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All “Ls” Broken Loose in Texas

July 31, 2018
Web Seminar

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Presented 07/31/2018
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Live Web Seminar
SKU WS2018-07-31

As of February 2018, L-1 visa processing left the Vermont Service Center (VSC), where it had taken place since the implementation of USCIS’s bi-specialization initiative in 2006, and returned to the Texas Service Center (TSC). What have we learned since this move? Our panel of experts will provide an overview of trends in TSC L-1 adjudications, and identify strategies for working with the TSC, particularly regarding how it might differ from processing at the VSC.

Featured Topics

  • Trends in Standards for Specialized Knowledge: Must Clients Have Extraordinary Ability to Meet the L-1B Definition?
  • L-1A Adjudications and Confusion with the EB-1 Multinational Manager/Executive I-140 Standards
  • Is There Any Way to Obtain an Approval Without an RFE?
  • Communication Issues with the Premium Processing Unit

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Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, New York, NY
Cora-Ann V. Pestaina is a Partner at Cyrus D. Mehta and Partners, PLLC in New York, NY where she practices primarily in the area of business immigration law. She represents large global corporate clients, emerging growth companies and individuals in a wide range of industries. Ms. Pestaina has extensive experience in PERM labor certifications and she regularly counsels clients regarding temporary employment-based nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence sponsorship for their foreign national employees. She also represents artists and investors including EB-5 investors. Ms. Pestaina also represents individuals in family based applications and naturalization. She is currently serving a fifth term as co-chair of the AILA NY Chapter’s Department of Labor Committee. She also previously served two terms as co-chair of the NY Chapter’s Corporate Practice Committee. Ms. Pestaina earned a BA in Political Science from Marymount Manhattan College and her J.D. from Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo, School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York.

Sandra Dorsthorst, Houston, TX
Sandra Dorsthorst, Senior Associate for Foster LLP, earned her law degree from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 1995 and her Master of Laws degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001. Ms. Dorsthorst has extensive experience practicing immigration law both in the United States and Europe. She worked as an attorney for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Netherlands, representing the Dutch government in a wide variety of employment-based immigration and asylum cases. Prior to joining Foster, Ms. Dorsthorst practiced employment-based immigration law at two boutique immigration law firms in Houston. Ms. Dorsthorst is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the New York State Bar.

Maxine Bayley, San Francisco, CA
Maxine Bayley is a senior attorney in the San Francisco office at Duane Morris LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on business immigration, including working with clients in a variety of industries to prepare and file non-immigrant and immigrant visas. She has extensive experience with L-1 visas, including blanket and individual L-1s, as well as new office L petitions. She is a 2004 graduate of American University Washington College of Law and earned her undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University in 2001. She currently serves on the Board of AILA’s Northern California Chapter and is a former AILA liaison to U.S. Customs & Border Protection.


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The All "Ls" Broken Loose in Texas web seminar takes place Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 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 July 30, 2018.

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