October 20, 2018
Foster attorneys Judy Lee, Jose Perez, Olsa Alikaj-Cano, Alexandra Vickery, Oxana Bowman, Andres Zamberk, and Alex Perez attended the 7th Annual Houston Gala for Tahirih Justice Center at Hotel Zaza in Houston, TX.
October 18, 2018
October 19, 2018
October 13, 2018
October 11, 2018
Foster partner Avalyn Langemeier presented on “Be Prepared for Immigration Form I-9 Worksite Audits” at LEGALkwik: Delivering Legal News at Lightening Speed hosted by HR Houston at Rice University in Houston, TX.
Foster partner Robert F. Loughran addressed immigration options and unique Port of Entry considerations for musicians during a panel presentation on International Touring Development & Logistics at the Austin-Toronto Music City Alliance Summit. The panel was designed to focus on development of management/venue/promoter/agent networks between Canada and US, including establishing additional touring routes from Austin and Toronto artists, as well as current and evolving best practices for securing visas.
October 10, 2018
October 9, 2018
Foster attorney James Larsen presented to the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators on E-Verify Enrollment and Compliance Tips in San Marcos, TX.
October 5, 2018
October 1, 2018
September 30, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster presented “Current Issues Impacting U.S. Immigration Policy” to students of St. Paul’s Journeys class.
September 29, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster attended the 2018 China National Day Celebration Gala to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
September 28, 2018
Partner Judy Lee attended the Fall 2018 Houston Forum at Rice University.
September 27, 2018
Partner Dorothee Mitchell presented on the impact of the Trump’s Administration Immigration Policy on U.S. Businesses at an event hosted by the Finnish and Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in Houston, TX.
September 22, 2018
Attorney Sang Shin attended the Houston-Korean golf outing to meet with potential Korean business partners looking for immigration services.
September 20, 2018
Attorney Alex Perez presented at the Texas Regional Center EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program on the EB-5 application process in Houston, TX.
September 20, 2018
Foster attorneys attended the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium in support for women business leaders helping to inspire tomorrow’s women leaders today.
September 19, 2018
September 17, 2018
Attorney Alex Perez presented at Houston EB-5 in conjunction with The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce “How to get your green card through a qualified real estate investment” luncheon in The Woodlands, Texas.
September 16, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster addresses St. Paul’s Journeys class on the “Evolution of U.S. Immigration Policy and What it Means for the U.S.”
September 13, 2018
September 12, 2018
Attorney Alex Perez presented at the Texas Regional Center EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program on the EB-5 application process in Houston, TX.
September 12, 2018
Attorney and EB-5 Section Lead Christian Triantaphyllis attended the 2018 South Korea EB-5 & Global Investment Immigration Expo.
September 8, 2018
Attorney and EB-5 Section Lead Christian Triantaphyllis attended the Fall 2018 Ho Chi Minh City EB-5 Expo in Vietnam.
September 6, 2018
Attorney Catharine Yen attended the IIUSA Global Banquet Series in Vietnam.
September 6, 2018
Partner John Meyer attended the XXV Congreso Del Comercio Exterior Mexicano in Toluca, Mexico.
August 29, 2018
Partner Robert Loughran published an article on the “5 steps businesses can take as U.S. ramps up immigration audits” in The Austin Business Journal.
August 25, 2018
August 15, 2018
Attorney Alexander Perez attended the IT Serve Dallas Chapter monthly meeting to discuss immigration updates and mingle with potential EB-5 investors.
August 14, 2018
Partner Judy Lee presented on obstacles and challenges that arise when petitioning for foreign nationals with exceptional ability in the sciences and arts as a panelist for a webinar hosted by the American Immigration Law Association (AILA).
August 11, 2018
Members of the EB-5 Team attended the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston’s (IACCGH) 19th Annual Gala.
August 9, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster spoke at the Kiwanis Club chapter meeting on U.S. immigration policy and some of the significant issues we see today.
August 9, 2018
Attorney Sang Shin attended the Asian Chamber of Commerce’s (ACC) monthly luncheon with Judge Ed Emmett on “Improving the Future of our Country.”
August 6, 2018
Attorney Jeff Thomas presented on Form I-9/E-Verify to small business owners/entrepreneurs at People Fund during Austin’s Innovation week.
Charles Foster spoke at the Rotary Club of West University chapter meeting on U.S. immigration policy and some of the significant issues we see today.
August 1, 2018
Partner Robert Loughran assisted an individual pro bono in applying to the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program requesting the denial of any passport issuance to her daughters, in an effort to reduce the risk of parental-child-abduction to a foreign country by the former spouse.
July 31, 2018
Attorney Sandra Dorsthorst served as a Expert Panelist on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) webinar All “Ls” Broken Loose in Texas overviewing trends in TSC L-1 adjudications and identifying strategies for working with the TSC, particularly regarding how it might differ from processing at the Vermont Service Center (VSC).
July 24, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster spoke at the EB-5 Convention Los Angeles July 23-24 to meet with broker-dealers, developers, immigration and securities attorneys, migration agents, regional centers and other EB-5 program stakeholders.
July 21, 2018
Attorney Jeff Thomas attended the 3DS Global Roundup to meet foreign entrepreneurs in the tech / startup community in Austin, TX.
