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From Student to Startup: Immigration Challenges for Entrepreneurial F-1s

December 3, 2019
Web Seminar

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Presented 12/3/2019
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Web Seminar
SKU WS2019-12-03

Our panel of experts will discuss how student entrepreneurs can transition from F-1 to work authorization as they develop a startup business. Typically, the F-1 visa holder has an idea to start a business and wants to know how to balance the development of the company with the immigration transition from student to OPT to NIV status. When can the client incorporate, raise capital, or be compensated? What precautions are students taking in the era of the USCIS policy on unlawful presence for F, J, and M nonimmigrants?

Featured Topics

  • What Is Permissible Business Development While in F-1, OPT, and STEM OPT Status?
  • Meeting the O-1 Criteria for Entrepreneurs
  • H-1B Issues for Foreign Founders: Is It Worth Giving Up Control?
  • Startup Challenges for E-2 Investors and L-1 New Offices

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Sameer A. Khedekar (DL), Mountain View, CA

Sameer A. Khedekar is the founder of Banyan, an immigration law firm. Sameer brings his 16+ years of experience managing immigration service delivery for Fortune 500 companies, mid-size employers, startups, and entrepreneurs. Sameer is the former managing partner of one the largest West Coast global immigration practices, guiding employers on global immigration policies and best practices, including the use of innovative technology solutions to streamline compliance and international travel requirements. Sameer has been named one of the top 20 immigration attorneys in the nation by HR Executive/Lawdragon, one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA Guide, and is recognized by the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. Sameer is certified by the California Bar as a Specialist in Immigration Law.

James W. Hollis, Silver Spring, MD

James W. Hollis is an attorney at Mooers Immigration in Washington, DC. Mr. Hollis represents businesses and individuals in several areas of immigration law, with a concentration on immigration for entrepreneurs, talent workers, and athletes. Mr. Hollis has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and as a Future Leader in the category of Corporate Immigration by Who’s Who Legal.

Jason Susser, Memphis, TN

Jason Susser is an attorney at Siskind Susser PC, where he represents businesses and individuals in several areas of immigration law including employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization, and some humanitarian cases. Mr. Susser works extensively with entrepreneurs to find creative immigration solutions for start-up companies in the US. He often works with foreign start-up founders to develop immigration strategies that balance the needs of an early stage business with the challenges of the immigration system. He also actively works on developing legal technology tools to help foreign nationals and other immigration attorneys maneuver the immigration system more efficiently. Mr. Susser currently serves as the Treasurer for the AILA Mid-South Chapter, the AILA liaison to the USCIS Memphis Field Office, and is a member of the AILA Distance Learning Committee.

Lauren Pattison, Immigration Advisor, DSO | ARO, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Lauren Pattison advises over 3,000 F-1 students and J-1 scholars and their dependents relating to immigration and compliance. She also has extensive experience in the field of international education working in both the private and public sectors with the Dept. of State’s J-1 Intern and Trainee programs. One of Ms. Pattison’s main objectives in her current role is to educate, advocate, and advise UCF’s international population and campus partners on the topics of employment authorization such as CPT, OPT, and STEM OPT. Ms. Pattison currently sits on the Executive Board of the Florida Association of International Educators (FAIE) and works closely with other regional NAFSA partners in advocacy initiatives throughout the state.

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 From Student to Startup: Immigration Challenges for Entrepreneurial F-1s web seminar takes place Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 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 December 2, 2019.

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