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(Rescheduled) SPRING CHAPTER CONFERENCE – Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico AILA

March 19, 2021 - March 21, 2021

$225.00 – $400.00
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Doubletree by Hilton El Paso Downtown/City Center
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600 N. El Paso St. El Paso, Texas 79901

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The following represents an agreement between the Doubletree by Hilton El Paso Downtown/City Center Downtown El Paso and TX AILA Spring Conference. This outlines specific conditions and services to be provided.


  • Name: Julie Frederick
  • Job Title: Professional Travel Advisor/Attorney
  • Phone Number: (305)322-1200
  • Email: Julie@uniqueromancetravel.com

OFFICIAL PROGRAM DATES: April 1, 2020 – April 4, 2020


Hotel's corporate rates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Single: $209.00
  • Double: $209.00

Based upon TX AILA Spring Conference total program requirements as outlined in this agreement, Hotel confirms the following group rates (net of all taxes):

  • Single: $112.00
  • Double: $112.00

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently17.5 %) in effect at the time of check in.


Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with Hilton reservations at: 1-800-222-8733 or via this Booking Link.


Reservations by TX AILA Spring Conference must be received on or before 4PM Wednesday, March 11, 2020. At the Cutoff Date, Hotel will review the reservation pickup for the Event, release the unreserved rooms for general sale, and determine whether it can accept reservations based on a space available basis at the group rate after this date.

Conference Agenda AILA TX/OK/NM-El Paso

Thursday, April 2, 2020:

  • Tour of U.S. Embassy in Cd. Juarez (tentative)
    Evening Round Table and Happy Hour at Hotel

Friday, April 3, 2020:

  • 8:00 am- 5:00 pm - Registration & Exhibits
  • 8:00 am – 9:00am - Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am-8:35 am - Welcome by Chapter Chair, Lance Curtright
  • 8:35 am-9:00 am - Operation in Mission Mexico
    • John Tavenner, Consul General
  • 9:00 am-10:00 - Panels:
    • Business Track: Hot Topics in Business Immigration
      (Faculty: Ken Harder, Lisa Sotelo, Matt Stump)

      Panelists will discuss most current issues affecting business immigration including updates from USCIS, DOL and DOS.
    • Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing:
      (Faculty: George Rodriguez, Olsa Alikaj-Cano, Marisol Perez)
      Panelist will discuss new issues with Adjustment of Status including
      forms, filing fees and processing times. Panelists will also:
      • Provide updates on Issues with Consular Processing including:
        Presidential Proclamation on Health Insurance
      • Changes to Public Charge
      • “New” Joint Sponsor Requirements
      • Inadmissibility issues at the consulate
  • 10:00am-11:00am - Panels:
    • Business Track: Advanced L-1 and TN Strategies
      (Faculty: Ramon Curiel, Corina Farias, Rob Caballero)
      With an RFE rate of over 60% on L visas, our panel of experts will provide advanced strategies and help you troubleshoot difficult issues on L1B, L1A and blanket L’s and TNs
    • Advanced Family & Litigation Track: Wavier Updates
      (Faculty: Jason Mills, Rebecca Kitson, Kelli Stump)
      Faculty will review issues with I-601A Waivers in Removal Including ethical obligations when advising clients on eligibility/ineligibility for Waivers. The panelists will discuss the “New” Waiver process with Voluntary Departure including combining waivers and waivers for smuggling.
  • 10:55am-11:10am - Networking Break
  • 11:10am-12:00 - Panels:

