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William A. Stock


The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) elected William A. Stock, an immigration lawyer from Philadelphia, PA, as the association’s President-Elect for the 2015-2016 term.

Mr. Stock is a founding partner of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He handles all aspects of immigration law, including employment based immigration for all sizes of companies as well as individuals, complex family-based matters, citizenship and naturalization matters, defending removal proceedings and DOL enforcement proceedings, and litigating in the federal courts.

He previously served as an elected Director for the AILA Board of Governors, as well as the Business Committee Chair, and the Distance Learning Committee Chair. He has spoken at numerous immigration conferences and written extensively, including being a Senior Editor of AILA's annual Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, Mr. Stock received his law degree from the University of Minnesota. In 2000, he received AILA’s Joseph Minsky Award for outstanding accomplishments in immigration law. In addition to his practice, he has also been an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University School of Law.


Business, Consular Practice, Employer Sanctions, General, Medical, Naturalization.

Selected Blog Posts

Chasing Away the Innovators: Not in America's Interest (AILA Leadership Blog, March 8, 2016)
As Court Considers Immigration Action, a Progress Report for Employers (Legal Intelligencer, January 20, 2016)
Only 5 Workdays Left for a Proposed STEM OPT Rule, but Don’t Panic (AILA Leadership Blog, October 9, 2015)
Could Negotiated Rulemaking Save H-2B? (AILA Leadership Blog, March 17, 2015)
Big Data, Bad Data: Resolving the Tyranny of the Database (AILA Leadership Blog, February 9, 2015)
Ignoring the Economics of Immigration (AILA Leadership Blog, August 27, 2014)
Responding to the Increase in Child Migrants: We've Managed These Crises Before (AILA Leadership Blog, June 19, 2014)
Cities and Counties Stand Up for the Constitution (AILA Leadership Blog, May 30, 2014)

Selected Recent Articles Quoting Mr. Stock

America's Immigration System Desperately Needs a Digital Makeover (Vice News, April 25, 2016)
Less Than a Week After Applications Opening, 2017 H-1B Visa Cap Hit (NBC News, April 11, 2016)
Foreign Tech And Engineering Students Can Now Stay In The U.S. Longer (BuzzFeed, March 10, 2016)
Proposed rule would let foreigners stay in US for years after graduation (LifeZette, November 4, 2015)
Homicide putting focus on 'sanctuary' cities like Philly (PhillyVoice, July 9, 2015)
Obama's trade win brings H-1B unease (Computerworld, June 25, 2015)
5th Circ. Dissent Targets Politics Of Obama Immigration Suit (Law360 (sub req’d), May 27, 2015)
More protection for illegal workers (Washington Examiner, March 23, 2015)
Rulings Keep Two Army Wives from Being Forced Out of US (, December 23, 2014)
Council cracks down on those who prey on immigrant newcomers (Philadelphia Inquirer, December 13, 2014)
More Municipalities Deny Federal Requests, Won't Detain Immigrants (NPR, July 5, 2014)
Immigration bill could force hard decisions for domestic workers, employers (Newsday, May 26, 2013)
House Measure Launches New Immigration Debate (Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2012)

Selected AILA Videos Featuring Mr. Stock

AILA Quicktake #163: H-1B Cap Reached (April 8, 2016)
AILA Quicktake #123: H-1B Visa Cap Reached (April 8, 2015)
AILA Quicktake #77: Notario Fraud Crackdown (May 30, 2014)
AILA Quicktake #65: Immigration and the State of the Union (January 29, 2014)
AILA Quicktake #17: Title IV Markup Moves Forward (May 15, 2013)
AILA Quicktake #8: Business and Labor Agree (April 3, 2013)