Credential Evaluations—The Latest Trends with H-1B Petitions-Downloadable Recording

Credential Evaluations—The Latest Trends with H-1B Petitions-Downloadable Recording

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Recording Date7/9/15
CLE EligibleYes
Length90 min.
FormatWeb Seminar
USCIS is challenging the credentials of H-1B workers, especially when the degree equivalence has been based on a combination of education, training, and/or experience. Moreover, credentials are not only being challenged on new filings, they are being challenged on extensions too. Although prior determinations by a USCIS adjudicator should be given deference, USCIS has the authority to question them. Our panel of experts will review the current issues and trends for credential evaluations based on more than just education; provide guidance on how to address these issues and (hopefully) preempt an RFE or denial based on the equivalency evaluation.

Key Topics Include

  • Evaluation of a Combination of Education, Training, and/or Experience by a College Official vs. USCIS Evaluation
  • How Do You Deal with a Degree Mismatch?
  • Who Qualifies as a College Official for Purposes of Issuing an Evaluation?
  • "Recognition of Expertise": Is It Critical and When Is It Necessary?
  • If the H-1B Is Denied, Do You Appeal or Sue in Federal Court?
  • How Does the H-1B Equivalency Impact the Degree Equivalency in a PERM Case?

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Larry L. Drumm (dl), San Francisco, CA
Larry L. Drumm is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Mr. Drumm handles a variety of business immigration matters, including employment visas for professionals, intracompany transferees, investors, and trainees. Mr. Drumm has an extensive background with respect to all aspects of business immigration law, regulation, and policy. He has federal agency experience, including numerous petitions before the Department of Homeland Security, visa processing with the Department of State, and employer compliance investigations by the Department of Labor (DOL) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Mercedes Badia-Tavas, Chicago, IL
M. Mercedes Badia-Tavas is Of Counsel at the Chicago Offices of Barnes & Thornburg LLP practicing within the Immigration and Global Migration Group. Her national practice focuses on business immigration for clients varying from Fortune 500 companies to small companies and entrepreneurs. She also has a limited family based practice. She is a member of the AILA Chicago Chapter since 1994, presently serving as the Second Vice Chair of the Executive Board, in addition to previous roles as Co-Chair of the CBP Liaison Committee, and member of the Advocacy Committee. She served on the AILA National CBP Liaison, Admissions & Border Enforcement, and Business Liaison Committees. She has participated in AILA sponsored panels devoted to employment-based immigration issues. Her published works include several articles in various volumes of AILA's Immigration & Nationality Law Handbooks and other publications. She graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1993 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1986.

Becki Young, Silver Spring, MD
Becki L. Young, co-founder of Hammond Young Immigration Law, is a seasoned business immigration attorney with 20 years of experience. She has represented more than 100 prominent hotels and restaurants, and facilitated the sponsorship of foreign professionals, trainees, interns and individuals of extraordinary ability. In addition to her hospitality practice, Ms. Young regularly provides immigration law advice to clients in a broad range of industries, including investment banking and securities; IT; nonprofit; manufacturing; and healthcare.

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