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Grand Hyatt

No. 2, Songshou Road, Xinyi District

Rooms 508-520

Taipei City

Taiwan R.O.C.

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AILA - Bangkok District Chapter APAC 8th Annual Consular Processing Conference

​February 19-February 21, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan

Are you an immigration attorney looking to stay up to date on the key issues advocates face during the U.S. visa application process? Then please join the AILA Bangkok District Chapter at its 8th annual conference on Feb 19 to Feb 21 in the world-class destination of Taipei, Taiwan. Leading experts, from both government and the private sector, will discuss the latest immigration news, matters of fraud and misrepresentation, and regional issues as they relate to questions of a U.S. consular processing practice.



February 19- 21, 2020

Grand Hyatt Hotel
No. 2, Songshou Road, Xinyi District
Taipei, Taiwan

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

9:00 am–4:30 pm Tentative: Pre-Event EB-5 Special Presentation

This presentation is not part of the Chapter’s educational offering and will not earn CLE credits. Separate registration is required.

6:00 pm–8:00 pm Welcome Reception

Location and times TBA

Thursday, February 20, 2020

7:30 am–8:00 am Registration and Networking

8:00 am–8:15 am Welcome Address and Greetings

8:20 am–9:20 am Today’s Hottest Immigration Topics

U.S. immigration laws and procedures constantly change. Get the most up to date information on the latest developments that will directly effect your practice, presented by some of AILA’s top members.

  • Updates on late-breaking regulatory and processing changes.
  • Recent consular variations on Public Charge inadmissibility.
  • What may be on the horizon with Congress and the agencies.

9:25 am–10:10 am APAC Consular Tips from the ”Boots on the Ground” (Part I)

A practical discussion by in-country attorneys giving invaluable advice on the trends, tips and unique processes when dealing with conulates in Japan,Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

  • Scheduling, interviews and local preferences
  • Individual consulate issues
  • Specific workload capabilities
  • Contacting with the embassy
  • Attorney representation

10:10 am–10:25 am Networking Break

10:25 am–11:10 am APAC Consular Tips from the ”Boots on the Ground” (Part II)

A practical discussion by in-country attorneys giving invaluable advice on the trends, tips and unique processes when dealing with consulates in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, China, India, Korea and Australia

  • Scheduling, interviews and local preferences
  • Individual consulate issues
  • Specific workload capabilities
  • Contacting with the embassy
  • Attorney representation

11:20 am–12:20 pm The Wonderous Art of Ethical Communications

Sometimes you can’t say just what you want to say, but you can still give your clients the advice they need. This panel guides you through the difficult conversations and how to avoid improvident statements.

  • When advice becomes concealment: the nuance of the ’90-day rule’
  • Where is the line between good advice and aiding & abetting?
  • the sometimes difficult task of keeping the client honest!
  • My client gave me a bad review. Can I call him a jerk on Facebook?

12:30 pm–1:45 pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Tentative- A speaker is anticipated from American Institute in Taiwan.

Your lunch is included in the registration fee.

1:45 pm–3:15 pm The Visa Application: Making the DS-160/260 Work For YOU!

Too many of us view the Visa Application as biographic drudgery and miss our chance to communicate directly with the consular officer. This detailed form analysis will show you how you and your staff can ensure your client’s story is complete, accurate and factually correct.

  • Adding details and clarifications beyond the form’s expectations.
  • Prior visa issues and denials
  • Sample answers to undefined questions.
  • Explaining unlawful presence bars (or lack thereof!)
  • Overcoming poor form wording and design.

3:15 pm–3:25 pm Networking Break

3:25 pm–4:55 pm Talking Your Client through the CVP Process

From the pre-interview conversations to the closing letter, get the advice you need to more efficiently manage both applicants and their petitioners.

  • Pre-interview discussions: Conditions, expectations and goals
  • Anticipating interview issues: 221(g), prior revocation, inadmissibilities
  • Delays and the dreaded “administrative processing”
  • Post-interview conversations, documentation and closing the case

4:55 pm–5:00 pm Announcements

7:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner location TBA

Friday, February 21, 2020

6:30 am – 7:15 am Fun Run in the Neighborhood

For additional information, contact Ryan Barshop (

8:15 am-8:30 am Sponsor Presentation

8:30 am–9:30 am EB-5 Panel

The Immigrant Investor program has gone through many changes since enactment in 1990, and changes continue. Come here what EB-5 countries are hot, what countries are not, and the latest developments in the EB-5 environment.

