National Interest Waivers Post-Dhanasar - Recording (.MP3)

National Interest Waivers Post-Dhanasar - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 2/7/2019<
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2019-02-07-DL

Two years after Matter of Dhanasar, how have the adjudications of National Interest Waiver (NIW) applications changed? Is the standard higher, lower, or simply different? Is USCIS applying the new framework fairly? Our panel of experts will discuss how this Administrative Appeals Office decision changed the playing field for NIWs, and how to give your client the best chance for a positive adjudication.

Featured Topics

  • NYSDOT vs. Dhanasar: What Changed?
  • Two-Prong Test: Substantial Merit and National Importance
  • Defining the Proposed Field of Endeavor
  • Is Your Client Well-Positioned to Advance the Field of Endeavor?
  • RFE Trends
  • Red Flags: Should You Consider Another Employment-Based Category?

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Tiffany Chang Wu, AILA Southern California Chapter Chair, Irvine, CA
Tiffany Chang Wu is an Associate at Fragomen’s Irvine office, where she provides long-term strategy planning to employers and foreign nationals across a broad range of industries, including engineering, manufacturing, aerospace, pharmaceutical and entertainment. Prior to joining Fragomen, Tiffany practiced immigration law at a California-based immigration law firm. Her practice focused on employment-based immigration matters, and she served clients of all sizes in diverse industries, such as arts, entertainment, new media, fashion, sports, medical, research, biotechnology, technology and aerospace fields.

Neena Wiora, Dallas, TX
Neena Wiora is a shareholder at Gupta and Wiora, P.C. with extensive experience in the field of employment-based immigration law. She has held this position for over 20 years. Before this, Neena worked for five years as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division. Neena received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1990, where she served as Comments Editor for The International Lawyer. Before law school, Neena worked as an Auditor at Peat Marwick. Neena received her BBA in Accounting and Mathematics from Southern Methodist University in 1986. Neena is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, on the Board of Directors for Junior Players, and formerly served as a Trustee on the Greenhill School Board of Trustees. She has been active in Attorneys Serving the Community, currently as Co-Chair of the Silent Auction Committee and in the past as Co-Chair for the Luncheon Centerpiece Arrangement Committee.

Dan Berger, Northampton, MA
Dan Berger is a partner at the immigration law firm of Curran, Berger & Kludt in Northampton, MA. Dan developed his interest in immigration at Harvard University, where he studied immigration history and taught English to adult refugees. Dan graduated from Cornell Law School and has been an immigration attorney for over twenty years. He is also a founding member of the US Alliance of International Entrepreneurs (, an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and a member of the USCIS Headquarters liaison committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Dan has edited Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers, the International Adoption Sourcebook, and the Diplomatic Visa Guide. He wrote an Issue Brief for the American Council on Education (ACE) after the 2016 election, and was a co-author on a “Note” on immigration in 2017 for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Dan has also been quoted in various media including the Atlantic Magazine and the Huffington Post.

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