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Religious Workers: Best Practices for Winning R-1 and EB-4 Cases

August 23, 2018
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Presented 08/23/2018
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Web Seminar
SKU AS2018-08-23

Has the administration’s assault on Muslim countries or its positive support for Christian organizations affected the adjudication of religious worker petitions? Panelists will explore trends and best practices for filing R-1 and EB-4 religious worker cases in today’s world. What is the future of the religious worker green card?

Featured Topics

  • Religious Occupations vs. Religious Vocations
  • Tax Exempt Status: Required Evidence
  • How Long Does It Take to Get a Site Visit?
  • Has the Travel Ban Affected the Travel of Religious Workers?
  • Is the Future of EB-4 in Question?

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Joel Pfeffer (DL), Pittsburgh, PA
Joel Pfeffer is a partner of the Pittsburgh law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP. He practices in the areas of immigration, nationality, and corporate law. Mr. Pfeffer is active in AILA and has served as a chapter chair, member of the Religious Worker Committee, the Finance Committee, and as speaker at the Annual Conference.

Scott Pollock, Chicago, IL
Scott D. Pollock has practiced immigration law since 1985. A past Chairperson of the Chicago Chapter, he has served on many AILA committees, including its national Amicus, Student and Scholars and Federal Litigation Task Force committees and for 2 years as the Chair of its Consumer Protection and Authorized Representation Task Force. He has contributed articles to AILA’s annual conference handbooks, two articles in AILA’s Immigration Options for Religious Workers (2nd Ed. 2010) and one in AILA’s Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers (2nd Ed. 2011). He has authored or co-authored several law review articles, including Immigration Law vs. Religious Freedom: Using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to Challenge Restrictive Immigration Laws and Practices, 12 Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion 295 (Spring 2011) and Do Unto Others: The Importance of Better Compliance of Consular Notification Rights, 21 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 461 (2011). His practice includes federal court litigation, such as Rubman v. USCIS, 800 F.3d 381 (7th Cir.2015) (Freedom of Information Act decision ordering USCIS to conduct search for documents); Kamal v. Gonzales, 547 F. Supp. 2d 869 (N.D. IL 2008) (granting mandamus on delayed adjustment of status case); Kholyasvsky v. Schlecht et al., 479 F. Supp. 2d 897 (E.D. WI 2007)(granting EAJA fees in a habeas action) Morales-Morales v. Ashcroft, 384 F.3d 418 (7th Cir. 2004) (reversing denial of cancellation of removal), and Kuhai v. INS, 199 F.3d 209 (7th Cir. 1999) (reversing denial of asylum),. He has been a four-time faculty member for the American Immigration Council’s Litigation Institute.

Lisa Ellis, Seattle, WA
Lisa N. Ellis is the founder and principal attorney of Ellis Immigration Law, LLC in Seattle, WA. Ms. Ellis’s practice focuses on immigration, nationality and estate planning law. As outside counsel to a large and highly recognized religious organization, Lisa devotes a significant portion of her practice to religious worker and minister petitions. She started her immigration career as an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Ms. Ellis is a former member of AILA’s Washington Chapter Executive Committee and past chair of the AILA Board of Publications Committee. She is a graduate of Whitman College and University of Oregon School of Law, where she was an executive editor for The Oregon Law Review. She is the author of Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars, and Sponsors (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2012 Ed.).

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.
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The Religious Workers: Best Practices for Winning R-1 and EB-4 Cases web seminar takes place Thursday, August 23, 2018, at the times noted below:

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  • 11:00 am–12:30 pm pacific time

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on August 22, 2018.

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