  • Latest program developments
  • Changing trends in the per-country demand
  • Age-out workarounds.

9:40 am–10:40 am Visa Processing at American Institute in Taiwan

Hear information directly from the source. Enjoy a discussion of AIT visa issuance practices.

  • Facility capabilities
  • Local workload and areas of emphasis
  • Third-country applicants
  • Suggestions for smoothest processing

10:40 am–10:50 am Networking Break

10:50 am–11:50 am Expecting and Waiving Inadmissibility Determinations

The key to avoiding interview surprises is a thorough exploration of your client’s history and facts. When inadmissibilities are discovered, be forewarned and prepared.

  • Spotting unexpected inadmissibility finds despite Provisional Waiver approval.
  • Misstatements or Fraud? Prior visa application inaccuracies.
  • Preparing for and waiving family smuggling issues.
  • The unexpected medical inadmissibility determinations.

12:00 nn–01:00 pm Lunch – On Site (Included in conference registration)

After Lunch: Proposed Tour of American Institute in Taiwan ( AIT)

All possible scheduling of the facility tour is subject to the convenience and approval of the post.

7:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Location TBA

Conference Materials

​​Conference materials are forthcoming. A conference package including conference program, hotel information and venue information will be provided upon registration.

Conference Attendance Fees

In-Person Attendance

Early Bird for BDC Members Only: Register BY December 31, 2019: $225

Regular Registration for BDC Members AFTER January 1, 2020: $275

Regular Registration for Non-BDC AILA Members: $400.00

Regular Registration for U.S. Attorneys Non-AILA Members: $500

Regular Registration for Paralegals: $250.00

Attendance By Remote Access

Early Bird for BDC Members Only by Decem ber 31, 2019: $50

Conference Remote Access - BDC Members: $75.00

Conference Remote Access - AILA Members: $125.00

Not sure which ticket level you are? Please contact us at

Registration for Consulate Tours

To confirm your interest in the Consulate tour, you must separately register on Eventbrite. We will inform those interested once the tours have been confirmed. PLEASE ALSO SEND A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT ID PAGE TO: and note your interest to join the consulate tour. If you have any issues with emailing your passport, please email a message to the conference email address. Failure to provide a copy of your passport upon registration may cause you to miss this part of the conference. The Consulate requires this information for security purposes. Spaces for the Consulate tour will be limited and may be sold out during the early bird registration period.

Remote Access

BDC prides itself for the ability to provide interactive remote access to our members who are unable to attend the conference in person. From the comfort of your own home or office join the conference in real-time via desktop, mobile device, or conference line.Ask questions and participate as if you were there in the room. Or register as a remote user and listen to the recordings at your convenience.

Please note, our low cost registration means that only one user can participate per registration per device. Sharing remote access registration is discouraged (see registration for more details). Paralegals are not allowed to participate via remote access.

​Conference Venue

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
Special Room rate is offered of 4500 Taiwan Dollar (US$145) before tax and service charge

NOTE: Special 4500 Taiwan Dollar rate is available from Feb 18 to Feb 22 (checking out on Sunday Feb 23). This special rate includes daily breakfast!!!

Please note that this rate applies to 1 person only. If you check 2 people, there is an additional 700 Taiwan Dollar (US$23) to cover the 2nd occupancy and the 2nd breakfast.

Great price for this type of hotel!

Take get the this room price, please do the following:

Go to
Type in Promotional Code : G-AIL8

TIPS FOR BOOKING. The website is a little confusing; following the steps below will ensure that you get the conference rates:

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Search for the hotel using "Taipei"; it should automatically give you an option for "Grand Hyatt Taipei". Select it. DO NOT click "Find Hotels" yet.

Step 3: Pick the dates you want. The special conference rate applies from Feb 18 through Feb 22 (checks out on Sunday Feb 23). DO NOT click "Find Hotels" yet.

