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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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  • Feb 05, 2020Ray Lahoud to Speak at New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will moderate “Intro to Asylum Law” on Friday, February 28, at the 5th annual Asylum & Immigration Law Conference hosted by the New York Law School Asylum Clinic and the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section.

    About the Presentation

    “Seeking asylum protection, like anything related to the American immigration system, is complicated. The smallest error could cause the most devastating consequences, so it is essential that anyone seeking asylum protection or other forms of immigration protection, relief, or benefits, seeks the counsel of a competent and experienced immigration attorney, which is why programs like this are so important to ensure that those attorneys are well-educated,” said Lahoud, who will be joined by Professor Raquiba Huq; Amy Gell, Esq.; and Ray Fasano, Esq. for the panel discussion, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

    The event, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at New York Law School, provides advanced, basic/beginner, and children tracks and is offering up to 7.5 New York CLE credits, including ethics and diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias credits. Other discussion topics include protected class claims, litigation, and the latest in state and federal immigration law and policy. For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.

    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, 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.

    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 “crimigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    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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  • Dec 27, 2019Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Ameena Ibrahim as New Immigration Associate

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Ameena Ibrahim as an Associate of the firm. She joins the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group.

    “We are very excited to add Ameena to the team and I can’t wait to see what she is capable of,” said Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group.

    Ibrahim added, “I am honored to have the opportunity to practice law in the United States, especially alongside Ray, who has been an inspiration to me. I look forward to learning from him and everyone at Norris McLaughlin.”

    About Ameena Ibrahim

    Ibrahim actively assists individuals and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law including, employee immigrant visas, employee non-immigrant visas, I-9 compliance matters, import/export matters, family immigration, deportation defense, criminal investigation, administrative agency immigration appeals, and federal immigration appeals.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ibrahim was a Public Service Fellow with the Health Initiatives department of Community Society Services New York, where she was a primary case handler, managing a large volume of cases in Health Law.

    Ibrahim received her LL.M. from Brooklyn Law School, Master of Laws, in 2018. She received her B.A. and B.L., with honors, from Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, School of Excellence in Law in 2011, where she participated in several prestigious National Moot Court Competitions. Ibrahim won the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees National Moot Court and the Best written arguments award.

    Ibrahim is admitted to practice law in India, where she has represented clients in consumer courts and in the High Court on civil litigation matters.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s immigration practice is broad in scope, with extensive national and global capabilities, to serve individuals and families; small, mid-size, and large businesses; national and international corporations; non-profits, hospitals, universities, colleges, and research institutions; manufacturers, importers, exporters, investors, and others, to allow for ease in clients’ global mobility.

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  • Nov 27, 2019Ray Lahoud and Rich Somach to Speak at Pennsylvania Bar Real Estate Institute

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and Richard Brent Somach, a Member of the firm, will present at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Real Estate Institute on Thursday, December 5, at The CLE Conference Center Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia.

    About the Presentations

    “With the rapidly increasing number of immigrants in Pennsylvania who seek homeownership and real estate investment opportunities to the growing interest of foreign investors in Pennsylvania real estate development projects, immigration law has become increasingly relevant in the real estate industry. Given this, it is necessary that we continue to educate the real estate industry and others affected by today’s immigration climate, as well as the potentially lucrative means of the intersection of real estate and immigration law” said Lahoud. He will speak on “The (Hidden) Lucrative Intersections of Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry,” 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., in the West Room.

    “There is a myriad of local rules and practices associated with sheriff’s sales and real estate tax sales. I look forward to participating once again for the PBI to answer questions and clarify misconceptions about buying properties at these sales,” said Somach. He will co-present “Advanced Sheriff Sale Jeopardy,” 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., in Room A.

    The two-day event is being held Thursday, December 5, and Friday, December 6, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Each day will offer sixteen courses. For more information and to register, visit pbi.org.

    About the Presenters

    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, 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.

    Lahoud’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, manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, information technology, marketing, entertainment, sports, and real estate development and EB-5 investor financing. His experience includes EB-5 investor visas serving investors, regional centers, and project developers.

    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.

    Rich Somach

    Somach focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, residential subdivisions, and shopping center development.

    A licensed title insurance agent, Somach is president of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services. He is legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, and serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau.

    Somach frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He received his B.A., with honors, in 1971 from Lehigh University, and his J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University Law School.

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