Part I: Legal Immigration & America's Future

Legal Immigration is helping the United States respond to shifting economic realities, while also enriching America Society. Skills Gap, Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology - How legal Immigration can help and drive america's future. Discuss regulatory approaches, comprehensive policies and offer Recommendations & Systems.

Part II: Burning Issues for IT Employers

Employment based Green Cards, Simeo solutions case directive for H1-B Amendments for location change, Lawsuit to halt OPT Stem extension and confusion on priority dates published in October Bulletin.


List of speakers are Emily Neumann, Rakesh I. Patel, Grace Kan, Kavitha Akula and Kimberly E. Harrison-Donaldson

Emily Neumann is an immigration attorney dealing with employment-based cases in both nonimmigrant and immigrant areas.

She spends much of her time conducting research on the constantly changing maze of immigration laws and uses this information to respond effectively to various requests for evidence. She represents corporate clients in many industries, particularly Engineering, Oil and Gas, Information Technology, and Healthcare.

Rakesh's business practice focuses on helping businesses of all sizes ensure their legal protection. He also reviews leases, sets up company agreements, assists in structuring the business so that his clients are protected, negotiates purchases and sales and most other issues associated with a business transaction.

Rakesh's immigration practice focuses on both employment based immigration and family based immigration. From the employment side, Rakesh represents several companies across the US with their business and immigration needs. He works as general counsel for these companies and processes all of their immigration needs including H1B applications, PERM process for Green Cards, L1 applications, in house audits, investor visas and many other immigration needs. Rakesh has taken a keen interest in representing IT Consulting companies and ensuring they are following the ever changing immigration laws. Also, Rakesh represents clients from all across the country in family based immigration matters. Whether it is for naturalization, Green Cards, spouse visas, family applications or visitor visas, Rakesh has an expertise in representing his clients when it comes to family based applications.

Ms. Kan has established a national H-2B program for a premier golf course construction company, developed an international immigration policy for multinational employers, established blanket programs for multinational companies, implemented and conducted I-9 training programs for Fortune 100 companies, obtained O-1s for artists, scientists, engineers and executives, and developed PERM programs for IT companies.

Ms. Kan is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Greater Dallas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Kathryn "Kate" H. Brady is an Senior Immigration attorney at Akula & Associates with more than 9 years exclusively practicing Immigration and Nationality Law. She is an experienced attorney who has devoted her career to employment-based and family-based Immigration, as well as US Citizenship application before multiple agencies including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Labor, Department of State and Administrative Appeals Office. She also previously practiced before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and Board of Immigration Appeals.

Ms. Brady has extensive experience in a wide variety of employment-based immigration focusing on non-immigrant visas H-1B specialty occupation employees, TN workers under NAFTA, E-2 treaty investors & essential employees, L-1A executives and managers, L-1B specialized knowledge employees, as well as solutions to acquire permanent residence through the PERM and EB-5.

The law firm of Harrison-Donaldson, Attorney at Law, is a boutique law firm focused primarily on the field of business and family based immigration. Founder, Attorney Kimberly Harrison-Donaldson is known for determining creative solutions to the broad range of your immigration-related legal needs. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio, where she has been a member of the bar since November 2003. The firm currently operates from two office locations, one in Columbus, Ohio and another in Dallas, Texas in order to better meet her clients’ needs. As a business owner herself, Kimberly is familiar with the challenges that many companies encounter. From starting a business to protecting one, her business acumen and proven marketing abilities has served her and her clients well.

Over the years, Kimberly has helped hundreds of individuals obtain employment-based visas, family-based visas, green cards, and citizenship. She has represented clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

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