The Immigration Lawyers' Podcast

By John Khosravi, Esq.

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In-Depth Discussions, Interviews and Legal Analysis of Immigration Law and Practice with Professionals in the Field, with Host John Khosravi, Esq. Intended for Immigration Lawyers and Attorneys. Attorney Advertisement, please consult with an attorney.

Episode Date
Episode 69 - Travel Ban Update, ICE and Non-Criminal Crackdown, Public Charge issues, Pressure on the Poor, Asylum and Venezuela, Consular Processing Notes, TN, L and Es, Marketing, Making Enough Money, Keys to Success, G-1450 Ethics and Issues
54:30

Travel Ban Update, ICE and Non-Criminal Crackdown, Public Charge issues, Pressure on the Poor, Asylum and Venezuela, Consular Processing Notes, TN, L and Es, Marketing, Making Enough Money, Keys to Success, G-1450 Ethics and Issues

Jun 02, 2018
Episode 68 - America’s Future: Freedom and Immigration
37:46

Effect of the Immigration Crackdown and American Liberty

May 05, 2018
Episode 67 - Interview with Immigration Attorney Ally Bolour
31:30

Discussing starting a law firm, AILA's National 2018 Conference and Immigration Related Law Suits and Appeals

Apr 25, 2018
Episode 66 - Interview with Immigration Attorney Matthew Kolken
26:49

Interview with Matthew Kolken, experienced immigration lawyer from New York.

Apr 07, 2018
Episode 65 - ImmigrationLawyersToolbox.com, Federal Law Suits, International Immigration, Tips & More
39:53

ImmigrationLawyersToolbox.com, Federal Law Suits, International Immigration, Tips & More

Mar 26, 2018
Episode 64 - Immigration Headaches and the Future of Immigration
34:45

RFEs, Politics & The Future of Immigration Practices

Mar 19, 2018
Update Episode
04:20

Free Kurzban 15th Ed. Raffle: email me: Info@jqklaw.com

Mar 07, 2018
Episode 63 - Administrative Updates (Crackdowns), Practice Management (Year End Review) & L-1/EB-1c (AAO) Regulations
54:04

News, Practice and Legal Updates Episode 63

Dec 28, 2017
Episode 62 - Agencies and the execution of the law, Happy Holidays
49:50

Episode 62 - Agencies and the execution of the law, Happy Holidays

Dec 09, 2017
Episode 61 - I'm Back, Complicated Cases, Good Legal Help, US Embassy in Turkey, USCIS Interviews, Chain Migration, New Director, ICE & the Growth of Immigrants in the US
43:15

ILP061 - I'm Back, Complicated Cases, Good Legal Help, US Embassy in Turkey, USCIS Interviews, Chain Migration, New Director, ICE & the Growth of Immigrants in the US

Nov 01, 2017
Episode 60 - Tragedy, SSN EAD, Visas, Rip Offs, SSN EAD, & Legal Insurance (Weekly Recap of Sep. 25 to Oct. 1, 2017)
22:22

Weekly Recap of Sep. 25 to Oct. 1, 2017 - Tragedy, SSN EAD, Visas, Rip Offs, SSN EAD, & Legal Insurance

Oct 03, 2017
Episode 59 - Travel Ban 3.0, 90 Day Fraud, CBP Update, News Bits, Losing Asylum, Birth Certificates, Giving Full Consultations, Sad Visa Denial Case & New Facebook Page (Weekly Recap of Sept. 18- 24, 2017)
32:44

Weekly Recap of Sept. 18- 24, 2017 - Travel Ban 3.0, 90 Day Fraud, CBP Update, News Bits, Losing Asylum, Birth Certificates, Giving Full Consultations, Sad Visa Denial Case & New Facebook Page

Sep 26, 2017
Episode 58 - Chain Migration, ICE, H-1Bs, Sanctuary Cities, 90 Day FAM, DACA Deal, Travel Ban, Visa Sanctions & L-1s (Weekly Recap of Sept. 11 - 17, 2017)
23:30

Weekly Recap of Sept. 11 - 17, 2017 - [58] Chain Migration, ICE, H-1Bs, Sanctuary Cities, 90 Day FAM, DACA Deal, Travel Ban, Visa Sanctions & L-1s

Sep 20, 2017
Episode 57 - DACA AP, Visa Bulletin Updated, FAM Changes, Natz Photos, DACA Guidance?, Biz Tips, Co-counseling, I-486J, EB-1/NIW AAOs Awards & App Developers (Recap of Sept. 4-11, 2017)
25:19

Weekly Recap of Sept. 4-11, 2017 - DACA AP, Visa Bulletin Updated, FAM Changes, Natz Photos, DACA Guidance?, Biz Tips, Co-counseling, I-486J, EB-1/NIW AAOs Awards & App Developers

Sep 13, 2017
Episode 56 - DACA, Advance Parole, Immigration Court Decisions, ICE, EB-5 Suit, Humanitarian Reinstatement & Co-Counseling (Recap of Aug. 21 - Sept. 3, 2017)
26:19

Weekly Recap of Aug. 21 - Sept. 3, 2017 - DACA, Advance Parole, Immigration Court Decisions, ICE, EB-5 Suit, Humanitarian Reinstatement & Co-Counseling

Sep 05, 2017
Episode 55 - Trump and Protests, CBP and Russia, Immigration Fraud, Central American Parole, Nature and Dick Gregory (Weekly Recap of August 14-20, 2017)
20:34

Weekly Recap of August 14-20, 2017 - Trump and Protests, CBP and Russia, Immigration Fraud, Central American Parole, Nature and Dick Gregory

Aug 21, 2017
Episode 54 - Raise Act Detailed, ICE Arrest at School, EB-5 Jailed, CBP Exits, Deports Up, Delay Frustrations, AAO Decisions & Client Stop & Go (Weekly Recap August 7-13, 2017)
35:08

Episode 54. Weekly Recap August 7-13, 2017 - Raise Act Detailed, ICE Arrest at School, EB-5 Jailed, CBP Exits, Deports Up, Delay Frustrations, AAO Decisions & Client Stop & Go

Aug 15, 2017
Episode 53 - Interview with Attorney Peter Afrasiabi about his new book
31:14

Interview with Attorney Peter Afrasiabi about his new book "Burning Bridges: America's 20-year crusade to deport labor leader Harry Bridges"

Aug 13, 2017
Episode 52 - Trump & The RAISE Act, Diversity Visa, MAVNI, EB-5 Applications, USCIS Filing Tips, I-864 Sponsorship, Reentry Permits, China Money Transfers & Returning (Weekly Recap 07/31-08/6 2017)
34:00

Episode 52     07/31-08/6 2017

Weekly Recap: Trump & The RAISE Act, Diversity Visa, MAVNI, EB-5 Applications, USCIS Filing Tips, I-864 Sponsorship, Reentry Permits, China Money Transfers & Returning Calls

Aug 08, 2017
Episode 51 - Immigration Holds, Putin, Biometrics, VWP AOS & ICE, Hourly Fees and Hiring Mothers (Recap of July 24-30, 2017)
21:30

