The availability of non-immigrant visas enabling foreign national students to study in the United States has long been a key component of the U.S. immigration system. Often, student visas are the mechanism by which our clients first enter the U.S., and they provide a valuable option for those already present. However, the role of the attorney is minimized in this process, and replaced by institutions with which attorneys have little-to-no access.
This course will provide a unique perspective for attorneys seeking a better understanding of not only the ins-and-outs of various non-immigrant visas for foreign national students, but also the concerns and practical realities of both students and the schools and programs with which they interact.
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).
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