Immigration Practice Pointers, 2012–13 Ed. (eBook)

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The 2012–13 Ed. of AILA’s Immigration Practice Pointers includes 110 original practice tips written by some of the most notable and award-winning immigration law experts practicing today. With cutting-edge analyses of a broad range of advanced immigration law topics, Immigration Practice Pointers offers a clear and concise format that is easy to read and quickly digest.


The 2012–13 edition offers several practice tips and guidance on:

  • Law Practice Management
  • Family Immigration
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Asylum
  • Business Immigration
  • Labor Certification (PERM)
  • Worksite Enforcement
  • Removal and Relief
  • Waivers
  • Federal and Immigration Court Practice
  • Litigation and Judicial Review
  • Ethics
  • Consular Processing
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Tax

and more! See the extensive Table of Contents for more information.



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ISBN: 978-1-57370-333-8 (.pdf)
June 2012
724 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-57370-335-4 (.epub)
June 2012

ISBN: 978-1-57370-334-6 (.mobi)
June 2012

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GREGORY P. ADAMS is a partner in the Cincinnati office of Dinsmore & Shohl, a 500-lawyer firm where he manages the immigration practice team. Mr. Adams has served as chair of AILA’s Connecticut and Ohio Chapters, has co-authored “Foreign Students and Educational Visitors” in the R. Rapp, Education Law treatise, and has authored numerous articles for AILA publications since the 1980s. Mr. Adams has been an editor of AILA’s Immigration Practice Pointers (Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook) since 1993. He is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

DAN H. BERGER is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities around the northeast. He won the 1995 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual writing competition for an article on legacy INS policies toward international adoptions. Mr. Berger also has been an editor of the AILA annual conference handbook since 2000, editor-in-chief of Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers (AILA 2005 and 2011 Eds.), co-editor of the Diplomatic Visas Handbook (AILA 2011), and editor of the International Adoption Sourcebook (AILA 2008). He is currently vice chair of the AILA Healthcare Committee, and a member of the USCIS NSC Liaison Committee. Mr. Berger developed his interest in immigration in college, where he studied immigration history and taught English as a Second Language for adult refugees.

JAN H. BROWN is a principal in the Law Offices of Jan H. Brown, P.C., centered in New York City. He has been practicing immigration and nationality law since 1979 and frequently lectures and writes on the subject of U.S. immigration law. Mr. Brown is a long-time editor of AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook and editorial reviewer for Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook. Mr. Brown represents clients across the immigration spectrum, from removal defense to EB-1 extraordinary ability workers. He is past chair of the AILA New York Chapter and currently co-chairs the New York State Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee; as such he is active in efforts to reform our immigration system. He is also co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Immigration Representation Subcommittee on Quality and Standards.

MARY E. CADETTE is a legal editor at AILA. Before joining the association, she worked as a freelance editor for the National Academies and MIT, and as director of publications for the National Veterans Legal Services Program. Ms. Cadette holds an A.B. in American Studies from Princeton University and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

LEIGH COLE is a shareholder and director of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., in Burlington, VT. She leads the firm’s Immigration Group. Her practice consists of representing U.S. educational and health care institutions and companies employing foreign nationals in the United States, and advising F-1 and J-1 sponsors and hosting organizations on immigration for international students and scholars. She received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1985 in government and international trade policy, and a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University in 1991, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review. Ms. Cole is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She is a frequent speaker and author on immigration topics. She has served as an editor of AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook since 1999.

JAMES P. EYSTER is director of the Asylum and Immigrants Rights Clinic and assistant clinical professor at Ave Maria School of Law. From 2008–10, he served as visiting assistant professor at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law. Before entering academia, he practiced immigration law in Ann Arbor, MI for 10 years and, prior to that, served first as executive director of the Princeton-in-Asia Foundation and then in the same capacity for the University of Michigan’s Southeast Asia Business Program, for which he edited the Journal of Asian Business. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Fordham International Law Journal. Mr. Eyster is listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

CARL FALSTROM practices immigration law in New Orleans. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a former AILA chapter chair and has served on a number of liaison, program, and other committees.

