How TPS Can Enhance Your Business Immigration Practice

How TPS Can Enhance Your Business Immigration Practice

How TPS Can Enhance Your Business Immigration Practice (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 01/23/2024
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Are your workdays filled with the alphabet soup of employment-based visa options? Are you looking to add a new immigration-related acronym to your otherwise corporate vernacular? Don’t let family and removal practitioners have all the fun! Attend this session to learn how Temporary Protected Status (TPS) can enhance your business immigration practice. Individuals who have TPS are not removable from the United States, can have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and may be granted advance travel authorization. This intermediate seminar is designed for experienced business practitioners who are new to TPS. Our panel of experts will provide a “nuts and bolts” presentation for business immigration attorneys, giving them the tools to help corporate clients when they have questions about hiring individuals with TPS, compliance issues, and strategies for permanent residence.

Featured Topics:

  • It’s true, the foreign national can have TPS and another nonimmigrant status at the same time!
  • Initial registration, re-registration, and re-designation sound similar but mean different things: how to know if someone is eligible for TPS
  • The EAD card is expired, but the Federal Register notice shows an automatic extension: how to complete the Form I-9
  • Moving from temporary to permanent: employment-based immigration for those with TPS (It’s possible and it’s awesome!)

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John Vandenberg (DL), Philadelphia, PA

W. John Vandenberg is a partner at Hogan & Vandenberg in Philadelphia. John has spoken and written on federal litigation, relief for CARRP'd clients, Advanced TPS issues, Lozada Best Practices, Difficult Family-based Adjustments, VAWA for men, and Removal Proceedings in a Detained Setting. He has served as the Summer Adjunct at the Villanova Clinic for Asylum, Refugees, and Emigrant Services ("CARES") and previously was an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Transnational Legal Clinic. In 2012, the AILA Philadelphia Chapter awarded John the first Matthew Baxter Mentorship Award, and he is a past Chair of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter. John earned his JD from the Villanova University School of Law, and holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Anthony Drago, Jr., Boston, MA

Anthony Drago, Jr., Esq. is a sole practitioner with an office in Boston, MA. Attorney Drago has practiced law in Boston, MA since 1988. He is admitted to the bars in MA and NY and has been a member of AILA since 1996. Attorney Drago served as an elected Director on AILA’s Board of Governors from June, 2011 through May, 2013 and was Chapter Chair of AILA NE from June, 2009 through May, 2010. He has served on local and national liaison committees for many years and is a regular speaker at AILA conferences.

Kari Ann Fonte, Coral Gables, FL

Kari Ann Fonte has practiced exclusively immigration law since 1995, and is Senior Partner of Fonte Friz-Garcia Immigration Firm. She a Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar, and is Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at St. Thomas University School of Law. Kari is past Chapter Chair of AILA’s South Florida Chapter, and served many years on the AILA National USCIS Field Operations Committee. She is fluent in Spanish.

Kathia I. Quiros, Las Vegas, NV

Kathia I. Quiros is a founding partner at GWP Immigration Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. She practices immigration law since her admission to the Nevada Bar in 2003. Kathia specializes in all aspects of family immigration law, naturalization and citizen and undocumented immigrant benefits such as TPS, DACA, U visa, VAWA, etc. Kathia has a deep understanding of the needs of the Hispanic immigrant community in the United States and is an experienced public educator. Kathia graduated from the William S. Boyd, school of Law in 2003 and has prior experiences as a dentist and a journalist. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a board member of the LACC. Kathia is admitted to the District Court in Nevada and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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