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Immigration & Naturalization Institute

October 13 - 14, 2009


New York, New York


October 13 - 14, 2009

Why You Should Attend

Recently admitted NY attorneys: This program is accredited for transitional CLE credit

Why You Should Attend

A new Administration and a downturn in the economy have contributed to an ever-changing and challenging year in immigration. This year’s program will take a comprehensive look at immigration from several perspectives. What immigration policies has President Obama initiated in his first year, and what programs has his Administration suspended? How has the Department of Labor’s view of PERM been affected by the year’s events? What changes will the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) look to implement to H-1Bs cap filings for Fiscal Year 2011? States are beginning to enforce the array of employer sanctions legislation passed in the last few years, and municipalities are accelerating efforts to ”get tough“ on undocumented workers. The Department of Homeland Security has suggested stepped up enforcement of employers through criminal prosecutions and workplace raids. How have the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies affected undocumented immigrant workers and asylum seekers this year?

Join us at this year’s Institute to hear an outstanding faculty of top level government officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State, along with leading practitioners in the field, discuss recent changes and developments that impact your practice. Topics will include the new Administration’s immigration initiatives, an update on federal court cases, immigrant and nonimmigrant processing issues, and the impact of the economic downturn on adjudication, new laws and policies related to enforcement, and removal.

What You Will Learn

  • The new Administration’s initiatives and programs
  • The latest on Department of Labor strategy in PERM cases in this economy
  • Trends in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudication
  • H-1B cap analysis and strategies for Fiscal Year 2011
  • Recent federal court cases and administrative decisions
  • Responding to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services audits and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations
  • The impact of continued state legislation
  • Prospects for immigration legislation in the coming year
  • Global immigration trends

Who Should Attend

This program is for attorneys specializing in immigration law, as well as those who work with immigration matters as part of a diverse practice or at large international law firms. The program is also valuable for in-house counsel and personnel managers at corporations who have responsibility for employment and immigration matters.

Special Features

Live Webcast - Simultaneous live webcast of the New York session is available for individual viewing. Webcast participants will receive streaming audio and/or video of the program, view and print the Course Handbook, and have the ability to submit questions electronically.

For more information click on the Live Webcast link in the Related Items box.

Special Bonus to all Registrants

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of PLI's comprehensive Course Handbook. This softcover, bound volume was written to augment the program and to stand alone as a permanent reference. PLI's Course Handbooks represent the definitive thinking of the nation's finest legal minds, and are often the standard reference in the field.

Please Note: Webcast attendees will receive a downloadable version of the Handbook one business day prior to the program.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount.  


All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.


Please plan to arrive with enough time to register before the conference begins. A networking breakfast will be available upon your arrival.

Day One: 9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

9:00  Introduction

Austin T. Fragomen, Jr.

9:15  Immigration Policies of the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress

  • New priorities and direction for enforcement
  • Legislative agenda
  • Progress toward comprehensive reform

Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Leon Fresco (invited), Staff member from Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's office

10:15  Updates from USCIS HQ and Service Centers

  • Trends in CIS adjudication
  • H-1B cap analysis and prospective changes for FY2011 H-1B cap selection
  • Transformation, bi-specialization, premium processing and e-filing
  • Regulatory and policy developments

Michael Aytes (invited), Cynthia J. Lange, Sharon R. Mehlman, Donald Neufeld (invited)

11:30  Networking Break

11:45  State Department Update

  • Balancing security with efficiency - a look at background check delays
  • Inter-agency data sharing
  • Communications between posts and entry points
  • Preparing for the interview, scheduling appointments, presenting required documents and overcoming denials
  • Unique issues with Canada and Mexico

Jeffrey H. Gorsky, Bernard P. Wolfsdorf

12:45  Lunch

Afternoon Session: 1:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

1:45  Compliance with PERM in Today’s Job Market

  • Effect of a down economy
  • Audit letters: what are they asking?
  • Supervised recruitment
  • What will iCert bring?

Catherine L. Haight, Eleanor Pelta

3:00  Networking Break

3:15  Intra-company Transfers: Getting the Right Talent to the Right Place

  • Evolving standards and definitions of the L-1 visa
  • Impact of 2005 visa reform legislation
  • Other alternatives for companies wishing to transfer global personnel

Bo Cooper, Austin T. Fragomen, Jr.

4:15  Planning Immigration Strategies in a Down Economy

  • What effects do layoffs have on an immigration program?
  • How to deal with creative cost-cutting measures

Deborah J. Notkin, Kathleen Campbell Walker

5:15  Adjourn

Day Two: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

9:00  Federal Court Litigation

  • Effect of Supreme Court’s decision in Flores-Figueroa on worksite enforcement
  • Significance of recent decisions

Lucas Guttentag

10:00  State and Federal Employment Verification

  • State laws regulating employment verification and where they stand
  • Federal court cases and the pre-emption issues
  • Federal Contractor Rule and other E-Verify initiatives
  • Congressional initiatives in employment verification

Gary E. Endelman, Cynthia J. Lange

11:00  Networking Break

11:15  Government Audits, Enforcement and Investigations

  • What gover

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