H-2B Visas and How to Prepare for Fiscal Year 2019 - Recording (.MP3)

H-2B Visas and How to Prepare for Fiscal Year 2019 - Recording (.MP3)

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Late-Breaking Seminar Recording
Recorded 06/28/2018
CLE Eligible No
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2018-06-28

For attorneys planning to file H-2B visas during Fiscal Year 2019, the first available filing date is coming soon. On July 3, the Chicago National Processing Center (CNPC) will begin accepting ETA 9142B Temporary Labor Certification Applications for employers with start dates of October 1. The panelists will review strategies and filing tips for employers seeking visas from the 33,000 H-2B visas available between October 1 and March 30. On June 1, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its protocol for processing and acceptance of labor certifications requesting a start date on or after October 1. The speakers will examine the announcement as well as compare strategies for navigating the ever-changing H-2B landscape.

Featured Topics

  • How to Prepare for Processing with the CNPC Under the Department’s Millisecond Rule
  • Strategies for Obtaining a Notice of Acceptance
  • Recruitment Requirements and Tips for Preparing a Timely Recruitment Report
  • Recent Notice of Deficiency Trends from the CNPC on Peakload Need
  • Recent RFE Trends from USCIS Service Centers on Peakload and Seasonal Need
  • Options for Filing a Cap-Exempt Change of Employer I-129 Petition
Due to the late-breaking nature of the program and jurisdictional requirements, CLE credit is not available for this seminar.


Ashley Foret Dees (DL), AILA DOL Liaison Committee, Lake Charles, LA
Ashley Foret Dees is the owner and managing attorney at Ashley Foret Dees, LLC, where she practices immigration law in southwest Louisiana. She represents employers and individuals through the complex immigration process, and her practice includes business clients as well as individuals processing through USCIS and EOIR. Her practice includes many agricultural and seafood processing employers. She represents those businesses through the immigration processes including H-2A, H-2B, H-1B and PERM. She regularly speaks at the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) annual conferences and the AILA MidSouth Chapter conferences regarding H-2B and H-2A visas. Mrs. Dees serves as the Louisiana State Bar’s Annual Immigration Law Seminar chair and speaker, and has served on the AILA National Pro Bono Committee. She currently serves on the AILA National Dept. of Labor Liaison Committee which she joined in 2016. She is also founder and chair of the Louisiana State Bar Immigration Law Section.

Loan T. Huynh, AILA DOL Liaison Committee Vice Chair, Minneapolis, MN
Loan Huynh is a Shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron and has practiced immigration law for over 20 years. She is co-chair of the immigration department and also leads the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She focuses on employment-based immigration, corporate immigration compliance and global mobility solutions for employers, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-size companies, entrepreneurs/investors, and family-owned farms by developing practical immigration policy and strategies to meet their global mobility and immigration goals. Ms. Huynh also leads Fredrikson & Bryon’s Immigration Team’s I-9 audit and corporate immigration compliance practice and H-2 practice. She is on the board of the Advocates for Human Rights and YWCA Twin Cities. She was a member of the Board of Trustee of the American Immigration Council. She has served on AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee since 2015 and is the current H-2 Vice Chair. She is also a frequent speaker at national conferences, served as an expert witness on H-2 matters, and has written extensively on immigration issues. She is a girl refugee who fled from Vietnam in 1975 with her four siblings and parents. She loves all kinds of music as long as it is great, cooking, dancing with her daughters, reading historical nonfiction, and practicing yoga.

Leonard J. D'Arrigo, Albany, NY
L.J D’Arrigo is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Immigration Practice Group at Whiteman Osterman & where he exclusively practices in the field of immigration. He specializes in employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, labor certification (“PERM”), and family-based immigration. Mr. D’Arrigo represents employers, across the country, and globally in securing employment-based visas and counseling employers on compliance issues. He assists a diverse group of U.S. and foreign employers, such as multi-national corporations, religious institutions, universities, seasonal, and agricultural employers to obtain temporary and permanent visas for foreign national employees. He is also a recognized leader in the processing of H-2B and H-2A visas for seasonal employers across the country, most notably the equine and agriculture industries. He is a frequent speaker at human resources and immigration-related conferences around the country on employment-based immigration and compliance issues. Mr. D’Arrigo is the Immediate Past Chair of the Upstate NY Chapter of the Immigration Lawyers 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.