July 11, 2018
Attorney Alex Perez attended ILW’s H-1B Career Fair and Immigration Expo in Dallas, TX.
July 6, 2018
Attorney Emmanuel Arowolo attended the U.S. Bilateral African Chamber of Commerce business roundtable discussing Africa’s path to socio-economic stability through innovation and entrepreneurship at the Marriott Sugarland Town Square as part of the Nnewi USA Convention that will be taking place over the July 4th weekend.
July 2, 2018
As the number of independent contractors continue to grow, Partner Avalyn Langemeier wrote “Tips on Hiring Gig or Independent Workers” in Mobility Magazine looking at some key immigration compliance considerations for this class of worker, particularly as they relate to the Buy American and Hire American executive order issued in the U.S.
June 30, 2018
EB-5 Attorney and Team Lead Christian Triantaphyllis spoke about the EB-5 program from both the investor perspective as well as for those that want to start EB-5 projects and need investors at the World Telangana Convention at George R. Brown Convention Center.
June 29, 2018
Partner Robert Loughran was interviewed and quoted in the Houston Chronicle for an article entitled “Fate of visa program for startups in limbo” commenting on the Trump administrations efforts to rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule and its impact on venture capitalists and individual entrepreneurs.
June 28, 2018
Partner Robert Loughran presented on “Adapting to New Procedures Under the ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order” at the University of Texas System Benefits & Human Resources Conference.
June 26, 2018
Along with Bryan Funai and Angelo Paparelli, Partner Robert Loughran presented to the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) on the immigration impact of Mergers & Acquisitions and how practitioners can prepare to address immigration issues in advance of corporate reorganizations.
June 26, 2018
Attorneys Emmanuel Arowolo and Benjamin Schatz attended the Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) in Washington DC to meet with project developers and international investors that have interests in expanding into new markets. Emmanuel presented on “The U.S.-Africa Trade Program: Taking Full Advantage” as part of a panel.
June 22, 2018
Partner Nestor Rosin and attorney Sang Shin attended the Select USA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, meeting with more than 1,200 international firms from 66 markets around the globe to discuss investment opportunities in the U.S.
June 21, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster and attorneys Kari Blackman and Gary Weiner attended the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section – State Bar Annual Meeting. Kari and Charles moderated the panel discussion on “Legislative Updates & Proposed Rulemaking Under the Trump Administration” and Gary presented on “Hot Topics in Family Immigration.” Partner Robert Loughran participated in the panel “Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality,” which included a report from the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas in Houston responsible for prosecuting false claims to U.S. citizenship, denaturalization, smuggling, unlawful entry and illegal reentry.
June 15, 2018
Partner Robert Loughran was interviewed and quoted in the San Antonio Business Journal for an article entitled “Volume of H1-B tech visas drop in SA, but demand for help remains high.” Specifically, he outlined the continued demand for foreign workers due to the low unemployment rate, and creative U.S. immigration strategies utilized by employers due to the H-1B cap.
June 12, 2018
Partner Robert Loughran presented on “Multinational Executives Managers and Specialists – No Longer Favored Categories” as part of a panel for the Council for Global Immigration 2018 Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, specifically focusing on the distinct challenges to the L-1A and L-1B categories and current enforcement activity related to compliance.
June 12, 2018
EB-5 Attorneys Catharine Yen and Christian Triantaphyllis attended this year’s Get EB5 Visa Seminar in the following cities: Santa Clara, CA; Dallas, TX; College Station, TX; and Austin, TX to learn about upcoming EB-5 investment opportunities and meet other EB-5 industry professionals.
June 8, 2018
Partner Robert Loughran wrote “Viewpoint: New immigration policy likely to hurt foreign students and their would-be employers” in Austin Business Journal.
June 7, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster wrote “Como Obtener Status Migratorio Permanente En Los Enstados Unidos” in LUXCIOR Magazine.
June 5, 2018
Senior Attorney Andres Zamberk attended the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) New Member Reception.
May 29, 2018
Partner Robert Loughran was interviewed on the Austin edition of NPR’s “All Things Considered” regarding the recent proposal to change the interpretation of the “Unlawful Presence” policy language as it relates to foreign nationals in the United States as F-1 and M-1 Students, as well as J-1 Exchange Visitors. Additionally the interview covered how these policy changes could affect the U.S. doctor shortage and potentially restrict academic talent.
May 25, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster was awarded the 5th Annual Global Seven (G7) Awards “Global Impact” Honoree by the Houston International Trade Development Council. The “Global Impact” award is intended for a special individual who has been a catalyst for positive global change.
May 24, 2018
Attorney Matthew Myers attended FinTech Austin’s Speaker Series Meetup event as a Signature Level Sponsor to network and learn about all things from business startups and entrepreneurship to tech innovation and growth strategies.
May 23, 2018
Attorney Liliana Kottwitz attended a concert for Belanova and Moenia, two famous Mexican pop Grammy award-winning bands, managed by renowned Manager Federico Ponce, who first came to the United States on an O-1 Visa and is now working with Foster to obtain his Green Card.
