The Consular Practice Handbook, 2012 Ed.

The Consular Practice Handbook, 2012 Ed.

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The Consular Practice Handbook provides insider tips, insightful practice pointers, and the strategic guidance needed to understand consular processing.

Written and edited by a team of expert immigration law practitioners, and now in its second edition, The Consular Practice Handbook covers topics such as:

  • PIMS
  • Advisory opinions
  • Electronic security
  • "Lawyering" at consular posts
  • Consular practice do’s and don’ts
  • Preparing your clients for their nonimmigrant visa interview
  • DV lottery
  • National Visa Center and Kentucky Consular Center
  • Acquisition of citizenship & passport processing
  • Expatriation
  • I-601 waivers, including guidance on the proposed stateside waiver process
  • and more!

    New this edition: Consular processing guidance and tips covering India and Brazil.

    BONUS! Comprehensive listing of key officers and their contact information for U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.

    “Using the authors’ experiences, the articles contain the insights of seasoned practitioners with regard to specific legal issues and how they are treated by the consulates. They offer practical advice as to how to best prepare clients for consular interviews and how to document key issues.”

    —Michael Davis, Danielle Rizzo, Olsi Vrapi, Editors

    Whether you are a new or seasoned immigration law practitioner, The Consular Practice Handbook contains a wealth of information useful to your practice.

    ISBN: 978-1-57370-308-6
    June 2012
    584 pages

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MICHAEL H. DAVIS heads the Minneapolis firm of Davis & Goldfarb, PLLC and represents clients in visa matters at U.S. consulates in Canada, Mexico, and other countries. His articles on visa processing have appeared in several AILA publications including The Consular Practice Toolbox and the Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook (AILA 1998–99 Ed.).

DANIELLE RIZZO received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Houghton College and a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of Buffalo in 2007. She worked as a paralegal for the Law Offices of James D. Eiss for six years, including working part-time during law school, before being admitted as an attorney in February 2007. Ms. Rizzo limits her practice primarily to employment– and family-based immigration options. She has authored several articles on immigration issues published in such publications as Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, AILA publications, and AILA’s Immigration Law Today. In addition, she has been featured as a speaker at AILA conferences and has been a frequent speaker at local colleges and universities about student and faculty visa issues. She currently serves as vice chair of the Upstate New York Chapter of AILA.

OLSI VRAPI is a partner at Noble & Vrapi PA with offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He is a member of the 2011 AILA Annual Conference Planning Committee and chair of the AILA Board of Publications. He also has presented at various AILA conferences. Mr. Vrapi is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and is a frequent contributor to the AILA InfoNet message center.

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