H-1B RFEs in 2017 and Strategies for Responding: What’s Trending? - Recording (.MP3)

H-1B RFEs in 2017 and Strategies for Responding: What’s Trending? - Recording (.MP3)

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Late-Breaking Seminar Recording
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Recorded 12/21/2017
CLE Eligible No
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2017-12-21-DL


With immigration attorneys experiencing a significant increase in requests for evidence (RFEs) on H-1B petitions in 2017, getting an H-1B approved is becoming more challenging than ever. Our panel of experts will focus on the latest H-1B RFE trends immigration attorneys have been seeing in 2017, and will provide strategies, tips, and tricks for successfully overcoming these RFEs. The panelists also will help immigration attorneys understand the current climate in H-1B adjudications in order to better position their clients for success.

Featured Topics

  • RFEs Challenging a Level 1 Wage on a Labor Condition Application (LCA)
  • Effectively Establishing That a Position Qualifies as a “Specialty Occupation,” Particularly for Software Developers, Computer Systems Analysts, and “Computer Occupations, All Others”
  • Utilizing Expert Opinions Successfully in Support of an H-1B Petition
  • Degree-Related Issues, Including Where Multiple Degrees Are Acceptable for a Position, or Where the Beneficiary’s Degree Is Unrelated to the Occupation
Due to the late-breaking nature of the program and jurisdictional requirements, CLE credit is not available for this seminar.


Robert H. Cohen is a partner with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, in Columbus, OH. He has practiced immigration law for over 38 years; his primary areas of practice include business and family immigration. Mr. Cohen served as the AILA Ohio Chapter Chair and on the DOL and NSC liaison committees. He is currently chair of the USCIS Benefits Committee and past chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council. 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, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Jennifer Minear is a director with McCandlish Holton, PC in Richmond, VA. Her business immigration practice focuses on physician immigration, as well as the representation of other professionals and their employers in employment-based immigration matters. Ms. Minear is a frequent panelist at national and international conferences and CLEs and the author of numerous articles on physician immigration and other topics. A cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School, she is among the Who's Who Law list of corporate immigration attorneys and was named an "Influential Woman of Virginia" by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Ms. Minear is also the 2014 recipient of the Susan Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award and currently serves as Second Vice President on the AILA national Executive Committee.

Nicole Simon is the managing partner of Landau, Hess, Simon & Choi. She represents individuals and businesses in all facets of immigration matters, including employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, family-based cases, and naturalization. Among her clients are colleges, universities, hospitals, non-profits, and large and small private employers. Ms. Simon's practice includes counseling employers on I-9 and related employer compliance issues. She currently serves as chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee and as a member of the AILA Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee. Ms. Simon is a past chair of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter and from 2013 until 2016 co-chaired the AILA Philadelphia Chapter USCIS Liaison Committee. She has presented on business and family immigration topics at AILA local and national conferences and has lectured on immigration options for foreign national students, physicians, and researchers to universities and professional scientific organizations. Ms. Simon is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and has been practicing federal immigration law exclusively since 2003. Ms. Simon is a member of the State Bar of California.

The speaker's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided in the written materials are based on the speaker's experiences and current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and the speaker's experiences may differ from your own.