May 13, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster attended the 2018 Southern U.S. China Summit at the Hilton Houston Post Oak to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the China Open Door Policy.
May 9 & 10, 2018
Foster attended this year’s Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues by HR Houston. Attorney James Larsen spoke on Form I-9 developments in an era of ‘Buy American, Hire American’ educating the attendees on the new “extreme vetting” procedures we’ve seen immediately impact every U.S. employer today. Attorney Sang Shin spoke on immigration compliance issues most commonly seen in business. With our new administration taking the helm, being hyper sensitive to compliance of immigration matters is of the utmost importance.
April 30, 2018
To celebrate Law Week 2018 and in association with the Houston Bar Association, Partner Helene Dang read “Marshall the Courthouse Mouse: A Tail of the U.S. Supreme Court” to several classes at a local elementary school. The American Bar Association establishes a theme for each Law Day (May 1st) and this year’s theme is “Separation of Powers; Framework for Freedom.”
April 27, 2018
Partner Helene Dang presented on Top U.S. Immigration Topics and Attorney Sang Shin presented on Employer Compliance issues at the 2018 23rd Annual Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) of the Texas State Bar Conference in Austin, Texas. Mr. Shin was recognized for outstanding achievement in pro bono service involving impactful litigation or other legal assistance to advance or protect the civil rights of individuals in furtherance of legal and social justice.
April 26, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster sat down with PRC Ambassador Li to discuss US-China relations at Post Oak Hilton last Friday.
April 25, 2018
Robert F. Loughran, Partner, was quoted in Human Resource Executive magazine regarding the workforce disruption that would occur should various forms of temporary status come to an end.
April 12, 2018
Robert F. Loughran, Partner, has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America as Austin’s Best Immigration Lawyer. The selection is made through an exhaustive survey and is based on peer review, feedback analysis, and eligibility checks.
April 11, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster wrote Immigration May Be on Hold in Congress, but the Trump Administration Continues to Restrict Legal Immigration in Texas Lawyer.
April 9, 2018
EB-5 Team Lead Christian Triantaphyllis interviewed with NES Financial to speak about his assessment of the current EB-5 market and Foster’s work with foreign nationals interested in immigrating to the U.S. Click here to read Christian’s full profile.
April 6, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster spoke at the 2018 China-America Real Estate Summit on the important economic relationship between China and the U.S. and the growing interest for foreign capital investment into the United States.
April 6, 2018
Robert F. Loughran’s, article. Caribbean citizenship programmes substantially reduce contribution amounts was published in the International Bar Associations – North American Regional Forum.
March 20, 2018
EB-5 Attorney Kari Blackman and Attorney Olsa Alikaj-Cano were named 2018 Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars. Super Lawyers selects its Texas Rising Stars list based upon peer nominations, independent research, and review by an advisory group. Each year only 2.5% of eligible attorneys earn recognition.
March 7, 2018
EB-5 Investment practice attended the 2018 Ho Chi Minh City EB-5 Expo in Vietnam.
March 7, 2018
Senior Attorney Olsa Alikaj-Cano participated as a guest panelist at the University of Houston Law Center’s Human Trafficking Symposium. Cano spoke about human trafficking from both the global and local perspective.
February 25, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster participated as a guest speaker on the Houston Hispanic Chamber’s Univision TV program to speak about DACA and Immigration. Click here to watch the full program.
February 21, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster participated in the panel for “EB-5 and Foreign Wealth Management” hosted by Baker Tilly Capital. Attorneys Christian Triantaphyllis and Alex Perez also attended.
February 18, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster and Partner John Meyer spoke at the Indo American’s Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston’s forum “Come Learn How to Fast Track Green Card with EB5” to help attendees learn about all the issues related to immigration under the Trump administration.
February 8, 2018
Partner Robert F. Loughran in his role as a member of the Texas State Bar Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, met with consular supervisors at the largest visa issuing post in the world in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, to review the latest procedures.
January 29, 2018
Chairman Charles Foster spoke about the proposed DACA legislation, policies and circumstances surrounding DACA as a guest speaker on Open House, a Houston-centric broadcast on KPFT 90.1.
January 27, 2018
Foster attended the 2018 Las Vegas EB-5 & Global Investment Immigration Convention at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel & Casino.
January 19, 2018
Attorneys Matthew Myers and Jeff Thomas presented at Geekdom Event Center, a coworking space in San Antonio where Entrepreneurs, Technologists, Developers, Makers & Creatives help each other build on ideas and businesses, to educate entrepreneurs and other technology professionals on how to expand their business globally, keeping necessary and strategic immigration planning processes at the forefront of the discussion.
January 11, 2018
Senior Attorney Susan McConn presented “2017 U.S. Immigration Changes Under the Trump Administration & What You Need to Know to Prepare for 2018” at HR Houston’s General Meeting in Houston.
November 28, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented the ILW tele-seminar: Immigration “Alternatives to EB-5 – Because It’s Too Damn Hard!”. Among other issues Robert Loughran discussed the means of obtaining third-country citizenships as a means of securing certain U.S. investment-based non-immigrant visas.
