Immigration Update

Monday, Jun 14, 2021

It’s been a year since we last checked in with attorneys Elizabeth Goss of Goss Associates and Doug Hauer of Mintz on immigration restrictions related to the so called “travel ban” that has been in place now for travelers from the Schengen area to the U.S. since March of last year.  Just last week, the Secretary of State issued an update to its National Interest Exceptions (NIE) determination that may ease business travel for certain visa categories. Travel has been picking up – but who can and cannot travel? Will the EU follow through to allow travel for vaccinated travelers from the U.S. as recently announced?

In this hour, we will assess briefly the current state on travel and immigration including

  • Latest update on National Interest Exception (NIE)
  • How COVID has changed visa processing
  • “Travel Ban” from and to Europe and what’s ahead
  • Visa categories that are exempt
  • Latest on F-1 student and J-1 exchange visitor visas

Liz and Doug will not providing legal advice, but general information only. Both of our speakers want to be sure that everyone understands that the general information in this session is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to review your individual facts and circumstances and to secure legal advice that takes into account your specific facts.

Date: Monday, June 14, 2021

Time: 1PM to 2PM ET
Platform: Zoom Meeting

Cost: complimentary

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The speakers

Elizabeth Goss  of Goss Associates specializes in the representation of physicians, researchers, trainees and students in the higher education and health care fields, securing their temporary and permanent visas. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in representing professors, scientists, and artists under the extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, and national interest waiver immigrant visa categories. She also has extensive experience representing multinational corporations and entrepreneurial ventures in a wide array of immigration matters. Ms. Goss is an immigration practitioner with in-depth experience providing strategic immigration advice on a variety of complex business related issues. Ms. Goss is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). She has provided her expertise at immigration seminars and lectures as a guest of NAFSA; the American Immigration Lawyers Association; ILW and the Massachusetts Bar Association (MCLE). She is a former chapter editor of the NAFSA Advisor’s Manual as well as a contributor to a number of AILA and MCLE publications.

Doug Hauer is a Member at Mintz Levin, where he practices both immigration and corporate law. A former member of the GABC Board of Directors, Doug teaches law at Boston University. Recently, Doug joined the Board of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus.