Why Isn’t the Government Acting on My Case? - Recording (.MP3)

Why Isn’t the Government Acting on My Case? - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 5/16/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2017-05-16-DL

Some immigration cases remain pending with USCIS or U.S. consulates for months, or even years. Lawyers often must scramble for answers in front of anxious clients who persistently ask for updates. Our panelists discuss different strategies, practice pointers, and tips when confronted with stalled cases.

Featured Topics

  • Delays Due to Background and Security Checks: What’s the Difference?
  • Delays Due to Site/Case Investigations
  • Delays Due to Administrative Processing: Does Mandamus Help? Jurisdiction and Case Law
  • The Effectiveness of AILA Assistance and/or Congressional Inquiry
  • Unlocking a Case Through LegalNet and Advisory Opinions: Factual Finding vs. Legal Question

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Robert G. Heiserman (DL), Denver, CO
Robert G. Heiserman was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He practices only in the field of immigration law. Bob was the founder of the Colorado chapter of AILA and later served on its national Board of Governors. He was also chair of AILA's national Professional Ethics and Grievances Committee for 9 years. He presented papers and led discussions on professional responsibility and immigration law before civic and professional groups, trade associations, and government agencies both in and outside the United States. Bob has directed his own practice since 1972.

Matthew D. Stump, Oklahoma City, OK
Matthew D. Stump focuses his immigration law practice on employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters. He counsels industry-leading multinational corporations, start-ups, government agencies, non-profits, medical and applied research organizations, and universities in efforts to recruit and retain highly skilled foreign employees. Matt is chair of AILA’s Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee (2015-2017) and serves on AILA's Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Committee (2013-2017). He previously served as vice chair of AILA's Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee from 2013-2015 and was a member of AILA's Ombudsman and Interagency Committees for the same tenure. He served four years as AILA's Liaison to the Oklahoma City Sub-Office of the USCIS and served on the AILA National Distance Learning Committee from 2012 to 2013. Matt is a frequent panelist at AILA conferences including the 2017 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Steven C. Thal, Minnetonka, MN
Steven C. Thal practices immigration law in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He is a 1982 graduate cum laude of the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to law school he spent two years in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, South America. Mr. Thal holds an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in their Directory of Preeminent Lawyers. Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Monthly have recognized him as a "Super Lawyer" in immigration law. He has received the AILA National Presidential Commendation for "creative and tireless advocacy" on behalf of immigrants. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the American Immigration Council. He has served as chair of the MN/Dakotas AILA Chapter and as chair of the Immigration Section of the Minnesota Bar Association.

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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