Dornbaum, Peregoy Present at the 2021 Annual Immigration Conference

04.28.2021 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neil S. Dornbaum and Kathleen Peregoy, Co-Chairs of the Immigration Practice at Connell Foley LLP, are presenting at the 2021 New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) Annual Immigration Conference. In addition, Neil will serve as Chair and course book editor for the program, the 21st year he is chairing and organizing the conference. This comprehensive Immigration Conference provides an in-depth exploration of the most pressing concerns confronted by immigration lawyers, employment lawyers, human resource representatives and in-house counsel, and offers effective strategies for dealing with those concerns. 

The Immigration Conference presents a rare opportunity to hear directly from heads of the governmental agencies who directly affect immigration/labor policy and procedure, and provides attendees the opportunity to catch up on all of the latest developments. This one-day program is packed with information to help navigate changes in the law and meet current challenges.

This year’s Conference will focus on the new Administration’s immigration policies and how they continue to impact daily immigration practice. Representatives from key governmental agencies (USCIS, USCBP, USICE, DOS and DOJ) responsible for implementing these changes, together with prominent attorneys, will address the questions practitioners are seeking to resolve.

Government speakers to date include:

  • Paulo Correia, Field Office Director, Newark District Office, USCIS, DHS
  • Tamika Gray, Acting District Director, Newark District Office, USCIS, DHS
  • Gerard Yapaola, Chief of Staff, Newark District Office, USCIS, DHS
  • Susan Raufer, Newark Asylum Office Director, DHS*
  • Barbara Felska, Director for the East Contact Center, USCIS, DHS*
  • Tomasz Atroszczyk, Assistant Director, USCIS Contact Center East*
  • Fred Trecone, Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, DHS
  • John Tsoukaris, Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, Newark Field Office, ICE, DHS
  • Rubin Perez, Deputy Field Office Director, Newark Field Office, Enforcement and Removal, ICE, DHS
  • Jose Correa, Deputy Field Office Director, Newark Field Office, Enforcement and Removal, ICE, DHS
  • Alice Lugo, Chief Counsel, Senator Bob Menendez
  • Ellen Eiseman, Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of State, Visa Office of the Legal Advisor, DOS (Washington DC)*
  • Robert A. Banas, Deputy Chief, Enforcement Branch Passenger Operations Division, Port of New York/Newark, USCBP, DHS
  • Joseph Walkin, Deputy Chief, Enforcement Branch Passenger Operations Division, Port of New York/ Newark, USCBP, DHS
  • Jodi Danis, Special Litigation Counsel, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice

*invited, awaiting clearance

The program will address:

  • Breaking News and Hot Topics
  • Adjudication Trends and Updates
  • New Forms and Status of Cost Hikes for Key Immigration Processes
  • Updates on Inadmissibility Based on Public Charge Grounds
  • Information on the opening of the new Cranbury, New Jersey Field Office
  • Review of USCIS Infomod access/ issues
  • Social distance policies and procedures at District and Field Offices
  • Information on the opening of the new Asylum office in Newark, New Jersey
  • New pilot programs at the Asylum Office
  • USCIS challenges to address the affirmative asylum backlog 
  • Use of Ombudsman office for case assistance
  • Update on issues at EOIR; Undermining of Independence of IJs and Weakening of Due Process
  • ICE’s New Policies and Procedures
  • Enforcement Actions
  • ICE Policies and Practices in Immigration Court
  • CBP Legislative/Congressional/Executive Branch Mandates Impacting Port of Entry (POE) Operations
  • Status of Continuing Travel Restrictions
  • Adjudications at Consular posts worldwide impacted by COVID
  • IER Brief Overview of Mission, Areas of Focus, and Updates
  • Key Takeaways from IER Settlements/Cases in the Past Year
  • Common Issues to Avoid Relating to Form I-9 Violations and Discrimination in the Hiring Process

There is no better source of information about government practices, procedures, time estimates and delays than hearing directly from government decision makers. This is your opportunity to ask questions and get answers from those directly involved! 

To register for the conference, please visit:


The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) was created in 1962 to help lawyers and judges increase their general professional competence, keep abreast of developments in the law, and become more proficient in selected areas of practice. A non-profit, completely self-supporting organization, NJICLE is a joint venture of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Rutgers/The State University of New Jersey, and Seton Hall University. The New Jersey State Bar Association, in conjunction with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, seeks to promote education and scholarship on immigration matters in the legal profession. 

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