Strategic Etiquette with Adjudicators: Point Them Toward the Issues - Recording (.MP3)

Strategic Etiquette with Adjudicators: Point Them Toward the Issues - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 04/17/2018
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2018-04-17-DL

In this new era of immigration law, it is unclear whether poor adjudications are the result of sloppiness and budget cuts, anti-immigration policies formulated at the highest levels of the administration (but not committed to writing), or the rewriting of sections of the Foreign Affairs Manual and other governmental guidance. Immigration attorneys are seeing increased requests for evidence asking companies to meet criteria they are not alleging (e.g., demonstrating that the position is managerial when the petition asserts that the individual is executive), and repeated instances of visa applicants being processed under incorrect standards. Our panel of experts will offer practical tips and strategies to help you point adjudicators towards the proper guidance and issues relevant to your case.

Featured Topics

  • Best Practices for Communicating with Adjudicators
  • When to Write and When to Call (Assuming You Can Do Either)
  • Are You Asking for a Favor? Or Arguing for a Result?
  • Do Officers Take Your Communication Personally?
  • When to Walk Away and Sue

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Amanda S. Brill (DL), AILA USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee Co-Chair, London, UK
Amanda S. Brill is a partner at TL Brill Parisi in London. Ms. Brill has practiced immigration law since 2005, and has extensive experience with a wide range of business- and employment-related immigration issues including consular processing. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona cum laude and the Boston University School of Law. Ms. Brill was selected as a Massachusetts “Rising Stars 2010 Super Lawyer” and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2015 and 2016. She is currently serving as the Co-Chair of AILA National’s USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee and is the Vice Chair of the AILA RDC-EMEA Chapter. Ms. Brill volunteers for the charity Age UK and she is admitted to practice law in New York.

Alexis S. Axelrad, AILA Board of Governors/CBP Liaison Committee Vice Chair, New York, NY
Alexis S. Axelrad is a Partner in the firm of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP in New York City. Ms. Axelrad is an elected Director on AILA’s Board of Governors and is former Chair of the VSC and SCOPS committee and former Vice Chair and long-time member of AILA National’s USCIS HQ Committee. She is the current Chair of NY’s CBP committee and current member of AILA National’s CBP Committee. Ms. Axelrad is a frequent writer for periodicals and speaker on immigration and nationality law and is honored to be a source of information and guidance for her colleagues in and outside of the immigration bar. Ms. Axelrad maintains a busy corporate and family-based immigration practice with a particular emphasis on interaction with the various offices of DHS (CBP, USCIS, ICE, EOIR) and the US Department of State.

Stephen R. Pattison, Portsmouth, NH
Stephen Pattison is the owner of the Law Offices of Stephen Pattison, LLC, in Gilford, NH, and represents clients in complex business immigration and consular processing cases. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Law School. Mr. Pattison spent 28 years with the U.S. Department of State as a consular officer and manager, and worked in London for Magrath LLP, and in Washington D.C. for Maggio + Kattar before opening his own offices in 2014. He is past chair of the AILA Rome District Chapter and serves on the AILA DOS Liaison Committee.

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