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  • Mar 06, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present on Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, will present “The Intersection of Immigration and Real Estate” for members of Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®, Thursday, March 7, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., in White Plains, New York.

    Lahoud will cover the intersections of immigration with residential and commercial real estate transactions, including those involving documented and undocumented immigrants, temporary foreign employees, and international students; foreign corporations seeking to open a location in the United States or considering a complete relocation of company and employees; and residential and commercial property developers seeking alternative, low-cost project financing.

    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, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—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.  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. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.

     

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  • Feb 27, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present at New York Immigration and Asylum Law Conference

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present at the 2019 New York Asylum and Immigration Law Conference to be held at New York Law School from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8.  Intended for new and experienced attorneys, as well as professors, featured topics include an intro to asylum law, ethics in immigration law, constructing the narrative, best practices before the asylum office, new developments, and detention issues.  As the events fall on International Women’s Day, the conference will offer a presentation on gender violence and a poetry reading by Professor Marjorie Agosín, Human Rights Activist.  Each of the three tracks will offer up to 8.5 hours of CLE, including options for 1.5 hours of ethics and 1.5 hours of diversity, inclusion, and elimination training.  The event is hosted by the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section and New York Law School’s Asylum Clinic.

    Lahoud will co-present the “Introduction to Asylum Law,” 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., speaking on the U.S. asylum process, entities involved, standards and burdens of proof, and basic case law.  The presenters will also compare asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture.  For more information or to register, click here.

    Lahoud focuses 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, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His 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.  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.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Jan 09, 2019Ray Lahoud to Present on Family Immigration

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “Seeking Family Immigration Benefits in Immigration Court” at the NJICLE Seminar, “Family Immigration Visas/Immigration Law Practice in 2019 & Beyond,” on Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

    The seminar will focus on the impact of Trump’s new administration and their desire to change the current immigration system, which focuses on family ties, into a system that focuses on merit. In 2018, the U.S issued fewer Family Visas and extended waiting periods for the application process. With more changes approaching, lawyers should prepare to manage the concerns and expectations of clients who are trying to bring a family member into the country. For more information and to register, please click here.

    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. 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.  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. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006 and his J.D. in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Sep 04, 2018Norris McLaughlin to Present I-9 Compliance Seminars for Employers

    Raymond G. Lahoud, Esq., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, is pleased to present a two-part seminar series for all human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, administrators, and management at organizations and companies in every industry of every size on how to complete the I-9 process correctly, prepare for random immigration inspections, and be proactive in avoiding devastating employer immigration compliance penalties.

    The seminars are free of charge and open to the public.  HRCI and SHRM credits are available.  Lahoud will present “How to Handle Form I-9 When Hiring and After” on Friday, October 19, and “Best Practices for ICE Audits When It Comes to Form I-9” on Tuesday, November 13.  Both sessions will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Norris McLaughlin’s office in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  SHRM and HRCI credits are available. For more information and to register, click here or RSVP by email to Jacqueline Ehrenkranz, Marketing Coordinator, at .

    “Daily, employers are caught off guard when Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents come knocking at Human Resources’ door, seeking to conduct random Form I-9 audits.  We want you to be prepared, proactive, and represented.  I am relieved that so many employers see the value in this seminar, as the topic is timely and emergent,” said Lahoud.

    A resident of Easton, Pennsylvania, Lahoud focuses his practice primarily on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  His practice includes Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant 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, and VAWA applications.  Lahoud also has a long history of political and business management expertise.

    Lahoud also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.  His practice focuses specifically on Deportation Defense at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels.  He has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  In state and federal appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to deportation proceedings.  He also represents individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.

    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 earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm with 130+ attorneys serving the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, uniquely positioned to represent Fortune 500 corporations, middle-market companies, and individuals, since 1953.  Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey.  The Pennsylvania office has been named “Best of the Valley” for Overall Attorney by Lehigh Valley Magazine, selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace, and among the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

    Norris McLaughlin also enjoys an international reputation for excellence through its membership in Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms.  Through Meritas and the Firm’s multidisciplinary team approach, clients both local and abroad receive the services of counselors, advisors, strategists, and advocates.  These dedicated professionals have one mission – to be the firm of choice for clients seeking the most creative, comprehensive, and effective legal services available.

