Using the New STEM Guidance

Using the New STEM Guidance

Using the New STEM Guidance - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 8/18/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

On January 21, 2022, the White House issued a fact sheet detailing new DHS actions intended to attract and maintain STEM talent in the United States. These actions include the following: USCIS Policy Manual updates on J-1s, O-1s, and National Interest Waivers (NIWs); creation of the Early Career STEM Research Initiative; changes to SEVP; and more. USCIS issued additional guidance as well. The panelists on this intermediate seminar will discuss these changes and how practitioners should use them in their O-1 and NIW filings.

Featured Topics:

  • Analyzing the White House Actions and USCIS Policy Manual Updates
  • Identifying New Options for Foreign Nationals with STEM Degrees
  • Using the USCIS Updated Policy Guidance for O-1 and NIW Cases
  • Can the O-1 Guidance Help with EB-1A Cases?

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Dan H. Berger (DL), AILA USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee, Northampton, MA

Dan Berger is a partner at the immigration law firm of Curran, Berger & Kludt in Northampton, MA. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, on the Legal Advisory Board of the Presidents’ Alliance on Immigration & Higher Education, and a member of the USCIS Liaison Committee and also the recently formed Afghanistan Task Force for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Dan is also an immigration law adviser a grant on the use of DNA technology in immigration, and co-authored a peer reviewed article in Science on the use of DNA technology to address family separation at the border.

Brenda Boudreaux, San Francisco, CA

Brenda Boudreaux is a Senior Attorney and Practice Group Leader at Jewell Stewart & Pratt PC in San Francisco, focusing on matters involving extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, exceptional ability, and national interest waivers. Brenda has served as a longtime mentor for AILA, advising member attorneys on handling complex and challenging cases in these areas. Brenda has served on the Advisory Council for the AILA NorCal Chapter and the Committee for AIC Community Education Center. Prior to a career in law, Brenda was an award-winning journalist. After receiving her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, she worked as a television news reporter, taught broadcast journalism at her alma mater, and served on the Board of Directors of KQED, one of the largest affiliates of the national Public Broadcasting Service. Brenda received multiple academic excellence awards when she earned her J.D. from the University of Memphis Law School.

Sheela Murthy, Owings Mills, MD

Sheela Murthy is a leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist, public speaker, and an internationally recognized U.S. immigration lawyer. She is currently the Vice-Chair of AILA national’s Membership Committee. She is the President/CEO of the Murthy Law Firm, among the world’s pre-eminent U.S. immigration law firms. She enjoys inspiring her colleagues to become better lawyers and leaders.

Amy Nice, Assistant Director for International S&T Workforce, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC

Amy Nice is an Assistant Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she directs policy initiatives on International Science and Technology Workforce. Nice’s prior experience includes being the Executive Director for Immigration Policy for the US Chamber of Commerce for almost five years, service at the DHS Office of the General Counsel for the last 16 months of the Obama Administration, and, before turning to immigration policy work in 2010, work as a practicing business immigration lawyer for more than 20 years.

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