    • Business Track: H1B Post Mortem and Filing Strategies
      (Faculty: Melissa Salvador, Luis Campos, Maggie Murphy)
      Panel of Experts to review the H1B registration and selection process and provide an update on how to prepare H1B petitions to help avoid RFE’s related to specialty occupation and wage levels.
    • Advanced Family & Litigation: Citizenship Panel
      (Faculty: Michelle Edstrom, Amelia Fischer, Iliana Holguin)
      Panelists will review denaturalization Issues, the “New” Good Moral Character Standard including new forms, filing fees and best practices for applying for Naturalization
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm - Lunch with AILA Chapter Business Meeting
  • 1:30-2:30 pm - Panels:
    • Business Track: PERM
      (Faculty: Paige Taylor, Sujata Ajmera, Kristen Burke)
      Panel will review how to address issues related to determining minimum requirements, recent AAO decision, and how to reconcile differences in H1B filings with PERM including how to harmonize tricky SOC codes.
    • Migrant Protection Protocol
      (Faculty: Jodi Goodwin, Taylor Levy, Guillermo Hernandez)
      What is going on?! Explaining the basic process of an MPP case. Faculty will review representing clients in MPP including how to communicate with and meet with client and how to collect evidence. The panel will discuss:
      • Non-Refoulment Interviews
      • Best Practices in Court
      • What happens when you win? Clients being sent back to Mexico
      • Appeals
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm - Panels:
    • Business Track/Advanced Family: Visa Retrogression. Strategies
      for protecting status and max out issues.
      (Faculty: Matt Thompson, Sarah Brown, Maka Hutson)
      Panel will review strategies for Max-Out issues (NIW, recapture, H-1Bs), CSPA for children turning 21 in the family and employment based immigration context, Understanding cross-chargeability, visa bulletin predictions and handling EB-3 upgrades.
    • Litigation Track: Bond/Detention and Immigration Court Panel
      (Faculty: Jose “Chito” Vela, Daniel Caudillo, Paul Hunker (Dallas OCC)
      Panel will review ability to get a bond with criminal history, including challenging certain charges of removal, navigating issues with immigration judges, updates on relief from removal, special appearances, and Pereira update.
  • 3:30pm-3:45pm - Networking Break
  • 3:45pm-4:45pm - Panels:
    • Business Track: E visas and Investors Visa
      (Faculty: Leigh Ganchan, Susanna Viscotti, Nina Dutta)
      Updates on EB-5 requirements, E visa processing and updates, New office L1A updates, and how BAHA has affected investor visa processing at Consulates and Embassies abroad.
    • Federal Court Panel
      (Faculty: Imran Mirza, Jesse Bless (AILA), Federal District Court Judge, El Paso, TX)
      Panel will provide a Federal Court litigation update and address the following issues:
      • How and When to Sue the Federal Government?
      • Challenging the System (Immigration Courts and USCIS)
      • How to start getting involved in federal litigation?
      • Federal Judge speaking on best practices?
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm - Pro Bono Reception (Sponsored by United States Credential Evaluation)

Saturday, April 4, 2020:

  • 7:30 am-8:30am - Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am-9:30 am - Panels:
    • Business Track: Beltway Policy and Regulatory Updates (need to avoid overlap with hot
      (Faculty: Faye Kolly, Shavari Shev Dalal-Dheini (AILA), Kathleen Walker)
    • Advanced Topics in Asylum
      (Faculty: Paul Zoltan, John Moore, Dr. Kim Gauderman)
      • One Year Deadline in Removal Cases
      • Developments in PSGs for DV and Gang Cases
      • Safe third countries, persecution by state actors, and
        other attempts to limit asylum
      • Witnesses and evidence: presenting the asylum case
  • 9:30 am-10:30 - Panels:
    • Business Track:
      (Faculty: Jesse Bless (AILA), Leslie Dellon (AIC))
      Nuts and bolts of filing in Federal Court for Business immigration attorneys including Choice of Venue, Mandamus for delayed processing and APA for arbitrary and capricious claims
    • Advanced Family & Litigation Track: Crimmigration Update
      (Faculty: Imran Mirza, Carlos Garcia, Brock Benjamin)
      Panel will provide Federal Court case updates regarding recent decisions and provide tools and ideas on how to properly use Pre-Trial Diversion after Matter of Mohamed. Speakers will review how to clean an Indictment and Structure a Plea to help your client. A Criminal Attorney will provide tips on how to effectively work with a
      criminal attorney.
  • 10:30am-11:15am - Panel:
    • Combined Business & Litigation Track: Hot Topics (.75 hour)
      (Faculty: Michelle Saenz-Rodriguez, Jacqueline Watson, Irene Mugambi)

      • Changes in BIA Structure and Processes
      • Public Charge changes IV and NIV
      • Travel Ban 4.0
  • 11:30am-12:15pm - Panel:
    • Law Practice Management in Challenging Times (.75 hour, .25
      (Faculty: Nicolas Chavez, Ruth McChesney, Ruby Powers)
  • 12:15pm - Conference Concludes
  • 1:00pm - Group Golf Outing
    If interested email: Daniel Caudillo at daniel@caudillolaw.com


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