Live CLE Seminar
Immigration Workshop: Conquering Family & Employment Immigration Forms
December 18, 2012 • Charlotte, NC
This course will provide an overview and introduction into the basic concepts of U.S. immigration law and procedure pertaining specifically to family- and employment-based visas. Included in the class is a step-by-step workshop on which forms should be filed and how they should be completed.
Additionally, the CLE will discuss the many different types of visas from the B-1 and B-2 to the H-1b, TN and E-3s. Additionally, Student visas F,M and J and family based visas K-1 through K-4 along with other family- and employment-based visas will be also be covered.
- Overview of ways to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the United States
- Overview of family relationships which afford immigration status
- Process of filing for immigration status based on family relationship
- Issues involving Marriage to US citizen
- Obtaining lawful permanent resident status based on employment
- Temporary Employment Based Visas
- Employment Creation Visa (EB 5)
- Discussion about change in enforcement priorities for individuals in Immigration court
Attorney Alan Gordon
Alan Gordon Immigration & Naturalization Law – Charlotte, NC
The descendant of Russian and Spanish ancestors, Alan Gordon developed a fascination with immigration early in life. His experience crossing international borders while serving as a volunteer with the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich intensified his interest in immigration. Two years later, Alan Gordon earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree, with distinction, from The Pennsylvania State University and subsequently entered law school. He was awarded his Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from the University of Miami School of Law, and is admitted to the Florida and North Carolina State Bars.
Mr. Gordon has practiced corporate, commercial, civil litigation and immigration law beginning in 1977. His firm in Charlotte, North Carolina represents corporate and individual clients worldwide. The practice specializes in immigration and naturalization law, providing counsel and assistance with regard to temporary work authorized visas, permanent legal resident status, work and travel permission, and citizenship issues. The firm also reviews company Human Resource procedures and files, to be sure his clients can avoid the embarrassment, fines and potential imprisonment that can result if employees are found to be working without proper legal status. The firm was victorious in U.S. District Court, obtaining the first ruling finding restrictive elements of the immigration laws to be unconstitutional (Manwani v. U.S. Department of Justice, 736 F. Supp. 1367 (W.D.N.C. 1990)). The Court's decision prompted Congress to incorporate the ruling into the Immigration & Nationality Act, preserving important legal rights.
Mr. Gordon is a Board Certified Immigration Specialist in accordance with The State Bar of North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Gordon was instrumental in convincing the North Carolina State Bar of the need for immigration specialization and was appointed to serve as founding Chair of the Immigration Specialization Committee. Mr. Gordon is past Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law and past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Carolinas Chapter. He has shared his professional expertise and experience by providing numerous seminars for private businesses, universities and professional associations, including the American Bar Association, North Carolina and South Carolina Bar Associations, World Trade Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Association of Public Sector Equal Opportunity Officers, The Employers Association, the British American Business Council, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He was recognized as “Best Immigration Attorney” in Charlotte Magazine (August 1999 - 2003) and was voted by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America (2001 - 2008). He was awarded the 2002 Excelente Award, a regional award for non-Latino person most supportive of the Latino community. Mr. Gordon was appointed to the Mayor's International Cabinet Executive Committee (2003 – 2006), and serves as Chairman of the International Cabinet (2007 - ) which is a forum for international issues and acts as an advocate to local government on behalf of the international communities, organizations, and businesses in the Charlotte region. Mr. Gordon has also been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte (2003 - ) and to the Italy-American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte Board of Directors in 2008 as well as to the Board of Advisors of the Charlotte Chamber in 2007-2008. In 2007 he was made an h onorary member of International Scholars of the Mu Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society at UNC-Charlotte.
In the summer of 2005, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory selected Mr. Gordon to be the Chairman of the Mayor's Immigration Study Commission. The Commission's charge was to research current policies, gather data and analyze the impact of legal and illegal immigration on Charlotte's economy, public safety, healthcare & education systems . The Commission was the first of its kind in the US to conduct such a study on a local level. Under Mr. Gordon's Chairmanship, the 28 member Commission made 22 formal policy recommendations to the Charlotte City Council, the County Commission, as well as State and Federal officials. Mr. Gordon continues to speak about the Commission's recommendations at public meetings and to the media, to promote comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our heritage, reinforces our foundation as a "nation of laws" and supports our global economic goals.
Attorney Brian D. Smith
Alan Gordon Immigration & Naturalization Law – Charlotte, NC
Brian Smith has more than 10 years of legal experience handling complex immigration matters. Mr. Smith has represented families seeking to reunite with loved ones as well as publicly traded companies seeking to employ forward-thinking immigration strategies to create a nimble, globally mobilized workforce suitable for the 21st century. Mr. Smith has also represented individuals in deportation and removal matters.
A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Mr. Smith also holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. During his undergraduate career, Mr. Smith interned in Washington, DC for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives. During these internships, Mr. Smith witnessed how informed policy discussions shape effective laws.
After graduating from law school, Attorney Smith spent several years in private practice exclusively practicing immigration law on behalf of individuals and business clients. Mr. Smith then joined a fortune 500 company to focus exclusively on business-based immigration—including outbound immigration options for U.S. employees working abroad. In June 2011, Mr. Smith joined Alan Gordon Immigration Law.
Mr. Smith advocates comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our nation's heritage, reinforces our foundation as a ‘nation of laws' and supports our country's global economic goals. Mr. Smith has presented immigration-related topics at Continuing Legal Education seminars and frequently presents to business, student and community organizations. Most recently, Mr. Smith has delivered presentations titled, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What Every Person Should Know” and “Advanced Immigration: Employing Foreign Nationals in Your Organization”.
Mr. Smith is a member of the North Carolina Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB). He is also admitted to practice federal law by the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Total CLE Credit Hours:
This course has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education.
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09:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Ballantyne Business Center
13850 Ballantyne Corporate Place
Charlotte, NC 28277
Young Lawyers, with under four (4) years acceptance to the Bar, may use coupon code YL25
to receive a $25 discount when checking out.
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