Recap of July 24-30, 2017 - Immigration Holds, Putin, Biometrics, VWP AOS & ICE, Hourly Fees and Hiring Mothers (Recap of July 24-30, 2017)

Aug 01, 2017
Episode 50 - Trump H-Visa U-turn, Backlogs, Media Attention, J Waivers, AILA DOS Liaison, B-1 to E-2, Interview Appearance & Targeted Marketing (July 17-23, 2017)
16:42

Weekly Recap of July 17-23, 2017: Trump H-Visa U-turn, Backlogs, Media Attention, J Waivers, AILA DOS Liaison, B-1 to E-2, Interview Appearance & Targeted Marketing

Jul 25, 2017
Episode 49 - Travel Bans and Reversed Denials, TPS, F-1 Changes, CBP and the Cloud, Exit Biometrics, Parole, Stokes in Boston, Step-Child Petitions, Proxy Marriages, Growing Your Law Practice (July 10-16, 2017)
24:11

Weekly Recap of July 10-16, 2017 - Travel Bans and Reversed Denials, TPS, F-1 Changes, CBP and the Cloud, Exit Biometrics, Parole, Stokes in Boston, Step-Child Petitions, Proxy Marriages, Growing Your Law Practice

Jul 18, 2017
Episode 48 - Travel Ban's Public Support, State Dept. Survey, TNs Regs., Prima Facie Software, Healthcare for Immigration Lawyers, Pet Peeves, Book Review: Turn a Negative Into a Positive, Pricing Your Practice Right, ABA Journal Blawg & More (July 3-9,
22:23

Episode 48: Weekly Recap of July 3-9, 2017.

Travel Ban's Public Support, State Dept. Survey, TNs Regs., Prima Facie

Software, Healthcare for Immigration Lawyers, Pet Peeves, Book Review:

Turn a Negative Into a Positive,  Pricing Your Practice Right,

ABA Journal Blawg & More

Jul 11, 2017
Episode 47 - The Ban, Bills, DACA, ICE, I-485, Client Errors, EAD Delays, Education & Frustration (Weekly Update for June 26 - July 2, 2017)
23:31

Weekly Update, Tips & News for June 26 - July 2, 2017: The Ban, Bills, DACA, ICE, I-485, Client Errors, EAD Delays, Education & Frustration

Jul 04, 2017
Episode 46 - Trump Ban, Supreme Court, Visa Denials, SEC EB-5 Suit, USCIS Issues, CBP, ELIS, AILA Conference, Ideas and more (Weekly Update for June 19-25, 2017)
23:08

Weekly Update, Tips & News for June 19-25, 2017: Trump Ban, Supreme Court, Visa Denials, SEC EB-5 Suit, USCIS Issues, CBP, ELIS, AILA Conference, Ideas and More

Jun 27, 2017
Episode 45 - New CA Regs & ICE Detainment, Iraqis, EB-5 Policy, Constitutional Immigration, ESTA, USCIS Delays, Reentry Permits, Special Law Degrees for Immigration Lawyers, Remembering Names & Active/Mindful Listening (Weekly Update for June 12-18, 2017)
27:51

Episode 45: New CA Regs & ICE Detainment, Iraqis, EB-5 Policy, Constitutional Immigration, ESTA, USCIS Delays, Reentry Permits, Special Law Degrees for Immigration Lawyers, Remembering Names & Active/Mindful Listening (Weekly Update for June 12-18, 2017)

Jun 19, 2017
Episode 44 - Consular Issues, Unknown Costs, Unnecessary RFEs, CBP Updates, STAPLE Act, DOL, Field Offices & Concierge Legal Service (Weekly Update for June 5-11, 2017)
20:38
Weekly Update, Tips & News for June 5-11, 2017: Consular Issues, Unknown Costs, Unnecessary RFEs, CBP Updates, STAPLE Act, DOL, Field Offices & Concierge Legal Service
 
Jun 12, 2017
Episode 43 - Why People Need Immigration Lawyers, Visa Scrutiny, Precedential Cases, Timetables, Pro Bono Work & Defending the Rule of Law (Weekly Update for May 29- June 3, 2017)
19:22

Weekly Update, Tips & News for May 29- June 3, 2017: Why People Need Immigration Lawyers, Visa Scrutiny, Precedential Cases, Timetables, Pro Bono Work & Defending the Rule of Law

Jun 06, 2017
Episode 42 - New Investment Green Card Bill, Travel Ban, Suing Sanctuary Cities, Consular Processing Scrutiny, Mandamus Suits, H-2B Visa Increases, Visa Overstays, Haiti TPS Reprieve, Immigration Corruption, FOIA Request Documents, AAO Reentry Permit Deni
23:33

Weekly Update, Tips & News for May 23-28, 2017: New Investment Green Card Bill, Travel Ban, Suing Sanctuary Cities, Consular Processing Scrutiny, Mandamus Suits, H-2B Visa Increases, Visa Overstays, Haiti TPS Reprieve, Immigration Corruption, FOIA Request Documents, AAO Reentry Permit Denial, Cancelling INS Zoom, Practice Exhaustion, AILA New Orleans Conference, the Importance of Relationships, Tips & More (Weekly Update for May 23-28, 2017)

May 30, 2017
Episode 41 - Airport Denials, Gov’t v. Legal Clinics, Losing Clients, Valuing Time, Haves v. Have Nots, Marketing Tips & More (Weekly Update for May 15-22, 2017)
28:23

Weekly Update, Tips & News for May 15-22, 2017: Airport Denials, Gov’t v. Legal Clinics, Losing Clients, Valuing Time, Haves v. Have Nots, Marketing Tips & More

May 22, 2017
Episode 40 - Interview with Immigrant Advocate, Attorney Peter Afrasiabi
29:50

Interview with Immigrant Advocate, Attorney Peter Afrasiabi 

May 22, 2017
Episode 39 - Decentralizing Immigration, Winning Over Fear, INS Zoom Update, Client Worries & More (May 8-14, 2017)
33:02

Please Note: The initial release of this episode only had a portion of it. The complete episode is re-released here.

Episode 39: Decentralizing Immigration, Winning Over Fear, INS Zoom Update, Client Worries & More. Weekly Update for May 8-14, 2017

 
May 17, 2017
Episode 38 - Border Issues, EB-5, Bad Reviews, Future of Legal Marketing & Practice (May 1-7, 2017)
22:47

Weekly Update, Tips & News May 1-7, 2017: Border Issues, EB-5, Bad Reviews, Future of Legal Marketing & Practice

May 08, 2017
Episode 37 - Immigration Fight Continues, Processing Delays, Practice Management, Conditional Residency, and More (April 24-30, 2017)
22:26

Weekly Update, Tips & News April 24-39, 2017: Immigration Fight Continues, Processing Delays, Practice Management, Conditional Residency, and More

May 01, 2017
Episode 36 - Trump Update, DACA Deported, Material Support for Asylum, F-1 Accreditation, Selective Service & Natz, INS Zoom and Law Students & Networking (April 17-23, 2017)
32:23

