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Immigration 101: Visas A – Z (FL)
Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)
This audio program will walk you through the steps and laws you need to know to competently serve your client to help them obtain and keep their visas.
It will also help you figure out what you should be doing at the very beginning, starting with your initial client interview and setting your fees.
With most of the instructors being Board Certified in Immigration, you will learn from the best of the best.
In the first half, topics include how you should handle your initial client interview and approach your fees. You will learn who needs a Visa and who does not. You will hear about the B Visa application process and its limitations, how to handle temporary workers, investors, and limitations.
The faculty will walk you through the most often used Visas: H, L, O and P and discuss the I-129 and the LCA. They will also give you a brief introduction to the E-1 and E-2 Visas.
In the second half, you will learn about the pathways to the Green Card, including Family Based and Employment Based pathways.
This program was recorded in 2014. You can now purchase the 2017 version of this program here. This program was recorded in California but is approved for CLE credit in Florida through August 16th, 2018.
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What You Will Learn
Introduction: What you need to know
- Broad Introduction/Road Map and Terms of Art
- The Initial Client Interview: gathering the essential information, analyzing options (short and long term) and fee approach
- Who needs a visa and who does not (Canadians and Visa Waiver Process)
- The B Visa application process: limitations
The Temporary Worker
- The Terms and Limitations of the most often used visas: H, L, O and P
- The I-129 and LCA
- Change of status and timing
- E-1 and E-2
- The Process
- The Terms and Limitations
Overview of Afternoon Session
- Consular Process and Adjustment of Status
Family Based Visas
- Process and Procedure
- Immigrant Visa Process and Adjustment of Status
Employment Based Visas
- Eligibility for EB1, EB2, EB3 and EB4
- The Process. and Labor Certification (PERM) Procedure in detail
- I-140 and Adjustment of Status
- Q & A
”This class was simply phenomenal. Thank you!” Gisela Rodrigues, Esq.
“The panel was very knowledgeable.”
”The materail given was wonderful.”
”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.
”I found this one day seminar to be very informative.” Anais Nin, Esq
”Thorough primer on relevant topics in this field.”
”The handout materials and the speakers were excellent!”
”Very good overview.”
Edward Beshara, Esq.
Beshara Professional Association
Edward Beshara, Managing Partner of Beshara Global Migration Law Firm based in Orlando, Florida, has been exclusively practicing U.S. Business
Immigration Law and offering approvable solutions since 1983 for over 35 years. He represents corporate (foreign based and U.S. EB-5 Regional
Centers in regard to specific projects), and foreign national clients in regard to their U.S. immigration and EB-5 goals. Mr. Beshara leads a team of
qualified and experienced EB-5 professionals (Business Plan Writer, Economist) and Securities Attorneys and EB-5 service providers. Mr. Beshara has practiced in the EB-5 area for 27 years since the EB-5 program started.
About Mr. Beshara:
• An active member of IIUSA (Invest in the USA) and serves on the New EB-5 Markets Committee, and Best Practices Committee, establishing standards and a code of ethics for the EB-5 industry. Past active member of Compliance Committee. IIUSA is an organization which includes EB-5 regional centers, marketing brokers, U.S. immigration attorneys, securities attorneys, economists, and business planners and fund administrators.
• Past President of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Central Florida Chapter.
• Served on the AILA National EB-5 Conference Committee, and Global Migration Steering Committee.
• Member of Advisory Committee of Investment Migration Council, Switzerland. (IMC oversees credibility of Residency by Investment Programs in other countries).
• In addition, Mr. Beshara has also been involved with the Central Florida International Business Task Force, organized by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce.
• One of the professional legal team members for the City of Miami EB-5 Regional Center.
• Mr. Edward Beshara is a past member of Academy of International Business, whose members are comprised of international legal and business professors worldwide.
• He has been an Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration Law and Practice at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
• Recipient of many awards, namely “Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Immigration Law”, “Chairman of the Immigration and Naturalization Committee of the Orange County Bar”.
