Update on U.S. Immigration Policies and Procedures with Alexis Wolff and Ceri Koski
Thursday, December 16 |
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
As of November 8th, the U.S. canceled the regional travel ban and replaced it with a blanket policy allowing entry to the U.S. for fully vaccinated individuals. This briefing will discuss the requirements to travel under this policy and the exceptions. Still, visa appointments and processing are still delayed at the U.S. consulate. As such, traveling to the U.S. using ESTA instead of with visa has become a hot topic and we will discuss the boundaries of what type of travel ESTA may be used for as well as expectations with visa processing at the U.S. consulate. We will also get insights as to how the U.S. Embassy’s Consular office in Helsinki is operating and what that means for processing times and procedures.
We will allow for sufficient time to take questions from the participants.
Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Ms. Koski partners with clients to create and implement strategic and innovative workforce immigration solutions. Based on their particular challenges and goals, she advises companies on applying or adjusting immigration programs. Her work also involves counseling organizations of all sizes through workforce immigration changes, including corporate reorganization, ramping-up, and reductions in force. She engages companies throughout the United States and globally, ranging from working with entrepreneurs seeking to establish businesses in the U.S., to securing temporary workforces, to managing immigration processes on behalf of legacy multinational enterprises.
Her expertise includes temporary visa processes including H, O, L, E, TN, J, B, F, and travel using ESTA. She also manages naturalization and green card processes for multinational managers and individuals of extraordinary ability (EB-1), bachelor’s degree professionals and advanced degree professionals (EB-2 and EB-3), and labor certification (PERM) for skilled and unskilled workers. Ms. Koski has substantial experience in the E-commerce, logistics, technology services, financial services, hospitality, build design, energy, business process solutions, manufacturing, legal, creative art, publishing, and advertising industries. Additionally, she advises on due diligence and compliance issues, including Department of Labor related obligations, record keeping, and audit/investigation.
Consul, U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland
Director, Launchpad USA
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