Presidential things affected

DACA Deported / Asylum for Material Support

F-1 School Accreditation Issues

USCIS SAVE and Drivers license

Naturalization Selective Service Draft

INS Zoom

Law Students and Networking with other lawyers

Apr 24, 2017
Episode 35 - Trump's Immigration World & Clients, ICE & CBP Crackdowns, L-1B Mess, Scanners and More (April 10-16, 2017)
39:41

Weekly Update, Tips & News April 10-16, 2017: Trump's Immigration World & Clients, ICE and CBP Crackdowns, L-1B Mess, Scanners and More

Show Notes:

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Apr 17, 2017
Episode 34 - Getting Business and Entrepreneurial Ethos, Helping Clients Beyond the Law, Immigration Police State and More (April 2 - April 9 2017)
26:38

Weekly Update, Tips & News April 2 - April 9 2017, Getting Business and Entrepreneurial Ethos, Helping Clients Beyond the Law, Immigration Police State and More

Apr 10, 2017
Episode 33 - Youtube Stars & EB-1, Networking & Pro Support Groups, Immigration Practices & TPS Update (March 26 - April 1 2017)
34:11

Weekly Update, Tips & News March 26 - April 1 2017, about Youtube Stars & EB-1, Networking & Pro Support Groups, Immigration Practices & TPS Update

Apr 03, 2017
Episode 32 - Review of Several New EB-1c AAO Decisions
37:20

Review of several AAO Decisions regarding EB-1c Multinational Executive or Manager cases touching upon topics such as: Successors in Interest, Portability, Who is considered an "Employee", Functional Managers and Qualifying Relationships in Joint Ventures. Many of these same rules would apply in the L-1 Intracompany Transfer Context.

Successor-In-Interest & Portability in the EB-1c Context

Matter of N-Inc., ID# 129916 (AAO Jan. 13, 2017)

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B4%20-%20Multinational%20Managers%20and%20Executives/Decisions_Issued_in_2017/JAN132017_01B4203.pdf

Adjudicators Field Manual (AFM) 22.2(b)(5)(D)

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/ocomm/ilink/0-0-0-6423.html#0-0-0-417

Neufeld Memo For Aug. 6 2009

http://www.shusterman.com/pdf/Successor-in-Interest.pdf

CFR updated affective Jan. 17, 2017, affecting EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-18/pdf/2016-27540.pdf

Who is an Employee in the EB-1c/L-1 Context?

Matter of A- Inc., ID# 96181 (AAO Jan.12, 20 17)

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B4%20-%20Multinational%20Managers%20and%20Executives/Decisions_Issued_in_2017/JAN122017_01B4203.pdf

Nationwide life. Ins. Co. v. Darden, 503 U.S. 318, 322-323 (1992)

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/90-1802.ZO.html

Functional Manager in the EB-1c/L-1 Context

Matter of G- Inc., ID# 96255 (AAO Feb. 17, 2017)

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B4%20-%20Multinational%20Managers%20and%20Executives/Decisions_Issued_in_2017/FEB172017_01B4203.pdf

Matter of Z-A-, Inc., Adopted Decision 2016-02 (AAO Apr. 14, 2016)

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/D7%20-%20Intracompany%20Transferees%20(L-1A%20and%20L-1B)/Decisions_Issued_in_2013/SEP132013_01D7101.pdf 

USCIS Adopted Decision of Matter of Z Link: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2016/Matter-of_Z-A-Inc_Adopted_Decision-2016-02.pdf

My review of Matter of Z

http://www.jqklaw.com/uscis-adopted-decision-re-function-manager-l-1a-april-2016.html

Joint Ventures in EB-1c/L-1 Context

Matter ofUSAM-W-A-D-M-, Inc., ID# 102803 (AAO Feb. 28, 2017)

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B4%20-%20Multinational%20Managers%20and%20Executives/Decisions_Issued_in_2017/FEB282017_01B4203.pdf 

Matter of M-A-B-W-, Inc., ID# 97882 (AAO Feb. 14, 2017)

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B4%20-%20Multinational%20Managers%20and%20Executives/Decisions_Issued_in_2017/FEB142017_01B4203.pdf

Matter of Hughes, 18 I&N Dec. 289

https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/eoir/legacy/2012/08/14/2917.pdf

8 CFR 214.2(l)(1)(ii)(K) Intracompany Transferees/Subsidiary

(K) Subsidiary means a firm, corporation, or other legal entity of which a parent owns, directly or indirectly, more than half of the entity and controls the entity; or owns, directly or indirectly, half of the entity and controls the entity; or owns, directly or indirectly, 50 percent of a 50-50 joint venture and has equal control and veto power over the entity; or owns, directly or indirectly, less than half of the entity, but in fact controls the entity.

Synopsis of L-1 AAO Decision Cases

http://www.jqklaw.com/synopsis-of-administrative-appeals-office--aao--l-1-case-decisions.html

Mar 29, 2017
Episode 31 - Trump Immigration Update, the Future of Immigration Practice & More (March 19-25, 2017)
36:48

Weekly Update, Tips & News March 19-25, 2017 about Trump Immigration Update, the Future of Immigration Practice & More

Mar 27, 2017
Episode 30 - Premium Processing, K-1s, Legislation, EO, Global Entry & More (March 12-18, 2017)
49:01

Tips and discussion about the Immigration Law Practice, Premium Processing, K-1s, Legislation, EO, Global Entry & More

Mar 20, 2017
Episode 29 - CBP, NVC, EO & Delayed NATZ IOE Cases (March 4-11, 2017)
31:33

Tips and discussion about CBP, the NVC's new online system, the Effects of the Executive Order and delays in some Naturalization Cases for March 4-11, 2017.

Mar 12, 2017
Episode 28 - Executive Orders, Public Policy & American Society
35:37

Opinion, monologue and discussion of the current immigration climate and policy

Feb 25, 2017
Episode 27 - Interview w/ Dutch Immigration Lawyer Bram Van Melle
25:51

Discussion about Dutch (Netherlands) Immigration Laws and Practice with Attorney Bram Van Melle. https://www.everaert.nl/en/about-us/people?name=bram%20van%20melle

Feb 15, 2017
Episode 26 - The New Cuban Immigration Policy: The End of Wet-Feet/Dry-Feet
09:14

Covering the recent change in Cuban Immigration policy for the US in a historical context.

Feb 08, 2017
Episode 25 - Law Students & Immigration Part 2: How To Get An Immigration Law Job
26:19

Part 2: How a student or new lawyer can succeed in getting a job in the immigration law field

Feb 01, 2017
Episode 24 - Book Review of John Lennon vs. The USA by Leon Wildes
17:22

Book Review of John Lennon vs. The USA by Leon Wildes

Jan 12, 2017
Episode 23 - Recap and Review of the Immigration Law Events and News for 2016
12:36

Recap of the Immigration Law News & Events for Attorneys

Jan 02, 2017
Episode 22 - Analysis of the New National Interest Waiver, Dhanasar Framework (EB-2c NIW)
34:08

Analysis of the new National Interest Waiver Immigrant Petition Standard

Dec 29, 2016
Episode 21 - OFAC Update (Interview) w/ Sanctions Attorney Oliver Krischik
28:10

Interview w/ Sanctions (OFAC) Attorney Oliver Krischik

Dec 21, 2016
Episode 20 - Law Students & Immigration Part 1: How to Mentally Prepare for the Job
18:41
Nov 24, 2016
Episode 19 - Legal Analysis of the 9th Circuit's New Definition of "Entry" for Reinstatement of Expedited Removal Orders
08:36
Oct 30, 2016
Episode 18 - Quick Review of September 2016 Immigration News & Events
06:46

Review of Immigration News & Events for September 2016

Oct 02, 2016
Episode 17 - Comprehensive Review of the Proposed Entrepreneur Parole Program
29:59

A complete review of the newly proposed regulations allowing foreign alien entrepreneurs to be paroled into the US for business start-up activities.

