Visa Bulletin and High-Volume Post Update

Visa Bulletin and High-Volume Post Update

Live Event Date: 3/25/2021
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

The Visa Bulletin has undergone significant changes recently. The panelists on this basic session will provide clear information on how the Bulletin works, how the changes affect visa availability, and how backlogs at the National Visa Center and U.S. embassy are impacted by these changes. Whether it’s downgrading EB-3 to EB-2, availability for family-based applications, or just understanding how to read and digest the information in the Bulletin, this panel will help dispel the mystery.

Featured Topics:

  • How the Visa Bulletin Is Calculated
  • What Is Retrogression, and What Are Its Effects?
  • How Does Movement in Certain Categories Affect Visa Availability and Embassy Backlogs?
  • When Is “Downgrade” an Option and How Is It Done?
  • The Possibility of Changing Venue to a "Smaller" Post and/or Dealing with High-Volume Posts Where Appointments May Be Difficult to Obtain

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Sandra Reguerin (DL), DOS Liaison Committee, Phoenix, AZ
Sandra Reguerin is a Partner with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, with the firm’s Arizona and Northern California practices. She currently serves as Chair of AILA’s State Department Liaison Committee. During her tenure on the committee, Sandra has served as Vice Chair and Liaison to the Waiver Review Division; and for more than six years, she penned AILA’s monthly Check-In With Charlie column.

Steven Heller, London, UK
Steven D. Heller is the Director of Heller Immigration Law, Ltd., a UK-based US immigration law firm, and Of Counsel to Chavin Immigration Law Office in London. A graduate of Binghamton University and the Georgetown University Law Center, he is a member of the AILA National DOS Liaison Committee. He is chair of AILA-EMEA Chapter Consular Liaison Committee and co-chair of the AILA-New York Chapter Consular Liaison Committee.

Jeffrey Howard Gorsky, Arlington, VA
Jeffrey Howard Gorsky is Senior Counsel with Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, working in their government relations group. Before joining BAL Jeff served as Chief of the State Department Legal Advisory Opinion section of the Visa Office. Jeff started with the State Department as a foreign service officer. He has written numerous articles on immigration for Law360 and other media and is also the author of Exiles In Sepharad (Univ. of Neb. Press/JPS).

Rohit Turkhud, East Brunswick, NJ
Rohit Turkhud was a partner at FLG-FGI from September 2012 to February 2021. He headed the EB5 practice at the firm. Rohit Turkhud has been practicing the US Immigration & Nationality Laws since 1985. From mid-1994 he has specialized in employment-based immigration. From 1994 to 2001 Rohit served in senior executive positions at IT companies. From June 2004 to September 2012, he was a partner at an immigration law firm. Mr. Turkhud has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 1985. Rohit is a frequent speaker on business immigration issues and conferences. He authored an article in the “THE PERM BOOK”. For well over 6 years Rohit hosted a prime-time LIVE immigration show on a national cable network channel in the US. He was interviewed by Al Jazeera on the impact of BREXIT on EB5. He was also quoted on H-1B and EB5 interactions by Regional newspapers in India; and has done an EB5 segment on ET NOW (Economic Times NOW), a TV Channel in India on EB5. He continues to speak frequently at EB5 events.

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