March 23 - How the New Administration's Visa Policies Will Impact Employer Hiring of Global Talent

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. PT

Virtual HR Round Table
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There’s no doubt about it: immigration policy is a keystone of the new Administration’s legislative agenda. During the first days in office, the President launched a sweeping array of immigration-related executive orders, regulatory actions, and legislative proposals aimed at supporting immigrants and streamlining immigration process. The President’s welcoming tone has also reinforced his view that immigrants are essential to who we are as a nation and critical to our aspirations for the future.

During the roundtable, employers will learn how the NEW Administration’s visa policies will impact employer hiring and global talent management in 2021 and beyond. Key topics include the increased availability of certain U.S. visa and green card options; the transition to a wage-based selection process for the H-1B visa program; pandemic related travel guidelines and restrictions; and the full reinstatement of DACA. Attendees will walk away with insight on the new direction we are headed and stand equipped to plan and prepare for changes to U.S. immigration policy.

-Understand current and expected changes to the H-1B visa program, including the transition to a wage-based selection process, current compliance guidelines, and adjudication trends.
-Gain knowledge of the fully reinstated DACA program and President Biden’s legislative proposal to streamline the immigration process, including the removal of country-limits on immigration.
-Review recent immigration-related Presidential Proclamations and understand their impact on business travelers and employer hiring.
-Learn strategies for planning and preparing for changes to U.S. immigration policy during the first year of the new Administration.


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Non-member: $30

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Avi Friedman
is a partner at WR’s Los Angeles office and the firm’s consular affairs expert.  Mr. Friedman assists applicants with non-immigrant visa and immigrant applications at U.S. consular posts worldwide and provides in-person attorney/client representation at U.S. consular posts in Canada and Mexico.  Mr. Friedman served five terms on the AILA Department of State Liaison Committee (2014-2016 and 2007-2010) and is also the current AILA Canada Chapter Liaison to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. He served eleven terms as the Consular Affairs Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of AILA.  Mr. Friedman was named both the 2014 and 2016 Los Angeles Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year” by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®. He was also listed in the 2015 Who’s Who Legal rankings for his excellent in-person attorney/client representation at U.S. consular posts in Canada and Mexico.


Charina P. Garcia
is a partner at Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP and manages the firm’s Northern California – Oakland office. She represents and advises many Fortune 500 and start-up companies, as well as individuals on both employment and family-based immigration matters.

Ms. Garcia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has served on the Executive Board of the Northern California Chapter of AILA and was the Vice-Chair of the AILA National Liaison Committee for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s California Service Center. In addition, Ms. Garcia has served on the Board of Directors for Filipino Advocates for Justice (formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action) and has previously served on the Board for the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC).


Farshad Owji is the current 2nd Vice President of the 15,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  He is also the San Francisco Partner of the top-rated Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP (dba “WR Immigration” law firm.  Mr. Owji specializes in a broad range of immigration areas relating to corporate global mobility, including business and investment visas. He also handles the full range of global immigration matters.