2024 AILA/GMS Annual Global Migration Forum

2024 AILA/GMS Annual Global Migration Forum

2024 AILA/GMS Annual Global Migration Forum
06/11/2024 07:00 AM ET - 06/12/2024 12:00 PM ET
$795.00
Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Wednesday Happy Hour Ticket (Optional)
06/12/2024 05:30 PM CT - 07:30 PM CT
$50.00
2024 GMS Forum Networking Dinner
06/10/2024 07:00 PM CT - 10:00 PM CT
$100.00
2024 GMS Forum Networking Dinner - Guest Ticket
06/10/2024 07:00 PM CT - 10:00 PM CT
$150.00
Live Event Date: 06/11/2024 - 06/12/2024
Format Length CLE Eligible
Conference 2 Days Yes

The global community is facing political, economic, and climate uncertainty, as well as rapid technological evolution. This unprecedented combination of factors has affected where we live, how we work, and what we need for our future. The AILA Global Migration Section (GMS) invites you to attend the AILA/GMS Annual Global Migration Forum in “The Windy City,” where experts from around the world will discuss these topics from an immigration perspective. Our esteemed panelists will delve into how global mobility is fueling change around the world and how human movement is being impacted by these issues. Governments are adapting to this ever-changing reality by adjusting their immigration programs continually, so practitioners need to stay as current on these changes as possible. Don’t miss this opportunity to help your practice by learning timely and important updates and networking with colleagues from all over the globe!

All registrants receive:

  • Digital handbook
  • Handouts
2024 AILA/GMS Annual Global Migration Forum
 

Global Mobility Fueling the Winds of Change

The global community is facing political, economic, and climate uncertainty, as well as rapid technological evolution. This unprecedented combination of factors has affected where we live, how we work, and what we need for our future. The AILA Global Migration Section (GMS) invites you to attend the AILA/GMS Annual Global Migration Forum in “The Windy City,” where experts from around the world will discuss these topics from an immigration perspective. Our esteemed panelists will delve into how global mobility is fueling change around the world and how human movement is being impacted by these issues. Governments are adapting to this ever-changing reality by adjusting their immigration programs continually, so practitioners need to stay as current on these changes as possible. Don’t miss this opportunity to help your practice by learning timely and important updates and networking with colleagues from all over the globe!

June 10–12, 2024
Chicago Marriott Marquis
Chicago, IL
Monday, June 10, 2024 | Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | Wednseday, June 12, 2024

Times listed on the program are Central Time (CT)

Note: All sessions and events are subject to change without notice.


Monday, June 10, 2024

 

TBD Consular Tours

The GMS Consular Liaison Subcommittee will organize consular tours for conference attendees. Stay tuned for updates on potential tours and timing

Evening 2024 GMS Forum Networking Dinner

Advance purchase of tickets is required for attendance

 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

 

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration and Exhibits
8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome and Remarks

William Russell Hummel, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee Chair, Charlotte, NC

8:50 am – 9:50 am “They Said What?” Immigration in the Media

Immigration is being debated in a global “town square” every day via all forms of media. The tenor and tone of these public discussions often inform and sway the public for or against immigration. Global migration attorneys frequently serve as advocates for the concept of immigration and defenders against those who choose to demonize it. At the same time, they must propose sensible and practical solutions acceptable to all sides of the discourse. Our panel of experts will discuss the role of immigration counsel in the media and the ethical obligations that must be considered. Finally, they will address the potential financial implications for an attorney’s practice.

  • What can attorneys do to better fill this role?
  • How can attorneys advocate without appearing selfinterested?
  • Is it appropriate for attorneys to play a role in the public discourse?
  • How is the media treating the topic of immigration in various jurisdictions, and is the bar involved?
  • Is the media accurately and fairly reporting on immigration?
Faculty
  • David L. Garson (DL), AILA GMS Steering Committee, Conference Program Co-Chair, Toronto, Canada
  • Chetal Patel, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee Vice Chair, London, UK
  • *Laura Devine, New York, NY
  • Fiona M. McEntee, Chicago, IL
  • *Karl Waheed, Paris, France
9:50 am – 10:00 am Networking Break
10:00 am – 10:30 am Keynote Address
10:30 am – 10:40 am Networking Break
Track 1
10:40 am – 11:40 am Globalization’s Crossroads: Navigating Immigration and International Trade Agreements

Globalization drives the movement of goods, services, and people across borders. The multifaceted intersection (or “crossroads”) of immigration and international trade agreements has become a critical issue that demands thoughtful discussion and analysis. Our panel of experts will delve into the complex dynamics at play as they explore the possibilities and intricacies of a world where borders are increasingly blurred and economies are more interconnected than ever.

