The J-1 Alternative: Addressing Trends and Challenges

The J-1 Alternative: Addressing Trends and Challenges

The J-1 Alternative: Addressing Trends and Challenges - Live (CLE Included)
12/08/2022 02:00 EDT - 03:30 EDT
The J-1 Alternative: Addressing Trends and Challenges - Seminar Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 12/08/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Foreign nationals who are unsuccessful getting selected in the annual H-1B lottery often see the J-1 visa as a viable option for training, research, or other specialized work in their fields of endeavor. How can attorneys assist clients navigating DOS and DHS regulations governing the J-1 visa program to establish eligibility and maintain and change status (if already in the United States)? The panelists will address USCIS and DOS adjudication trends, sponsor organizations’ policies regarding change of status requests, nonimmigrant intent requirements, and how the foreign residency requirements may affect future visa applications.

Featured Topics:

  • J-1 Visa Categories: Trainees, Academic Training, Interns
  • Understanding Duration of Stay and Maintenance of Status
  • Issuance of the DS-2019 and Obtaining the J Visa
  • Complying with the DS-2019 and Understanding INA §212(e) Issues
  • Satisfying or Waiving INA §212(e)

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David A.M. Ware (DL), Metairie, LA

David A.M. Ware has been an immigration practitioner since 1982, with a consistent academic focus. His national practice boasts offices in New Orleans, Denver, and Seattle. H is active in AEIA, AILA, NAFSA, the FBA, and NACUA, and a frequent speaker and author on immigration topics. He currently serves on the Board and Annual Conference Committee of the FBA’s Immigration Law Section (ILS) and was chosen as its "Lawyer of the Year" in 2017. Mr. Ware served for three years on AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee, as well as having served on Healthcare, Students, TSC Liaison, and CSC Subcommittee of SCOPS Liaison. He chaired the Rome District Spring Conference for two years.

Tania Carswell, J-1 Program Manager, American Immigration Council, Washington, DC

Tania Carswell serves as the J-1 Program Manager for the American Immigration Council’s Exchange Program. She has 20 years of experience in the immigration field serving as an Immigration Specialist at various law firms and most recently as a Program Director for a visa program sponsor.

Janica Cimo, Newark, DE

Janica Cimo is the Director of Immigration Services at the Center for Global Programs & Services (CGPS) at the University of Delaware. She is a NAFSA member and previously served on the NAFSA International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS-RP) International Student Subcommittee. Mrs. Cimo received her Master’s in International Education from George Washington University (2011).

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.

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