Immigration and Firm News

On September 5, 2017, a day of infamy, and in an act of extreme cowardice, President Trump failed to keep his word when he terminated the DACA program for DREAMERS. After indicating he would have “heart” and that he "loves the DREAMERS," his lies were shown for what they are. He cowardly outsourced his announcement to terminate the program to his anti-DACA in chief, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose speech was filled with lies about the program and its recipients. With no notice at all, the … [Read more...]

I am pleased to report that I was quoted in Bloomberg Law, Daily Labor Report in an article about the new USCIS final rule on Entrepreneur Parole that was issued on January 17, 2017.  The rule goes into effect July 17, 2017 assuming the new Administration decides to keep the regulation.  The article in full is here. … [Read more...]

I am pleased to announce my participation in the newly released virtual round table,  Immigration Law - the Americas 2016 produced by Corporate Live Wire.  (The previous link may require a login that is free.) This is the second time I have participated in these round tables.  The round table involves a number of immigration lawyers from different jurisdictions discussing Q&As about immigration trends in the US and the Americas such as: Impact of globalization on immigration … [Read more...]

I am pleased and honored to announce that I will be speaking at the national Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference next week in Las Vegas. This conference regularly attracts thousands of immigration practitioners from around the country. I will be joining two colleagues, Robert Divine and David Grunblatt, on a panel about "Complex Visa Issues for Entrepreneurs."  We will discuss attempts by USCIS to (supposedly) enhance opportunities for entrepreneurs within the confines of … [Read more...]

I am honored to be speaking about EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) cases at the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association Northwest CLE.  This annual event put on by the Washington and Oregon AILA Chapters will be held at Seattle University on March 17 and 18.  Along with my colleagues, Amy Royalty and Ursula Owen, we will be discussing the crème de la creme employment based categories: EB-1-1 extraordinary ability workers, EB-1-1 outstanding researchers and professors, EB-1-3 … [Read more...]

On November 6, 2015, Seattle immigration lawyer, Bonnie Stern Wasser, will be speaking about Immigration Law at the Legal Assistance Training for Lawyers Assisting Military Personnel to be held at Seattle University over two days.  This is an annual program sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section put on in conjunction with the military JAG Corps.  This program is intended for those who support military personnel and veterans or who are … [Read more...]

I am pleased to announce my participation in an online roundtable with immigration lawyers from the US and several other countries hosted by Corporate LiveWire.  This interesting website provides business professionals and individuals with news about corporate transactions and deals, legislation and regulatory updates, information about international markets and business strategy, international law, marketing, and finance.  Every year, Corporate LiveWire posts an immigration roundtable where … [Read more...]

I am pleased to announce that I was invited to speak at the 2015 Community College Master Teacher Institute. This event will be held on July 9 and 10, 2015 at the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.  The program is sponsored by UW, the Northwest International Education Association, the University of Wisconsin, and the Global Business Center at the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.  The theme for the institute is Human … [Read more...]

I had the pleasure to volunteer my time and service at the Citizenship Day event in Yakima, Washington where I helped permanent residents review their eligibility and prepare forms for naturalization applications.  Started by an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) colleague back in 2004 or so, the program has become a national one in many AILA chapters.  Around 2009 or 2010, I had the good fortune as chair of the AILA Washington Citizenship Day Committee to form a partnership with … [Read more...]

I am pleased to announce that on March 3, 2015, I will be participating in a national webinar hosted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association on "Immigrant Options for Small and Start-Up Businesses."   This program will focus on the unique challenges faced by foreign personnel working for small businesses, or founding start-up companies.  We will discuss various permanent residence options, ability to pay, bona fide job opportunities, capitalization, business plans, and best practices for … [Read more...]