Welcome to Statutes of Liberty: An Immigration Podcast by Klasko Immigration Law Partners.
The United States is many things: a great melting pot, a nation of immigrants, a land of opportunity. Millions have journeyed here seeking freedom and the chance for a better life. Belief in the American ideal means providing opportunities for everyone, regardless of race or birthplace, to achieve their highest potential.
Join us as we unravel the ins and outs of American immigration policy, from the issues of today to the historic basis for laws already in place.
Episode 20: EB-5 Visa Program During COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted U.S. immigration significantly in 2020 and will continue to affect immigration well into 2021. In addition, a new presidential administration is moving into the White House in less than two weeks. In this episode, Anu, Ron, and Karuna discuss how EB-5 has been affected by the pandemic and the administration’s restrictions, and what might be expected from Biden’s administration. The Klasko investment immigration attorneys will answer the following: • How have investors been impacted? • What happens if a project closes or is delayed? • What if jobs were created but due to the pandemic’s effect on the economy, they no longer exist? • What if the business has had to pivot or has had to make other material changes? • Is now a good time to initiate the EB-5 process? • How have processing times been affected by COVID? • Have the green card quotas changed? Speakers in this episode are Anu Nair, H. Ronald Klasko, Karuna Simbeck
Episode 19: International Holiday Travel During COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, with many countries implementing second or third lockdowns to contain virus surges. The holiday season often means people travel all over the world to visit family abroad. Not only is spreading the virus a concern but what travel challenges will there be from an immigration perspective? Karuna Simbeck sits down with Elise Fialkowski and Jessica DeNisi to discuss the complicated logistics of international holiday travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Karuna, Elise, and Jessica have been monitoring the global travel situation since the beginning of the pandemic and have solid advice for anyone looking to travel internationally: it’s risky. Advice changes almost daily asThe Klasko employment-based immigration attorneys will discuss: Flight connections and quarantine requirements Countries that are embracing international travel right now What happens if you get stuck abroad Issues while traveling and remote working like work authorization and taxes Resources to keep track of country changes Speakers in this episode are: Elise Fialkowski Karuna Simbeck Jessica DeNisi Stay connected with us: Email questions to email@example.com Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Sign up for newsletter and email updates
Episode 18: 2020 Post-Election Immigration Breakdown
Now that the 2020 presidential election is over, we have a new administration coming to the White House in January 2021. President-elect Biden has a lot on his plate on day one. With a raging pandemic, and a divided country, where does immigration policy fall on his list of priorities? What can he do to unwind Trump’s four years of restrictive actions? What can we expect Biden to implement in his first term as president? And can Trump pass any more restrictions in his final weeks as a lame-duck president? In this episode, Ron Klasko, Anu Nair, and Andrew Zeltner cover the various ways Trump rolled out some of the most restrictive immigration actions the U.S. has ever seen. In his 4 years in office, over 900 immigration policy restrictions were implemented, including large numbers of new regulations, more than 50 executive orders, and over 125 new forms and instructions. Over 100 legal challenges are pending. Significant regulations are still in process, as discussed by Klasko Immigration’s partner, Bill Stock, during his recent interview with Forbes. The Klasko employment-based immigration lawyers will discuss: Key executive orders, including visa and travel bans Key regulations, including proposed and final Policies and adjudications RFE rates and processing times Pending litigation What can Biden undo, and how quickly? How the pandemic will continue to affect immigration in 2021 Speakers in this episode are: Ronald Klasko Anu Nair Andrew J. Zeltner Stay connected with us: Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Sign up for newsletter and email updates
Episode 17: Legal Immigration: Unprecedented Restrictions and How We're Helping
In this second episode of a two-part series, Ron, Anu, and Drew dive deeper into the different ways the Trump administration has waged a coordinated attack on the legal immigration system. In part one (Episode 14: What is Legal Immigration?), they covered the different legal pathways for immigration, focusing on the employment-based options. Over the last four years, the administration has set a goal of reducing legal immigration by 50%. In some ways, they have been successful and in other ways, they have been thwarted through litigation, innovative solutions, or immigration attorneys unwilling to give up. Ron, Anu, and Drew break down the different tactics and how immigration attorneys have been successful in combating the attacks. They discuss: • Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa bans • Successful challenges in federal court • How COVID has been used to further the agenda and waivers to pursue • Consulate closures resulting in lack of appointments • Delayed printing of critical documents like green cards and employment authorization • Restrictions on international students and exchange visitors • Future regulations to the H-1B program
Episode 16: The Latest on E-2 Visa with Citizenship-by-Investment
Since COVID-19, most immigrant and nonimmigrant U.S. visas have been suspended, however, E-2 visas are NOT included in the bans, which make them a very lucrative option for many foreign national investors. In late 2017, Ron Klasko pioneered an innovative solution to help Chinese investors deal with the growing EB-5 quota backlog: an E-2 visa with a citizenship-by-investment in a 3rd qualifying country. Since unveiling this solution, Klasko Immigration Law Partners has successfully assisted many foreign nationals to reach their immigration and professional goals of living and working in the United States. In this episode, Liam Sweeney talks with Jessica DeNisi and Oliver Yang about the latest updates to this creative solution that many foreign nationals have utilized since 2017. The investors are not just immigrating from China, but from many other countries as well. Jessica and Oliver answer the following questions and more in this episode: What does an investor need to know about scheduling the interviews overseas? What to expect in an interview – what kinds of questions are asked? Is this E-2/CBI strategy actually successful? Once in the U.S., what status maintenance needs to happen? What spouse and family benefits come with an E-2 visa?
Episode 15: Who Can Travel to the U.S. Right Now?
The president’s proclamation in June 2020 banned much of immigration-related travel and many visas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Are all of these bans necessary to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus? Who can actually travel to the U.S. right now? What visas are banned, and what are the exemptions to the ban? Klasko Immigration Law Partners Michele Madera and Bill Stock answer these questions and discuss the latest news on immigration-related travel to the U.S. and the current litigation challenging the proclamation and more recently issued guidance in July.
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Immigration changes tend to happen hard and fast. These podcasts help you stay on top of the changes and provide clarification of how your foreign national employee population may be impacted!
I have really enjoyed these podcasts! Thank you!
I’d love to hear a focused episode or two about F1 students... or higher education in general!