Permanent Residency and Immigrant Visas for Skilled Workers and Professionals

Training 9: Permanent Residency and Immigrant Visas for Skilled Workers and Professionals

In this one day training we will explore the complex legal framework of Permanent Residency for Skilled Workers and Professionals. This practice area will bring out the corporate lawyer inside of you! We will be researching and strategizing actual cases, as well as preparing the forms and assembling the supporting documents together.

8:00 am – 8:15am Welcome, Introduction and Goals

8:15 am- 9:45 am Permanent Residency for Skilled Workers and Professionals

  • Overview and Executive Summary of the program
  • Political considerations
  • Staying in Status
  • Executives, managers and skilled workers
  • Sponsors and enterprises in the United States and abroad
  • Job descriptions & organizational charts
  • Immigrant visa availability and numerical caps
  • Department of Labor prevailing wages and certifications
  • USCIS and Embassy requirements
  • How to manage changes of employment and employee terminations
  • Dual representation and ethical dilemmas

9:45 am – 10:00 am MORNING BREAK

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Substantive and Procedural Law of “Preference Petitions”

  • First Preference International Executives and Specialized Knowledge Employees/Extraordinary Ability Immigrants
  • Second Preference Member of the Professions with an Advanced Degree/Exceptional Ability
  • Third Preference Professional and Skilled Workers
  • Third Preference “Other Worker”
  • Change of status in the U.S vs. visa processing in the Embassy
  • Kurzban
  • INA
  • FAM
  • USCIS website
  • Department of Labor website
  • US Embassy website

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Needs Assessments, Legal Fees and Contracts

  • Legal Ethics – Model Rule 1.5: Appropriate Fees for Legal Services in Business Immigration Law
  • Lead Generation, Lead Conversion and Client Fulfillment
  • Questionnaire and Document Review

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm AFTERNOON BREAK

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm Preparing and Filing Preference Petitions

  • Preparing and Printing forms – I-140/I-485
  • Assembly and Attorney Cover Letter
  • Request for Evidence, Approvals, Denials and Appeals

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Implementing the new practice area

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Coaching/Mentoring

5:30 pm Conclusion of Program