November 28, 2017
Chairman Charles Foster participated in the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston discussion on DACA and the impact on economics and individuals at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Partner John Meyer spoke about immigration related issues this weekend in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
November 16, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran spoke on active and passive investment-based immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs at the 8th Annual Global Immigration Conference of the International Bar Association in London.
November 13, 2017
Attorney Matthew Myers guest lectured on U.S. and Global Immigration to an International Business class at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
October 26, 2017
Partner John Meyer spoke at EB-5 Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
October 25, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented at the Global Citizenship Seminar in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on the current U.S. administration’s impact on immigration strategies available to Middle Eastern investors interested in relocating to the United States.
October 24, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran was interviewed on the abuse of “notaries” in submitting U.S. immigration applications and petitions and how notaries take advantage of immigrant communities in Super Lawyers Magazine “Lost in Translation.”
October 13, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran and Attorney Matthew Myers provided an Immigration Update Presentation under the Current U.S. Administration at the monthly San Antonio Bar Association International Law Section luncheon.
October 10, 2017
Chairman Charles Foster wrote “How long will Texas be the most anti-immigrant state in the nation?” in the Houston Chronicle.
September 22, 2017
Foster LLP will host a webinar on “E-Verify: The Ins and Outs of Enrollment and Use.” The hour-long presentation by Partner Avalyn C. Langemeier and Senior Attorney Kari K. Blackman will cover the basics of enrollment, use, and best practices for compliance.
September 19, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran moderated the panel on “Trade Diplomacy: Case Study on NAFTA” at the Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit, “Texas Two-Stepping to a Better World: A Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy.” The panel discussion took place at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, focused on the economic impact of NAFTA renegotiations on the Texas economy, and featured the Canadian and Mexican Consul Generals as well as the Director of the Bexar County Economic Development Department.
September 14 & 19, 2017
Foster LLP hosted a webinar and an in-person Immigration Update© half-day Seminar in Austin, Texas, entitled “Explore the New Normal in Immigration Law.” The fall seminar focused on the impact of changes in both nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processes brought about by the Trump Administration’s “Extreme Vetting” of all petitions and applications for immigration benefits.
September 7, 2017
Partner Dorothee B. Mitchell is speaking on immigration aspects at the German-American Business Dialogue “How to set up and run Employee Exchange Programs” hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce in Dallas, Texas on September 7, 2017
August 17, 2017
Attorney Matthew Myers wrote a guest blog for the San Antonio business incubator, Geekdom, on U.S. employment-based immigration basics for startups and entrepreneurs.
August 17, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented at Austin Chamber’s 2017 State of Talent event on “Out of Market Talent – US Talent, High Skilled Immigration Talent.” The presentation focused on the immigration impact of the current administration’s policies on the pipeline of foreign workers from U.S. higher educational institutions into the skilled labor force in the United States.
August 15, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran was selected by Best Lawyers as the Austin Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018.
August 10, 2017
Partner Delisa Bressler wrote an article featured in the Austin American-Statesman, entitled Why the U.S. doesn’t need Canada’s immigration system. The article addressed issues with the RAISE Act, which proposes a points-based system rather than a market-based system for employment-based immigration.
July 18, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented and was the discussion leader for “How to Prepare Your Clients for Potential Raids,” a webinar on worksite enforcement hosted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. As a panelist, Mr. Loughran provided a broad overview of recent enforcement trends and co-authored a practice advisory with attorney James K. Larsen on developing proactive immigration action plans for employers.
July 13, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented “Using EB-5 Capital for Project Development” to the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Seminar in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Loughran’s presentation focused on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, the potential for use of foreign investment in real estate project development, as well as alternative U.S. visa options for foreign investors.
July 8, 2017
Partner Dorothee Mitchell and Attorney Matthew Myers gave a workshop on “Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs” at the 3 Day Startup Global Roundup at the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas. The workshop focused on U.S. immigration basics, developments under the current U.S. administration, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa pathways, bifurcated by options for self-sponsorship and options for employer sponsorship.
June 30, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented at the Geneva Group International’s Latin America Conference in Santiago, Chile, on “Desarollos en la Ley de Inmigracion de los Estados Unidos,” focused on changes in immigration enforcement by the Trump Administration and the U.S. immigration options that continue to remain in place for Chilean and Latin American nationals despite these developments.
June 29, 2017
Attorneys Matthew Myers and James Larsen presented on “Hot Immigration-Related Issues in the Construction Industry” to the Central Texas Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. The lunch-and-learn emphasized establishing proper employment eligibility verification procedures, liability considerations, E-Verify, and proactive and reactive Form I-9 audits.
June 27, 2017
Partner Dorothee Mitchell and Senior Attorney Sandra Dorsthorst presented on U.S. Citizenship Application processes to members of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) South at Foster LLP headquarters in Houston, Texas.
June 26, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented at the Beacon Events Global Mobility & Tax Strategies Conference in London on the “Panel: Examining the economic and political climate for investment migration,” specifically providing his expertise on the immigration impact of the U.S. Trump Administration.
June 21, 2017
Attorney Matthew Myers wrote an article featured by the Austin-based financial technology organization, FinTech Austin, entitled Immigration Basics for Startups. The article provided an overview of U.S. immigration laws and options typically employed by small business professionals and entrepreneurs in the technology industry.
