An Update on the New Framework for National Interest Waivers  - Recording (.MP3)

An Update on the New Framework for National Interest Waivers - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 09/07/2017
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3r
SKU WS2017-09-07-DL

Our panel of experts will focus on the important changes Matter of Dhanasar brings to the practice of representing clients seeking national interest waivers (NIWs). The panelists will give practical tips on meeting new evidentiary standards, and provide guidance on how to prepare successful NIW petitions under the new framework.

Featured Topics

  • Making Your Case Given the Dhanasar Criteria
  • “National Importance” vs. “National Scope” Criteria
  • Establishing Your Client Is Well Positioned to Advance the Proposed Endeavor
  • Proving Certain Requirements Should Be Waived: The Job Offer and Labor Certification
  • Adjudication Trends and Case Preparation Tips


  • Dan Berger is a partner at Curran & Berger, LLP in Northampton, MA. He was editor-in-chief of AILA's Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers (2005 and 2011 Eds.), and various other publications, including an American Council of Education issue brief on immigration issues for universities after the 2016 presidential election. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Regulatory Practice Coordinator for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and a co-founder of the US Alliance for International Entrepreneurs ( He can be contacted at

  • Ellen Freeman is partner-in-charge of Porter Wright’s Pittsburgh office. With 18 years of practice in all aspects of employment-based immigration, she works with organizations and individuals – primarily in biotech, health care and education – on immigration law, strategy, compliance, and training. Ms. Freeman also advises start-up and foreign companies/investors in corporate entity formation and the establishment of U.S. operations. In addition, she advises U.S. permanent residents throughout temporary assignments abroad, complex family issues, and the citizenship process. Currently, Ms. Freeman serves on Law360’s Immigration Editorial Advisory Board and is both Chair of the Fundamentals Track for the 2018 AILA Annual Conference and Chair of the Consular Liaison Committee of the Global Migration Section. She is a frequent speaker at global, national, and regional immigration conferences, and has written or been featured in numerous articles on immigration in notable business and trade publications. Ms. Freeman provides pro bono services for numerous international performing/entertaining groups, individual artists and orchestras. She earned her J.D. and master's degrees in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a master's degree in Russian. Ms. Freeman is Martindale-Hubbell AV peer review rated and listed in Who’s Who in corporate immigration.

  • Rita Sostrin is a partner at Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP, in Los Angeles. She focuses her practice on immigration of individuals of extraordinary abilities, including artists, entertainers, academics and physicians. She is a regular speaker and writer on advanced immigration law topics. Ms. Sostrin is a member of AILA's Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Science Committee, senior editor of Immigration Practice Pointers, and former chair of AILA's California Service Center Liaison Committee. In 2008, she was honored by AILA's President's Commendation for her outstanding contributions. She is included in The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers.

*Invited, not confirmed

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.