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AILA-RDC EMEA Chapter Fall Conference 2019

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The Westbury

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AILA RDC-EMEA Fall Conference in Dublin, Ireland!

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We are pleased to announce that AILA’s Rome District Chapter will hold this year’s Fall Conference in beautiful Dublin, Ireland.

Date: October 28-29

Hotel: The Westbury - https://www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-westbury-hotel?utm_source=google&utm_campaign=westbury&utm_medium=local

Make your reservations now! Go onto to the hotel website and add the group code AILA271019

We will send out a complete program for the conference in August 2019.

See you all in Dublin!

Chair: Alexis Axelrad, Esq. Partner, Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP

Co-Chair: Ally Bolour, Bolour Immigration Group, APC

AILA Rome District Chapter-EMEA Fall 2019 Conference

October 27-29, 2019

The Westbury

Dublin, Ireland


Sunday October 27, 2019

6:00 – 7:30 pm Opening Reception, Grafton Suite

Monday October 28, 2019, Grafton Suite

Day Coordinator TBA

8:15 – 8:45 am Registration

8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome and Remarks

Hudaidah Bhimdi, AILA RDC-EMEA Chair, Fairfax, VA

Alexis S. Axelrad, AILA RDC-EMEA Fall 2019 Conference Committee

Chair, New York, NY

9:00 - 10:30 am Hot Topics

● Closure of USCIS Field Offices Outside of the United States

● Policy Memoranda and Regulatory Changes

● Litigation Update

● Marijuana: Legal, But Not?

● Social Media and U.S. Immigration


Cindy Azoulay (DL), AILA RDC-EMEA Vice Chair, Ramat Gan, Israel

Marketa Lindt, AILA President, Chicago, IL

Farshad Owji, AILA Treasurer, San Francisco, CA

Leslie Holman, AILA Past President, Burlington, VT

Lynn Lee, AILA National CBP Liaison Committee, Springfield, VA

William Stock, AILA Past President, Philadelphia, PA

10:30 – 10:45 am Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45 am CBP Update

● Expired Green Cards and Long Absences

● Lost Documents and Boarding Assistance

● Derogatory Information in Database / TRIP Requests

● Life at PFI Posting; Special PFI Considerations


Alexis S. Axelrad (DL), AILA RDC-EMEA Fall 2019 Conference Committee

Chair, New York, NY

Ramon Curiel, AILA National CBP Liaison Committee Vice Chair,

San Antonio, TX

Janice Flynn, London, UK

Devin O’Neill, AILA National CBP Liaison Committee, Toronto, ON

Clay Thomas, Area Port Director, Office of Field Operations, Dublin Preclearance Ireland

11:45 – 12:45 pm DOS Update

● Understanding Refusals

● Interagency Issues from DOS Perspective

● On-Going Issues Including Travel Ban and BAHA

● 212(d) Waivers

● E Visas through Dublin – Post-Specific Highlights


Kenneth Harder (DL), AILA National DOS Liaison Committee Chair,

Houston, TX

Amanda Brill, AILA RDC-EMEA Immediate Past Chair,

London, UK

Charlotte Slocombe, AILA National Business Immigration Issue

Development Team, London, UK

*Vice Counsel, U.S. Embassy, Dublin, Ireland

12:45 – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch

NIV Afternoon Track

1:30 – 2:30 pm NIV Life Cycle Part I: USCIS and DOS / RFEs

● Adjudication Trends Including Service Center Nuances and Direct Applications with a Consular Officer

● Strategies for Dealing with Supersized and Extra-Regulatory RFEs

● Documenting the RFE Response: Record for Appeal or Litigation

● Federal Court: Exhaustion? When? How?