May 31, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran published an article in the Geneva Group International (GGI) INSIDER Magazine entitled “Immigration and President Donald Trump – The First 100 Days” on developments in U.S. immigration policy and enforcement arising in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration.
May 19, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran was interviewed by the Austin Chamber of Commerce for their Pubic Policy Blog “What Austin Tech Companies Should Know about President’s H-1B Visa Order”. The full article and transcript of the Q&A may be found here.
May 11, 2017
Partner Delisa Bressler and Senior Attorney Todd Fowler will present on a “Communications Guide for Managing a U.S. and Global Immigration Program” at the Gulf Coast Symposium in Houston, Texas.
May 10, 2017
Senior Attorney Kari Konikowski Blackman and Attorney Kymberly Baranzyk will present on “Alternatives for Foreign Workers Not Selected Under the H-1B Lottery” at the Gulf Coast Symposium in Houston, Texas.
May 4, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented in Mexico City, Mexico on the U.S. immigration options for Mexican investors and the relevant policy changes under the Trump Administration at the Grupo San Antonio event entitled “Promoting the Aerospace & Cybersecurity Industries in Mexico” .
May 3, 2017
Partner Dorothee Mitchell presented on “Employee Training Options for the Corporate Client” to members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Rome-EMEA Chapter in Brussels, Belgium.
April 10, 2017
Partner Ryan Chargois published an article in Mobility Magazine titled, “Staying Ahead of the Compliance Curve – Heading Off Risks in Short Term Assignments.”
April 8, 2017
Attorney Raquel Burson volunteered at an immigration clinic hosted by Texas Here to Stay in Austin, Texas.
April 7, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran as a member of the State Bar Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality met with the Federal Magistrate in Waco, Texas to discuss the policies and procedures surrounding the detained immigration docket where undocumented aliens are charged under federal criminal law with criminal entry or criminal re-entry.
Later on the agenda there was an extensive interchange with the Field Office Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to discuss recent developments of field operations and arrest policies. Officials confirmed that local office policies and operations continue to target the apprehension of targeted public safety threats, such as felons, and are not to target individuals through random encounters. Mr. Loughran learned that training has been implemented to teach ICE agents how to utilize their newly granted discretion responsibly rather than opportunistically.
April 6, 2017
Partner Dorothee Mitchell meets with members of US Congress in Washington, DC to discuss immigration matters.
March 31, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran wrote an article published by Geneva Group International (GGI) entitled “The immigration impact of NAFTA withdrawal on mobility between Canada, the US and Mexico” on the potential U.S. and global immigration consequences of NAFTA renegotiations by the Trump Administration. The article examines the adverse implications of complete withdrawal from NAFTA relative to the immigration options currently available to nationals of United States, Mexico, and Canada, in each member country.
March 28, 2017
Partner John Meyer presented on immigration options for individuals who want to invest in the U.S. at the SelectUSA Roadshow in Mexico City and Merida, Mexico.
March 25, 2017
Attorney Matthew Myers presented on visa options for entrepreneurs at the 3 Day Startup event at the Capitol Factory in Austin, Texas. The event involved workshops for emerging companies.
March 15, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran explained President Trum’ps second “Travel Ban” Executive Order, how it differs from the first and the strong likelihood that Federal Courts will issue injunctions to prevent implementation on Austin’s Fox 7 Good Day Austin program.
March 9, 2017
Senior Attorney Kari Konikowski Blackman published an article titled “9th Circ. Legal Concerns Influence Trump’s New Travel Ban” in Law360.
March 7, 2017
Attorney Liliana Kottwitz paid tribute to successful immigrants at an event hosted by Solo Mujeres Magazine.
March 4, 2017
Partner John Meyer presented on immigration options for individuals who want to invest in the U.S. at the EB-5 Investors Magazine event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
February 28, 2017
Partner Judy Lee was on a panel addressing how to manage immigration in light of changing attitudes and governments at the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) Conference in Houston, Texas.
Partner John Meyer presented on immigration options for individuals who want to invest in the U.S. at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey.
February 23, 2017
Senior Attorney Olsa Alikaj-Cano spoke at the 29th Annual International Law Institute of the Immigration Section, of the State Bar of Texas regarding “Immigration Consequences of Domestic and International Criminal Activity” at 4:00 pm at the Houstonian Club in Houston, Texas.
February 22, 2017
Partner Avalyn Langemeier presented at the AILA Houston Chapter Meeting in an “Ask the Experts” panel for difficult case questions.
February 19, 2017
Chairman Charles Foster appeared on “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall” to discuss President Trumps’ Executive Order and the potential impact of a sanctuary cities bill on Houston.
February 16, 2017
Partner Corina Farias presented on a webinar about President Trump’s Executive Order imposing a travel ban for foreign nationals from seven countries.
February 13, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran appeared on Austin’s Fox 7 Good Day Austin program to discuss the 9th Circuit’s stay of President Trump’s Executive Order banning travel for nationals from seven countries as well as the remaining legal options available to the President. Mr. Loughran also discussed recent ICE raids in Austin and other cities deemed “sanctuary cities” across the United States.
