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Updates and Common Pitfalls in Degree Equivalency

January 10, 2013
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Updates and Common Pitfalls in Degree Equivalency

This 90 minute audio seminar was presented live on January 10, 2013, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm EST.

Despite years of experience and evolution, degree equivalency remains one of the thorniest problems in business immigration law. This panel reviews the content of the soon to be released 2012 Supplement to AILA's Focus on EB-2 & EB-3 Degree Equivalency, and investigates the most common issues and strategies in dealing with foreign degree equivalencies in the EB-2 and EB-3 contexts.

  • Update of USCIS Ad Hoc Degree Equivalency Rules and Best Practices Including:
  • How to Access and Interpret the EDGE Database
  • Clarifying the Single Source Degree Rule
  • Ad Hoc Rules for Professional Degrees
  • Appeal Strategies
  • Review of DOL Ad Hoc Degree Equivalency Rules and Best Practices
  • Drafting Considerations for PERM Applications


Ronald Y. Wada (dl), AILA Author, AILA's Focus on EB-2 & EB-3 Degree Equivalency, San Francisco, CA
Ron Wada is senior counsel at Tafapolsky & Smith, LLP. Ron is the author of AILA's Focus on EB2 and EB3 Degree Equivalency and the 2012 Supplement; he is also co-editor of Immigration Law and Procedure. He received AILA’s Edith Lowenstein Award for advancing the practice of immigration law, and the Edward L. Dubroff Award. He is on the editorial board of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, and is also a past recipient of AILA’s Presidential Commendation.

Robert H. Cohen, Columbus, OH
Robert H. Cohen is a partner at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP. He graduated from Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. His primary practices include business and family immigration. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for immigration practice. Robert served as chapter chair (2003-05) in Ohio, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council, and AILA’s USCIS Benefits Liaison Committee.

Sharryn E. Ross, Boston, MA
Sharryn E. Ross is the senior partner of Ross Silverman LLP in Boston, MA. She was an elected member of the AILA Board of Governors from 1994-2006 and served on the DOL Liaison Committee from 2006-2012. Holding an AV rating, she has lectured on a wide range of immigration issues. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

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The "Updates and Common Pitfalls in Degree Equivalency" web seminar takes place Thursday, January 10, 2013, 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

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on 1/9/13.

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