2022 Consular Trends

2022 Consular Trends

2022 Consular Trends - Seminar Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 12/15/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Join our expert panelists to hear about the latest issues in nonimmigrant (NIV) and immigrant visa (IV) practice at the consulates worldwide. They will focus on current adjudication trends, delays (and how to plan around them), as well as important consular post-specific issues.

Featured Topics:

  • Extensive IV and NIV Delays Continuing to Plague Many Posts
  • Continued Closures Due to COVID
  • Processing of Ukrainians and Russians, Impact on Consulates in Europe
  • Boarding Foils, Returning Resident Visas, and Transportation Letters: How the Consulates Treat Long Absences of LPRs Due to COVID
  • Fate of B-1 in Lieu of H-1B
  • Third-Country Processing

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Steven D. Heller (DL), AILA DOS Liaison Committee Vice Chair, Lewes, East Sussex, UK

Steven D. Heller is the Director of Heller Immigration Law, Ltd., a UK-based US immigration law firm established in 2008 with a satellite office in New York. Steven is also Of Counsel to Chavin Immigration Law Office in London. A graduate of Binghamton University (BA) and Georgetown (JD), he has been practicing US immigration law since 1992, with particular interest in consular practice and inadmissibility issues. Before establishing his firm, Steven worked with USCIS at the US Embassy-London, USCIS Headquarters in Washington, DC, and the Newark and New York Asylum Offices. He was a supervising attorney with the New York Association for New Americans, and worked in small private law firms in New York, Washington, DC, and London. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and admitted to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. he has spoken on US immigration matters before various groups and associations, including the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and AILA. He has been quoted in UK media and appeared on CNN as an expert in US immigration law. He has published articles on immigration in various journals. He is vice-chair of the AILA National DOS Liaison Committee.

Claire S. Pratt, AILA DOS Liaison Committee, San Francisco, CA

Claire S. Pratt is Principal & Managing Attorney at Jewell Stewart & Pratt PC in San Francisco, California. She is certified as a Legal Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. She practices primarily business- and employment-related immigration. Claire currently serves on AILA’s Department of State Liaison Committee and is Past Chair of the Northern California Chapter of AILA.

Bryan Y. Funai, Schaumburg, IL

Bryan Y. Funai is a principal in Masuda Funai in Chicago and advises clients on the immigration aspects in corporate structuring, business transactions, reorganizations and the establishment of subsidiaries, as well as regarding strategic business immigration. Bryan advises on the immigration consequences of corporate reorganizations, worksite compliance and employment verification audits. His knowledge of all types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas allows him to determine which is best suited to the needs of each client he serves. He also advises executives on their eligibility for permanent residency and the application process required to obtain this status. Bryan is a founding member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, an Illinois “Super Lawyer,” and listed in Who’s Who Legal in Corporate Immigration, Leading Lawyers Network (Thought Leader) and The Best Lawyers in America.

Jan M. Pederson, Bethesda, MD

Jan M. Pederson is a partner at Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP. in the Washington, DC area. She is recognized by The Washington Post as a leading lawyer in Washington, D.C., as a “Super Lawyer,” and as a “Best Lawyer” by The Washingtonian magazine. She was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Daily Record and the Maryland State Bar Association. Ms. Pederson has dedicated over 40 years to the practice of immigration and nationality law, with a specialization in representing clients in consular processing, in representing foreign physicians and EB-5 investors. She served as Chair of the AILA D.C. Chapter and as an elected director of the AILA national Board of Governors for 18 years. She was an editor of AILA’s Visa Processing Guide and Consular Post Handbook since inception and is a frequent author and speaker on the topic of consular processing and J-1 Physicians locally, nationally and internationally. Ms. Pederson has traveled to 27 consular posts to represent clients in person and is a tireless advocate for access to counsel by visa applicants worldwide and has represented thousands of clients in consular processing, focusing on nonimmigrant visas.

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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