February 11, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran was a panelist on E-Verify enrollment and best practices at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Conference on Worksite Enforcement in Scottsdale, Arizona. During the panel, Mr. Loughran provided a detailed analysis of recent enhancements to E-Verify and outlined important considerations for employers prior to signing a Memorandum of Understanding as a condition of E-Verify participation.
February 10, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran was a panelist on “Compliance Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Conference on Employer Compliance in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Loughran discussed due diligence strategies to pro-actively identify potential liability that could be inherited if companies chose to rely on existing Forms I-9 rather than complete new forms for all acquired employees.
February 9, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran and Attorney James Larsen presented on, “E-Verify Revisited: Re-evaluating Conventional Wisdom With a Fresh Look at the Pros and Cons of E-Verify Participation” to the South Texas Human Resources Symposium at the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio, Texas.
February 3, 2017
On behalf of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, Partner Robert F. Loughran toured the facilities of the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and interacted with Section Chiefs and Consular Officers to discuss current immigrant and nonimmigrant visa procedures.
February 2, 2017
On behalf of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, Partner Robert F. Loughran met and discussed current developments in immigration enforcement and adjudication with senior staff of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in El Paso, Texas.
January 30, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran appeared on Austin’s Fox 7 Good Day Austin program to discuss the President Trump’s executive orders on immigration including the travel ban. Mr. Loughran also examined potential future actions by the Trump Administration and Congress relating to immigration.
Partner Robert F. Loughran was interviewed by Austin’s Fox 7 news about President Trump’s Executive Order imposing a travel ban for foreign nationals from seven countries. Mr. Loughran spoke about how the Executive Order will affect U.S. citizens traveling abroad as well as foreign nationals who work for domestic companies and the proactive steps Foster Global was taking to counsel and educate employers and clients about the impacts of the new Executive Orders..
January 25, 2017
Partner Avalyn Langemeier presented a webinar on the new Form I-9 and M-274 Handbook.
January 23, 2017
Partner Robert F. Loughran wrote an editorial in the Austin-American Statesman on the potential negative ramifications for Texas if the United States withdraws from NAFTA. The article outlines specific industries that could be adversely affected if trade barriers limited commerce with Canada and Mexico, including oil and gas, electronics, coal, chemicals, machinery, and transportation as well as the immigration ramifications.
January 21, 2017
Partner Helene Dang was recognized in the Houston Chronicle for her work in assisting a client to achieve a green card under the extraordinary ability category. The client’s unique martial arts skills and talents qualified him for the EB-1 category, which is among the most difficult immigrant visa options.
December 4-10, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented on immigration opportunities for investors interested in doing business in Texas at SelectUSA events in São Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre, Brazil.
December 5, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster spoke in Washington, DC at the “No Labels” bipartisan 1787 Conference on “The First 100 Days: What to Expect in the Trump Administration” with regard to immigration legislation. No Labels has been recognized as a vital New Center bipartisan voice to bring both Republicans and Democrats together to develop and pass legislation on major policy issues where there is broad based consensus.
Partner Jose R. Perez, Jr. presented on a panel titled “Allied Health Professionals” at the Physician Immigration Law Institute event in Washington, DC.
Partner Avalyn Langemeier presented on “Fast Track for Permanent Residence: Academic Physicians and Researchers” at the Physician Immigration Law Institute event in Washington, DC.
November 30, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster published an article in Houston Lawyer Magazine titled “Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs under U.S. Laws.”
November 29, 2016
Partner Avalyn Langemeier presented in a webinar on best practices for filling out the new Form I-9.
November 18, 2016
Attorney James Larsen presented on “Understanding the Latest Guidance in Conducting an Internal Form I-9 Audits” in a live webcast presented by The Knowledge Group.
November 10, 2016
Partner John Meyer presented on a panel on “Outlook on EB-5: New Regulation, Rules, and Opportunities in 2017” to the Investment Immigration Summit ASEAN 2016 in the InterContinental Bangkok Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
Partner Robert F. Loughran was quoted in Bloomberg IndustryWeek about the variety of industries that were reliant on employees with employment authorization based on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
November 3, 2016
Attorney James Larsen presented on “E-Verify Revisited – Reevaluating Conventional Wisdom with a Fresh Look at the Pros and Cons of E-Verify Participation” at the HR Houston General Meeting in Houston, Texas.
October 31, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran and Attorney Raquel Burson presented at the University of Texas at San Antonio International Business Accelerator on “How to Do Business in the United States.”
October 27, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster moderated the 40th Annual University of Texas Law School Immigration Conference Luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Austin, Texas.
Partner Dorothee Mitchell spoke on “H-E-L-P – Alternatives H-1B” at The University of Texas Conference in Austin, Texas
Partner Avalyn Langemeier spoke on “Religious Occupations and Vocations: From the R-1 Temporary Work Visa to the EB-4 Special Immigrant Visa, and Everything in Between” at the University of Texas Conference in Austin, Texas.
October 26, 2016
Partner Judy Lee spoke on the Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law at the University of Texas Conference in Austin, Texas.