TATIA L. GORDON-TROY is Director of AILA Publications. Ms. Gordon-Troy joined AILA 13 years ago to help improve and strengthen the publications produced by the association. A 1995 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and member of the Maryland bar, Ms. Gordon-Troy practiced in the areas of employment, family, and administrative law as an associate with the Baltimore firm of Gohn, Hankey & Stichel prior to joining the staff of AILA. In a past life, she was deputy editor of several monthly law newsletters published by The Daily Record in Baltimore and served as press secretary to U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD).

ESTER GREENFIELD is a director at MacDonald Hoague & Bayless in Seattle. She is a past chair of the AILA Washington State Chapter and has taught immigration law and an immigration clinic as an adjunct professor at Seattle University. She has served on AILA’s national DOL Liaison Committee. She was co–editor-in-chief of AILA’s David Stanton Manual on Labor Certification (3rd Ed. 2005), and has written many articles on labor certification. Ms. Greenfield is listed in Best Lawyers in America, International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and has been listed as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Washington State by Washington Super Lawyers.

RIZWAN HASSAN is a legal editor at AILA and has served as managing editor of the annual conference handbook for the past four years. Prior to coming to AILA, he was a science writer and editor for a National Institutes of Health journal. He earned a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in History from Boston University, received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, and is a member of the Maryland bar.

ROMY K. KAPOOR is the founder and managing partner of The Kapoor Law Group. He has been practicing U.S. immigration and nationality law since 1992, with a broad business– and family-based immigration practice. Romy has spoken and written extensively in these areas, both nationally with AILA and for the State Bar of Georgia. He is an elected director to AILA's Board of Governors, and has also served on AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee, Business Immigration Committee, and various conference committees. Romy has been named to the Georgia Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America lists each year since 2006, as well as the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.

RODNEY MALPERT is a partner at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP in Phoenix. He is also an adjunct professor of business immigration at Arizona State Law School and formerly taught immigration law at Southern Methodist Law School. Mr. Malpert is in Who’s Who Legal—The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. He is frequently sought for commentary, being interviewed for publications such as CNN Money Magazine, Business Week, and various newspapers. He publishes two loose-leaf treatises: Business Immigration Law: Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals, and Business Immigration Law: Forms and Filings. Mr. Malpert is a 1986 graduate of Cornell University Law School.

ROBERT NADALIN is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in the field of Immigration and nationality law. He received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1998 and his B.A. in Japanese from Ohio State University in 1993. Mr. Nadalin is a former chair of the AILA San Diego Chapter and previously served as a member of the AILA Board of Governors. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas, and has been admitted to practice in U.S. District Court, as well as courts for the Southern District of California, Northern District of Texas, and Southern District of Texas.

JOHN L. PINNIX is a past president of AILA (2002–03) and a founding member of AILA’s Carolinas Chapter. He attained B.A. and M.A. degrees in History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his J.D. at the Wake Forest University School of Law. He has served as an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law and as a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law. He also has served as an adjunct professor at the Elon University School of Law. Mr. Pinnix is a principal in the Raleigh law firm Allen, Pinnix, and Nichols, P.A., and is a North Carolina board-certified immigration specialist.

DANIELLE M. POLEN serves as associate director of AILA Publications. Prior to joining AILA, she spent eight years as chief legislative correspondent for Interpreter Releases, a weekly information service on immigration, nationality, and related matters. Ms. Polen has practiced immigration law, clerked for the Honorable Marvin H. Morse at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and served as an adjunct professor in the Shepherd College legal research and writing program. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center and the University of Texas at El Paso, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. SHEEBA RAJ serves as a legal editor at AILA. Before joining AILA, Ms. Raj obtained experience in immigration law through positions held at inMotion, Inc., John Jay Legal Services, Inc., and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, among other places. She also wrote for an internal publication at Shearman & Sterling LLP and a blog for the LNG practice group at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Ms. Raj is a graduate of St. John’s University and Pace University School of Law, and is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars.

