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The MSBA Immigration Law Section Presents


"Crazy RFEs in the H and L Immigration Categories"

Our luncheon panel will focus on recent trends in RFEs from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service in H and L immigration categories and strategies used to respond or reduce the chance of such a request. The panel will cover a range of recent RFE topics, which could include RFEs related to the Neufeld Memo Issues, L-1A Functional Manager issues, burden of proof issues, irrelevant requests for evidence, requests unique to small businesses, beneficiary ownership issue in the H and L context, plain strange RFEs, and trends in where the RFEs are coming from, i.e., California Premium Processing Unit.


Howard Sam Myers, Myers Thompson P.A (panel discussion leader) has more than 30 years experience practicing immigration law. He has been past President and Board of Governors member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on immigration law and has advised members of the Minnesota State legislature on immigration law policy. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Immigration Law and was recognized in Who's Who Legal 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as one of the top 15 lawyers in the world "most highly regarded" in corporate immigration law.  He was honored as a Fellow of the American Immigration Law Foundation. He founded and taught for nine years the William Mitchell Law School Immigration Law Clinic, serves as a Mentor for the St. Thomas School of Law, and is presently an Adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Minnesota School of Law. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Human Rights.

Elise A. Fialkowski, Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, regularly assists U.S. and international corporate clients who seek to hire or transfer foreign employees as well as foreign individuals seeking employment in the United States as health care professionals, executives, managers, and scientists.  She also has particular expertise in advising employers with regard to compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act including I-9 Employment Eligibility verification and worksite enforcement issues.  A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Elise serves on the Executive Committee of its Philadelphia Chapter.

Beth Carlson, Faegre & Benson LLP,  has practiced business immigration law for over 11 years.  In addition to processing all types of temporary work visa and permanent residence applications, Beth also advises employers on I-9 and E-Verify compliance.  Beth has specific expertise in outstanding researcher and extraordinary ability permanent residence applications.  She also assists employers and their foreign national employees on complex travel-related issues. 

1.5 hours of Standard CLE credits applied for



Date:   Thursday, November 4, 2010
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Office
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Section Members/AILA Members:  $10.00
MSBA Members (But Not Immigration Law Section Members):  $15.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $20.00

Teleconferencing is available. Please contact Ashley Hacker at or 612-278-6305 for teleconferencing information

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336