While attorneys play a limited role in assisting foreign nationals to obtain student visas, it is never too early to counsel international students on the ways in which they might pursue employment following the conclusion of their studies. The different processes are not intuitive, and developing a strategy in a timely manner can be essential to a student’s ability to remain in the U.S.
This course, taught by veteran Immigration Law practitioner Matthew Blaisdell, will provide strategies for transitioning international students to temporary and/or permanent employment-based visas, and to help attorneys answer the questions that international students typically present. What is the legal framework for seeking employment-based visas in the U.S.? How do the processes differ in pursuing nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) visas? What are the most suitable categories within each? What strategies are available for moving from a nonimmigrant to an immigrant visa? What considerations should a foreign national be considering while pursuing their studies in the U.S.?
In the course of addressing these issues, the program will survey the most common immigrant and non-immigrant visas, discuss how to evaluate a client’s suitability for each, and identify special issues that should be addressed from the outset to provide the client with the best chance of success.
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).