Aug 29, 2016
Episode 16 - Recap of Recent Immigration Events, News & Laws (July 2016)
20:03

Recap of Recent Immigration Events, News & Laws including

00:45: Update about the podcast

3:25: AILA 2016 Conference in Las Vegas

04:45: Backlog in Immigration Courts (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/20/federal-immigration-court-backlog-tops-500000-pending-cases.html)

06:25: Asylum Backlog, years of waiting for interview (https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do)

07:45: EB-5 Backlogs increasing (http://jqklaw.blogspot.com/2016/07/eb-5-other-uscis-timelines-for-july-2016.html)

09:00: Visa Bulletin Backlog for F-2A Category (https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-august-2016.html)

11:26: Adjustment of Status for DACA Recipients (http://jqklaw.blogspot.com/2016/07/nearly-3000-daca-recipients-receive.html)

13:42: TPS Extended for El Salvador (https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/temporary-protected-status-designated-country-el-salvador)  and Syria (https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/temporary-protected-status-designated-country-syria)

15:00: K-4 Adjustment Caselaw (http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/144831p.pdf)

15:56: Provisional Waiver (I-601a) Expansion (https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-allow-additional-applicants-provisional-waiver-process)

17:35: Government Requests Rehearing of DAPA (https://www.justsecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/15-674-Texas-Rehearing-Petition.pdf)

18:03: Law School Immigration Program Rankings (http://jqklaw.blogspot.com/2016/07/top-law-school-immigration-law-program.html)

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Aug 04, 2016
Episode 15 - Legal Analysis of Challenges to Claims of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Residency Status
52:25

Abandonment of Green Cards - How these cases are analyzed based on case law history.

Jun 30, 2016
Episode 14 - Legal Analysis of EB-1a Extraordinary Talent Cases: Athlete to Coach, Satisfying Kazarian
17:43

Analysis of EB-1 Extraordinary Talent Visa, 2nd Prong of Kazarian Decision

 

Show Notes​
02:08 - The example of my initial mistake in filing an EB-1 case for former coach and current athlete
03:00 - My recent EB-1 consultation with a client that was a former player and current coach
04:07 Basic Regulations for the EB-1a, E11 or EB-1c Extraordinary Talent Immigrant Visa Category
05:45 - Most recent AAO decisions about this issue
10:28 - Analysis and Tips for Filing Such EB-1 Cases
11:25 - 1) Creating an Exact Job Title for the Field of Acclaim and Talent
13:52 - 2) Showing Sustained Acclaim in the Field of Extraordinary Talent
14:48 - 3) Continuing in the field of expertise upon entering the U.S.
16:48 - Conclusion

 

Introduction

One of the most frustrating problems in any immigration practice is turning down good clients. For the business-immigration side of my practice, this occurs regularly in EB-1 Extraordinary Talent cases when the client presents some good evidence of national and international awards and acclaim in their field but falls short of the stringent requirements for this visa. For me this mostly happens for athletes, but also for those in the entertainment field and other areas.

This typically is the case for older clients, where they present great documents showing success and awards…but those document being from 10 years earlier. Some of them have transitioned from playing the sport as an athlete to becoming a coach/trainer or sports broadcaster, or sometimes a musician has changed from a performing artist to producer or teacher. The transition could mean that although they were once able to obtain Lawful Permanent Residency in the U.S. through the EB-1 program, their current facts may give them difficulties.

The first time I ran into this problem was when I first started practicing immigration law and I wasn’t aware of the issues presented when a client had not sustained their ability in a particular field after having moved on or evolving into other areas of that field. In this instance, I submitted the case for a former award winning martial art athlete that was now a full-time trainer. On the Form I-140, I simply stated that the job title was “Martial Artist” but provided evidence of both athletic success and coaching success. The USCIS sent me back a very polite Request for Evidence (or RFE) saying that I needed to choose: either the Beneficiary was an athlete or a coach. He could not be both for these purposes. Luckily in that case my client had established himself as a stronger coach than he ever was as a player and I dodged a bullet in this nuanced area of Employment-Based Immigrant Visas.

I most recently dealt with this issue during a case consultation I had was with a former athlete that won his last international award in 2007, but had not had noteworthy success as an athlete from that time until his retirement in 2012. After retiring from playing, he made the transition to coaching. He was in the process of working his way up to the top of that field, recently becoming the national coach for his team. But he wasn’t happy when I told him that I didn’t think he could use his history as a player, and that his current coaching was probably not enough yet to show sustained success to the level needed to be a strong EB-1 candidate.

Today I am going to analyze some case history to help practitioners through this murky area. This issue must be coming up a lot since I see it so many times in AAO decisions and when other immigration attorneys come to me for consultations and guidance about their cases. This information will also help your judgment of which cases to take on based on case history.

I will begin by doing a general overview of the pertinent regulation, going over two recent AAO decisions touching upon this issue and then providing guidance and tips on the three important areas of the 2nd part of the two part analysis of an EB-1 case.

The Regulation

The basic regulations for what I call EB-1a (also known as the E11 category or EB1-3) can be found under INA Section 203(b)(1)(A) and 8 CFR 204.5(h). Further guidance was given in the famous (or infamous) EB-1a case of Kazarian v. USCIS,[1] creating a two-part analysis for an adjudicator of an EB-1a petition[2]:

The First part of the analysis is to show that the alien has extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through extensive documentation. Showing evidence of one great award like an Olympic medal does this, or satisfying 3 of the 10 criteria listed in the regulation.

In Part Two of the analysis, you must consider all of the evidence to make a final merit determination of whether or not the petitioner, by a preponderance of the evidence, has demonstrated that the alien has:

(i) A level of expertise indicating that the individual is "one of that small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor”, and

(ii) They have sustained national or international acclaim and that his or her achievements have been recognized in the field of expertise.

Also it must be shown that the Beneficiary (or Petitioner, if self-petitioning) is seeking to enter the U.S. to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability, and that the alien’s entry in the U.S. will substantially benefit prospectively the U.S.

My analysis today will be focused of this second prong of the Kazarian analysis.

