The Ins and Outs of Lawful Admission - Recording (.MP3)

The Ins and Outs of Lawful Admission - Recording (.MP3)

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Presented 11/29/2018
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Audio Seminar
SKU AS2018-11-29-DL

A foreign national’s U.S. immigration status depends, at least in part, upon whether he or she has been lawfully admitted to the United States. Generally, an individual is lawfully admitted by presenting his or her visa to CBP at a border point and then entering the United States. However, there are situations that are not so straightforward. Join our panelists for a discussion of how to analyze and categorize the many ways a foreign national can physically come into the United States.

Featured Topics

  • Entering with Somebody Else’s Passport or Border Crossing Card: How Can an Individual Prove Lawful Admission?
  • Convincing USCIS That a “Wave Through” at the Border Constitutes a Lawful Admission for Purposes of Adjustment of Status
  • Cruise Ships Leaving from and Returning to the United States: Do Foreign Nationals Depart When They Leave and/or Are They Admitted When They Return?
  • Traveling from the United States to Canada or Mexico and Returning: How Is the Status of a Nonimmigrant Affected?
  • Returning LPRs Considered “Arriving Aliens” and Why This Designation Matters
  • Correcting CBP Mistakes on I-94s or Entry Stamps


Kathleen Campbell Walker (DL), AILA Past President, El Paso, TX
Kathleen Campbell Walker is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC and practices primarily from the firm's El Paso office. She was national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 2007 to 2008. She is board certified in Immigration and Nationality law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 2014, she was the recipient of the AILA Founder’s Award, which is awarded from time to time to the person or entity who has had the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy in the preceding period (established 1950). She has testified before Congress on matters of immigration policy and border security. She served on the 2009 Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy of the Council on Foreign Relations chaired by Thomas F. McLarty III and Jeb Bush.

Megan Brewer, Los Angeles, CA
Megan Brewer joined the Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin in March of 2015. Before joining the Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin, Ms. Brewer served as an Asylum Officer with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Anaheim, CA, where she adjudicated Asylum and NACARA applications and interviewed applicants for Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear. Prior to working at the Asylum Office, Ms. Brewer was an attorney with a private immigration firm in Pasadena, CA. Ms. Brewer is a 2009 graduate of the UCLA School of Law with an emphasis in Critical Race Studies.

Philip Hornik, Portland, OR
Phil Hornik has practiced Immigration law in Oregon since 1977. He has had a solo law practice in Portland since 1980. Currently, one hundred percent of his law practice is devoted to all aspects of immigration law with a focus on family-based immigration matters, including visa and waiver applications for Spanish-speaking clients. He has been the update editor of the National Immigration Project's treatise "Immigration Law and Defense," published by Thomson Reuters since 1991. In 2006, he was given the Gerald A. Robinson award by the AILA Oregon Chapter for excellence in Immigration Advocacy. When he is not practicing law, more than likely, Phil is playing bass or guitar in a number of Portland bands.

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.