October 19, 2016
Partner Helene Dang presented to the HR Southwest conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Partner Dorothee Mitchell spoke on “Toga! Student Visa: SEVIS and OPT Issues” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Rome-EMEA Chapter Fall Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
October 10, 2016
Partner Avalyn Langemeier and Senior Attorney Kari Konikowski Blackman published an article in Workforce magazine titled “5 Ways to Manage the Workplace Immigration Process” on I-9 and E-Verify compliance.
October 6, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran spoke to the UT Lamp organization about the EB-5 program on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas.
September 28, 2016
Partners Jose R. Perez, Jr. and Avalyn Langemeier were quoted in a Forbes article on STEM education titled “12 Best STEM Colleges For International Students: Why A Tech Education Matters.”
September 27, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran and Charles Kuck presented a webcast: “EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program’s Likely Renewal: What Your Firm Should be Aware of” organized by The Knowledge Group.
September 26, 2016
Attorney James Larsen presented on “Employment Authorization Hot Issues: Form I-9, E-Verify, and Discrimination Claims” to the annual Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) HR Support Staff Fall Conference.
September 16-19, 2016
Partner John Meyer presented on EB-5 topics at the Phoenix Event in Shenzhen, China.
September 15, 2016
Partner Ryan Chargois presented on how to apply your U.S. immigration knowledge to global assignments at the Texas Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Houston, Texas.
September 6-9, 2016
Partner John Meyer presented on immigration opportunities for investors interested in doing business in Texas at SelectUSA events in Chile.
August 24, 2016
Partner John Meyer presented on immigration opportunities for investors interested in doing business in Texas at the State of Texas event in Mexico City, Mexico.
August 5, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster debated Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on various topics relating to immigration reform in Harlingen, Texas as part of the Texas Lyceum’s “Beyond the Hype: Immigration and Border Security in Texas” event.
July 29, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran and Attorney James Larsen presented on “Anatomy of a “Flash Audit” – Rapid-fire Form I-9 Audits” at the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) 2016 Annual Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas.
Partner Helene Dang presented on “Fostering an Immigration Policy,” which instructed employers on best practices for dealing with corporate immigration issues, at the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) 2016 Annual Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas.
July 28, 2016
Senior Attorney Todd Fowler presented on “Putting Your U.S. Immigration Knowledge to Work Managing Global Assignments” at the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) 2016 Annual Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas.
Senior Attorney Stephanie Paver presented on “Developing a Balanced Immigration Policy Fit for Leaner Times” at the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) 2016 Annual Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas.
July 21, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster presented as the Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force Chair on the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in the case of United States v. Texas in Houston, Texas.
July 12, 2016
Partner Dorothee Mitchell and Senior Attorney Kari Konikowski Blackman presented on issues that arise for F-1 students working pursuant to Optional Practical Training (OPT) after the H-1B filing season in a webinar hosted by HR Houston. Registration details can be found here.
July 6, 2016
Partner John Meyer presented on immigration opportunities for investors interested in doing business in Texas at the State of Texas event in Monterrey, Mexico.
June 28, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented to the Economic Development Office of the State of Texas on immigration options for investors.
June 27, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran appeared on Fox 7 Austin’s “Good Day” to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision to leave the trial court’s preliminary injunction in place and, in so doing, halt President Obama’s expanded executive action on immigration called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA).
June 22, 2016
Senior Attorney Olsa Alikaj-Cano participated on a panel titled “Fundamentals Boot Camp” at the AILA National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The panel explained key immigration terms and concepts; reviewed the various agencies within the Department of Homeland Security as well as critical distinctions between visas vs. status; explained visa waivers vs. visa exempt status; and delved into the difference between violations of status vs. out of status, including unlawful presence and overstays.
June 6-8, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran moderated, wrote the presentation, and co-presented a panel on the immigration and tax consequences of surrendering U.S. citizenship at the Investment Migration Forum’s “Advancing Investor Immigration and Citizenship” conference held June 6-8, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://investmentmigration.org/wp-content/uploads/IMC-Forum-Speaker-brochure.pdf.
June 2-5, 2016
Partner John Meyer presented to audiences in China on immigration opportunities for investors interested in doing business or establishing enterprises in the United States.
May 26, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster was named as a Top-25 EB-5 Attorney by EB-5 Investors Magazine.
Attorney Raquel Burson was quoted in Laq360’s article on travel to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 summer Olympics, “4 Things To Know About Travel For The Rio Olympics.”
May 20, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran offered his expertise on E-Verify for Law360’s article “E-Verify May Be More Trouble Than Ease For Some Employers.”
May 18, 2016
Senior Attorney Todd Fowler presented on “Putting Your U.S. Immigration Knowledge to Work Managing Global Assignments,” which focused on introducing the global immigration process, basic work permits, and tools that might be helpful for U.S.-based immigration HR professionals.
May 12, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented on Form I-9 audit issues as they relate to mergers and acquisitions at the Gulf Coast Symposium in Houston, Texas.
Partner Avalyn Langemeier is a panel participant at the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The panel’s topic is “Overview and Best Practices: Extraordinary, Outstanding, NIW.”
May 10, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran was inducted into the Texas Bar College. The organization honors highly-trained attorneys who attend at least double the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirement set by the Texas Bar.
Attorney Ben Schatz presented on the basics of immigration law to the Houston Young Lawyers Association.