Case law 

I want to first get into the recent AAO decision in Matter of K-S-Y-.[3] This case discussed how an individual could demonstrate EB-1eligibility during a career transition from competing as an athlete to coaching the next generation of athletes. In this case the Beneficiary had once had great success as a Judo athlete and competitor but was now a coach. The case was still approved despite the transition.[4]

In the final merits determination, the totality of the evidence was considered. The AAO said that the Beneficiary has demonstrated a long, successful, and recent career as a professional judo athlete at the highest level of national and international competition. But defining the cognizable area of extraordinary ability or expertise was complicated when the Beneficiary is transitioning to another phase of his or her career. Though the Beneficiary demonstrated extraordinary ability as a judo athlete in this case, the Petitioner listed on the Form I-140, that his proposed employment in the United States was as judo coach. In a personal statement, it was indicated that he planed to open a judo academy, train promising young players, and eventually coach an American judo team in the Olympics.[5]

The question presented in this case was whether - and if so, how - a petitioner's area of extraordinary ability or expertise may properly encompass both athletic competition as well as coaching other athletes.

In its decision, the AAO cited the USCIS Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM), saying it provided an analytical footpath by which a petitioner may transition from athlete to coach and yet remain within his or her area of expertise as such: In general, if a beneficiary has clearly achieved recent national or international acclaim as an athlete and has sustained that acclaim in the field of coaching/managing at a national level, adjudicators can consider the totality of the evidence as establishing an overall pattern of sustained acclaim and extraordinary ability such that it can conclude that coaching is within the beneficiary's area of expertise.[6]

Also, note that where the beneficiary has had an extended period of time to establish his or her reputation as a coach beyond the years in which he or she had sustained national or international acclaim as an athlete, depending on the specific facts of the case, adjudicators may place heavier, or exclusive, weight on the evidence of the beneficiary’s acclaim as a coach or a manager.

The success of this case was because the athlete (here a Judo expert) obviously had a great career as an athlete, but the AAO though that the Beneficiary’s athletic acclaim was recent enough. Less than a year before submitting this Petition, the Beneficiary had placed second in national competitions and was a member of his country’s national team. He filed the petition in this case within seven months of his last major competitive achievement. So the closeness of filing and last competition was a key factor in its approval.

To support his top-coaching claim, the petitioner provided evidence that he trained judo athletes preparing for the 2014 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, the 2016 Olympic games, and other international competitions soon after retiring as a player. These considerations supported a finding that the beneficiary’s extraordinary ability and sustained acclaim as a judo athlete extended to his work as a judo coach.

The beneficiary also had educational degrees in coaching, licensing for coaching, wrote about his field, and coached a university team. These preparatory steps taken by the Beneficiary throughout his career as an athlete further supported a finding that coaching was within his area of expertise. Importantly, the case does not make clear how long the time between fields can be. In this case the official coaching position was short-term, but the Beneficiary was able to provide documentations supporting his build up to a top coaching position.

Importantly, note that the AAO said: “We do not purport to establish a particular timeframe within which the transition from competing to coaching is deemed sufficiently recent.” 

Alternatively, in the recent EB-1 case of Matter of H-W-, a Table Tennis Coach’s appeal was dismissed.[7] Here, the petitioner had left the proposed “area of employment box” on Form I-140 as blank, but within the brief had listed his area of expertise simply as “table tennis.” The RFE by the Director said that coaching and competing were not the same thing.[8] The Director’s denial said that the Beneficiary’s coaching history was weak, but the Beneficiary did show a one-time major achievement award as an athlete, satisfying the first prong of an EB-1 adjudication. But the Petitioner's most recent accomplishment as an athlete predated the filing of the petition by approximately 10 years. Thus the evidence did not confirm that the Petitioner sustained his acclaim as an athlete through the date of filing.

Analysis & Tips:

Case law and regulations have established that competitive athletics and coaches rely on different sets of skills and in general are not in the same area of expertise. The AAO has recognized the existence of a nexus between competing and coaching or training. But that it would be too speculative to assume that every extraordinary athlete's area of expertise includes coaching. To resolve this issue, the following vague balance is sometimes appropriate. In a case where an alien has clearly achieved recent national or international acclaim as a competitor and has sustained that acclaim as a trainer at a national level, they can consider the totality of the evidence as establishing an overall pattern of sustained acclaim and extraordinary ability such that it can conclude that training is within the petitioner's area of expertise.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning an EB-1 case with a client that has transitioned to a new specialty within their field:

1) Creating an Exact Job Title for Their Current Field of Expertise:

The first thing to do in these cases is to control the narrative of the job title within their field of sustained achievement (and what that job will be after entering the U.S.) by choosing the right position title on Form I-140 and in the cover letter. According to the case of Lee v. INS.,[9] viewing competitive athletics and coaching or training as separate areas of expertise has been upheld in Federal Court.  For example, in the principal case of Lee v. Ziglar[10], the court held that a very successful Korean baseball player could not get an approved EB-1 since his success was not through coaching. The Beneficiary in that case was a lower level baseball coach for a major professional U.S. team at the time of filing the Petition, but was still denied despite massive success as an athlete in his home country. So it is key that practitioners pick a job title within the field of expertise that the person is best known for and is still doing.

But note that the USCIS Director had been called out for using semantics about the language used when defining a job position, as in the approved 2005 AAO decision, where the Petitioner listed his position as a Squash “professional”.[11] The Director said the facts showed success as a player and as a coach, but not as a “Professional.” The AAO found that making a distinction based on this terminology was inappropriate and the case was approved. However (in my opinion), the Beneficiary’s coaching experience was weak: The Beneficiary had coached students that won national and international tournaments. But these were junior teams and he was not the head coach. Other students he coached competed in under 17 championships, or national women’s over 30 competitions, not professionals at their prime. But there was some other work history and experience that helped push this case towards an approval.

Another dispute about the job title and how specific it should be was in GRIMSON v. I.N.S.[12] The Director had rejected a hockey player that received acclaim for playing the specific hockey position of an “enforcer.” The case made its way to the District Court, which found that the Director simply rejected the notion that a hockey enforcer can have extraordinary ability.  The court found that the Petitioner had presented evidence sufficient to demonstrate that he is currently among the top players in the world at what he does and had reached the very top of his field of endeavor. The court concluded that the decision to reject plaintiff's role and unquestioned ability as an enforcer was without rational explanation.

2) Showing Sustained Ability in the Field of Acclaim

If the proper and narrow job title is chosen for someone that has transitioned his or her job, it is important to show sustained acclaim in that new area:

As discussed earlier, in Matter of H-W-, the coach had won a worthy one-time award as an athlete, but that award was won 10 years before the filing that petition. The decision said that even if it was found that the Petitioner established eligibility as an athlete, because the Petitioner intends to work in the US as a coach or trainer, he must demonstrate that his area of expertise includes coaching. In 2012, the AAO released a denial of a Karate Practitioner and Coach[13] where it found that the Petitioner’s most significant accomplishments predated the filing of his petition by 15 or more years.[14] 

As discussed in the most recent AAO decision of the Judo player, a particular timeframe within which the transition from competing to coaching being deemed sufficiently recent to allow evidence of previous athletic acclaim has not been established. But in that case they approved a mixed athlete/coach petition that was filed only 7 months after the Beneficiary’s last competition as an athlete.

