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Ask BIRT: AILA's Business Immigration Response Team Addresses Members' Most Pressing Questions (October 2019)

October 30, 2019
Conference Call

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Presented 10/30/2019
3:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible No
Length 90 min.
Format Conference Call
SKU NC-BIRT-2019-10-30

AILA's Business Immigration Response Team (BIRT) will hold a 90 minute teleconference featuring a panel of BIRT Committee members, emceed by BIRT Committee member Ian Wagreich. The BIRT panel will address AILA members' most pressing business immigration questions:

  • The H-1B petition extension was approved, but for a validity period that has already ended. What are the options?
  • Struggling with ever-higher numbers of RFE’s and denials of your business cases?
  • Questioning how to pursue case resolution strategies in times of decreased communication with the Service Centers?
  • You had an Embassy refusal under 214(b) or 221(g) for a Blanket L-1B or E-2. What next?
  • Wondering how to advise clients with STEM OPT trainees/STEM OPT’s at third party locations?


The BIRT Committee invites you to submit your question or hypothetical for review and discussion by the Ask BIRT panel. (No case-specific submissions / no identifying information about clients, please). If your question or hypothetical is selected for discussion on the upcoming program, you will be notified prior to the program.

How: Submit your question/hypothetical to:, with subject line "ASK BIRT" and include the following:

  • Attorney name
  • AILA member #
  • Attorney contact info (phone and email)

Question/hypothetical submission deadline: October 15, 2019

Submission of your question in advance is recommended. Participants may email questions to during the first 60 minutes of the program and the Ask BIRT panel will address the questions as time permits.

Discussion Leaders:

  • Ian Wagreich, Emcee
  • Mike Nowlan
  • Vic Goel
  • Matt Hirsch
  • Reginald Pacis

The speaker's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided in the written materials are based on the speaker's experiences and current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and the speaker's experiences may differ from your own.
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