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Immigration Issues for LGBT Individuals

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Produced on March 19, 2019

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Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Immigration practitioners should be aware that LGBT individuals face certain distinct issues in immigration law. In this program, attorneys George Tenreiro of Baldassare & Mara, LLC and Guy Menahem of Lightman Law Firm LLC will address those issues, including complications that arise when processing same-sex marriage petitions, fiancé visa applications filed by same-sex binational couples, and asylum claims based upon sexual orientation. The course will provide an overview of how marriage petitions, fiancé visa applications, and asylum claims are generally processed in order to understand differences that arise when working with LGBT individuals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Obtain a basic understanding of certain forms of immigration relief, including marriage petitions, fiancé visa applications, and asylum cases
  2. Recognize policy and procedural issues affecting LGBT individuals regarding these practice areas
  3. Identify ways to better represent this population

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Faculty

George Tenreiro

Baldassare & Mara, LLC

George Tenreiro focuses on immigration matters, as well as business and commercial litigation.  Mr. Tenreiro’s immigration experience includes successfully representing corporate clients and their employees in all forms and aspects of temporary employment-based visas.  This includes applications for H-1B, L-1, E-3 (Australian Nationals), B-2 (Temporary Business Visa), TN NAFTA (Canadian and Mexican Nationals), and E-1/E-2 (Investor) visas.  His practice also includes representing corporate clients and their employees to obtain any one of five types of EB visas that allow the beneficiary employee to obtain lawful permanent resident status, which often includes added steps involving the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mr. Tenreiro also successfully defends individuals in immigration court proceedings.  He also represents individuals in obtaining all types of family-based visas (for example, marriage petitions), together with  Form N-400 Applications for Naturalization.  Additionally, Mr. Tenreiro has successfully represented LGBTQI and other applicants obtain special immigration status by asylum, allowing the individual to flee persecution and remain in the United States with work authorization, federal/state benefits, and a path to citizenship.

His broad immigration practice has allowed him to successfully represent diverse corporate and individual clients from many countries, including, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, St. Lucia, Senegal, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, United Kingdom, and Zambia.

Mr. Tenreiro also represents businesses in a broad range of complex litigation matters in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York.




Guy Menahem

Lightman Law Firm

Guy Menahem has spent his entire legal career in the immigration field. He adds to Lightman Law Firm’s full spectrum of immigration offerings by bringing his strengths in the areas of deportation defense and asylum, in addition to complex family-based cases and citizenship. Guy has appeared with clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Immigration Courts in several states up and down the east coast, and also advocated for clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals, which sits just outside of Washington.

He has represented clients at all levels of removal proceedings, from affirmative applications for relief, to the initial charge of removability, the hearing stages, and if needed, at the appeals level.

Guy's involvement with the LGBT community has included the preparation of same-sex family petitions before USCIS, and the representation of LGBT couples pursuing the approval of their marriage-based residency petitions before the Immigration Courts. Guy has also brought forth LGBT asylum claims involving individuals from Russia and the Caribbean.

A life-long language learner, Guy speaks English and Spanish fluently, and is also proficient in Russian and French.





Reviews

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Steven H.

I like the comprehensiveness of his class - Part I and Part II were equally informative!

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James L.

helpful presentation

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RONALD L.

Additional discussion about asylum application is a bonus. I love this course.

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