3) Continuing Work in the US in the Field of Extraordinary Talent

In Russell v. INS[15] a petitioner met the "extraordinary ability" standard as a hockey athlete but was now retired. He had not indicated any plans to continue working in the area of professional hockey in the United States. The case was denied since the Petitioner was no longer playing in his field.
                                                                                        
In another important EB-1a case, the Director on its own narrowed the possible field of future work related to the alien’s approved area of extraordinary talent. The Federal District Court decision of Buletini v. INS[16], overruled the “AAU,” in its decision to deny a distinguished doctor, concluded that [e]ven if the petitioner (here a doctor) could be said to have risen to the very top of his field based on these accomplishments, the petitioner has not explained how these accomplishments are related to the future practice of medicine at a clinic in Detroit. It was found that it couldn’t be concluded that the petitioner has provided clear evidence that he has the prospect of continuing work in the United States related to the particular area in which he claims to have extraordinary ability. However, the District Court found that the AAU's concern that plaintiff will not continue work in the sciences is irrational in light of the clear evidence that plaintiff intends to continue working in the medical profession. The AAU acknowledged that the petitioner intended and expected to "practice medicine at a clinic in Detroit." But the court held that the regulation does not require the alien to continue work on the specific topic or topics of research for which the alien has previously gained notoriety. The court found that the AAU abused its discretion by limiting the characterization of plaintiff's field to the narrow topics on which plaintiff has previously done research.

Conclusion

These were some key tips a practitioner should note when thinking about a filing a petition that has these types of issues. Unfortunately parts of the EB-1 regulation in this area are still vague. However, each case is different, as is the USCIS officer reviewing that case. As such, cases that have discrepancy or weaknesses in some areas, can overcome that through the totality of the case. If you are dealing with EB-1 cases that have these types of issues or are decided differently, please email me and let me know. My email is info@jqklaw.com

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[1] 596 F.3d 1115, C.A.9 (Cal.), March 04, 2010 (NO. 07-56774)

[2] SIDE NOTE: Svetlana VISINSCAIA, Plaintiff, v. Rand BEERS, et al., Defendants. Civil Action No. 13–223 (JEB) United States District Court, District of Columbia. December 16, 2013 – Note that the USCIS argued that it is only bound by Kazarian in the 9th circuit in a 2013 case. That court did not decide on that issue.

[3] Matter of K-S-Y-, ID# 14269 (AAO Mar. 9, 2016) https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B2%20-%20Aliens%20with%20Extraordinary%20Ability/Decisions_Issued_in_2016/MAR092016_01B2203.pdf

[4] SIDE NOTE: On appeal, the Petitioner states that a position on the national judo team is effectively the most difficult association membership for a judo athlete to obtain, particularly in Korea, which has the third-most Olympic medals in judo of any nation. The Petitioner was a member of the Korean national judo team in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012. Letters from Olympic medalists and refer to training with the Petitioner at the national training center. In addition, the record shows that the Petitioner placed first, second, or third in selection matches that determine who would be on the national team. Only those with the highest level of performance made the team, and that selection was performed by judo judges at the national level.

[5] SIDE NOTE While 8 C.F.R. § 204.5(h)(3)(ii) expressly references a plurality of "associations in the field which require outstanding achievements of their members," we construe this criterion broadly as inclusive of a singular "association." A narrower interpretation could preclude individuals, who in fact clearly have extraordinary ability in their field, from establishing eligibility if their field is one in which only a single such association, no matter how distinguished, exists. See, e.g., Buletini v. INS, 860 F. Supp. 1222, 1230-31 (E.D. Mich. 1994) (single award satisfies "prizes or awards" criterion at 8 C.F.R. § 204.5(h)(3)(i)).

[6] AFM Ch. 22.2(i)(1)(C).

[7]https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B2%20%20Aliens%20with%20Extraordinary%20Ability/Decisions_Issued_in_2016/JAN282016_02B2203.pdf

[8] SIDE NOTE: about substituting student award: Chapter 22.2(i)(l )(A) of the APM provides that a foreign national "who is an Olympic coach whose athlete wins an Olympic medal while under [his] principal tutelage would likely constitute evidence comparable to that in 8 CPR 204.5(h)(3)(v)," the criterion requiring original contribution of major significance.

[9] 237 F. Supp. 2d 914 (N.D. Ill. 2002)

[10] Lee v. Ziglar, 237 F. Supp. 2d 914 - Dist. Court, ND Illinois 2002

[11]https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B2%20%20Aliens%20with%20Extraordinary%20Ability/Decisions_Issued_in_2005/JUN102005_09B2203.pdf

[12] N.D.Ill. 1996) 934 F.Supp. 965 (N.D. Ill. 1996)

[13]https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/err/B2%20%20Aliens%20with%20Extraordinary%20Ability/Decisions_Issued_in_2012/Apr232012_03B2203.pdf

[14] Moreover, in the documentation in support of coaching was unclear from the evidence if the petitioner single-handedly trained his athletes or instead trained them in a collaborative manner with other coaches and the significance or prestige of the awards or prizes presented to the athletes the Petitioner had trained.

[15] 1999 WL 675255 (Dist. Ct. N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division, Aug. 24, 1999)

[16] 860 F. Supp. 1222 - Dist. Court, ED Michigan 1994

May 15, 2016
Episode 13 - Legal Analysis of USCIS Policy Memo Re L-1A Function Managers
22:22

Legal Analysis of the USCIS Adopted Decision of AAO L-1A Function Manager Decision (Link to USCIS Decision)

Show Notes​
Send you opinions/comments to info@jqklaw.com

01:40 - Introduction of case (Procedural History)
02:40 - Basic of an L-1A case its regulations
03:30 - Biggest issue L-1A cases have (Qualified U.S. Employment)
05:30 - The Function Manager
07:25 - Details of the Adopted Decision Case
08:30 - Why the case was originally denied (insufficient U.S. employees)
09:00 - Petitioner's claim that was approved by the U.S. (using foreign staff)
10:05 - Differentiation of this case from others (and pointers on helping a case)
14:20 - Hardest part of an L-1 Petition (explaining the job duties, and discussion of red flags)
16:20 - Discussion of what is considered an Essential Function (Here it was Market Development)
17:27 - How practitioners can use this Adopted Decision
19:50 - Effect on EB-1C Immigrant Visa Applications

Apr 30, 2016
Episode 12 - Interview w/ Canadian Immigration Attorney Laurie Tannous
32:57

Interview and Discussion with Canadian Immigration Lawyers Laurie Tannous (Laurie@laurieTannous.com)

