Breaking Through the Backlog: Employment-Based Visa Interviews After COVID
September 23, 2021
2:00 PM (ET)
After a year of U.S. embassy closures and travel bans, cases have piled up at the National Visa Center (NVC) and embassies, waiting for consular interviews. The experts on this intermediate panel will examine the current state of these backlogs, provide an update on policies and procedures, and highlight best practices for breaking through the backlogs and securing an interview for your client.
- Current State of U.S. Embassies Regarding Appointment Availability and Visa Processing
- Moving Documentarily Qualified Cases from the NVC to Post
- Third-Country National Nonimmigrant Visa Applications
- Proclamations and COVID Restrictions Still in Force, Applicable National Interest Waivers (NIWs)
- Dealing with Clients from Countries Where Consular Availability May Be Limited (g., Iran, Iraq, China, Russia, etc.)
- Issues with the DS-160, Changes to the Form’s Security and Travel Questions
Lynn Lee (DL), Clifton, VA
Lynn M. Lee is a Partner at BSIS (By Sea Immigration Services) and focuses her practice on both corporate and family immigration matters. Ms. Lee possesses a special interest in consular-related issues for immigrant visa (IV) and nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants worldwide, including IV petitions filed abroad, waivers, and complex liaison issues. She also speaks frequently on various immigration issues at both national and international conferences. Ms. Lee currently serves as a Board member for the AILA Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Chapter, committee member of the AILA National DOS committee, and member of the AILA RDC-EMEA Consular Committee. Ms. Lee graduated magna cum laude from Bridgewater College in 1999, and from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2003.
Mahsa Khanbabai, AILA Board of Governors/AILA DOS Liaison Committee, Easton, MA
Mahsa Khanbabai is the founder of Khanbabai Immigration Law and an adjunct professor at Stonehill College. She is an elected Director of AILA’s Board of Governors, a past chair of the AILA New England Chapter, and currently serves on the AILA State Department Liaison Committee and as an editor of the AILA Law Journal. Ms. Khanbabai received her J.D. from Albany Law School (1998).
Sandra Sheridan Reguerin, AILA DOS Liaison Committee Chair, Phoenix, AZ
Sandra Sheridan Reguerin has practiced business immigration law exclusively since 1996. She has extensive experience in the J-1 area including IGA, no objection and physician waivers, Exchange Visitor program designation applications, and 16 years as an Alternate Responsible Officer for a variety of corporate Exchange Visitor programs. Sandra orchestrates large-scale moves of temporary assignees for multinational companies with an emphasis on L-1 visa usage. She has represented individual and corporate clients before numerous U.S. consular posts around the world and before the State Department.
Stephen R. Pattison, AILA DOS Liaison Committee, Portsmouth, NH
Stephen Pattison owns the Law Offices of Stephen Pattison, LLC in New Hampshire. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Law School. Steve spent 28 years with the Department of State as a consular officer and worked in London for Magrath LLP and in Washington D.C. for Maggio and Kattar before opening his own offices in 2014. He is past president of the Rome District Chapter and serves on AILA’s DOS Liaison Committee.
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The Breaking Through the Backlog: Employment-Based Visa Interviews After COVID web seminar takes place Thursday, September 23 2021, at the times noted below:
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- 1:00 pm–2:30 pm central time
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