RITA SOSTRIN is a partner at Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP in Los Angeles. Ms. Sostrin focuses her practice on immigration of individuals of extraordinary abilities, including physicians, academics, artists, and entertainers. She is a regular speaker and writer on advanced immigration law topics. Ms. Sostrin is included in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and Chambers USA and was honored with AILA’s Presidential Award for her outstanding contributions. She serves as editor of AILA’s Immigration Practice Pointers, member of AILA’s Periodicals Review Board, and the 2011–12 chair of the AILA-California Service Center Committee.

WILLIAM “BILL” STOCK is a founding partner of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP. He handles all aspects of immigration law, including assisting companies and individuals in obtaining employment– and family-based visas; resolving citizenship issues and obtaining naturalization; and defending clients in ICE and DOL enforcement proceedings. Mr. Stock currently serves as national secretary on the Executive Committee of AILA. He is former adjunct faculty member at Villanova University School of Law, a past chair of AILA’s Philadelphia Chapter, and a past member of Matthew Bender’s editorial board. He has received AILA’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award, and since 2003, has been included in Best Lawyers in America.

T. DOUGLAS STUMP is AILA National’s first vice president and founder of Stump & Associates with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He has more than 30 years of experience in a practice focused on employment-based immigration law, complex deportation, federal court litigation, and family immigration matters. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Oklahoma’s Top 50 Super Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Law, and Martindale-Hubble’s Preeminent Lawyers. He is an editor for AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, a frequent speaker, and author who has chaired or served on AILA’s USCIS, SCOPS, EOIR, ICE, CBP, AAO, Refugee/Asylum, FOIA/Privacy, and TSC liaison committees. He is past Texas Chapter chair and a member of IMMLAW, a national consortium of immigration law firms.

DEV BANAD VISWANATH is the principal attorney of the Banad Law Offices, P.C., with offices located in Manhattan and Queens. He is also in the process of opening an office in Bangalore, India. Mr. Viswanath obtained his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his J.D. from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, NY. Mr. Viswanath has represented individuals and corporations from all over the world in various stages of the immigration and nationality process, including consular processing, citizenship, permanent residence, removal/deportation, and nonimmigrant visa petitions. Mr. Viswanath currently is of counsel to Dervishi, Levine, and Morgan P.C. and to Baron and Shelkin, P.C. Additionally, he is the general counsel to International Television Broadcasting, Inc. (ITV) and the Heart & Hand for the Handicapped. Since 2008, Mr. Viswanath has held the position of trustee to the Rashtreeya Shiksana Samithi Trust, which runs over 16 educational institutionals under the Rashtreeya Vidalaya banner.

CLETUS WEBER co-founded Peng & Weber, PLLC in the Seattle suburb of Mercer Island, WA and previ-ously chaired AILA’s Washington State Chapter (2005–06). In addition to chairing AILA’s national Board of Publications and writing the “Unsolicited Advice” column for AILA’s online publication VOICE: an Immigration Dialogue, he has served as associate editor of AILA’s Immigration Practice Pointers (2010–12), associate editor of AILA’s Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, 2d Ed. (2010), and editor-in-chief of AILA’s Manual on PERM Labor Certification: Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success (AILA 2011). He also serves as a member of AILA’s EB-5 Conference Committee and is a frequent speaker at AILA’s national EB-5 conferences. With a strong interest in categories that reflect his clients’ excellence, major contributions, or substantial investment in job creation and the overall improvement of the United States, his practice focuses on national interest waivers, aliens of extraordinary ability, outstanding professors or researchers, J-1 waivers, and EB-5 investors, as well as PERM and other employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Mr. Weber earned his undergraduate degree with Beta Gamma Sigma honors at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 1986 and his law degree at George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1989. He was managing editor of the George Washington Law Review, 1988–89. Mr. Weber has written and spoken nationally and regionally on EB-5 investor visas, national interest waivers, nonimmigrant visas, overcoming visa backlogs, and law office management and technology issues. He has been quoted in The Seattle Times, Daily Telegraph (UK), HR magazine, Workforce Management, and other major media

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