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Alternatives to the H1-B Visa (Update)

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Produced on February 11, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

No visa attracts more interest, frustration, and questions than the H-1B. Because it is also increasingly difficult to obtain, attorneys must be able to present alternative options for clients seeking the ability to work in the U.S., and to address a range of questions presented by clients who might be initially drawn to the H-1B. What options are similar in terms of benefits and requirements? What other nonimmigrant (temporary) visas might facilitate obtaining an immigrant (permanent) visa? What options might actually prove a better fit for the foreign national given their qualifications?

This course, taught by veteran Immigration Law practitioner Matthew Blaisdell, will provide a survey of nonimmigrant visa categories that typically apply to these circumstances, including their benefits and drawbacks, timeframes, and eligibility requirements. We will also explore how several of these categories might fit with or conflict with each other. The program will provide attorneys with as much information as they need to help a client feel informed about and comfortable with the options presented. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess the most appropriate nonimmigrant visa categories 
  2. Consider how such categories may affect strategies for pursuit of an immigrant visa
  3. Present various risk-benefit scenarios to clients to assist in deciding between alternatives

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Matthew Blaisdell

Matthew Blaisdell, Esq.

Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney in Brooklyn, New York, with a full concentration in immigration law. He is the former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and currently serves on its Ethics Committee. He frequently writes and presents on these topics, and he has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers.

He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics related to practice management, prosecutorial discretion and advocating before various government agencies, immigration legislation and policies, constitutional issues, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, immigration consequences of criminal activity, humanitarian forms of relief, and employment-based visas.

He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).


Darren P.

Great presentation!

Michael R.

Everything that I ever wanted to learn about H1B

Raquel F.

Instructor did a great job!

James M.

Good job!

Elizabeth S.

Helpful update. Good presentation overall.

Lauren D.



Excellent and thorough presentation of information. I am walking away with a better understanding of alternatives to the H-1B visa and able to apply this knowledge immediately.

Bansri P.

As an immigration attorney, I found this CLE to be spot on and a great refresher! I would highly recommend this CLE to anyone interested in business immigration.

Anna T.

Would recommend for those interested in Immigration Law and H1-B visas and their alternatives.

Edward K.

Very good presentation. Excellent coverage of the visa categories.

Holly R.

Excellent update to the H1B and other employer visas thanks!

Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for an excellent program -- outstanding content.

Hope S.

Thanks so much for your enlightening lecture.

Thomas S.


Hilary J.

Very knowledgeable speaker.

ken b.

good one

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