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Illuminating the Dark Ages: Disturbing Trends and Pleasing Solutions in Employment Based Immigration

Speakers: Angelo Paparelli, Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Henry Chang, James King, Lincoln Stone, Nicole Kersey, Nathan Waxman, Karin Wolman and other speakers to be announced

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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).


The disconnect between lofty public pronouncements and the actual policies of the Executive branch immigration agencies these days has never been greater. Anyone tracking the real-world practices of the Department of Homeland Security knows that securing immigration benefits and avoiding the sting of overzealous enforcement have never been more difficult. The government seems constantly to devise ever more creative ways to limit or shut down existing legal channels to obtaining employment-based immigration benefits. Practitioners and their clients know that the current immigration system in the US is not for the faint of heart. This 3-part seminar helps identify and anticipate existing and new obstacles, and offers options and solutions for your clients as they navigate their individual paths to the American Dream.

FIRST Phone Session on May 26: Helping Cap-Exempt and Perm-Exempt High Achievers

Worldwide economic growth and outsourcing have redefined the most attractive destinations for the world's most desirable immigrants. However, these individuals also hold the keys to economic recovery and innovation in the US. In this session we will discuss strategies for "self-sponsored" employment-based immigrant petitions for talented achievers who have risen to the top in their field, health care professionals, and others who will enrich our nation of immigrants and stimulate the economy. We will also address the most recent trends in non immigrant employment-based visas for the best and brightest.

  1. EB-1: Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Professors/Researchers
  2. EB-2: Schedule A Group II and National Interest Waiver
  3. Dealing with USCIS RFEs and the I-140 EB 1-1 RFE Template
  4. Nonimmigrant Visa Update
    1. Tackling the Interim Policy on H1B-Cap Exemption for Affiliates of Institutions of Higher Education
    2. Clarifying O-1 Agent and Itinerary Issues for Artists
  5. Update on Consular Trends in Visa Approvals, Refusals and Returns for USCIS Employment-Based Petition Revocations

SECOND Phone Session on June 23: I-9, E-Verify and Compliance

Mandatory E-Verify in designated states and within specific sectors such as federal contractors has adversely affected employers around the country. At the same time, ICE has mounted an aggressive campaign to audit employers' I-9 paperwork compliance nationwide. In this session, we will discuss how lawyers can help clients and gain more business by communicating the changes in employer compliance, trends in I-9 audits, and updates on E-Verify.

  • Supreme Court Update: Is the Arizona statute imposing sanctions on employers who hire undocumented workers preempted? (Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting)
  • I-9 compliance and E-verify update
  • Best practices in proactive compliance
  • Developing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures for new Social Security no-match notices
  • Scope of constructive knowledge and duty to investigate
  • Interfacing with unions in I-9 voluntary audits and government investigations
  • Mergers and acquisitions I-9 issues
  • Minimizing risk in use of vendors and consultants
  • Representing clients in I-9 audits
  • The role of the immigration attorney and I-9 housekeeping for clients

THIRD Phone Session on July 7: Visa Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Investors

Money makes the world go 'round, including on planet DHS. EB-5s and other investor visas offer unique options for individuals as a means of obtaining permanent (green card) or temporary (non immigrant visa) entry to the US. In this session, we will highlight some of the strategic concerns which foreign nationals and attorneys should understand as they explore investing in the US, either in an existing business, or as an entrepreneur starting a new business.

  • Understanding the EB-5 program
  • Problems and solutions for individual investors and regional centers
  • The role of the immigration attorney as an advisor
  • "H-E-L-L-O!" Problems and solutions using other nonimmigrant work categories as an EB-5 alternative
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Angelo Paparelli (Co Discussion Leader) is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Paparelli, with a bicoastal practice in Southern California and New York City, is known for providing creative solutions to complex and straightforward immigration law problems, especially involving mergers and acquisitions, labor certifications and the H-1B visa category. His practice areas include legislative advocacy; employer compliance audits and investigations; U.S. and foreign work visas and permanent residence for executives, managers, scientists, scholars, investors, professionals, students and visitors; immigration messaging and speech-writing; corporate policy formulation; and immigration litigation before administrative agencies and the federal courts. He is frequently quoted in leading national publications on immigration law. He is also President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, a 30-firm global consortium of leading immigration practitioners. Paparelli's blog and a comprehensive list of his many immigration law articles can be found at He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan where he earned his B.A., and of Wayne State University Law School where he earned his J.D. Paparelli is admitted to the state bars of California, Michigan and New York.

