Advising Nomads: How to Avoid Misuse of B-1/B-2/ESTA

Advising Nomads: How to Avoid Misuse of B-1/B-2/ESTA

Advising Nomads: How to Avoid Misuse of B-1/B-2/ESTA (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 05/23/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Although travel is mostly back to normal, visa processing has yet to catch up. As a result, immigration attorneys often see current and potential clients stretching (and sometimes crossing) the boundaries of what is permitted while in the United States as a visitor. Panelists for this intermediate seminar will discuss the current legal boundaries, how to avoid crossing them, and how to advise clients who already have violated their status or had their Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) eligibility revoked.

Featured Topics:

  • How the B-1/ESTA compares to other digital nomad visas
  • When work is permitted (B-1 in lieu of H and commercial or industrial workers)
  • Long-term implications of B-1 status violations
  • Current trends in ESTA revocations (e.g., visits to Cuba)
  • How to address erroneous denials and watch listings/database hits: the power of the Travel Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP)
  • Alternative uses for B-1s: parents, partners, and staff

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Zabrina V. Reich (DL), AILA CBP Liaison Committee, Buffalo, NY

Zabrina V. Reich is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP and leader of the firm’s Immigration Practice. Ms. Reich has exclusively practiced immigration law since 2013 and is admitted to practice law in the state of New York. Ms. Reich is a current member of the AILA-CBP National Liaison Committee as well as the Upstate NY AILA-CBP liaison committee. Due in part to her proximity to the border, Ms. Reich has developed particular expertise in TN applications, waiver/admissibility issues, and border-problem cases. Ms. Reich graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with a BA in communication studies in 2008. In 2013, she received her JD magna cum laude and her MBA with a marketing concentration from the University at Buffalo.

Eleanor Pelta, AILA Past President/Benefits Litigation Committee Chair, Washington, D.C.

Eleanor Pelta is a past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). A partner in the labor and employment law practice of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, she co-manages the firm’s Chambers-ranked global immigration practice, with practice groups in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, New York and London. She is the 2014 recipient of AILA’s Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law, and the 2015 recipient of the Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award. Ms. Pelta is a recipient of the 2016 Golden Door Award, given by HIAS of Pennsylvania.

Jerome G. Grzeca, Milwaukee, WI

Jerome G. Grzeca is the founder of Grzeca Law Group, a corporate immigration firm. He has been a committed AILA member for over 30 years, including serving as Director, Board of Governors; Program Chair of the Annual Conference; Member, Executive Search Committee; Chair, DOS Liaison Committee; Chair, NSC Liaison Committee; and Nominating Committee. Jerry is a respected speaker and author on immigration law and was honored with the AILA President’s Commendation for Outstanding Leadership in 2009.

Michael P. O’Rourke, Toronto, ON, Canada

Michael P. O’Rourke is a senior lawyer at Pace Immigration in Toronto, Canada. He currently serves as the National Leader for the LGBTQ+ Lawyers Interest Group and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Co-Liaison for the Canada Chapter. Prior to this, Michael served as the Chair of the Canada Chapter. Practicing both Canadian and US immigration law, Michael represents a wide variety of global corporate and individual clients with their North American immigration needs.

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