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  • Feb 20, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present Immigration Law for Lehigh County Paralegal Association

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “A Confusing Immigration System: Facts, Myths, & Effects on Your Practice, What You Need to Know,” at noon on Friday, February 26, at the Bar Association of Lehigh County in Allentown.  Lahoud will provide an overview of the American Immigration system (without the political spin), its impact on the everyday lives of many Americans, and its increasing importance in other legal practices. 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 22, at (610) 433-6204 ext. 12, or via email at .

    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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  • Jan 09, 2019Family Immigration Visas/Immigration Law Practice in 2019 & Beyond

    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.” 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. 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. The seminar will cover the following topics:

    • “An 0verview of the Family-based Immigration practice and Marriage cases and Immediate Relative cases; Naturalization.”
    • “Lifting Conditions on Residency and I-751 Processing and VAWA and Affidavits of Support ( I-864).”
    • “Seeking Family Immigration Benefits in Immigration Court.”
    • “New Forms, Visa Bulletin, Updates and CSPA, Adoption and Consular Processing Family Cases.”
    • “Provisional Waivers and Waivers.”

    This course is eligible for 4 CLE Credits for NJ & NY attorneys, and 3 CLE Credits for PA attorneys.

    When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

    Where: New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq. New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Fee:

    • General Tuition: $200
    • NJSBA Member Rate: $160
    • NJSBA Section Member Rate: $150
    • Door Registration: $240

    To register, please click here.

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  • Dec 04, 2018Raymond Lahoud to Present “Immigration in the United States” at Penn State Lehigh Valley

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “Immigration in the United States,” for the SAGE learning program at the Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus on Friday, December 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

    The SAGE Lecture Series includes Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment. This program is designed for adults over 55 years of age who are interested in expanding life’s experience. SAGE offers an opportunity to enrich one’s life through learning in a relaxed and accepting environment among peers. Each SAGE Session is held on the first Friday of the month.

    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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  • Oct 25, 2018Immigration Q&A Session for Employers
    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, is pleased to present a complimentary Q&A session covering immigration issues.  Human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, administrators, and management at organizations and companies in every industry of every size are urged to attend.  Sushi will be served and topics to be discussed include:

    • H-1B Visa, Workers in Specialty Occupations
    • L-1 Visa, Intracompany Managerial, Executive, Specialty Occupation Transferees
    • TN Visa, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Temporary Professional Visas for Individuals from Mexico and Canada
    • Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
    • EB-5 Investor Visa Program/Venture Capital

    When: Friday, November 2, 2018

    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Where: WeWork Room 21B

    222 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038

    To RSVP: Please email Jacqueline Ehrenkranz, Marketing Coordinator, at .

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  • Sep 17, 2018Raymond Lahoud to Speak at East Stroudsburg University

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at East Stroudsburg University’s 2018 Constitution Day event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, at ESU’s Science and Technology Center. The program is sponsored by the American Democracy Project.

    In his presentation, Lahoud will explore legal and constitutional implications of recent immigration policy actions by the Trump administration. Adam McGlynn, associate professor of political science at ESU, chose immigration law as this year’s focus due to the general lack of information and abundance of misinformation on the topic. “We invited Attorney Lahoud because we believed his vast experience and expertise would provide a different vantage point in the immigration debate for our students as compared to the simplistic depictions they see on social media. This will be a wonderful opportunity for students to learn how immigration policy decisions impact families on a daily basis and the campus is looking forward to hosting him,” said McGlynn.

    Lahoud, Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice, 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 ranges 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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  • Aug 02, 2018Norris McLaughlin Sponsors 2018 Cultural Festivals

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was proud to sponsor the St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church Lebanese Festival, better known as “Mahrajan,” and the 2018 Easton Hispanic Cultural Festival and looks forward to sponsoring the upcoming  41st Annual Lebanese Heritage Days Festival 2018.

    The 41st Annual Lebanese Heritage Days Festival 2018 is the largest Lebanese festival in the tri-state area. Hosted by Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, the festivities include ethnic Lebanese food and pastries, live music, games, drinks, full bars, and nights of Lebanese dancing. The event, open and free to the public, will be on Saturday, August 4, from 4 to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 5, from 1:00 to 11:00 p.m.

    The Easton Hispanic Cultural Festival was held at Scott Park in Easton along Larry Holmes Drive, on Saturday, July 28, from noon to 10:00 p.m. This event was sponsored by the Latino Cultural Committee, the city of Easton, and Easton’s Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr.

    The Maharajan was hosted in June by Saint Sharbel Maronite Church in Somerset, New Jersey. It featured live music, dance performances, homemade Lebanese food and pastries, games, and more to teach Lebanese culture. His Excellency, Bishop Gregory Mansour, of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, said, “The Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn is not only proud of the accomplishments of our member, Raymond Lahoud, but proud of its relationship with Norris McLaughlin, P.A.for its dedication to this Eparchy, the many immigrant communities across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including those of Lebanese descent, and for all the incredible work the Firm has done and continues to do in ensuring justice for all.”

    “Many communities, including the Lehigh Valley, expand and succeed because of immigrants and the children of immigrants from all countries.  As the son of Lebanese immigrants, I am proud to support these great festivities and help the Lebanese and Hispanic communities play a vital part in the success of our region,” said Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group.

    A resident of Easton, 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 the commencement of the deportation.  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, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm with 140+ attorneys serving the legal needs of businesses and families in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York 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, P.A. 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, P.A. 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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