Consular Processing Tips for Experts
Speakers: Jan Pederson, Evan Green, Paul Isel, Warren Janssen, Karin King, Pilar Peralta-Mihalko, Ari Sauer, Laurel Scott, Gerald Seipp, and Elaine Witty
Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by questions and answers from participants. MCLE Credits in CA, TX and other states (click here for more details).
FIRST Phone Session on May 27: Non-Immigrant Visa Processing
SECOND Phone Session on June 17: Immigrant Visa Processing
THIRD Phone Session on July 8: Waivers of inadmissibility
Nonimmigrant Visa Waivers of Inadmissibility
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Jan Pederson (Discussion Leader) is the founder of Pederson Immigration Law Group, P.C. in Washington, D.C. and has practiced law in the Washington, D.C. since 1980. Recognized by The Washington Post as one of "seven leading lawyers" in Washington, D.C., Ms. Pederson has been dedicated to the practice of immigration and nationality law for over twenty years. She has successfully represented thousands of clients and is masterful at resolving complex immigration issues. She is a frequent national lecturer on the topic of consular processing and has authored many papers on the topic. She served as president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and as an elected director of the national Board of Governors of AILA for eighteen years. She served as a chairperson of the Physicians Task Force of AILA and has also served as chairperson of the AILA Visa Office Liaison Committee and Refugee Committee. She was the recipient of the prestigious national award, The Edith Lowenstein Award, in 1997 for excellence in the advancement of the practice of immigration law. Ms. Pederson graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from Howard University with a Juris Doctor degree.
Evan Green is partner at Evan Green LLB. Mr. Green practices corporate immigration to Canada on a permanent and temporary basis and he works extensively with consular processing at the American consulate in Toronto. He also deals with NAFTA applications at ports of entry. He has spoken at numerous AILA annual and regional conferences and is currently a Chair of the AILA's Northern Border Task force.
Paul Isel is an immigration law practitioner licensed in California. Based in Los Angeles, his practice is limited to the area of NIV processing at consular posts around the world. He has appeared as a panelist at meetings and conventions for AILA, the Federal Bar Association, and NAFSA.
Warren Janssen is Field Office Director for the USCIS office in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Karin King joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1991 and currently serves as the Chief of the Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) unit at Embassy Mexico City. She has also served overseas tours as the Visa Chief at Embassy Warsaw, the Consular Section Chief at Embassy Nassau, and entry-level tours in Port-of-Spain and Bonn. Karin has also served multiple tours in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, including in the Bureau’s Executive, Visa, and Overseas Citizens Services Offices. A native of Cleveland, Karin received her undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster and her Master’s Degree from Georgetown University. She currently lives in Mexico City with her husband, two children, and dog.
Pilar Peralta-Mihalko is the Branch Chief of the International Adjudications Support Branch (IASB); she has held this position since the IASB’s creation in May 2009. The IASB is a branch of the headquarters office of the International Operations Division of USCIS’s Refugee, Asylum, & International Operations Directorate (RAIO). Ms. Peralta joined legacy INS in 1999. She has held several positions with the USCIS working on adjudications, supervision, training and policy. Ms. Peralta received her law degree in 1983 from Boston College School of Law and is admitted to the practice of law in New York State.
Ari Sauer represents corporate clients in all areas of U.S. business immigration law. He regularly counsels clients regarding temporary work visas and permanent residence sponsorship for their foreign national employees. Mr. Sauer also assists U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents with sponsoring their family members for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and counsels clients on obtaining U.S. citizenship. Prior to joining Siskind Susser in 2006, Mr. Sauer worked as an associate with The Frager Law Firm, in Memphis, Tennessee and The Law Offices of Michael Phulwani, in Maywood, New Jersey.
Laurel Scott is the Founding Attorney at Scott and Associates. She received a BA from Simon's Rock College, a Master's Degree from Duke University, and a Law Degree from Temple University where she completed the Temple University Immigration Law Clinical. She spent a year studying at the Queen's University of Belfast and completed an internship at the European Parliament. She started work on her first waiver of inadmissibility in 2003 and quickly realized that waivers were an ideal niche for her new firm. Over the years, she emerged as one of the nation's leading experts in this type of case, publishing numerous articles on the subject and speaking at many events for immigration lawyers. She currently volunteers on AILA's Refugee, Asylum and International Programs Committee, a group that advocates for improvements in CIS' procedures and policies. She travelled extensively prior to having children, spending over two months in each of the following countries: Belgium, Bolivia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Jamaica and the United Kingdom. She is the single mother of two children, Isaac (born 03/16/2001) and Anita (born 06/12/2003).
Gerald Seipp practices immigration law with the Dilip Patel Law Firm in Clearwater, Florida. He has more than 24 years of experience practicing immigration law and he taught the Immigration Law course at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School for 15 years. Gerald has published many articles on immigration law topics. He currently writes the federal court summaries for immigration law issues for Interpreter Releases, a weekly Thomson West publication. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and a member of the New York and Florida bars. He also is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Gerald has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He is also listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for immigration law.
Elaine Witty is founding partner of Witty Law Group, PLLC located in New York City. She is former Senior Counsel to AV rated national immigration law firm Siskind Susser in Memphis, TN. Ms. Witty is past Executive Director of the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs at the Human Resources Administration under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. She also served as Director of Legal Affairs for Citizenship New York City, a mayoral citizenship initiative, developed by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Ms. Witty is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section and Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Committee. She is past Chapter Chair of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Witty is the recipient of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Pro Bono Award in recognition of her tireless work on behalf of low-income Brooklynites. Ms. Witty has taught immigration law seminars at New York Law School, City University of New York, City Bar Association, Federal Bar Association Immigration Law and Labor Law Sections, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National, Mid-South Chapter, New York Chapter, and Rome District Chapter Conferences. She is the author of numerous articles on immigration law including: overview of immigration law, consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, religious worker eligibility, and immigration law for the family law practitioner. Ms. Witty is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women. She is admitted to practice in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Tennessee. Ms. Witty is admitted to the Federal Courts: the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Western District of Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and, the United States Supreme Court. Her practice areas include employment based immigration, litigation and deportation defense, family based immigration with a specialty in waivers of inadmissibility, naturalization and derivative citizenship, and religious worker cases. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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