family-based immigration, removal defense, asylum and corporate/business immigration, and she worked on a myriad of challenging cases with clients from all over the world. As an associate attorney at KKWTP, Andrea became the firm’s Intern Coordinator overseeing and mentoring the work of dozens of law students.
In April of 2012, Andrea decided to establish her own practice, and became the founder and President of Andrea Martini, P.A., in Coral Gables, Florida. Andrea Martini, P.A. exclusively focuses on Immigration and Nationality law and represents clients from all over the United States and around the world. As the daughter of immigrants, Andrea understands the nuisances of our immigration system. Because of this, she strives not only to provide affordable and professional representation, but to also care about her clients and provide excellent customer service. She taught immigration law as an Adjunct Professor at Broward College during the Summer of 2013. Andrea has been featured as a speaker on several immigration-related panels and is the former President of the AILA South Florida Chapter. She served as the former President of the CHCI Alumni Chapter in Miami, Florida.
Maria Mejia-Opaciuch, Esq.
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.
Dilip Patel, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
With more than 30 years of legal experience, Dilip Patel has built a strong practice which deals with all aspects of immigration law. Dilip focuses on assisting individuals and families, as well as U.S. companies that hire foreign nationals for temporary or permanent work. Using his background in the IT industry and corporate transactions, Dilip is able to provide counsel on issues related to relocation of highly skilled workers. He also provides assistance to investors from abroad who wish to live in the U.S. for the purpose of managing their businesses.
Dilip’s career began in London where he worked in one of the city’s oldest law firms for five years before moving to the United States and settling in the Tampa Bay area. Since then, Dilip has worked in the international and business department of one of Florida’s largest law firms and served as general counsel and vice president of a large IT company before opening and managing his own firm. Most recently, Dilip worked in the Tampa office of a Florida-based firm in their Corporate Practice Group where he practiced immigration and corporate law.
Dilip is Board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006. In 2018 and 2015, he was named Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in America® and in 2016 was selected by his peers to the Tampa Magazine’s Top Lawyers list for Immigration Law. Additionally, Dilip has received the AV® distinction, which is the highest available mark for professional excellence from by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.
A frequent speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s conferences and author of immigration-related articles, booklets and newsletters, Dilip is involved in a number of organizations in the Tampa Bay area including serving on the board of directors of the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce.
Elina Santana, Esq.
Shareholder / Immigration Attorney
Santana Rodriguez Law, P.A.
Elina Magaly Santana, Esq. is a Shareholder and Co-founder of Santana Rodriguez Law, P.A., a firm focusing solely on Immigration Law. She is licensed in the state of Florida, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Elina focuses her immigration practice on Family-based and Marriage-based Residency, Naturalization, Deportation Defense (including Asylum & Cancellation of Removal), Waivers, Derivative/Acquired Citizenship, and BIA Appeals. She is the 2nd Vice-President for AILA South Florida (American Immigration Lawyers Association) and a Board Member for Capital Good Fund, a social change organization that uses financial services to tackle poverty in the U.S. She has also volunteered on the border in Harlingen, TX aiding children seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile visas. Elina has served as a panelist and guest speaker at many events on immigration law, and she has appeared on Univision, Telemundo, and NBC to talk about current immigration issues. Elina earned her JD from Boston University (BU) School of Law and her BA in both Sociology and Spanish Literature at New York University (NYU) with high honors. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and was born to Cuban parents in Miami, Florida.
Family Defense Program, Americans for Immigrant Justice
Adonia R. Simpson is the Director of the Family Defense Program at Americans for Immigrant Justice. Ms. Simpson has substantial experience in both private practice and legal services. Ms. Simpson started her legal career as the Fellow for the Center for Law and Social Responsibility providing representation on Special Immigrant Juvenile cases at Greater Boston Legal Services. During her Fellowship, she also participated in a trial observation in Colombia with the support of Rights and Democracy and Lawyers without Borders of Canada. Following her fellowship, she worked in private practice providing representation on defensive immigration and criminal matters. Before AI Justice, Ms. Simpson was the Managing Attorney at Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s Immigration Legal Services at the Esperanza Center. Ms. Simpson has frequently lectured, written and been interviewed on immigration topics. She is licensed in Massachusetts and the United States Supreme Court.
Elaine Weiss, Esq.
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.
Audio Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download: $675
For CDs please add $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.
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 12.5 units of general 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.