Consular Processing: Preparing and Planning Ahead for the Less-Than-Perfect Client

Consular Processing: Preparing and Planning Ahead for the Less-Than-Perfect Client

Consular Processing: Preparing and Planning Ahead for the Less-Than-Perfect Client (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 05/18/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

During this seminar, our expert panelists will discuss the anticipated (and unanticipated) challenges that can surface at the consular processing stage for immigrant visa clients.

Featured Topics:

  • Effective interview preparation: questions about smuggling, inconsistencies, and arrests
  • Best practices for managing suspected gang affiliations and tattoo issues
  • Preparing for the medical exam: impact of prior alcohol or drug use
  • Prior in absentia orders and the INA §212(a)(6)(8) bar after an approved I-212/I-601A waiver
  • Overview of the new public charge grounds and their impact on consular processing
  • Challenging questionable inadmissibility findings

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Daniel J. Parisi (DL), AILA Board of Governors/DOS Liaison Committee, Brussels, Belgium

Daniel Parisi is the owner of DJP Immigration in Brussels, Belgium. Daniel has practiced immigration law since 2003. His practice area has a particular focus on consular processing and waivers of inadmissibility. Daniel is a past Chair of AILA’s Department of State Liaison Committee. He is the Immediate Past Chair of AILA’s RDC-EMEA Chapter. He currently serves as Chair of AILA’s Law Student Engagement Committee and is an Elected Director of AILA’s Board of Governors.

Kathleen Campbell Walker, AILA Past President/Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee, El Paso, TX

Kathleen Campbell Walker is chair of the Immigration Practice Group of Dickinson Wright PLLC. She is an AILA past president and past general counsel and continues to serve on the AILA Board of Governors. She is board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). She is recognized in Chambers USA (Band One), Chambers Global (Band One), International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. She is rated AV® Preeminent™ and Judicial AV® Preeminent™ in Martindale-Hubbell®. She holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law (1985).

Bridgette M. Bennett, Groveland, FL

Bridgette M. Bennett is the CEO and Founding Attorney of the Bennett Law Center. She is the Vice Chair of the AILA Central Florida Chapter and currently serves as a member of AILA National’s Business School Law Practice Management Committee. Ms. Bennett received her J.D. from Barry University School Of Law (2011).

Matthew Hughes, Portland, OR

Matthew Hughes is Of Counsel at Black Helterline LLP in Portland, Oregon and practices immigration law with a focus on business immigration. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hughes was a consular officer with the U.S. Department of State for nearly a decade with tours in Kathmandu, Nepal; Belmopan, Belize; and Munich, Germany. Mr. Hughes received his JD from the George Washington University School of Law (2006).

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.