Show Notes​

01:30 - Introduction and bio (started as customs and immigration officer and does various other work - Kitch Law Firm)
03:15 - About her work as a Customs and Immigration Officer on the Canadian Side (Ambassador Bridge) while studying for law school
03:50 - Issues she saw at the border (smuggling drugs and people) as well as dealing with individuals and gaining the ability to judge people and lying well
05:40 - What she did after graduating law school (Articling with law firms to work in different areas) and growth in referrals in immigration which caused her to work in this area
07:10 - Early start to family and practice with own firm, as well as using her firm in different settings (including cross-border transactions) and doing international trade law in the US, and a customs brokerage
08:30 CEO of institute of border logistics at windsor airport
10:10 - Letter of invitation needed sometimes for temporary work meetings in Canada
10:30 - Canada's immigration programs and the point system
11:55 - The point system and necessity for an Immigration Lawyer and needing to clean up work done by regular people or non-immigration lawyers
13:00 - Her focus is on a few areas of immigration (primarily corporate and family and does not include humanitarian)
13:48 - Focusing and specializing on certain areas of immigration law
14:10 - Canada's investment program - Shut down, but pilot program for a venture capitalist program exists (need net worth of $10M, and be investing $2M with post-secondary degree)
15:05 - Other temporary programs for investors and entrepreneurs are not available right now, but an overhaul is coming to include these programs
15:55 - Canada's equivalent of the TN NAFTA Visa and the Management Consultant sub-category - issues with people doing it themselves and making bad admissions and statements
18:23 - People with DUIs trying to enter Canada - temporary resident permits ("TRP")may be required, or if 10 years have passed (deemed rehabilitated). Can be done at border or Consulate
22:10 - Where is she headquartered? And where her offices are (Detroit and Windsor in Canada)
22:35 - Role of Canadian Provinces in their Immigration programs (Quebec and provincial nominee program)
24:00 - What does a typical week look like for Laurie? How does she set up her time?
25:15 - How she balances her work and her personal life/family. Importance of time management
26:15 - How she prevents work from coming home and carving out time
27:00 - Mistakes she made early on that she has learned from: advice for a new lawyer: learn on honing in on strengths (and avoid weaker areas) and knowing when to say "NO" to clients or cases and know how to manage your time
30:20 - Her proudest moment in her practice: Teaching and helping people through education, in particular a course where a student was able to achieve success on a paper related to human smuggling/trafficking
How to learn more about Laure Tannous: www.Kitch.com Laurie@laurieTannous.com

Apr 30, 2016
Episode 11 - Interview w/ OFAC Attorney Mehrnoush Yazdanyar Esq.
47:29

Interview and Discussion with OFAC Attorney Mehrnoush Yazdanyar. Website: www.YazdanyarLaw.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_z...
Blog: http://www.yazdanyarlaw.com/blog/

00:00 - Episode Introduction
01:34 - Background of Mernhoush Yazdanyar
02:04 - Initial Legal work and subsequent start of practice (Iran OFAC sanctions works)
02:34 - What she studies in college
03:02 - Her initial real estate legal work and her thoughts about being a lawyer before graduating as opposed to after being an attorney and finding the type of work that she was meant to do
06:25 - Her passion for working/interacting with the client directly which is lacking some types of practices
07:40 - Her experience in Immigration Law, and small family-based immigration practice before starting OFAC work
09:08 - How she got into OFAC work (First OFAC case and saw the effect of sanctions on individuals for personal (non-commercial) transactions
11:30 - How Currency Exchange process works for Iran and how to do it to avoid issues
13:28 - Issues when Moneychangers do Cash Deposits into Client Accounts
15:35 - IRS Scam for those doing money transfers and effect of investigations into individuals involved in the process (Checking to make sure no one is on the designated OFAC list) and general issues with Iran transactions
18:45 - U.S. Bank rejecting the funds and dealing with Currency Exchangers in Iran, and the importance of good wiring instructions
22:41 Typical OFAC Questions: Is OFAC over or gone?
24:50 - General Licenses for OFAC (two biggest are receipt of family money non-commercial person remittance, gift or inheritance and sales of real property that had before becoming a US Person, or after becoming a US person through inheritance)
26:00 - Opening a bank account from an OFAC sanctioned country national, while in the U.S. on a tourist visa.
28:50 - General licenses and Specific licenses for business activities with Iran (e.g. agriculture, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, etc). Also sure to adhere to other export regulations from the U.S.
30:36 - Definition of general v. Specific Licenses from OFAC
31:50 - Errors Iranian make when doing OFAC on their own, and sanctions violations they are not aware of
33:15 - Time frame for getting a specific license
34:30 - About the type of practice she has (sole practitioner)
35:40 - She has Offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine and Sherman Oaks (and does a lot, especially with seminars and conferences)
36:38 - Her focus is on transactional side of OFAC (not litigation)
38:40 - How to deal with the businesses of having a legal practice and balancing work and personal life: Making sure to carve out personal time, working out
41:03 - Where she learned her craft and does continuing education
42:20 - How she did marketing and got clients when first started and how to deal with the volume of calls
46:00 - How to contact her: www.Yazdanyarlaw.com

Apr 30, 2016
Episode 10 - Interview w/ President of EB-5 Investment Advisory Firm: Peyman Attari
49:35

Host John Khosravi, Esq. interviews Peyman Attari, Co-Founder, President & CEO of the EB-5 Investment Advisor Firm AISA Investment Advisors, LLC

To learn more about the Immigration Lawyers Podcast, please visit www.ImmigrationsLawyersPodcast.com

Show Notes:

02:00 - Origins: Oil Financial world
03:30 - Work in South Africa
06:00- Work in Emerging Markets
09:42 - Starting own firm and starting a family
11:21 - Learning about the EB-5 Program
12:10 - Decision to work with investors instead of the Regional Centers
14:00 - Registered investment advisor and its fiduciary duty/ Difference with broker dealer and standard of suitability
16:30 - Info about AISA Investment Advisers, LLC and its business model
22:00 - The pay fee structure for EB-5 Immigrant Investors
26:00 - How does the relationship with your firm and the immigration attorney work?
28:30 - What are the steps for the client to go through with you
33:00 - Responses to typical questions that come from the EB-5 investors:
a - Which Investment would you do? The are supposed to recommend.
b - Can you guarantee the investment? Explain why guarantees are not possible.
c - When do I get my money back? Describe "wind down" decisions.
36:50 - Effects of retrogression / Need for redeployment of funds
39:00 - Company holds escrow account and the affect on Source of Funds
45:00 - Preference as to EB-5 model
To learn more, visit: AISAEB5.com

 
Apr 30, 2016
Episode 9 - Recap of the Changes to Immigration Law & Programs in 2015
10:24

ILP009 - Recap of the Changes to Immigration Law & Programs in 2015

Feb 01, 2016
Episode 8 - Interview w/ Immigration Attorney & EB-5 Financial Advisor John Roth
54:48
Jan 03, 2016
Episode 7 - Interview w/ Immigration Attorney (Walt Disney Company) and Adjunct Professor G. Fabricio Lopez,
47:52
Jan 02, 2016
Episode 6 - Interview w/ Immigration Attorney, Guru, Professor, Author and Advocate Stephen Yale-Loehr,
26:53

Host John Khosravi's Interview and Discussion with Immigration Guru, Attorney, Professor, Author & Advocate Stephen Yale-Loehr (http://www.millermayer.com/)

To learn more about the Immigration Lawyers Podcast, please visit www.ImmigrationsLawyersPodcast.com

Show Notes:

00:00 Overview
01:00 Introduction
01:36 Personal Background & Professional Beginnings
03:30 What does it mean to be Of Counsel and his role in his firm
04:25 Asylum Processing Times (Newark Asylum Office) and Detention times
05:53 EB-5 (I-526) Processing Times and the EB-5 Program
07:05 Steve's EB-5 cases and trends (for example, third party loans). IIUSA (https://iiusa.org/)
09:06 Amount time for Family v. Business Practice for the firm and Steve. One-off complex cases, witness testimony, pro bono (asylum) Half of practice is EB-5 related now
10:00 How Steve does his book writing
10:50 Where Steve gets his information (AILA.org, Lexis, Dan Kowalski Daily online publications Bender's immigration bulletinhttp://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsro... / various listservs)
11:57 Practice management: in-house case management system Access database w/in house IT team
12:31 Kind of complex cases he is working on (J-Visa, Asylum, EB-5)
14:15 Issues with Immigration: multiplicity of agencies and opinons and inability to be proactive in anticipating constantly shifting workload
16:25 How immigration reform would happen / points system used by other countries
19:20 Career: things that shaped who he is / clients that affected him
22:00 Affect of stress of the cases: managing client expectations
23:30 Dealing with case issues (ombudsmen, email or congressional inquiry)
24:35 Parting words: helping new immigrations come, opportunity here for them and lawyers

Nov 24, 2015
Episode 5 - Interview w/ Legal Marketing and Management Expert Michael Chasin, JD/MBA,
32:18

Host John Khosravi's Interview and Discussion with Los Angeles Tech Entrepreneur and law firm management and marketing expert Michael Chasin, Founder Lexicata.com and LawKick.com.

To learn more about the Immigration Lawyers Podcast, please visit www.ImmigrationsLawyersPodcast.com

Show Notes:

00.00 Overview of the Podcast
01.03 Introduction
01:20 Background of Michael Chasin
02:33 Decision not to practice law and switch to business
03:30 "Not having a boss"
03:50 Starting legal marketing site "Law Kick"
06:32 Online marketing techniques for lawyers
07:20 Content strategies
08:25 Social Media
09:00 Sites you can sign up for for more online presence
09:35 Creating online presence by starting webs around the internet (Google Crawling)
11:55 Getting Reviews
12:20 Yelp
15:45 Modern Customer Service expectations from Law Firms
18:58 What should be in your profile? Photos, educational background, reviews and find things to relate with the client
22:00 Office management / info and client management
22:50 Background on Lexicata
22:22 Benefits of Intake forms
28:50 Final words of advice
31:20 Ways to contact Michael

Nov 24, 2015
Episode 4 - Interview w/ Start Up Visa Immigration Attorney and Author Tahmina Watson
01:15:38

Host John Khosravi's Interview and Discussion with Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer Tahmina Watson (http://www.immigrationlawyersinseattl...) Founder of Watson Immigration Law and Author of: "The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth and Economic Prosperity in America".

To learn more about the Immigration Lawyers Podcast, please visit www.ImmigrationsLawyersPodcast.com

Show Notes:

00:00 Overview of the Podcast
01:55 Background (Education and Family) of Tahmina Watson
04:00 About Barristers v. Solicitors in the British Legal System
04:45 Pupillage (Apprenticeship) Position and Practicing Law in Great Britain
11:12 Why she came to the U.S.
12:15 Being able to practice in U.S. States
15:22 Personal Immigration experience
17:50 Getting started in Immigration Law
19:43 Her Blog (marketing/book)
20:20 Newspaper articles
20:43 Memberships in groups and Bar Associations
21:45 Social Media presence/Blog
24:00 Areas of Immigration Law she practices
25:00 Advocacy for "Start Up Visas"
26:20 Types of Visa categories she enjoys
27:05 Example of problem she has faced (example of USCIS OPT/H-1B Cap error that she fixed)
32:44 How she started her book
38:25 Publishing
44:05 Upcoming U.S. elections & future Immigration Policy
51:00 Practice Management
53:45 Office Quality Control (software: INS Zoom and calendars such as outlook and wall calendars)
55:32 Books recommended (Nutshell on Immigration & Kurzban)
57:45 AILA Membership (using mentors)
1:00:40 How her week looks like / Balancing Personal & Business Life
1:06:43 Asylum Timelines
1:07:10 Discussion on the future of EB-5 Immigrant Investor program

Nov 24, 2015
Episode 3 - Interview w/ Human Rights Immigration Lawyer: Heather Poole
39:32

Host John Khosravi's Interview and Discussion with Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer Heather Poole (http://www.humanrightsattorney.com/), a Managing Partner of the Law Firm Stone, Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLC, well known Immigration/Human Rights Attorney, former Southern California AILA Chair and Member of the National Board of Governors.

To learn more about the Immigration Lawyers Podcast, please visit www.ImmigrationsLawyersPodcast.com

Show Notes:

0:45 Introduction to Heather Poole
2:00 Personal Background, Education and choosing immigration law (Lennie Benson: http://www.nyls.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/faculty_profiles/lenni_b_benson/)
4:14 Her first legal job
6:20 Starting her solo law practice
8:45 Problems with answering your own phone, using answering/reception services (CallRuby.com)
11:55 What is going on with her now? The transition of merging law firms
14:20 History of firm (Professional Law Corporation) and Marketing (online), using marketing courses & focusing on a niche practice ares
18:20 failures and successes: example of needing to know Family Law as well. See her article at:
http://www.slideshare.net/humanrtsatty/the-international-affair-la-lawyer-magazine-feature-article-immigration-attorney-heather-poole
24:20 Managing an office team - Using software, Microsoft Office 365, backing up data on a physical server, Abacus Law, AILA Link, Law Logix,
28:28 Being an attorney in other jurisdictions
30:56 What are the Characteristics of a Good and Bad Immigration Lawyer?
32:27 What keeps you up at night regarding cases?
34:30 Balancing Personal Life & Business Life
38:34 Future goals in the next 10 years

Nov 23, 2015
Episode 2 - Interview w/ Former USCIS Adjudications Officer Sonia Figueroa, Esq.
01:00:37

00:45 Introductions

01:20 Personal History

         Early Life (Family & Education)

07:30 Military/Army Experience

13:00 Leaving Military And Law School

15:05 Post-Law School & Starting the Practice of Law

        16:40 Starting Your Own Practice Tips

        17:20 The Importance of Having A Business Plan

19:40 Sonia's Area's Of Practice (Family, Removal Defense, U & T Visas, VAWA Petitions)

20:45 Dealing With The Pressures of T/U/VAWA Cases/Clients

24:45 Becoming A USCIS Adjudications Officer

28:20 Experience As A USCIS Adjudications Officer w/ Tips

43:15 Running A Solo Practice

         Marketing. Whether To Use Yelp? Using Avvo.com

         Volunteering,...

50:15 Case/Issues In Sonia's Practice That Are On Her Mind

57:15 Meditation Techniques Sonia Uses To Help Deal With The Pressures Of Practicing Law

Jul 30, 2015
Episode 1 - Discussion w/ EB-5 Attorney Belma Demirovic Chinchoy
52:24

Discussion about the Draft of EB-5 Renewal Regulation

Immigration Attorneys John Khosravi and Belma Demirovic Chinchoy discuss the recent US Senate Bill proposed to renew the EB-5 Immigration Investor Program, in particular in regards to Regional Centers and their affect on foreign Aliens looking to gain a US Green Card (Lawful Permanent Resident Status) by making an investment in the US.

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Jun 28, 2015