  • How do international trade agreements impact immigration policies and vice versa?
  • What role does immigration play in shaping the labor force of countries engaged in global trade?
  • Can immigration be leveraged as a tool to stimulate economic growth within trade partnerships?
  • What challenges and opportunities surface from the intersection of immigration and trade agreements in a postpandemic world?
Faculty
  • Phillip Yip (DL), Sydney, Australia
  • Jacqueline R. Bart, Toronto, Canada
  • *Maria E. “Maru” Ferre, San Francisco, CA
  • Luis A. Pinilla, Bogota, Colombia
  • Ben Sheldrick, London, UK
11:40 am – 12:40 pm Lunch Break
12:40 pm – 1:40 pm Artificial Intelligence and Global Mobility Practice

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to bring a fresh round of disruption to global mobility practice. Panelists will discuss where AI tools may be of assistance to global migration attorneys.

  • Utilizing AI for risk assessments
  • Making processes more efficient: automating administrative tasks
  • Balancing opportunities created by AI with concerns about privacy and data security
  • Limitations of AI: Which global mobility steps require a human being to fully assess the situation?
Faculty
  • Shannon A. Donnelly (DL), Conference Program Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • Gregory H. Siskind, AILA Author, AILA’s Immigration Law Practice and Procedure Manual: A “Cookbook” of Essential Practice Materials, 3rd ed., Memphis, TN
  • *Amit Acco, Ramat-Gan, Israel
  • Zain Ali, London, UK
  • Tommy Angermair, Aarhus, Denmark
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Charting an Alternative Course: “Where to Park” an Employee When They Cannot Get into the Desired Host Country

In today’s ever-changing immigration environment, companies and their counsel frequently face the scenario of an employee who cannot obtain a work permit in the desired country. For this reason, companies should always have a viable alternative. Panelists will discuss these challenges and strategies for obtaining work permits in alternative locations.

  • In response to restrictive policies, how are business-friendly jurisdictions welcoming forum-shopping companies?
  • Key considerations when determining where to “park” an employee
    • Alternative options: working holiday visas, point-based visas, investment visas
    • Digital nomad visas
    • Employer of record situations
Faculty
  • Jane S. Carroll (DL), Winnetka, IL
  • Kwong Wing Leon, Singapore, Singapore
  • *Veronique Malka, Montreal, Canada
  • Marco Mazzeschi, Siena, Italy
  • Renê Ramos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2:45 pm – 2:55 pm Networking Break
2:55 pm – 3:55 pm Once the Employee Arrives in the Host Country, “What Then?”

After an employee receives immigration approval, the employer is obligated to comply with various other rules and regulations required by the host country. Our panel of experts will address issues that an employer-client should know about before their foreign national employee commences work with their company. They will discuss common requirements in different countries and provide practical advice about raising important issues with a client to ensure that obligations are being met in a timely manner.

  • Frequency of income payments
  • Compliance with taxes and payroll deductions
  • Social Security or other retirement funding programs
  • Employer-supported health insurance
  • Vacation, sick leave, and other leaves from employment (disability, parental, etc.)
Faculty
  • Matthew Amoils (DL), Sydney, Australia
  • Beatriz Trillos Ballerini, AILA USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee Chair, Houston, TX
  • Kim Bowen, Dublin, Ireland
  • Bram Van Melle, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Clayton E. Cartwright Jr., The Cartwright Law Firm, Columbus, GA
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Creative Solutions for Procuring and Authenticating Documents

Many global work permit and visa processes require documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and police clearances to be legalized, apostilled, or notarized. These requirements add a substantial amount of preparation time to each file. Panelists will provide an overview of common document procurement and authentication dilemmas and explore creative solutions to moving these administrative pieces forward. They will discuss how to monetize these processes and whether they are better handled inhouse, by the immigrant, or by vendors.

