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Maintenance of Status: What You Need to Know in the Current Climate

October 15, 2020
Web Seminar

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Presented 10/15/2020
2:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Web Seminar
SKU WS2020-10-15

Our panel of experts will discuss how to advise clients about maintaining legal status during these uncertain times, especially for those impacted by layoffs. They also will offer tips and strategies for providing effective counsel to nonimmigrant (NIV) and intending immigrant clients that fall out of status.

Featured Topics

  • Effects of Layoffs, Furloughs, Benching, Reduction in Hours, and Gaps in Employment of NIVs (Hs, F-1s (OPT, STEM, and CPT), TNs, L-1s, Os, Es, etc.)
  • Change of Status and Maintenance of Status
    • B-2 as a Strategy: Important Issues
    • F-1: Can the Beneficiary Start Taking Classes Prior to Approval?
  • Issues and Tips When Filing "Bridging" Change of Status or Transfer Petitions-e.g., H to B to H
  • Adjustment of Status Filings: What Happens When the Foreign National Fails to Maintain NIV Status?
  • Advance Parole Travel vs. Travel on H-1B or L-1 with Pending Adjustment of Status

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Robert H. Cohen (DL), AILA USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee, Columbus, OH

Robert H. Cohen is a partner with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, in Columbus, Ohio. His primary practice includes business and family immigration. He received the 2013 Jack Wasserman Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America® for Immigration Law every year since 1995. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Janora L. Hawkins, AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter Chair, Atlanta, GA

Janora L. Hawkins is a partner with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP and Chair for the GA-AL Chapter. Janora has a wide and extensive array of experience in corporate and family-based immigration and focuses her spare time on advocating for immigrant rights.

Tejas N. Shah, Chicago, IL

Tejas Shah is a partner at Barnes and Thornburg in Chicago, IL, where he focuses on immigration law. Mr. Shah is committed to helping employers and individuals comply with the complex requirements of U.S. immigration law, and he has counseled a wide range of private sector, public sector, and educational clients on immigration issues arising under the current administration. He has been practicing in the field of immigration law since 2008, chaired the New Members Division of the AILA Chicago Chapter, and served on various liaison committees. He currently serves on the AILA National Military Assistance Program Committee. He received the Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award for Cook County in 2015, and the Cornerstone Award from the South Asian Bar Association of North America that year. Mr. Shah is a graduate of Duke University and the George Washington University Law School. He can be contacted at

Lisa Helen York, Denver, CO

Lisa Helen Yorkis a partner at Curray York & Associates in Denver, CO. Her practice focuses on business immigration with an emphasis on the energy/renewable energy, construction and IT industries, as well as representing educational institutions. Ms. York currently serves on the USCIS Case Assistance Liaison Committee. Previously, she served as Chair of the AILA Liaison Taskforce, Chair of the Fundamentals Section of the AILA Annual Conference, and Chair of the USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee.

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 Maintenance of Status: What You Need to Know in the Current Climate web seminar takes place Thursday, October 15, 2020, 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 October 14, 2020.

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