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Representation of Clients in the Nonimmigrant Visa Process At Consular Posts

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Produced on January 31, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Immigration

Course Description

In a highly mobile global economy, attorneys need to focus on representation of clients in the nonimmigrant visa process, which involves applying sophisticated and finely honed negotiation skills, as well as knowing the substantive laws, regulations and the policies at various consular posts towards the type of application a client will make.  

Most employment based cases, such as H-1B, H-1B1, L-1A and L-1B, O and P visas, begin with the approval of a visa petition by USCIS in the United States. In the preparation of the visa petition, counsel must be alert to the end game, which includes preparation of a petition which complies with the substantive laws and regulations of USCIS and also satisfies the particular policies of a consular post. Other employment/investment visa applications are generally made to a consular post initially; thus familiarity with consular posts policies where application will be made is critical to success. Many consular post websites contain post-specific policies and procedures, meant for the public at large. The post website should be consulted to begin the process, but should not end there.

The job of effective representation in consular visa processing is made challenging when confronted by consular absolutism which includes the right of each consular post to determine the parameters of attorney representation, including whether attorneys will be permitted to speak with a consular officer about a case; whether an attorney may be present at the visa interview and whether attorney prepared documents will be accepted and reviewed.

The objective of this course, presented by Jan Pederson, Shareholder and Senior Attorney at Maggio-Kattar, PC, is to provide attorneys with basic knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the international waters of visa representation.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn to bulletproof the Visa Petition in Business Cases
  2. Examine effective use of the DS-160 electronic universal visa application form
  3. Explore common Issues in Visa Processing and the Search for Effective Solutions

  4. Identify the consular post where a visa application should be made
  5. Determine strategies when the consular officer denies or revokes a visa

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Jan Pederson

Maggio Kattar Nahajzer + Alexander, P.C.

Recognized by The Washington Post as one of "seven leading lawyers" in Washington, D.C., Ms. Pederson has been dedicated to the practice of immigration and nationality law for over twenty years.

Ms. Pederson has successfully represented thousands of clients - including renowned physicians, Fortune 500 companies, television networks, entertainers, and healthcare providers of all sizes - and is masterful at resolving complex immigration issues.

Ms. Pederson is a leading advocate for the rights of J-1 Physicians in the United States and has been key to the passage of legislation to benefit them. She is also the publisher of J-1 Physician News and lectures nationally and internationally to foreign physicians. She seeks solutions for her clients beyond the immigration laws and does not hesitate to seek assistance from the White House and Congress if necessary. She has been a key advocate on the restoration of the National Interest Waivers for J-1 Physicians and in increasing the Conrad State 20 J-1 Waiver Program within the Conrad State 30 Program.

Ms. Pederson served as president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and as an elected director of the national Board of Governors of AILA for eighteen years. She has served as a chairperson of the Physicians Task Force of AILA for many years and has also served as chairperson of the AILA Visa Office Liaison Committee and Refugee Committee. In 1997, she received the Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in the advancement of the practice of immigration law.

The national media has recognized Ms. Pederson's expertise in immigration law and called upon her to comment on important issues and legislation. Ms. Pederson has been interviewed by CNN, ABC News, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Times and The Legal Times of Washington, D.C., to name a few. She is the founder and Editor of J-1 Physicians News, a newsletter focusing on issues of concern to J-1 physicians



great woman.

Susana F.

Excellent presentation and materials. Also very interesting. Thank you!

Katharine W.

Helpful practice tips

June C.

Informative and succinctly presented.

Angela S.

Really great material and practical for new practitioners.

Pablo N.

A little slow, but very informative.


A very useful course for the immigration practitioner with foreign clients.

Tania G.

Very informative.

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Mohammed Z.

good program

Steven G.

great course, interesting material.


Very informative!

Saville M.

Very good and well rounded program.

Julie A. B.

A worthwhile, meaningful overview of the topic.

Kathy A.

GREAT presentation. I am an attorney and serving consular officer, and this presentation is dead on the money.

Julie P.

Terrific! Thank you.

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