Business Immigration (Simon)
MW 10:30AM - 11:50AM
Tanenbaum Hall 142
The growing dependency of US employers on an immigrant workforce within a politically charged landscape has resulted in both a complex and ever-changing area of the law. Business immigration is focused on how to help employers meet their labor needs with the overlapping and sometimes competing concerns of protecting US workers and ensuring that the foreign workers are fairly treated. More than just business, this complex practice is human centered and directly impacts how a foreign national can relocate to the US and build a life here, with their family, and to fulfill their personal and professional dreams.
This course is intended to be a deep dive into business immigration law, primarily centered on the US immigration law and policies which provide for foreign professionals, workers, investors, entrepreneurs, and their families to either stay in or move to the US on either a temporary or permanent basis. Through this course, the student will gain a deep knowledge and understanding of the relevant regulations, statutes, and policies governing this complex area of administrative law. The focus on both the substantive and procedural issues will provide the student not only a theoretical background but also a practical inner glimpse into the reality of what it means to practice business immigration law. The skills learned will include how to counsel clients (employers and employees) to obtain the requisite lawful nonimmigrant and later immigrant status which will allow the employee to legally work in the US. This will include how to obtain the necessary information, work with clients, prepare necessary applications, and guide clients through the visa process.
It is not necessary to have taken the Immigration Law overview course as we will review at the beginning of the course the more general concepts applicable to all areas of immigration law. Even if you are not planning to pursue a career in Immigration Law, the practical skills and knowledge gained from this course would be beneficial to a myriad of fields including, but not limited to, Employment Law, Corporate Law, Health Law, Family Law, Education Law, and especially as In House Counsel.
Attendance and performance in class will constitute fifteen (15) percent of the grading. A group project will constitute twenty-five (25) percent. The final take home (open book) examination will be sixty (60) percent.
Attendance is required. If you are ill or have an emergency that requires you to miss class, please contact me and I can provide you the recording and any other information provided at that class.
Students, please note that the AILA title is only available electronically by visiting (https://agora.aila.org/store/products/view/navigating-fundamentals-of-immigration-law) and creating an account. Please attach your class schedule in lieu of your transcript. Students can obtain an AILA membership and then book for free via our AILALink database. AILALINK is free to law student members and professors.
Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.
Employment Law and Employee Benefits Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of employment law and employee benefits; Perform legal analysis in the context of employment law and employee benefits; Communicate effectively on topics related to employment law and employee benefits; Demonstrate an understanding of how employment law and employee benefits affect other areas of law.
Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.
"Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law" by American Immigration Lawyers Association