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I-140 Tips And Resolving Benefits Problems

Speakers: Romulo E. Guevara, Jay K. Aiyer, Alfred R. French, Christina LaBrie, Lori S. Melton, Carmen Maquilon and Nathan Waxman

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Phone Session on Mar 22: Vermont Service Center & California Service Center

  • Latest information on Filing H1B Applications on April 2nd
  • New Direct Filing Initiative
  • Common Problems & Issues at VSC & CSC
  • Transfer of I-485
  • USCIS Memo on FBI Checks
  • I-130 Issues

SECOND Phone Session on Apr 19: Nebraska Service Center & Texas Service Center

  • I-140 Degree Equivalencies & Ability to Pay
  • New case law on degree equivalencies
  • I-485 Issues
  • Dual EADs (NIV based and AOS based?)

THIRD Phone Session on May 10: National Benefits Center, CIS Ombudsman, & AAO/BIA

  • Recent AAO Decisions & Issues
  • Update on NBC Processing and Common Problems
  • The CIS Ombudsman's Role & Recent Activities
  • Recent BIA Decision on CSPA

Citations for Session 2       

Růmulo E. Guevara (Discussion Leader) is a senior attorney with the Corporate Migration Law Group of Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Phoenix, Arizona, where he specializes in business immigration law for large corporate clients. Růmulo is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). He is also involved in various AILA conference planning committees, its Board of Publications, and is an Officer of the National Steering Committee for AILA's Young Lawyer's Division (YLD). He contributes frequent articles and speaks about the latest developments in immigration law to a wide variety of immigration law journals and conference programs. Prior to joining the firm, Růmulo lived in New York City for 26 years, where he practiced immigration law since 1997.

Jay K. Aiyer served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Houston 1998-2000, where he created the Mayor's Office for Refugee Assistance, and as a Senior Management Consultant for Deloitte and Touche L.L.P (2000-2003). Prior to joining Tindall and Foster, Mr. Aiyer served as Of Counsel with a prominent Houston business law firm, focusing his practice in immigration and corporate law. Mr. Aiyer is an elected Trustee to the Houston Community College System, the second largest community college in the U.S. He serves on several other community and non-profit area boards. State Bar of Texas; American Immigration Lawyers Association; Houston Bar Association; South Asian Bar Association; Asian-American Bar Association; University of Texas at Austin (B.A. in Government and Economics 1990); LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas (MPA 1993); South Texas College of Law (J.D. 1994).

Alfred R. French is an attorney in Littler Global's Phoenix office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. French worked full time in immigration law from 2002 to 2004 as a paralegal with both Catholic Charitiesí Hogar Hispano in Falls Church, Virginia and with the law firm of Becker, Hadeed, Kellogg & Berry in Springfield, Virginia.

Christina LaBrie, is an Associate in the New York office of Paparelli & Partners LLP. She has practiced immigration law in New York City since 2001. Her experience covers the universe of immigration practice, from asylum and deportation cases to complex business immigration matters, including both labyrinthine and straightforward labor certification cases. Ms. LaBrie received a B.A. in Political Science with high honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1996. At UCSB, Ms. LaBrie was captain of the women's crew team and competed at the national level. In 2000, she obtained her J.D. degree from NYU School of Law and was one of two students chosen to spend a semester studying at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Ms. LaBrie has served as Secretary of the New York City Bar Association's Immigration Committee and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Lori S. Melton is an associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C. and has been practicing immigration law since 1998. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ms. Melton has represented Fortune 500 clients from the software, retail, semiconductor, telecommunications, financial, hospitality, education and healthcare industries. She has published numerous articles on employment-based immigration and asylum law issues and has served as a presenter for various professional and bar associations on immigration law issues.

Carmen Maquilon is director of immigrant services for Catholic Charities.

Nathan Waxman served as expert witness before the Board of Alien Certification Appeals and the Executive Office of Immigration Review on labor certification and employment-based immigration matters. He has served on numerous local and national AILA committees and has participated in the drafting and submission of comments to the Department of Labor and the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, in response to proposed rulemaking regarding key issues in employment-based immigration law. He has been the author of numerous articles on topics ranging from the National Interest Waiver through H-1 portability and cap issues to the representation of alternative health care practitioners. He has served on AILA's New Ideas Committee and is Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration at the School of Professional Studies, City University of New York.


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Audio CD of Mar 22, 2007 (90 minutes)
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