Immigration Law

Date: December 10, 2012
Host: Andrew Wilson and Jill Apa

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The questions around immigration may be simple -- "How can I stay in the U.S.?," "How can I employ these people?" but getting the answers and the documents can eat up time and money. Learn more about immigration law December 10th, 2 p.m. Eastern (1 Central, 11 Pacific).

ANDREW WILSON graduated from Ridley College in St. Catherines, Ontario, received his B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire and his J.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He authored "TNs for Computer Professionals Under NAFTA" for the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Immigration Practice & Procedure Under The North American Free Trade Agreement, 2nd Edition. He has also authored articles for Computerworld and been interviewed by CBS MarketWatch on the subject of H-1B legislation. Mr. Wilson is a member of the New York State Bar, AILA, and he is listed in the Best Lawyers Consumer Guide for immigration law.

Attorney Wilson's firm web site is: http://srwlawyers.com/

JILL A. APA Jill A. Apa has been practicing immigration law on an exclusive basis since 2001. She was previously employed by the firm Serotte, Reich & Wilson and just recently joined the immigration practice group of Damon & Morey, LLP. In 1993, Ms. Apa graduated magna cum laude with a dual B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire. She then obtained her J.D. degree, with distinction, from Ohio Northern University. Prior to commencing a career in immigration law, Ms. Apa worked as a staff attorney at the Third District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio. She also worked as an adjunct instructor of legal research and writing at Ohio Northern University. Ms. Apa is licensed in Ohio and New York. She has written legal articles and revised treatise chapters on various immigration issues for national and local publications, including AILA, Lexis Matthew Bender, The Buffalo Law Journal and The Daily Record (Rochester, NY).

Attorney Apa's firm web site is: http://damonmorey.com

Live Chat Transcript

ssingh80: "Dear Attorney, Me and my spouse are on OPT. I have full-time employment and can apply for a stem extension in 04/2013. My spouse does not have employment and her OPT expires in 07/2013 (degree program not eligible for stem extension). If I apply for EB2-NIW and get a I-140 approved, will this me of any benefit to my spouse? or Will it be helpful in allowing my spouse to stay with me even after her OPT expires? Thanks you!"

Sara333: "Hello, I would like to ask if there is some possibility to rescue my green card. I did leave the USA in March/2012. I have no job, no property in the USA. Currently I work in Europe. Is it possible to enter US and apply for reentry permit I-131? Since becoming a permanent resident (9/2009) I have spent 1 year and 8 months total time outside the USA. Thank you."

ssingh80: "I am on OPT and have an I-140 approval for EB2-NIW. Will I be able to work in the related field even when my OPT expires?"

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