Visa Crackdowns – What Attorneys Need to Know: Visas, Residency, and Relief from Deportation


CLE credits earned: 4 GENERAL (or 4 LAW & LEGAL or WA state)

Attorneys will learn the basic law and practice governing how foreign nationals can visit, live, work and/or reside lawfully in the United States, either temporarily or permanently. We also will discuss relief from deportation and humanitarian relief and touch on the most common ethical issues confronting the immigration practitioner. Finally, we will discuss important resources needed to competently practice immigration law.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Immigration law terminology and ethical issues
•   Nonimmigrant visas for work, studies and other purposes
•   Employment-based immigrant preference categories and visas
•   Family-based immigrant visas for immediate relatives and other family members
•   Removal defense and humanitarian forms of relief
•   Naturalization and citizenship

Date / Time: January 17, 2019

•   10:00 am – 2:15 pm Eastern
•   9:00 am – 1:15 pm Central
•   8:00 am – 12:15 pm Mountain
•   7:00 am – 11:15 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: January 17, 2019

Rina Gandhi, Esq.

Rina’s interest in immigration law began with a service trip to Juarez, Mexico in 2008. She always had a passion for law, especially as a tool for social justice, and this trip provided a path. Since then, she has been immersed in the immigration field and is fortunate to have worked in both non-profit and law firm settings. She has been involved in lobbying efforts for the DREAM Act for over a decade, and continues to push for a clean Dream Act, comprehensive immigration reform, and ending family detention.

Rina furthers these goals by being a member of the AILA DC Advocacy Committee, the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, and by giving speeches on immigration topics at universities.

Rina has experience in a wide variety of immigration cases from family-based cases including same-sex and transgender marriages, military Parole in Place, and Child Status Protection Act; to DACA and DACA adjustment cases; removal defense and appeals; asylum; and naturalization, including 319(b) expeditious naturalization. She specializes in waivers for unauthorized presence, crimes, and fraud or misrepresentation and is particularly fond of the I-601A provisional waiver.

Amy Novick, Esq. focuses her practice on obtaining visas for highly skilled professionals, waivers of the two-year home residency requirement for J visa holders, issues of concern to G-4 international workers and to diplomats, E investors, extraordinary ability visas, visas for multinational executives and managers, foreign adoptions, naturalization and citizenship, and family- and marriage-based immigration matters. Amy also conducts I-9 audits on behalf of corporate clients. She is a frequent speaker at international institutions (World Bank, IMF, IDB) and embassies in Washington DC.

Amy has been involved with immigration and nationality law and policy for more than 25 years. She served as Deputy Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where she directed the Association’s extensive immigration education program, including publishing, legal education conferences, and marketing.

Catherine Reynolds, Esq. has been practicing for over twenty years exclusively in immigration law. She had her first major success in immigration as a law student where she won an asylum case before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has continued with a winning record for a wide variety of immigration matters in both business cases and humanitarian immigration related cases.

Catherine currently advises businesses and professionals on immigration strategies and represents clients on the full range of business visas. Aside from representing businesses, she has worked with the entire spectrum of immigration law, for those persons seeking relief from deportation to those obtaining U.S. citizenship through naturalization. She has won many complex cases for clients in need of immigration waivers, or those seeking asylum in the U.S. She has successfully litigated federal cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in the Fourth Circuit and Seventh Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Catherine recently served as Chair of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and served on its Executive Committee for five years., where among other things, she oversaw educational programs for its members, led immigration workshops, coordinated pro bono events, and regularly met with government agency leaders, including Congressional leaders advocating for fair immigration laws.

David J. Rothwell, Esq. devotes his practice exclusively to Immigration Law. He has over 35 years of experience in immigration matters, and has built a substantial immigration law practice including immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications, representation of U.S. and overseas businesses wishing to bring workers to the U.S., family visa applications, deportation defense, political asylum, naturalization and other immigration matters.

David was the lead attorney in Perez v. Vargas, a case in which the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals interpreted a section of the Immigration & Nationality Act to successfully support certain applicants for immigration who must change employers during the process. He has gained relief for persons who have suffered political persecution due to their political or religious beliefs including persons who have suffered female genital mutilation before arriving in the United States and have the same fear for their daughters. Among the hundreds of cases he has handled over the years are many that include families that are facing separation of a family member from the family unit.

David has appeared on behalf of clients in Immigration Court and at agency hearings in over a dozen cities in the United States as well as consulates outside the U.S. He has been the invited speaker on the topic of immigration law at employment law and other legal seminars and classes. In addition to his practice, David provides assistance to young non-citizens in need of legal advice through his position on the Board of Directors of The Dream Project.

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Section I. Immigration law terminology and ethical issues
Catherine Reynolds

Section II. Nonimmigrant visas for work, studies and other purposes
Amy Novick

Section III. Employment-based immigrant preference categories and visas
Catherine Reynolds and Amy Novick

Section IV. Family-based immigrant visas for immediate relatives and other family members
Rina Gandhi

Section V. Removal defense and humanitarian forms of relief
David Rothwell and Rina Gandhi

Section VI. Naturalization and citizenship
David Rothwell