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Business Immigration (Simon)

Spring 2024   LAW 624-001  

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Faculty
Nicole Simon

Lecturer in Law

nsimon@pennlaw.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Other Professional Skills: The student will gain first-hand knowledge and exposure to the practical application of business immigration law.

Grading
15% Participation,
60% Exam,
25% Other (Group project, including presentation to class.)

Exam
Essay,
Take Home,
Open-Book

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- When you are better, please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

- Please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
MW 10:30AM - 11:50AM
Tanenbaum Hall 142

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
3.0

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.

Course Concentrations

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.


Textbooks

"Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law" by American Immigration Lawyers Association
Edition: 2023-2024
Publisher: AILA
ISBN: 9781573705322
Required

"Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States: Selected Statutes, Regulations and Forms " by Aleinikoff, Martin, Motomura, Fullerton, Stumpf, & Gulasekaram,
Edition: 2022
Publisher: West Law
Recommended