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  • Nov 25, 2020Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will co-present the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section webinar, “Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond.”

    Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    COVID-19 has presented challenging experiences for nearly every immigration court practitioner, leading to modernization. This webinar will address:

    • An overview of the immigration courts adapting to modern technology, including electronic filing and service, video hearings, and secure video communications with detained clients
    • Implementation of this modernization
    • Best immigration trial litigation practices for detained and non-detained removal proceedings
    • Effective challenges to the electronic hearings, proper e-submissions and service, witness preparation, expert reports and testimony, and preserving appealable issues through pre-trial motions and effective trial objections and evidentiary challenges

    When: Thursday, December 17, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: federalbar.org

    • FBA Members – $0
    • Nonmembers – $75

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. Ray has served nearly every industry, including health care, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports.

    Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

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  • Oct 16, 2020I-9 Compliance Webinar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group; the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), a Member of the firm; and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, are pleased to present the free I-9 compliance webinar, “Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit,” hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    I-9 Compliance, COVID-19, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Latest updates to the I-9 employee immigration verification process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Recently-instituted restrictions on visas for foreign employees
    • Changes to onboarding procedures
    • How employees can properly complete I-9 employee immigration verification for both in-person and remote hiring
    • Steps that must be taken after hire to ensure ongoing compliance with federal regulations
    • The recent White House proclamation putting a freeze on visas for many foreign employees, including executives and managers, health care professionals, and worker specialty occupations
    • Some ways employers can manage these new rules and minimize disruption to their day-to-day operations
    • PLUS…just released updates from the Department of Labor revising rules for federally mandated Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

    When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: lehighvalleypacoc.wliinc16.com

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports. Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Rebecca has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. She is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states.

    In addition, Rebecca has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate. She handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court on thousands of hearings, proceedings, arbitrations, jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. Rebecca was formerly appointed Solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county Arbitration panel member and Chairperson.

    Rebecca was elected as the first female District Attorney of Montour County by a 3:1. In that role, she designed and implemented an intensive, personalized victim rights program; created the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team for child abuse cases to minimize trauma for minor victims; and collaborated with agencies to provide services and treatment for offenders.

    About William Menard

    William practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law. William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals, and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    William has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, including green cards for family members of United States Citizens (both consular processing applications and adjustments of status within the United States), and EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas for business managers, executives, other professionals, and investors (including PERM labor certifications, when needed), as well as a wide range of temporary visas, including B1/B2 visas for visitors and tourists, F visas for international students, K visas for fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens, L visas for both international corporations and their executives and managers, U visas for victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, TN Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and many more.

    William represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

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  • Sep 24, 2020Ray Lahoud Speaks to Moravian Academy ‘Latinos in the Lehigh Valley’ Students

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, was a virtual guest speaker for the Moravian Academy “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” class taught by Professor Gonzalo F. del Real, M.A., Tuesday, September 22.

    “I always enjoy speaking to the younger generation about immigration and seeing their passion on the topic. To be able to help educate them on the immigration system and immigration law, as well as speak to them as a child of immigrants reminds me of why I got into this profession and why I love what I do,” said Lahoud.

    About the Moravian Academy “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” Class

    The purpose of the class is to provide students with information to help dispel any erroneous stereotypes and misconceptions they may have about the immigration process and those who are part of it. Lahoud visited the class last year to speak to students about imperialism and immigration, discussing his experience working with the immigration process, student and work visas, and the residency/citizenship process, as well as his personal journey as a child of Lebanese immigrants.

    This year, Lahoud discussed Lehigh Valley’s immigrant population and communities; and the “underground” world that takes advantage of the undocumented immigrant community through “notario” fraud, fraud, human trafficking, and smuggling; and the impact of issues such as document, benefit, and identity fraud on those in the United States lawfully. He also spoke of the need for comprehensive immigration reform, noting that it may be difficult, if not impossible, to see such reform in the near future.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global, serving individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of experienced and highly-trained immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants.

    Lahoud’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. He represents businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. His compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration.”

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Sep 11, 2020Ray Lahoud to Speak on “Immigration Law Amidst A Pandemic” at Emory University

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will be a panelist for “Immigration Amidst A Pandemic,” hosted by Emory University as part of its Behind the Glass: Immigration Reflections initiative, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, September 29.

    “I am excited to be a part of this incredible mission at Emory University and, as always, look forward to educating young adults interested in immigration law and immigration in general,” said Lahoud.

    About the Emory University Immigration Program

    Behind the Glass: Immigration Reflections aims to facilitate informed, nonpartisan discussion on immigration politics, law, and current events; empower entities advocating for the world’s migrant populations; and share academic and professional opportunities for students interested in the immigration field.

    The panel — comprising attorneys, judges, law school professors, and pro bono individuals serving immigrant populations — will address topics including how the legal system and immigration defense have changed with recent political changes, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected this work.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants with extensive and continuing immigration law training and significant practice experience.

    Lahoud’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. Lahoud’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Jul 20, 2020I-9 Compliance Seminar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, are pleased to present the free webinar, “I-9 Compliance Seminar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit.”

