Consular Processing Pitfalls-CD

Consular Processing Pitfalls-CD

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Consular Processing Pitfalls

This 90 minute audio seminar was originally presented October 19, 2010.

This panel of AILA members practicing abroad will take a look at consular processing issues and procedures at the U.S. consulates.

  • Visitor Visas to the United States: Business or Pleasure?
  • Acceptable B-1 Business Activities: Can I “Work” on a B Visa?
  • B-1 in Lieu of H-1/H-3
  • Domestic Workers and Domestic Partners
  • The Impact of NAFTA and ESTA, US-VISIT
  • How Long Can I Stay and How Often Can I Enter on a B Visa?
  • DOS vs. CBP: Differences in Visa Interview and Admission, Overcoming Immigrant Intent
  • Direct Consular Processing: When Can a Petitioner Engage in Forum Shopping?

AILA has not applied for and is not administering CLE credit for this OnDemand program. However, CLE self-study credit may be available in your jurisdiction. Please check your jurisdiction’s CLE rules on the AILA CLE Center for more information.


Yeu S. Hong, (dl), Los Angeles, CA

Yeu S. Hong is an associate with Mukai & Kussin, LLP. He is a past chair of the AILA Southern California Chapter and currently serves as chair of AILA's State Department Liaison committee and as a member on the Distance Learning committee. Mr. Hong received his J.D. from the University Of San Diego School Of Law (1997).

Enrique Arellano, Mexico City, Mexico

Mr. Enrique Arellano is the founder and senior partner of the law firm, Enrique Arellano Rincon Abogados, S.C., leader in Mexican corporate immigration law for 33 years. He is the leading expert in Mexican immigration and immigration consultant for the top multinational corporations in Mexico. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and lectures frequently at national and international immigration conferences. He has published various articles related to Mexican immigration issues.

Maria Celebi, Istanbul, Turkey

Maria Celebi has been a partner at Bener Law Office in Istanbul, Turkey since 2004 and heads their Turkish and U.S. immigration department. She has 17 years experience in immigration law. She is immediate past chair of AILA Rome District Chapter (EMEA region); chair of the Immigration International Practice Group for Ius Laboris; and the Turkish Work Permit Advisor to the American Business Forum Turkey (Registered AmCham). In that capacity, she authored their white paper on Turkish work permits and presents to corporate members. She was selected in 2010 as the only attorney in Turkey for the “International Who's Who of Corp Immigration Lawyers.”

David L.P. Garson, Toronto, ON

David L.P. Garson is a senior partner and managing partner of Guberman, Garson, Bush. He has practiced immigration law for over 18 years. According to the most recent “International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers,” Mr. Garson is rated as “a highly regarded individual” in immigration law in Canada. Mr. Garson advises clients on immigration issues related to conducting business across international borders. His clients include senior executives and individuals as well as institutions and large multinational organizations. He is past chair of the Canadian Bar Association—Ontario, Immigration and Citizenship Section, is a member of AILA, past chair of AILA’s Canada chapter, and past chair of the CLE committee of the Young Lawyers Division, Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Garson is also past co-programme coordinator for the immigration section of the Canadian Bar Association—Ontario.

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