Treaty-Based Visa Processing: TN, E-3, and H-1B1 Processing Challenges with USCIS and CBP

Treaty-Based Visa Processing: TN, E-3, and H-1B1 Processing Challenges with USCIS and CBP

Treaty-Based Visa Processing: TN, E-3, and H-1B1 Processing Challenges with USCIS and CBP - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 03/31/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Seminar 90 min. Yes

Nationals of Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, and Singapore are increasingly turning to USCIS and CBP processing given the backlogs at U.S. consulates. Applicants may find different adjudication standards being applied by USCIS and CBP. How can practitioners help clients to apply for or renew status with minimal challenge? When is a USCIS petition beneficial for extension or for initial filings where permitted? Panelists on this intermediate seminar will discuss strategies for seeking alternatives to consular adjudication for applicants to avoid the risk of overseas travel and disruption in work authorization.

Featured Topics

  • Strategies for CBP or USCIS Processing of TN, E-3, and H-1B1 Applications
  • Timing Considerations: Premium Processing Availability, Awaiting Extensions, Travel Issues
  • Understanding USCIS Adjudication Trends for Treaty-Based Petitions
    • Recent RFE Trends
    • Avoiding and/or Addressing Common RFEs
  • TN Port-of-Entry (POE) Trends and How to Track Them
  • Ensuring Labor Certification Application (LCA) Compliance Requirements for Treaty-Based Visa Extensions

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Audrea J. Golding (DL), Santa Clara, CA

Audrea J. Golding is a Partner with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP in San Jose, California. She represents multinational corporations in various industries, supporting their global mobility programs. She is admitted to the bars of Ontario, Canada and California, USA. She holds a B.A. degree from McGill University in Montreal, and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. She is a past AILA Canada Chapter CBP Toronto Airport Liaison.

Gregory LaTraverse, Boston, MA

Greg LaTraverse is a Business Immigration Manager and U.S. Attorney at Fragomen’s Toronto office, where he provides support for all aspects of U.S. consular services across the Americas region. Prior to his current role, Greg was an Associate at the firm’s Boston office, where he practiced U.S. business immigration law and primarily assisted corporate clients with employment-based matters, including nonimmigrant visa applications and the permanent residency process. Greg received his JD from New England Law School where he concentrated in immigration law (2017).

Reginald A. Pacis, Detroit, MI 

Reginald A. Pacis is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He graduated from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1996 and obtained his B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1992. He was a presenter for the 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019 AILA National Conferences and has served as a Chair and member on a number of AILA liaison committees.

Melissa Vincenty, Sydney, Australia

Melissa has practiced US immigration law in both Hawaii and Australia. Her qualifications are extensive, having graduated from William S Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, as well as earning a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law from Australia National University. With over 20 years of experience in migration law, Melissa has worked for numerous law firms, including the world’s largest US immigration firm, and has also owned her own practice for many years. She has spent a large portion of her career representing victims of human trafficking rings and was actively involved in refugee matters having served as a Country Specialist (China and Tibet) for Amnesty International USA for more than 15 years.

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