  • Locating required documents: valuable tips and best practices
  • Getting creative: what to do when a country will not provide documents
  • Practical resources: finding local assistance
  • Are there alternative documents that could be acceptable?
Faculty
  • Audrey Lustgarten (DL), Petoskey, MI
  • *Sylvia Siew Jen Yong, AILA Board of Governors, Toronto, Canada
  • Joseph F. Guirguis, Cairo, Egypt
  • *Eszter Ila-Horvath, Budapest, Hungary
  • J. Ariel Orrego-Villacorta Icochea, Miraflores, Peru
Track 2
10:40 am – 11:40 am Environmental Sustainability in Global Business Migration and Global Mobility Practices: Challenges and Opportunities in Environmentally Uncertain Times

Panelists will discuss the roles of various stakeholders— governments, corporations, and law firms—in recognizing and confronting the “environmental winds of change.” In addition, they will provide guidance and practical advice about how to facilitate the creation of global mobility practice management resources and tools to mitigate environmental harm.

  • Current global mobility trends: Have the pandemic, technology advancements, and digital nomad visas reduced business travel or global employment transfers?
  • Efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of global mobility
  • Digitization, consolidation, and/or centralization of immigration processes by governments
  • Digitization of practice management in law firms via secure portals and case management tools
  • Looking forward: Will the environmental winds of change impact global business migration?
Faculty
  • Anita E.J. Ninan (DL), AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, Marietta, GA
  • Zara Najam, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bushra A. Malik, AILA DOS Liaison Committee, Troy, MI
  • Ron Matten, AILA Innovation & Technology Committee, West Hollywood, CA
  • B. Oluwapamilerin “Pamilerin” Akabunwa, Ikoyi, Nigeria
11:40 am – 12:40 pm Lunch Break
12:40 pm – 1:40 pm Breaking Barriers: Navigating Gender-Based Immigration Challenges

Legal frameworks vary significantly between jurisdictions, especially concerning LGBTQ+ rights. Our distinguished panelists will discuss the advancements and challenges faced by individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. Their discussion will focus on the issues of mobility and visa considerations for transgender individuals, persons in same-sex relationships, and anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+.

  • Issues faced by individuals seeking immigration relief
  • Solutions to common problems
  • Country-specific policies
Faculty
  • Alessia Ajelli (DL), AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, Milan, Italy
  • R. Oliver Branch, AILA New Members Division Steering Committee Chair, Toronto, Canada
  • Maria E. Abraham Garfias, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Hector Gabriel Celano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • *Karolina Schiffter, Warsaw, Poland
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Looking to the Past for a Better Future: Citizenship by Descent

In these troubling times, potential immigrants seeking refuge in another country (whether for humanitarian or political reasons) are researching their heritage to determine if they can claim citizenship based on a parent or grandparent. Our panel of experts from a variety of countries will discuss citizenship by descent as a potential path for a better future.

  • Current citizenship legislation
  • Rules for applying
  • Processes to follow
  • Documentation required
  • Looking into the crystal ball: changes that may be implemented
Faculty
  • Sergio R. Karas (DL), Toronto, Canada
  • Tsvi Kan-Tor, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Claire D. Nilson, London, UK
  • Sara Sousa Rebolo, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Magdalena Switajska, Warsaw, Poland
2:45 pm – 2:55 pm Networking Break
2:55 pm – 3:55 pm A Study in Hope: International Student Visas

People seek out study abroad programs to further their goals and prepare for the future. Many hope to start a new, better life in an economically advantageous and physically secure country. In some countries, however, these visas have created controversy. Critics argue that by allowing foreign national students, governments are placing added pressure on overburdened healthcare systems and housing availability. However, educational institutions also generate a significant amount of revenue by accepting international students. Panelists will examine the requirements and current issues for student visas in various countries

  • Basic requirements for student visas
  • Common issues and practical tips for obtaining visas
  • Recent developments in the process
  • Future of the student visa program
  • Public reaction
Faculty
  • Poorvi R. Chothani (DL), Conference Program Committee, Mumbai, India
  • Annamaria Racota, Washington, D.C
  • Ana Garicano Solé, Madrid, Spain
  • Jackson Taylor, Melbourne, Australia
  • Nicola J. Tiffen, Christchurch, New Zealand
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Competition for Tech Talent: Which Country Is the Most Innovative in Attracting and Maintaining Foreign Workers in Tech Positions?

Attracting the brightest and best talent has long been a mandate for many jurisdictions. Tech workers remain in high demand and immigration attorneys are seeing increased global competition to attract them. Panelists will explore various jurisdictions and work options for those in the tech sector and discuss why the industry is crucial to the global economy.

