Solutions for “Stuck” Employment-based Cases in 2023

Solutions for “Stuck” Employment-based Cases in 2023

Solutions for “Stuck” Employment-based Cases in 2023 (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 11/16/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Post-COVID instances of cases falling into black holes continue to persist. As government processing times indicate a wide variance across agencies and case types, what resources are available and what strategies are most effective for “unsticking” these cases? Expert speakers for this intermediate seminar will discuss available options for rescuing cases from the abyss and getting them back on track.

Featured Topics:

  • USCIS customer service and InfoPass
  • Using CIS Ombudsman or congressional assistance before seeking AILA liaison assistance
  • Consular vs. USCIS case strategies
  • Mandamus and federal court

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Kevin W. Miner (DL), AILA USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee Vice Chair, Atlanta, GA

Kevin Miner is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, and works with employers throughout the U.S. on business immigration processes. Mr. Miner is a co-author of Business Immigration: Law & Practice, 2nd Edition, which is a leading treatise on business immigration matters. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the AILA USCIS HQ (Policy and Benefits) Committee. Mr. Miner speaks regularly around the country on topics relating to high-skilled immigration.

Jesse M. Bless, Georgetown, MA

Jesse M. Bless represents companies and individuals seeking relief from immigration-related decisions in federal court. He is the founder and owner of Bless Litigation, LLC. Jesse began his legal career as a member of the 2004 United States Attorney General’s Honors Program. During his thirteen-year career at the Justice Department, Jesse worked for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Office of Immigration Litigation.

Nathan Stiefel, Acting CIS Ombudsman, Office of the CIS Ombudsman, Washington, D.C.

Nathan Stiefel currently serves as the Deputy Ombudsman for the Office of the CIS Ombudsman. Prior to joining the CIS Ombudsman, Mr. Stiefel served as Deputy Chief of the Office of Policy and Strategy within USCIS. Mr. Stiefel has also served as Deputy Chief of the USCIS Office of Citizenship. Mr. Stiefel holds a BS in Mass Media Communication from Oral Roberts University, an MA in Communication from Regent University, and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership from the University of Virginia.

Blanca Hernandez, AILA Liaison Coordinator, Washington, D.C.

Blanca Hernandez is a Liaison Coordinator within the Government Relations Department at AILA. She staffs the USCIS Case Assistance Committee and the CBP OFO Committee. Blanca’s inquiry portfolio predominantly focuses on business immigration cases, although family and humanitarian inquiries are not uncommon.

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.