Nicole Simon, (DL) AILA National USCIS Service Center Operations

Liaison Committee Vice Chair, Philadelphia, PA

Matthew Stump, AILA National USCIS HQ Liaison Committee,

Oklahoma City, OK

Diana Okoeva, London, UK

2:30 – 3:30 pm NIV Life Cycle Part II: Most Common Cause of Delays at Interview

● NIV Waivers: Triggers, Types, and Processing

● PIMS, Panel Physician Process, and Arrests

● When and How to Use LegalNet: Any Other Remedies?

● Consular Non-Reviewability


Daniel Parisi (DL), AILA RDC-EMEA Treasurer, London, UK

Matthew Hughes, Munich, Germany

Eleanor Pelta, AILA Past President, Washington, D.C.

3:30 – 3:45 pm Networking Break

3:45 – 4:15 pm Travel Ban

● When Does Travel Ban Apply: Process Steps and Documentary Requirements

● Litigation Strategies


Ally Bolour (DL), AILA RDC-EMEA Fall 2019 Conference Committee

Vice Chair, Los Angeles, CA

Melissa Chavin, London, UK

Mahsa Khanbabai, AILA National DOS Liaison Committee, Easton, MA

Atoosa Vakili, Irvine, CA

4:15 – 5:15 pm Expedited Removals at POE - Strategies

● Can You Reverse an Expedited Removal Order with CBP?

● It’s Set in Stone, Now What? NIV Application and Where (DOS/CBP)

● Documentary Requirements and Timing

● What Waivers Are Needed: NIV? IV?


Paul O’Dwyer (DL), New York, NY

Cheryl David, AILA National DOS Liaison Committee, New York, NY

Merlyn N. Hernandez, Chair, EOIR Liaison Committee, Los Angeles, CA

7:00 pm Conference Dinner and Museum Tour (Optional)

Irish Emigration Museum

The Chq Building

Custom House Quay, North Dock,

Dublin D01 T6K4


Tuesday October 29, 2019, Grafton Suite

Day Coordinator Jessica Radermacher

IV Track

9:00 – 10:00 am Immigrant Consular Processing vs. Adjustment of Status

● Is Home Country Consulate or Field Office a Factor?

● Predictable Processing Times, EADs, and Interviews

● Want/Need Lawyer at Interview?

● Age-Outs & Portability

● Best Option for Potential Litigation

● To Travel or Not to Travel: Delays and Denial with Administrative Processing


Hudaidah Bhimdi (DL), AILA RDC-EMEA Chair, Fairfax, VA

Annaluisa Padilla, AILA Past President, La Habra, CA

Kehrela Hodkinson, London, UK

10:00 – 11:00 am IV Waivers

● Grounds of Inadmissibility: If Only Unlawful Presence, Then I-601A

● Permanent Bar Possibility If Multiple Entries and/or ER

● Public charge, Trafficking, Drug Use, Gangs, Criminal Convictions

● Medical Screens, i.e., TB/HIV/STDs


Steven D. Heller (DL), United Kingdom & New York, NY

Brian Murray, Fairfax, VA

Ofelia L. Calderón, Fairfax, VA

11:00 – 11:15 am Networking Break

Ethics and Practice Management Track

11:15 – 12:15 pm Ethics Hot Topics

● Engagement Letters: Disclaimers, Honesty Provisions, and Policies

● Lawyer-for-Life: When Does Representation End?

● Paperless World


Anastasia Tonello (DL), AILA Immediate Past President, New York, NY

Cory Caouette, San Jose, CA

Neena Dutta, AILA Board of Governors, New York, NY

Ellen Freeman, AILA Board of Governors, Pittsburgh, PA

Andrew Shackelford, London, UK

12:15 – 1:15 pm Networking Lunch

2:30 pm U.S. Embassy Dublin Tour (subject to final confirmation)

CBP PFI Tour (subject to final confirmation)

Conference Committee

Alexis S. Axelrad, Chair

Ally Bolour, Vice Chair

April Bentley

Cory Caouette

Kenneth Harder

Jessica Radermacher

Suzanne Seltzer

Rita Sostrin

Janice Flynn

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