Rated by EB-5 Investors Magazine as being in the top 25 EB-5 Immigration Attorneys, and highly rated on EB-5 websites, such as EB5investors.com and EB5info.com. Speaker, moderator, discussion leader on many national and global EB-5 panels over the past 27 years, and author of many EB-5 articles and referenced in many EB-5 articles.
Kashmira Bhavsar, Esq.
Florida Bar Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law
Bhavsar Law Group, P.A.
Kashmira Bhavsar is an attorney with the law firm of the Bhavsar Law Group, P.A., with offices located in Orlando, Florida. The practice is limited to Immigration Law and Real Estate Law.
Ms. Bhavsar is one of only sixty-five lawyers to be Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar. Although Ms. Bhavsar became Board Certified in 2004, currently only 6 percent of Florida lawyers are board certified in one or more of the 24 areas of certification; the percentage of Florida lawyers practicing Immigration Law is even lower. As a Board Certified lawyer, Ms. Bhavsar has been recognized by the Bar and her peers as an Expert maintaining the highest level of knowledge, and professional and ethical standards, in the practice of Immigration and Nationality Law. Ms. Bhavsar was also selected for inclusion on the Florida Super Lawyers lists for 2008, and again in the 2009 list. Only 5 percent of Florida lawyers are named to the list. She was selected through an extensive process of peer nominations, blue ribbon panel review, and independent research of law and politics; the list appeared in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine.
Born in India, Ms. Bhavsar emigrated to the United States when she was only one year old and has lived in the Orlando area since the early 1970s. She is a a former Adjunct Professor for the University of Central Florida and a former Judicial Law Clerk Intern for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court) in Miami, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida in 1992 and a Juris Doctor from the Nova Southeastern University School of Law in 1996.
Lisa Krueger Khan, Esq
Lisa Krueger Khan, P.A.
Lisa Krueger Khan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Political Science with high honors from Principia College, Elsah, IL in 1989. She attended the University of Auckland, New Zealand on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship in 1990. Ms. Khan received her law degree in 1994 from the University of Michigan Law School. In the same year, she also received a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School
Ms. Khan is a sole practitioner with Immigration Law Offices of Lisa Krueger Khan, PA and is Of Counsel to the firm of Hendry, Stoner, & Brown, both in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Khan was formerly a partner with Hendry, Stoner (2001-2004) and an associate attorney with Judith G. Cooper, PC in Houston, Texas (1997-2001). Ms. Khan has been practicing exclusively in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law since 1997. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Washington State and Texas.
Ms. Khan was the Chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)- Central Florida Chapter from 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 and the Regional Vice Chair- Orlando for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. She has served on two AILA National Committees: Field Operations Liaison and Media Advocacy. Prior AILA positions include: Executive Vice Chair for the Central Florida Chapter 2008-2009; Regional Vice Chair- Orlando for the Central Florida Chapter for 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007; Education Chair for the Central Florida Chapter for 2002-2003; INS Houston District Office Liaison from 2000-2001; and Section Coordinator in the Houston Chapter from 1998-2000. She was a recent Board member of the British American Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Windermere Preparatory School Volunteer Association.
Ms. Khan is the recipient of two AILA Central Florida Chapter Awards: “Outstanding Contributions to the Chapter” (2010/2011) and “Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law” (2009/2010). She has spoken at numerous AILA seminars, including national webinars.
James R. LaVigne, Esq.
Florida Bar Certified International Law
American Lawyers International, PLLC.
James R. LaVigne is an international lawyer and founder of the law firm of American Lawyers International, PLLC based in Orlando, Florida. Mr. LaVigne holds his first law degree from the University of Florida, as well as, a Master of Law Degree in International Law from the University of Notre Dame Law Center. He handles all aspects of international business law, immigration law, contracts, joint ventures, foreign investments in the United States and international tax advising. He has also served as the President of the British American Chamber of Commerce and also as a member of the Economic Development Commission of mid-Florida.
Mr. LaVigne is past chairman of the Orlando World Trade Association. He has had a number of articles published on international law, U.S. immigration law, and European Community law. He has also served as an adjunct professor of International Business for Webster University, Orlando Campuses, where he taught International Business, International law in Business, and Global Competition. Mr. LaVigne has served as an international business consultant for the Export Legal Assistance Network and the University of Central Florida, Small Business Development Center.