Step 4: Use the dropdown manual says "Special Rates (AAA, Gov, ...) which is located right below the box for the first date you have selected. Select "Corporate or Group Code". Type in the code "G-AIL8"

Step 5: Now, you can hit "Find Hotels"

Step 6: Select Grand Hyatt Taipei. You will be given a choice of rooms to select. Follow the rest of the process for payments and confirmation, and you will be all set.

Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to visit Taiwan

Logistics for In-Person Attendees

Traveling to Taiwan: There are many flights from the USA to Hong Kong, including direct flights from Los Angeles and New York. These airlines include, but are not limited to Hong Kong Airlines, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates [the chapter chair's airline] and United.

From the airport to downtown Taipei, there are many buses and taxis, but we recommend the Airport Express train.

More information will come

CLE Information: The Bangkok District Chapter is applying for CLE though its Partner, National AILA through Notices of the approval, including approved totals, will be given at the conference.

Can’t attend, but plan to listen at a later date? Register as a remote user and get the recordings for free! Or just purchase the recordings and add to your AILA conference library.

Cancellations of Registration Policy: All cancellations of registrations must be submitted by e-mail to no later than (COB EST) January 19, 2020. No requests will be considered after this date.

FUN things to do in Taiwan:

Taiwan is know for their hot springs:

The GREAT Museums of Taipei:

Food Scene

Vacation Factor:

Taiwan's weather is like North Carolina in February, but they do have lots of famous hot springs. However, with a short 2-3 hours flight [just like going to Florida from Newark] if you want that warm resort, the Philippines and Cebu is only a 2 hour flight way, and Vietnam/Thailand/Malayisa are only 2-3 hours flight away.

If you are looking for a great resorts to relax and find peace, I would recommend the following in the Philippines:


In Malaysia


From wikapedia

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT; Chinese: 美國協會; pinyin: Měiguó Zài Tái Xiéhuì) is the de-facto Embassy of the United States of America in Taiwan. The AIT institution is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Federal government of the United States in Taiwan with Congressional oversight.[3] The AIT was officially created as a U.S. government-sponsored non-profit organization established under the auspices of the United States government to serve its interests in Taiwan. Primarily staffed by employees of the United States Department of State and local workers, the AIT provides consular services normally offered by a United States diplomatic mission. The establishment of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1979 required acknowledgment of the "One-China policy" and subsequent termination of diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan). The AIT now serves to assist and protect US interests in Taiwan in a quasi-official manner,[4] and also processes US visas and provides consular services to U.S. expatriates. Following the swift passage of the 2018 Taiwan Travel Act by the United States, it now serves as a high-level representative bureau on behalf of United States in Taiwan.[5] It receives full protection from the United States Marine Corps as do all US Embassies.

Annoyances and Safety:

Taiwan is considered to be safe country. As per the AIT “Exercise normal precautions in Taiwan.”

Health: Please consult the Center for Disease Control Website prior to travel to Taiwan for information regarding recommended vaccinations and consult with your doctor.

Photo/Recording/Materials Waiver: Attendees, Speakers, DL, and all other participants, there will be photography, audio, and/or video recording at the conference during education sessions, or other events in this program. By entering the event premises or participating virtually via direct video conferencing software or by phone you give consent to the use of your photograph, likeness, materials provided by you, video or audio recording in whole or in part without restriction or limitation for any purpose for distribution by AILA and/or ALIA Bangkok District Chapter-APAC in any medium including but not limited to online and printed publications, videos, audio, or other media, and furthermore, release AILA and AILA Bangkok District Chapter-APAC, their officers, members, and vendors, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, publication, or distribution of those discussions, speeches, interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings in part or in full.


Questions? Please contact us through the conference email –

See you in Taipei

Jim Austin - Conference Committee Co-Chair
Jared Leung – Conference Committee Co-Chair

Date and time


Grand Hyatt

No. 2, Songshou Road, Xinyi District

Rooms 508-520

Taipei City

Taiwan R.O.C.

View Map

Refund policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Organizer Bangkok District Chapter-APAC of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Organizer of AILA - Bangkok District Chapter, Taipei, Taiwan 8th Annual Consular Processing Conference

TheAmerican Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) Bangkok District Chapter -APAC. 

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