May 9, 2016
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis presented on Hot Topics in EB-5 Project Underwriting at the Shanghai Investment Immigration Expo in Shanghai, China.
May 8, 2016
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis presented on “EB-5 Visa Retrogression: Strategies to Overcome the 6-year long Waitlist Caused by Retrogression, and Alternate Visa Options” at the Shanghai Investment Immigration Expo in Shanghai, China.
May 6, 2016
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis spoke on “EB-5 Due Diligence Issues” at the 2016 Overseas Investment and International Wealth Management Forum in Beijing, China.
April 30, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster spoke on “How Immigration Ties Texas and Scotland Together” at the Pre-OTC Business Breakfast hosted by the Houston Grampian Association and the British-American Business Council.
April 28, 2016
Attorney James Larsen presented to the Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference and Expo on Form I-9 compliance, completion, and how to prevent E-Verify issues.
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis presented on Immigration Law and EB-5 topics at the Houston Association of Realtors in Houston, Texas.
April 27, 2016
Partner John Meyer spoke on immigration options for investors at the COMCE (Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior, Inversión y Tecnología, AC) in Mexico City, Mexico. [Picture]
April 26, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster was elected to the Board of Directors of Invest In the USA (IIUSA), an organization promoting education and compliance in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis was a participant in an EB-5 Roundtable webinar hosted by ILW.
April 21, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran presented awards to the first, second, and third place winners of the American Immigration Council’s annual Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest for the Austin Area. The 5th grader winners were invited to read their essays on the theme “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants” during the Naturalization Ceremony held at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library Auditorium.
April 20, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran published an article titled “Relinquishment of U.S. citizenship; replaced with existing alternate nationality(ies)” on the process of renouncing U.S. citizenship for Geneva Group International. The article delves into the reasons for renouncing U.S. citizenship, best practices for doing so, and the consequences one might encounter after completing the process.
Partner Robert F. Loughran discussed “The Immigration Effects of Criminal Convictions on Non-Citizens” to volunteers from the Seedling Foundation, an organization of mentors for children whose parents are incarcerated.
April 18, 2016
Senior Attorney Olsa Alikaj-Cano attended the oral arguments of the Supreme Court hearing for United States v. Texas.
April 16, 2016
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis presented on EB-5 Program Updates and Hot Topics at the 2016 AILA Texas Chapter Conference in Austin, Texas.
April 7, 2016
Senior Attorney Olsa Alikaj-Cano participated in the AILA National Day of Action in Washington DC. AILA members from all over the country joined together to educate members of Congress and their staff about the problems plaguing the immigration system, and the need for immigration reform.
March 31, 2016
Partner Helene Dang published an article titled “Overcoming Employment Obstacles Provoked by US Immigration Issues” for Corporate Counsel magazine. The article gives an overview for how employers can best strategize recruitment with U.S. immigration laws.
March 16, 2016
Partner Judy Lee and Attorney Sang Shin spoke on immigration opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs at workshop hosted by Enventure in Houston, Texas. The program focused on international students.
March 15, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran spoke on business visa opportunities in “Smart Investment in the United States: How to Expand Your Business to the USA.” The program was hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
March 13, 2016
Chairman Charles Foster spoke on “What Investors Need to Know About Permanent Residency” at the 6th Invest in America Summit in Shanghai, China
March 9, 2016
Senior Attorney Stephanie Paver wrote “Start preparing now to file H-1B employee visa petitions” for the Austin Business Journal.
March 8, 2016
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis presented on “What Makes the US a Plausible Option for Investors?” at the EB-5 Investment Conference in Dubai, UAE.
February 13, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran spoke at the Los Angeles Bar 2016 EB-5 Conference on “Source of Funds” as well as on a separate panel, “What to Do When A Regional Center Fails”.
February 9, 2016
Partner Helene Dang was a panelist at the FEM Global Mobility conference. Her panel, “Overcoming Obstacles to Immigration in the US,” offered advice on potential immigration challenge and strategies to increase efficiency.
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis spoke on “EB-5 Draft Legislation and What Happens Now” at the NES Financial EB-5 Conference in San Francisco, California
February 5, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran toured facilities and met with Consular Officers and Section Chiefs of the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to discuss current immigrant visa procedures and the post’s new E-2 Treaty Investor visa responsibilities as a member of the State Bar Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration.
February 4, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran met with the management team of the El Paso Field Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Service(CIS) and Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) as a member of the State Bar Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration.
February 1, 2016
Partner Robert F. Loughran published an article in ERC’s Mobility Magazine titled “Refugees are Not a Threat…They are a Staffing Opportunity” on the potential benefits of employing Syrian refugees. The article also discusses best-practice procedures employers should follow when hiring refugees.
January 16, 2016
Attorney John Lasseigne was a volunteer judge for the Region 1 high school mock trial competition, held at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg, Texas.
Attorney Christian Triantaphyllis spoke on “Enhanced Role of the SEC in Immigrant Investments: An Analysis of Investigations in 2015” at the EB-5 Investment Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
January 8, 2016
Attorney John Lasseigne gave a talk to the non-profit LUPE (La Union del Pueblo Entero) in San Juan, Texas, about what persons can do if ICE comes knocking on their doors.