  • Current demand for tech workers
  • Overview of jurisdiction-specific options
  • Accelerated settlement/residency options
  • What are the specific criteria required?
  • What is the future for the tech sector?
Faculty
  • Jessica D. Jensen (DL), AILA Business Section Steering Committee, Conference Program Committee, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Helle H. Thomsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Mahrukh R. Umrigar, Mumbai, India
  • Brendan Coggan, Founding Partner, Corporate Immigration Partners, San Francisco, CA
  • *Ray A. Rackham, Managing Director for the United Kingdom, Newland Chase, London, UK
TBD Cocktail Reception and Networking

 

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Wednseday, June 12, 2024

 

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration and Exhibits
8:30 am–9:30 am AILA GMS 2023 Membership Meeting

The annual AILA GMS Membership Meeting to welcome the 2024–25 GMS Steering Committee

Track 1
9:45 am – 10:45 am “How Am I Going to Do This?” Practice Management in an Uncertain Time

Even with the world in turmoil, immigration attorneys must remain focused on bringing clients in the door, paying bills, and keeping up with a fast-paced legal environment. Moreover, lawyers are challenged with inflation, difficult technological choices, and increased competition from other legal (and non-legal) firms. What methods can immigration attorneys employ to run their practices efficiently and effectively while maintaining a semblance of work-life balance? Panelists will examine the practice management issues that attorneys face and offer practical solutions.

  • Most common practice management problems
  • How to communicate with clients regarding keeping fees commensurate with inflation
  • Attracting and maintaining staff, tips for remaining competitive
  • Important considerations when looking to implement technology
  • What can attorneys do to combat mental stress and fatigue?
Faculty
  • Ericka A. McFee (DL), AILA Client Resources Committee, Conference Program Committee, Elmhurst, IL
  • Paa K. Hagan, Accra, Ghana
  • Grace McGill, Edinburgh, UK
  • Gary McIndoe, Manchester, UK
  • Jennifer Connolly, Associate, Morgan Lewis, London, UK
10:45 am – 11:00 am Networking Break
Track 2
9:45 am – 10:45 am Navigating the Future: Immigration, Overstays, and Inadmissibility in the Age of ETIAS

Panelists will discuss the evolving landscape of global migration, overstays, and inadmissibility, with a special focus on the upcoming European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). In an increasingly interconnected world, immigration policies have taken center stage, impacting nations, economies, and individuals alike. Attend this session to gain insights into, and participate in discussions about, the future of global migration, the challenges it presents, and the role of innovative solutions like ETIAS in shaping a more secure and accessible world.

  • Causes and consequences of visa overstays
    • Strategies for addressing this issue effectively
    • Ensuring border security while promoting global mobility
  • Introduction of the ETIAS visa system
  • Implications of ETIAS for travelers, immigration authorities, and the broader European community
    • Potential impact on overstays and inadmissibility
Faculty
  • Marcel A.G. Reurs (DL), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Michal Kacprzyk, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, Warsaw, Poland
  • *Lise Gran, Oslo, Norway
  • Jonas Lindblad, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • *Grace Shie, Washington, D.C.
10:45 am – 11:00 am Networking Break
Unified Track
11:00 am – 12:00 pm The Pulse of Global Migration from the Windy City

Panelists will provide a high-level legal overview of the current global migration landscape.

  • Current political climate for global migration
  • The trend of rising protectionism/nativism
    • New opportunities created in jurisdictions without an increase of protectionism
  • Other recent changes in immigration laws, policies, and procedures
  • Current state of the refugee migrant crisis
Faculty
  • David Heneghan (DL), AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, Conference Program Co-Chair, Dublin, Ireland
  • Alexis S. Axelrad, AILA Second Vice President, New York, NY
  • William Russell Hummel, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee Chair, Charlotte, NC
  • *Zahida Ebrahim, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Nicolas W. Rollason, London, UK
12:00 pm Conference Concludes

 

Program Committee
David L. Garson, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, Conference Program Co-Chair, Toronto, Canada
David Heneghan, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, Conference Program Co-Chair, Dublin, Ireland
Jessica D. Jensen, AILA Business Section Steering Committee, Winnipeg, Canada
Poorvi R. Chothani, Mumbai, India
Ericka A. McFee, AILA Client Resources Committee, Elmhurst, IL
Shannon A. Donnelly, Washington, D.C
Massimo Maesen, Brussels, Belgium
William Russell Hummel, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee Chair, Charlotte, NC
Chetal Patel, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee Vice Chair, London, UK
Anita E.J. Ninan, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee, Marietta, GA

JJ Area, AILA Education Program Manager, Washington, D.C

 

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Please Note: CLE credits not reported on webCLE by the published deadline will be subject to an administrative late fee to cover incurred costs.

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