Specialized Knowledge and L-1B Practice Today: “I Know It When I See It, but How Do I Prove It?”

Specialized Knowledge and L-1B Practice Today: “I Know It When I See It, but How Do I Prove It?”

Specialized Knowledge and L-1B Practice Today: “I Know It When I See It, but How Do I Prove It?” (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 09/19/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Like “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” defining and interpreting L-1B “specialized knowledge” has proved challenging for adjudicators and practitioners alike, leading to exhaustive Requests for Evidence (RFEs), high denial rates, and unpredictability for attorneys and clients. Our panel of experts on this intermediate-to-advanced seminar will review the evolution and current state of L-1B practice, then advise on effective strategies to navigate primary sources, agency guidance, key cases, adjudication venues, and important considerations in crafting a successful L-1B petition.

Featured Topics:

  • Understanding the elements of L-1B qualifying employment and relationships
  • Documenting and proving specialized knowledge claims through statute and regulations, agency guidance, and case law
  • Choosing filing strategies given the differences in adjudication trends among consular blanket Ls, port-of-entry applications, and USCIS filings
  • Worksite considerations for new offices, third-party locations, and remote work

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Bryan Y. Funai (DL), Schaumburg, IL

Bryan Y. Funai is a Principal at Masuda Funai where he counsels multinational corporations on corporate structures and immigration strategies that enable the transfer and hiring of personnel. He speaks regularly on nonimmigrant visa topics both in the US and abroad. Bryan is a founding member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers and is an Illinois Super Lawyer. He is listed in Who’s Who Legal, Leading Lawyers Network and Best Lawyers in America.

David J. Wilks, AILA Board of Governors, Rochester, NY

David J. Wilks co-leads the Immigration Practice Group at Hodgson Russ LLP in Rochester, New York. Mr. Wilks is an Elected Director of AILA’s Board of Governors. He is also the 2019 recipient AILA’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award, and the AILA Upstate New York Chapter’s 2018 Mark T. Kenmore Mentor of the Year Award. Mr. Wilks is a Graduate of Cornell Law School.

Dagmar Butte, AILA USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee, Portland, OR

Dagmar Butte is a partner at Parker, Butte and Lane, PC. She is past chair of the USCIS SCOPS and FOIA Committees, AILA BOG Member from 2005-2020 and currently serves on the USCIS HQ Policy Committee, the H-1B Taskforce and the AILA Law Review Editorial Board. She is a member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) and a multiple year selectee for SuperLawyers, Chambers, Who’s Who in Business Immigration Law and Best Lawyers.

Ann Lee, Denver, CO

Ann Lee is a shareholder in the Denver office of Ogletree Deakins. She provides strategic counseling on employment-based non-immigrant, immigrant, and compliance matters to major multinational corporate clients in the information technology, financial services, healthcare, research, mining, and hospitality industries.

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.