|Live Event Date: 5/10/2022|
|Web Seminar||90 min.||Yes|
As we enter the second year of the Biden administration, we look at what (if anything) has really changed in the realm of consular processing. Our panel of experts will review strategies for pursuing nonimmigrant (NIV) and immigrant (IV) visa processing for the beginner-to-intermediate consular practitioner, including tips for advancing stalled cases and other troubleshooting guidance.
- Consular Status Updates: Staffing, Backlogs, and COVID Restrictions
- When to Call on Your Congressperson/Senator and How They Can Help
- How to Obtain and Effectively Use Consular Email Addresses and Other Contact Methods
- Expedite Requests: What Arguments Work, How to Submit
- Current Options for Third-Country Nationals (Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe)
- National Visa Center Updates
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Steven D. Heller (DL), AILA DOS Liaison Committee, Lewes, UK
In addition to being Director of Heller Immigration Law, Ltd., Steven is Of Counsel to the Chavin Immigration Law Office in London. Steven has experience in representing individuals and businesses in matters ranging from family- and business-based immigration to inadmissibility waivers and protection issues, as well as citizenship and naturalization. A 1991 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a member of the New York Bar, he has spoken on US immigration matters before various groups and associations, including the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and community groups. Steven D. Heller is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the New York City Bar Association. Dividing his time between his family in New York and his office in Lewes, he is currently co-chair of the AILA NY Chapter Consular Liaison Committee and a member of the AILA London Chapter Consular Liaison Committee, as well as the AILA National Department of State Liaison Committee.
Heather D. Prendergast, AILA Board of Governors, Cleveland, OH
Heather Drabek Prendergast, an Elected Director on AILA’s Board of Governors, practices in Cleveland, OH where she is a partner with Aljijakli, Kosseff & Prendergast, LLC, a boutique immigration law firm with offices in Cleveland and New York, NY. She is a member of AILA’s Department of State Liaison Committee. Heather previously served as Chair of the AILA University Committee and the National ICE Liaison Committee, and Vice-Chair of the DOS Liaison Committee. Her practice focuses on complex removal defense including trials, appeals, and federal court litigation; employment-based immigration for skilled professionals; family-based immigration; asylum; and naturalization. Her remarks have been quoted in Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Washington Post, NPR, Bloomberg Law, the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as other publications. She is an Adjunct Immigration & Nationality Law Professor at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Heather is a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is an avid equestrian, runner, and skier.
Pavan Dhillon, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, San Francisco, CA
Pavan Dhillon is the Founder and Principal Attorney at Dhillon Immigration Law, a boutique law firm specializing in Canadian business immigration. She provides expert advice in securing a variety of Canadian temporary and permanent resident visas for her international clientele. Based in the United States, Pavan has cultivated a unique expertise in cross border business immigration. For over ten years, Pavan has served as trusted Canadian Immigration counsel to global corporations, regional companies and startups seeking to expand into the Canadian market. Pavan tailors customized immigration strategies taking into account each client’s unique long-term and immediate immigration goals.
Lynn M. Lee, AILA DOS Liaison Committee, Clifton, VA
Lynn M. Lee is a Partner at BSIS (By Sea Immigration Services) and focuses her practice on both corporate and family immigration matters. Ms. Lee possesses a special interest in consular issues for immigrant visa (IV) and nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants worldwide, including IV petitions filed abroad, waivers and complex liaison issues. Ms. Lee currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) chapter of AILA, as well as Co-Chair of the USCIS International Operations Committee for AILA National and Chair for USCIS/CBP Committee for the AILA EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Chapter. Ms. Lee graduated magna cum laude from Bridgewater College in 1999, and from University of Maryland School of Law in 2003.
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