Seminars

In cooperation with Aledex Continuing Education Seminars, the Chapman Immigration Law Group offers seminars to the public and also to human resources professionals and members of the legal profession on the subject of immigration law. In some cases the seminars may be eligible for continuing education credits with state bar associations and other licensing and accreditation entities. CILG and Aledex are members of the Association for Continuing Legal Education.

Seminars are web based and are powered by WEBEX. By making our seminars web based we allow business professionals, lawyers and the public to attend the seminar without leaving the comfort and convenience of their home or office. All seminars are available for replay after initial live webinar. The following are a list of upcoming seminars and the fees for attendance:

Marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident:

This seminar is an hour long basic introduction to the issues involved in marriage between a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and a foreign national. The seminar will cover the following topics:

Outline of the immigration laws and regulations.
What is a legally valid marriage for immigration purposes?
When a prior marriage is legally terminated for immigration purposes?
What is adjustment of status and how does it work?
What process is involved in consular processing versus adjustment of status?
What is a fiancé visa and how does it work?
What is an affidavit of support, how does it work and what are the legal implications of the affidavit of support?
What is a conditional permanent resident and what is required to remove conditions on residence?
Date & Time: TBD
Media Format: Live Webinar
Seminar length: 1 hour and 30 minutes (1.25 Hrs Lecture & 15 Min. Question Session)
Faculty: David J. Chapman, Esq.
Cost: $45.00
Educational Credits: CLE credits applied for in North Dakota, Minnesota and Texas.
It is anticipated that this seminar will also be available for “on demand” viewing after the live webcast is completed.

I-9 Employment Verification for Employers:

Recently the Obama Administration has announced its intentions to shift the focus of immigration enforcement from illegal aliens to the employers who hire and continue to employ them. It has long been a requirement of law that employers verify whether an employee has the legal right to work in the United States. This seminar will focus on the legal responsibilities employers have to verify employment eligibility, documentation requirements and retention, and possible penalties violators face. The seminar will cover the following topics:

Background on federal employment verification statutes and regulations
I-9 employment verification forms and E-Verify
Social Security No-Match letters, other red flags and employment discrimination issues
Audits, criminal penalties and employer civil sanctions
Recent regulatory and enforcement developments
Date & Time: TBD
Media Format: Live Webinar
Seminar length: 3 hours (2.75 Hrs Lecture & 15 Min. Question Session)
Faculty: David J. Chapman, Esq.
Cost: $60.00
Educational Credits: CLE credits applied for in North Dakota, Minnesota and Texas.
It is anticipated that this seminar will also be available for “on demand” viewing after the live webcast is completed.

Current Issues in Workplace Enforcement:

Recently the Obama Administration has announced its intentions to shift the focus of immigration enforcement from illegal aliens to the employers who hire and continue to employ them. It has long been a requirement of law that employers verify whether an employee has the legal right to work in the United States. This seminar will focus on current regulatory developments in the area of workplace enforcement. The seminar will cover the following topics:

The E-Verify program and mandatory federal contractor use
I-9 audits
Social Security No-Match letters
State laws related to employment verification enforcement
Date & Time: TBD
Media Format: Live Webinar
Seminar length: 1.25 hours (1 Hrs Lecture & 15 Min. Question Session)
Faculty: David J. Chapman, Esq.
Cost: $40.00
Educational Credits: CLE credits applied for in North Dakota, Minnesota and Texas.
It is anticipated that this seminar will also be available for “on demand” viewing after the live webcast is completed.

Sponsoring an Employee for Permanent Residence:

The business of America is business. The power behind our economic engine is the innovation and ingenuity of our workforce. As part of an effective workforce, Congress has recognized that there are many individuals worldwide who can help to enrich the character and talent of our workforce. However, sponsoring an employee for lawful permanent residence in the United States can be a complex process. This seminar will outline the basic process for obtaining employee based permanent residence. Topics covered include:

What is an employment based preference under immigration law and what are the requirements of each preference category?
What is the labor certification requirement and when is it required?
What is involved in a basic labor certification process, what are the alternatives to the basic process for college and university teachers?
What are the employer’s responsibilities for document retention after a competitive recruitment?
After a labor certification is issued, what role does U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services play in the permanent residence process?
Date & Time: TBD
Media Format: Live Webinar
Seminar length: 3.00 hours (2.75 Hrs Lecture & 15 Min. Question Session)
Faculty: David J. Chapman, Esq.
Cost: $75.00
Educational Credits: CLE credits applied for in North Dakota, Minnesota and Texas.
It is anticipated that this seminar will also be available for “on demand” viewing after the live webcast is completed.

Immigration issues for employers in a tough economy.

Many employers face tough economic times in 2009. High unemployment, layoffs, and less hiring are widespread. For the employer with foreign employees or who is seeking to hire a foreign worker the tough economy can lead to tough questions. This seminar will focus primarily on how employers of H-1b workers can be affected by the economic downturn. This seminar will deal with:

H-1b employees and layoffs versus unpaid leaves of absence.
The return travel requirement in the case of H-1b employee termination.
Review of the Labor Condition Application H-1b attestations that an employer makes when first hiring an H-1b employee.
What constitutes payment of the required wage to an H-1b employee?
Date & Time: TBD
Media Format: Live Webinar
Seminar length: 3.00 hours (2.75 Hrs Lecture & 15 Min. Question Session)
Faculty: David J. Chapman, Esq.
Cost: $75.00
Educational Credits: CLE credits applied for in North Dakota, Minnesota and Texas.
It is anticipated that this seminar will also be available for “on demand” viewing after the live webcast is completed.