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.
Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney 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 is current Chair of AILA’s Consumer Protection Rapid Response Team. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of consumer protection and immigration fraud, 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 attorney ethics, 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 non-immigrant 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).