What’s New at Ciudad Juarez? - Recording (.MP3)

What’s New at Ciudad Juarez? - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 05/15/2018
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2018-05-15-DL

When your clients appear for their immigrant visa interviews at Ciudad Juarez, they need to be aware of hidden dangers in the medical examination process—e.g., discovery of tattoos that can be seen (even if they are removed), tattoos which might indicate gang membership, and inquiries concerning alcohol and drug usage. Our expert practitioners will discuss how to prepare your clients for these issues, how clients may be questioned about undocumented children who came into the country with their parents (which might lead to inadmissibility), and procedures for obtaining a Mexican police clearance.

Featured Topics

  • Which Tattoos Are Acceptable? Which Tattoos Show Gang Membership?
  • Medical Examiner Questioning Regarding Drug and Alcohol Consumption
  • Getting a Police Clearance in Mexico
  • Smuggling Issues That Might Arise

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Ramon E. Curiel, AILA CBP Liaison Committee, San Antonio, TX
Ramon E. Curiel is a partner at Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel, L.L.P. in San Antonio, TX, and has practiced immigration law for more than 17 years. He received his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law and an LL.M. in International Law from St. Mary's University. He has served as the AILA Liaison for the San Antonio District Office of USCIS for eight years. He is currently a member of the AILA CBP Liaison Committee, the chair for the CBP Committee for the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter, member of the CBP/USCIS Committee for the Rome District Chapter, and the local CBP Liaison for San Antonio. He is a past-chair of the International Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association. He also served as a member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the Supreme Court of Texas in San Antonio. He practices exclusively immigration law focused on business related cases with an emphasis on professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Diana Morales McFarland, Omaha, NE
Diana Morales McFarland is an associate at the Omaha, Nebraska office of Curley Immigration Law PC LLO. She has dedicated her practice exclusively to immigration law since 2006. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Iowa/Nebraska American Immigration Lawyers Association and has served as the Chapter Secretary from 2016 to 2017, the Chapter Treasurer from 2014 to 2016, and at the same time as the Chair of the Iowa/Nebraska CLE Conference Committee. Ms. Morales McFarland also participates in the Volunteer Attorney of the Day for Unaccompanied Minors program at the Omaha Immigration Court. As an adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College, Ms. Morales McFarland has taught "Immigration Law for Paralegals" covering all aspects of immigration law, including family-based and employment immigration. As the lead Regional Attorney for the national non-profit organization Justice for Our Neighbors from 2008-2010, Ms. Morales McFarland provided counsel and representation to low income immigrants and their families in Nebraska. She was responsible for operating two legal clinics per month providing advice and counsel regarding legal options. Ms. Morales McFarland graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University in 2004 and from Creighton University School of Law in 2008 with a certificate of concentration in Business Law. She is fluent in Spanish.

David Strashnoy, Los Angeles, CA
David Strashnoy is an immigration attorney with Stone Grzegorek Gonzalez LLP in Los Angeles, CA and a former consular officer. Mr. Strashnoy spent nearly 10 years serving with the U.S. Department of State in Latin America, Europe, Russia, and Washington, D.C. As a former Consular Officer, he has been able to successfully resolve difficult consular processing cases for his clients. He has broad immigration expertise developed through years of experience managing overseas consular operations and adjudicating all classes of non-immigrant and immigrant visas, as well as representing clients in a wide variety of visa categories.

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