Consular Processing Roundup for Families and Survivors

Consular Processing Roundup for Families and Survivors

Consular Processing Round Up for Families and Survivors - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 9/29/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

For immigration attorneys and their clients, the pandemic altered routine family consular processing cases, causing increased backlogs and delayed interview scheduling for visa applicants. The panelists will highlight some of the new barriers created and provide insight on possible strategies as to how practitioners can navigate these new challenges. Panelists will focus on family– and humanitarian-based consular processing both in the immigrant and nonimmigrant context. They also will provide guidance and resources geared toward solo or small firm practitioners handling cases from start to finish.

Featured Topics:

  • Maintaining Contact with the National Visa Center
  • Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) Portal Tips
  • Preparing Clients for Interviews
  • Strategies for Seeking Expedited Processing
  • Navigating Administrative Review and Follow-Up
  • How to Challenge Refusals and Anticipate Waivers Needed
  • K-1 Processing Tips

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Liam Schwartz (DL), AILA DOS Liaison Committee, Tel Aviv

Liam Schwartz heads the Corporate Immigration Practice at Goldfarb Seligman in Tel Aviv, Israel. He practices both U.S. and Israeli corporate immigration law. Liam is a current member and past chair of the AILA DOS Liaison Committee. He previously chaired the AILA Rome District Chapter. He received the AILA Sam Williamson Mentor Award, a President's Commendation for Outstanding Leadership, and the RDC Ed Gudeon Memorial Service Award.

Avram E. Morell, AILA DOS Liaison Committee, New York, NY

Avram E. Morell is a partner in Pryor Cashman’s Immigration Group. He advises businesses and individuals on an array of immigration matters, including visas, work authorization and permanent residence, as well as I-9 compliance and the implications of workforce changes on immigration status. Avi lectures regularly on immigration law, and he is the author of articles in state-wide, national and international publications. Avi has served on several national and chapter committees for AILA.

Ariel Brown, San Francisco, CA

Ariel Brown is a staff attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) focusing on family-based immigration law including adjustment of status and immigrant visa consular processing. At the ILRC she contributes to their technical assistance and capacity-building work, frequently training and writing manuals and advisories on family-based topics as well as inadmissibility, public charge, TPS, and others.

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