Mr. LaVigne is currently admitted to practice in all the courts of Florida as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta and the United States Supreme Court. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 1972 with honors in both political science and public address and rhetoric and received his L.L.M. in International Law with honors from Notre Dame University London Law Center.
Mr. LaVigne is a past chairman of the Orange County Bar Association International Law Committee. Mr. LaVigne is a Florida Bar Board Certified International Lawyer (less than 45 lawyers of the 65,000 members of the Florida Bar are so certified) and served as Chairman of the Florida Bar International Law Certification Committee in 2010-2011. He continued as a committee member for 2012-2013. He is among Florida Super Lawyers in International Law for 2014.
Scot A. Silzer, Esq.
Florida Board Certified Immigration Attorney
Silzer Law Chartered
Scot A. Silzer, principal attorney of SilzerLaw Chartered, is a seasoned legal professional with over 30 years experience in employment and business law and over 15 years of experience practicing immigration law. Mr. Silzer has advanced degrees in law and education. He is certified by The Florida Bar as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law and is a member of the American Association of Immigration Attorneys.
He has represented government agencies, universities, businesses, organizations and individuals in business, employment and immigration matters. He has years of experience representing clients in court proceedings, arbitrations, mediations and before the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services. Mr. Silzer is also a frequent speaker at events and seminars on immigration and employment related issues. Each SilzerLaw client benefits from Mr. Silzer’s extensive experience, expertise and counsel as well as direct oversight and management of their case.
David Stoller, Esq.
Founder, Florida Bar Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law
David Stoller, P.A.
David Stoller is the founder of the firm. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Science 1992) and the Nova Southeastern University College of Law (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1996). Mr. Stoller is the current Immigration Court and Office of the Chief Counsel Liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Central Florida Chapter. Mr. Stoller is also a frequent lecturer and speaker for national & regional AILA conferences and has spoken locally before the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Orange County Bar Association.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Stoller was an Assistant District Counsel with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (now Immigration and Customs Enforcement). In this capacity, Mr. Stoller protected the federal government’s interests before the United States Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Mr. Stoller provided legal advice to the operational components of the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, including Immigration Agents, Immigration Inspectors, Deportation Officers, and District Adjudication Officers.
During his tenure with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Mr. Stoller handled thousands of cases dealing with individuals who appeared before the Court seeking benefits such as political asylum, waivers of past criminal activity and permanent resident status in the United States. He worked in the District Criminal Alien Program and traveled to county jails, state prisons, and other detention facilities to handle deportation proceedings conducted while individuals were incarcerated. Mr. Stoller was also involved in worksite enforcement, handling cases dealing with employers who violated immigration laws by providing employment to unauthorized individuals.
Since entering prívate practice in 1999, Mr. Stoller has represented hundreds of individuals before Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Embassies and Consulates worldwide, and before the federal courts (United States District Courts and United States Courts of Appeal). Utilizing his significant government experience for the benefit of his clients, Mr. Stoller has developed a successful boutique immigration practice serving Central Florida and clients worldwide.
Due to his proficiency in all immigration matters, and areas relating to criminal law in particular, other attorneys often seek Mr. Stoller’s advice on the immigration consequences of criminal offenses and plea agreements. He has successfully obtained immigration waivers of criminal offenses and cancellation of removal benefits on behalf of permanent resident aliens who have had past transgressions with the law. Mr. Stoller also assists individuals who have immigration holds placed against them in moving their cases forward by contacting the appropriate authorities or suing in federal court if necessary. Mr. Stoller has obtained immigration bonds for qualified individuals and assisted others in speeding their deportation process when it is their desire to be removed from the United States as quickly as possible. He has successfully presented asylum claims for immigrants from countries throughout the world, including many cases initially denied by Citizenship and Immigration Service and referred to the Immigration Courts.