    I-9 Compliance and ICE Audits

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Latest updates to the I-9 employee immigration verification process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Recently-instituted restrictions on visas for foreign employees
    • Changes to onboarding procedures
    • How employers can properly complete I-9 employee immigration verification for both in-person and remote hiring
    • Steps that must be taken after hire to ensure ongoing I-9 compliance with federal regulations
    • The recent White House proclamation putting a freeze on visas for many foreign employees, including executives and managers, health care professionals, and workers in specialty occupations
    • Some ways employers can manage these new rules and minimize disruption to their day-to-day operations

    When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    10:00 a.m. – noon

    Registration: Eventbrite

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports. Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    About William Menard

    William C. Menard practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law. William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals as well as conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    William has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, including green cards for family members of United States Citizens (both consular processing applications and adjustments of status within the United States), and EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas for business managers, executives, other professionals, and investors (including PERM labor certifications, when needed), as well as a wide range of temporary visas, including B1/B2 visas for visitors and tourists, F visas for international students, K visas for fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens, L visas for both international corporations and their executives and managers, U visas for victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, TN Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and many more. He represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. William has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including: Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

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  • Jul 20, 2020I-9 Compliance Seminar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, are pleased to present the free webinar, “I-9 Compliance Seminar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit.”

    Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, and Beyond COVID-19

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Latest updates to the I-9 employee immigration verification process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Recently-instituted restrictions on visas for foreign employees
    • Changes to onboarding procedures
    • How employers can properly complete I-9 employee immigration verification for both in-person and remote hiring
    • Steps that must be taken after hire to ensure ongoing compliance with federal regulations
    • The recent White House proclamation putting a freeze on visas for many foreign employees, including executives and managers, health care professionals, and workers in specialty occupations
    • Some ways employers can manage these new rules and minimize disruption to their day-to-day operations

    When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    noon – 2:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports. Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    About William Menard

    William C. Menard practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law. William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals, and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    William has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, including green cards for family members of United States Citizens (both consular processing applications and adjustments of status within the United States), and EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas for business managers, executives, other professionals, and investors (including PERM labor certifications, when needed), as well as a wide range of temporary visas, including B1/B2 visas for visitors and tourists, F visas for international students, K visas for fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens, L visas for both international corporations and their executives and managers, U visas for victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, TN Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and many more. He represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. William has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including: Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

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  • May 21, 2020Ray Lahoud Named Co-Vice Chair of Pennsylvania Bar Association Immigration Law Committee

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, has been appointed the Co-Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Immigration Law Committee.

    “I am ecstatic about this role! I’ve always dreamt of being a lawyer and in being so passionate about my career, the Pennsylvania Bar Association allows me to continue learning and connects me to other legal professionals that are as dedicated to helping others as much as I am. In having this role on the Immigration Law Committee, I hope to encourage others to be active within their community and stay up-to-date with this ever-changing practice we work with,” said Lahoud.

    About the PBA Immigration Law Committee

    The PBA aims to assist in the legal development within Pennsylvania and in the United States, while keeping the state’s attorneys current, educated, resourceful, and available to those who need it. Its Immigration Law Committee specifically provides an opportunity to do so in the area of immigration law.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and New York, New York. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants with extensive and continuing immigration law training and significant practice experience.

    Lahoud’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. Lahoud’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A., English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • May 18, 2020Ray Lahoud to Speak on “Crimmigration” for Annual Immigration Law Basics Program

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present “Crimmigration” on Wednesday, June 24, 1:40 – 2:00 p.m., for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) annual program, “2020 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond,” hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Immigration Law Section.

    “For years, I have been honored to be included in this program. My discussion this year is on ‘crimmigration,’ a specialized focus within the practice of immigration law that involves the growing and complex intersections with the federal and state criminal justice systems,” said Lahoud.

    About “Immigration Law Basics”

    The full-day webcast, 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., typically held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, has been converted to a virtual platform due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This program is designed for those who want an immigration update or refresher and for those who wish to have a basic understanding of immigration practice and procedure. Presenters will address the basics of immigration practice, including how to obtain Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas and how to handle employment and family-based immigration matters; and provide an update on the Trump Administration’s immigration initiatives and its efforts to shift the immigration structure from a family-based to a merit-based system, as well as the recent changes affecting asylum and refugee applications.

    Registration costs are $210 for non-NJSBA members, $170 for NJSBA members, and $160 for NJSBA Immigration Section members. New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and ethics CLE credits are available. For more information and to register, click here.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in all types of immigration matters—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.

    Lahoud’s experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers. His immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, Lahoud seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. His ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A., English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • May 15, 20202020 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond – “Crimmigration”

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present the “Crimmigration” session as part of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s annual “U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond” program, which will be presented as a live webcast this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    About “Crimmigration”

    This program is designed for those who want an immigration update or refresher and for those who wish to have a basic understanding of immigration practice and procedure.

    When: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    • Full-Day Wecast 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Ray Lahoud’s “Crimmigration” 1:40 – 2:00 p.m.

    Registration: njsba.com

    • NJSBA Member Rate: $170
    • NJSBA Section Member Rate: $160
    • General Tuition: $210

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings, and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Ray’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

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  • Apr 30, 2020The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, L Visa Employers and Workers, and America’s Global Workforce

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, will present the free, virtual town hall, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, L Visa Employers and Workers, and America’s Global Workforce.”

    About the COVID-19 Immigrant Workforce Town Hall

    The purpose of this virtual town hall session is to answer many of the questions that companies, hospitals, and schools have about the effects of COVID-19 on compliance and processing regarding their immigrant workforce. Ray and William will address how the pandemic has impacted several areas, including:

    • I-9 compliance
    • The issuance of visas for managers, professionals, and students outside of the United States
    • Timing and procedures for visa sponsorship inside the United States
    • How to assist employers, hospital staff, and school administrators minimize the impact of this current pandemic on their day-to-day operations

    When: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m

    Registration: Eventbrite

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While Ray’s immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. Ray has served nearly every industry. His employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance.  Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    Ray has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and named a Super Lawyers Rising Star as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Ray one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    About William Menard

    William practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law, appearing on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

    William has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, temporary visas, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and much more. William represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security.

    In addition, William is active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination. He has also advised education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

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