Immigration is everywhere, and many non-immigration attorneys, especially general practitioners, will encounter immigration issues at some point in their practice. Although it is usually best to consult with an experience immigration specialist, it is nonetheless important for all attorneys to have a basic understanding of the immigration landscape so they can make an initial evaluation when issues do arise - whether in obtaining visas for specialized employees, encountering immigration concerns in family law matters, or responding to workplace audits.
Immigration policies are implemented by granting or denying visas. There are two types of visas: immigrant and nonimmigrant. Nonimmigrant visas are primarily issued to tourists and temporary business visitors, and only a few categories of non-immigrant visas allow their holders work in the United States. Immigrant visas (i.e. green cards) permit their holders to stay in the United States permanently and ultimately to apply for citizenship. A foreign national who has an immigrant visa is permitted to work in the United States. Congress limits the overall number of immigrant visas, and many immigrant visas are also subject to per-country limits. Under the current administration, these caps and controls have become the subject of increasing scrutiny and may be changed in the near future (i.e. chain immigration).
This presentation, taught by Immigration Law specialist Neil Weinrib, will explore various options and vehicles available to foreign nationals desiring to come into the United States and foreign companies seeking to set up U.S. based offices.
Neil A. Weinrib attended the Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in history (with honors). While attending Penn State, Neil studied in Israel with Brandeis University. After graduation, Neil received a Master’s degree in international relations concentrating in international law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in 1974. And, after graduation from Hofstra University Law School in 1977, Neil was admitted to the New York, Washington D.C., and Florida bars, in addition to the federal courts. He was recently admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.
After establishing himself as an immigration expert while working for a large immigration and general practice firm, Neil decided to start his own immigration practice in 1980, which has significantly expanded over the years. Neil A. Weinrib & Associates (NAWLAW) is a premier boutique law firm consisting of more than 25 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff – and is still growing. Neil is the principal and managing attorney of NAWLAW and is heavily involved in all aspects of the firm. He is relentlessly dedicated to the firm’s clients and assisting them in achieving their U.S. immigration goals.
In addition to other notable immigration work done at NAWLAW, which includes decisions published on the front page of the NY Law Journal and covered in the New York Times, Neil successfully filed a writ to the U.S. Supreme Court, which resulted in a decision in NAWLAW’s favor (Vartelas v. Holder, 132 S. Ct. 1479 (2012)).
Neil frequently lectures on immigration topics for organizations around the country and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer Magazine based on peer recommendations. He has lectured on immigration to organizations such as SCORE NY (U.S. Small Business Administration), community groups, and educational institutions including the Manhattan School of Music, NY Film Academy, and the NYU School of Continuing Education. He has also conducted continuing legal education seminars, both locally and nationally. Neil has also lectured to human resources executives at various companies as well as the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Neil has appeared on national radio and webinars.
Further, Neil wrote and published an article for the New York Enterprise Report regarding business immigration. And, he was recently contacted by CBS News in connection with the story involving the nationality of a child born over Russia on an airliner flying from Canada to Japan. Also, in June Neil presented a comprehensive lecture on EB-5 Green Card Investment sponsored by the REIN group and will be presenting again in the near future. In October, he again was invited to present a lecture on U.S. immigration to SCORE NY.
Neil A. Weinrib is currently admitted to practice law in New York, Florida, and the federal courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Insofar as immigration is national in scope, NAWLAW practices on a nationwide basis.
good survey course
He promptly answered my online question.
Comprehensive and thorough presentation and good moderator support
Very timely topic.
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