Mr. Stoller maintains a busy federal court practice, bringing numerous actions in federal court in an effort to move stalled cases along. In this regard, Mr. Stoller has successfully handled dozens of cases in which he has sought the assistance of the United States District Courts in ordering the immigration authorities to do what they otherwise will not do. This has included obtaining decisions on applications for residency and naturalization along with resolving problems relating to work permits and the issuance of alien registration cards. In addition, Mr. Stoller has argued before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in both Miami and Atlanta and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinatti. Mr. Stoller’s published cases include Lenis v. U.S. Att’y Gen., 525F.3d 1291 (11th Cir. 2008); Niftaliev v. U.S. Att’y Gen., 504 F.3d 1211 (11th Cir. 2007); and U.S. v. Salman, 378 F. 3d 1266 (11th Cir. 2004), 266 F.Supp.2d 1367 (M.D. Fla. 2003).
Mr. Stoller’s benefit related immigration practice assists clients in obtaining immigrant and nonimmigrant visas based on their extraordinary or exceptional abilities, outstanding educational attainment, or their relationship with employers or family members. Mr. Stoller has obtained permanent residency for countless individuals petitioned for by family members, petitioned by employers and on behalf of those eligible to self-petition. He has experience with all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas categories and has handled complicated cases assisting individuals to return to the United States after deportation or after receiving criminal convictions. Finally, Mr. Stoller’s employment based immigration practice works closely with businesses to steer them in complying with immigration laws, obtaining the appropriate personnel, and achieving their business objectives through the tools available through a well-versed understanding of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Deborah J. Townsend, Esq.
Florida Bar Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law
Deborah J. Townsend, P.A.
Deborah J. Townsend has been practicing U.S. Immigration Law exclusively since 1980. Following her graduation from Albany Law School of Union University in 1979, she first served as a VISTA attorney with the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami, Florida and then as a Staff Attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Immigration Law Unit, for approximately two years. Thereafter, she was employed as an Associate, and later as a Partner, with the law firm of Hendry, Stoner & Brown, P.A. until 1991. From 1992 – 1994, she was a Partner in the Immigration Law firm of Holmes, Khatri & Townsend, P.A. Since 1994, Deborah has practiced as a sole practitioner as Deborah J. Townsend, P.A. She also continues to be Of Counsel to the law firm of Hendry, Stoner & Brown, P.A., in Orlando, which specializes in International Business Law, Business Litigation, Real Estate, Tax Law, Contracts, Domestic and International Estate Planning and Probate Administration (www.lawforflorida.com). She is also of Counsel to the Law firm of Urban Thier Federer & Chinnery, P.A., with offices in Orlando, London and Munich (www.urbanthier.com).
Deborah is one of the founding members of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA CFC) in which she has held the following positions: Chapter Chair 1990-1991; Board of Directors 2008 – 2010 and Advocacy Chair/Co-Chair 2008 – June, 2011 and from June 2012 to the present. She has also served as the Orange County Bar Association Immigration and Naturalization Committee Chair; the Florida Bar International Law Section Immigration Committee Co-Chair and Texas Service Center Liaison Committee Co-Chair. In May, 2011, she received the American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter’s award for "Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law".
Deborah has a passion for legislative advocacy. She firmly believes that it is not enough to merely practice immigration law if one truly cares about one’s clients. It is also necessary to advocate for them legislatively. Particularly in the last several years, she has worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of Comprehensive Immigration Reform by personally meeting with Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. and locally, as well as encouraging others to contact their Congresspersons and Senators.
Deborah is among a limited number of Central Florida attorneys who are Florida Bar Board Certified in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Currently only seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members are Board Certified. (See FloridaBar.org/certification).
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You can now purchase the 2017 version of this program here. This program was recorded in California but is approved for CLE credit in Florida through August 16th, 2018.
CA General: This program is approved for 6.0 units of general CLE in California.
CA Certified Legal Specialist: This program is approved for 6.0 units of Certified Legal Specialist CLE in California in Immigration and Nationality Law
FL General: This program is approved for 8.0 units of general CLE in Florida through November 7, 2017.
FL Board Certified: This program is approved for 8.0 units of Board Certified CLE in Florida as follows: Immigration and Nationality Law through November 7, 2017.
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.
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