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  • Mar 26, 2018Raymond Lahoud Recognized as JD Supra Top Immigration Author

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, has been recognized in JD Supra’s “2018 Readers’ Choice Awards” as the number one top author in the immigration category.  Over 1,000 authors covered the topic.

    “Timely, current information and choosing topics that will impact and resonate with your audience is key.  It needs to be information your readers will act upon, otherwise it is just noise,” said Lahoud.  Most of the top-read articles in the category discussed USCIS, ICE, immigration procedures, immigration reform, visas, H-1B, foreign nationals, the travel ban, refugees, and the Trump Administration.

    The “2018 Readers’ Choice Awards” recognizes more than 240 thought leaders for achieving the highest visibility and engagement in their particular expertise during 2017.  It recognizes 10 authors and one firm in 26 of the most popular categories, as well as one author in each of 8 recently-developing topics.  More information including a description of the selection methodology can be found here.

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  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, has 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 earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Mar 20, 2018Raymond Lahoud Spoke to Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was pleased to present a free seminar, “The Future of Immigration Law – How it will Affect the Real Estate Industry,” for the Greater Lehigh Valley members.

    The seminar for residential realtors included the rights and responsibilities of selling to an undocumented immigrant, protecting yourself from real estate discrimination and the undocumented immigrant, how to work with a foreign real estate client, and more. The seminar for commercial realtors/brokers discussed leasing or selling to a foreign organization relocating from abroad and the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.

    “Now, more than ever, US immigration policies are impacting the domestic real estate market.  From expats, international employees and students, temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, foreign direct investments, EB-5 visa project financing, to individuals lacking valid immigration status, the number of real estate transactions involving non-US Citizens has reached record proportions with no slowdown expected,” Lahoud expresses.

    He continues, “The Lehigh Valley has seen this growth and, with the continued globalization of the region, more and more foreign companies and their employees are calling the Lehigh Valley home.  Given this, it is important that the region’s residential and commercial realtors are aware of not only the rights and responsibilities of foreign born buyers and sellers, but also the financial potential in accessing this globally growing real estate consumer market.”

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has 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 earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Mar 06, 2018William Menard Discusses Immigration Detention on PRI’s “The World”

    William C. Menard, an Associate of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., spoke about immigration detention with Monica Campbell on “The World,” a collaboration between Public Radio International (PRI) and the BBC, and what effect this procedure has on immigrants’ rights.  Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain noncitizens who are detained in prison during immigration proceedings do not, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, have a statutory right to a bond hearing.  In other words, many immigrants now do not have a right to prove they should be released from prison as they fight their deportation case.  The interview can be heard on PRI.org’s story, “Why a recent Supreme Court decision on bonds is a ‘red flag’ for immigrants in detention.”

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney.  He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law and 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 the Board of Immigration Appeals and has conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Menard has completed and advised on permanent residence visas and a wide range of temporary visas.  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.  He has also represented clients from six continents, 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.

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

    In law school, Menard was selected to join his school’s prestigious Moot Court Honor Society.  As a part of Moot Court, he earned the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year, and was twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.  As an undergraduate, Menard worked for the Claremont Courier, a Los Angeles-area newspaper, where he covered numerous topics, including U.S. Congressional campaigns, immigration in Southern California, healthcare and abortion rights, and more.  He also interned for a New York labor and employment law firm and worked as a public relations representative for the Harlem Children’s Society, promoting a New York-based organization that helped bright children from underprivileged backgrounds and communities pursue college degrees and careers in math and science.

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  • Jan 31, 2018Raymond Lahoud to Present Immigration Law and its Reach into Nearly Every Other Practice Area

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, will present Lehigh County Paralegal Association’s Lunch and Learn, “Immigration Law and its Reach into Nearly Every Other Practice Area: What You Need to Know,” addressing the growing intersection of immigration law with the many other practice areas, how these intersections often lead to the greatest of challenges or concerns, and best practices when handling the non-citizen client.  The program will take place at noon on Friday, February 9, at the Bar Association of Lehigh County in Allentown.  This presentation has been approved by the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations for one substantive Paralegal CLE credit.  For more information or to attend, please contact Karen Mesch by Friday, February 2, at (610) 433-6204 ext. 12, or via email at .

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  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, has 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 earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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