Batya Schwartz Ehrens (Co Discussion Leader) is an immigration attorney with the Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group practicing in New York City, specializing in employment-based immigration. She advises large and small corporations on visa strategies and immigration compliance. She also represents investors, executives, physicians, and artists seeking green cards and visas. Ms. Schwartz Ehrens has written articles and spoken before immigration attorneys as well as corporations on a wide range of specialized topics including employment-based immigration options, E-Verify, and I-9 Compliance. In 2009, she co-edited The Immigration Compliance Book, a reference book on all aspects of work site enforcement and E-Verify. Ms. Schwartz Ehrens is active in American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as the New York Chapter New Members Division (NMD) co-chair, the AILA National NMD Steering Committee, and the New York Corporate Practice and Advocacy committees. She is also the New York Ambassador of the American Immigration Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Ms. Schwartz Ehrens received a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Emory University (1999), and both a Juris Doctorate (2003) and MBA (2004) from The American University. She is proficient in Spanish, Hebrew and Japanese.

James King is co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Immigration Practice Group and leads the Seyfarth Workforce Authorization Team (SWATeam). He represents U.S. and international firms in procuring temporary and permanent work permits and visas, both inbound and outbound, for their owners, investors, specialist personnel, and professional staff. Mr. King routinely counsels clients in matters related to I-9 compliance, E-Verify, and social security mismatch letters, and he assists clients in the development of comprehensive workforce authorization compliance programs.

Henry Chang is a partner in the firm's Immigration Law group. Mr. Chang obtained his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. He is a member of both the State Bar of California and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Mr. Chang is also licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant by the Law Society of Upper Canada, which is a requirement for all Ontario lawyers who provide advice on the law of a foreign jurisdiction. A recognized authority in the field of United States and Canadian immigration law, Henry lectures extensively on the subject in both the United States and Canada. His articles have appeared in numerous nationally-and internationally-recognized publications. A partial list of recent publications and speaking engagements appears below. Henry also mentors other lawyers in the practice of immigration law in the United States and Canada.

Lincoln Stone is recognized by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Following studies in law at the University of Notre Dame and a federal court clerkship with U.S. Judge Robert A. Grant, Mr. Stone started his career in immigration law in 1987 with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. In the earliest of Mr. Stone’s 20 years of private practice, his experience included immigration law as well as business transactions and litigation. Mr. Stone contributes to the volunteer professional work of various groups. He has served as Chair of AILA’s National Committee on Pro Bono Services, and as Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Both AILA and the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project of Catholic Charities have recognized Mr. Stone with awards for his commitment to delivery of pro bono legal services to the indigent.

Nicole Kersey is an associate in the Atlanta office where she assists in the practice of all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including the processing of E, H-1B, H-2B, L, O, and TN nonimmigrant petitions. Ms. Kersey also assists clients in obtaining lawful permanent residence in the U.S. through applications for labor certification, petitions for outstanding researchers and aliens of extraordinary ability, and through international manager petitions. She has experience with applications for political asylum and family-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions. Ms. Kersey is a member of the Seyfarth Workforce Authorization Team (SWATeam) and has extensive training in the workforce authorization compliance area. She provides advice relating to I-9 compliance, corporate best practices during the hiring process, and emerging Federal, state, and local workforce authorization laws and regulations. Ms. Kersey is conversationally fluent in the Spanish language.

Nathan Waxman has practiced business and professional immigration law exclusively since the 1980s. He has written more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on aspects of immigration law. Nathan has been a leader in National Interest Waiver (NIW) analysis and advocacy since the 1990s. He has written extensively on the National Interest Waiver since 1996, and wrote the first commentary and critique on the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) precedent decision.He has successfully represented businesses ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to universities to nonprofit foundations, family-owned businesses, and self-employed musicians, artists, physicians and alternative medicine practitioners.He has lectured at AILA national conferences since the 1990s, with particular regard to NIW, H1B, and AC21. He has also lectured on US immigration topics at international conferences in Canada, India, The Netherlands, and Mexico.

Karin Wolman has a New York-based business immigration practice focusing on individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts and sciences, as well as a wide range of training and employment-based visa options for professionals in the healthcare, education, finance, technology and non-profit sectors. She also advises companies on hiring and immigration compliance issues, and advises individuals on planning immigration strategies for study, career changes, uniting families, U.S. citizenship and waivers of inadmissibility. A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 1996, Ms. Wolman is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences, and has written and edited articles for AILA and other publishers. She has served on numerous committees for the New York Chapter of AILA, and as an Editor of the NY Symposium Handbook. At the national level, she has served on AILA's Board of Publications, the Regulations Task Force, and is the moderator of the O & P visa forum on AILA InfoNet. She earned her B.A. in English Literature at Columbia University and her J.D. at UCLA School of Law.


  • 50% discount to attorneys working for a non-profit organization, including educational institutions
  • 50% discount to any attorney employed by any government agency
  • 50% discount to an attorney who is unemployed
  • 50% discount to attorneys with newly started attorney practices (within first 6 months of creation)
  • 50% discount to law students
  • 50% discount to public defenders

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$199 Seminar Package 
Includes all three dates:
Audio Streaming for may 26 (60 min)
Audio Streaming for June 23(60 min)
Audio Streaming for July 7 (60 min)