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Pitfalls in Degree Equivalencies

September 27, 2012
Web Seminar

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Pitfalls in Degree Equivalencies [Web Seminar]

This 90-minute web seminar was originally presented on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

The terms "or equivalent experience or education" have never been harder to navigate in EB-2 and EB-3 cases. Despite years of (often clashing) interpretations, this remains one of the thorniest areas of business immigration. This panel investigates the issues and strategies in dealing with foreign degree equivalencies in the EB-2 and EB-3 contexts.

  • Government Reliance Upon EDGE
  • EB-3 Equivalencies
  • EB-2 Equivalencies
  • Equivalencies in NIV vs. IV Context
  • Differing Agency Interpretations and Interplay of Labor Certification and I-140
  • Special Considerations: Three-Year Bachelor Degrees, Physicians, Single vs. Multiple Source Foreign Equivalencies


Ingrid K. Brey (dl), Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Ingrid K. Brey, an AV-rated attorney, practices employment-based immigration law with a focus on physicians and other health care workers, worksite enforcement, and corporate compliance. She has served on several AILA national committees. She also served as chair of the AILA Michigan Chapter from 1999–01. She has been named by Best Lawyers in America as “Immigration Lawyer of the Year for 2011” for the Detroit area, and has been listed in Super Lawyers for over 10 years.

Loan Huynh, Minneapolis, MN
Loan Huynh is a shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron. She practices exclusively in immigration and nationality law, and speaks frequently at national conferences. Ms. Huynh’s practice focuses on employment-based immigration, worksite enforcement, and corporate compliance (I-9, E-Verify, and ICE/DOL audits). Ms. Huynh has served on several AILA liaison committees, as well as on AILA’s Essential Workers Committee. She is listed in the 2011 edition of The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.

Michael Ryvin, Mill Valley, CA
Michael Ryvin is a career immigration lawyer working in San Francisco's financial district. He is the co-founder and partner of Ryvin Wallace Group, a bi-coastal boutique immigration law firm concentrating on employment-based immigration. Prior to going out on his own in 2009, Michael worked in every type of immigration law firm over the course of 10 years, from boutiques to the biggest corporate immigration firms today.

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The "Pitfalls in Degree Equivalencies" web seminar takes place Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the times noted below:

2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time
1:00 pm-2:30 pm central time
12:00 pm-1:30 pm mountain time
11:00 am-12:30 pm pacific time

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