Asylum Issue Spotting for Business Immigration Practitioners

Asylum Issue Spotting for Business Immigration Practitioners

Asylum Issue Spotting for Business Immigration Practitioners (Live Seminar)
07/25/2024 02:00 PM ET - 03:30 PM ET
Asylum Issue Spotting for Business Immigration Practitioners (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 07/25/2024
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Regardless of whether a business immigration attorney plans to file an asylum application, it is in their best interest to have the ability to help corporate clients and their employees navigate certain aspects of the process. Furthermore, all immigration lawyers should endeavor to understand the basics. Our panel of experts will provide a U.S. asylum overview designed for business practitioners, including: what benefits a pending asylum application confers (such as eligibility for employment authorization); how long the process can take; how USCIS treats “pending asylum” when that is the individual’s only legal “status”; and how asylum impacts eligibility for other immigration status via change of status, adjustment of status (AOS), or consular processing.

Featured Topics:

  • Pending asylum application as authorized period of stay and its implications
  • AOS viability if the individual’s only status is “pending asylum” and no alternative status is practical
  • Consular immigrant visa processing with an I-140 approval and prior entry without inspection (EWI)
  • AOS based on asylum: How is it different from standard AOS?

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Ally Bolour (DL), Los Angeles, CA

Ally Bolour has been practicing immigration law since 1996. He is the Managing Partner at Bolour / Carl Immigration Group, He is a former Elected Director at the American Immigration Lawyers Association as well as a former member of the Board of Trustees at the American Immigration Council. Since 2022, he has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He is fluent in Persian.

Randall A. Chamberlain, AILA Family Section Steering Committee/Asylum and Refugee Committee, New York, NY

Randall A. Chamberlain is a solo practitioner in New York and Toronto, practicing U.S. and Canadian immigration law. He is a past chair of the AILA New York Chapter and is currently a member of AILA’s National Asylum & Refugee Committee. He studied law at the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, and international affairs at Columbia University.

Johnna J. Main Bailey, AILA USCIS Case Assistance Committee, Memphis, TN

Johnna J. Main Bailey is an attorney in the Memphis office of Siskind Susser, where her practice focuses on family-based immigration and removal defense. She has experience in Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, immigration implications of criminal convictions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Naturalization, VAWA, U visas, and Withholding of Removal. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Bryan College and a JD from John Marshall Law School.

Alexandra P. Friz-Garcia, AILA USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee, Coral Gables, FL

Alexandra is a partner at the Fonte Friz-Garcia Immigration Firm, P.L. Prior to joining the firm, Alexandra interned for Judge John Opaciuch at the Krome Immigration Court as well as interning for Americans for Immigrant Justice and Catholic Charities Legal Services. Alexandra earned her BA from Florida International University and her JD from the University Of Miami School Of Law. Alexandra focuses on has complex family immigration matters and removal defense. She also has experience handling employment-based immigration petitions and applications.

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.