Santo Domingo CLE

Currently no events scheduled

Global Citizenship and the Foreign National

November 2 and 3, 2017

At the beautiful Casa de Campo resort
One of the best golf resorts in the world


Consular tour is now booked to capacity.

November 2, 2017-tour U.S. Consulate and CBP Santo Domingo requested, we are making reservations for a group dinner Thursday evening in Casa de Campo, when you register you will be given the option of participating in this dinner.

November 3, 2017 CLE

There is only one hotel at Casa de Campo- a limited room block for LACC has been reserved. Please make your reservations early.


Though we have requested the participation of consular officers in our CLE and a tour of the Consulate, be aware that this is never confirmed by the Department of State (“DOS”) until approximately one or two weeks before the scheduled event. The LACC has no control over Consulate tours or Consulate participation. We are also not able to guarantee the tour due to the fact that Consulate security may cancel the tour in times of security threats. We may also be able to arrange a tour of CBP in Santo Domingo. You should receive an email with instructions regarding the tours at least one week before the conference. Please note that you should familiarize yourself with any travel advisories and exercise due diligence traversing the city. We have many special events planned, CLE credit is being applied for in:

Florida CLE approved for 10.5 including 1.5 ethics 1700907N 
Texas CLE approved for 7.5 credits including 1 ethics 901374335 
California has CLE reciprocity with Texas and Florida

All states have a process for getting credit for a course approved in another state. Please look at your state’s process.

**All consulate representatives will only address post specific issues

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   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 - DAY 1
  8:00 – 8:30 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast
  8:30 – 8:45 AM - Introductory Remarks
Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Chair LACC Chapter

  8:45 – 10:15 AM - Hot Topics- Including Conference Participant Interactive Session on Consulate Adjudication Trends and Alerts*
-The Outlook for Immigration Legislation
-The Trump Fallout-Where are We Now?
-Significant Changes at CIS, CBP and ICE
-Visa Revocations and How to Avoid Damage to Your Client
-Consular Practice Interactive Session
-Ethical Issues in Representation of Foreign Nationals in a Changing Environment
All Participants are Speakers
Diane Butler, Esq., Seattle, Wa. (moderator)
Annaluisa Padilla, Esq., La Habra, Ca.
Marketa Lindt, Esq., Chicago, Ill. *
H. Ronald Klasko, Esq. Phil. Pa.
Jan Pederson, Esq., Washington, D.C. 

*We hope everyone in the room will share their positive and negative experiences with different consulates so we can learn from each other

10:15 – 11:30 AM – Global Citizenship by Investment Advantages/Disadvantages and E-2 Possibilities

-Popular Caribbean Citizenship Programs
-Grenada’s Citizenship Program
-E-2 Possibilities and Limitations
-Tax and Loss of Citizenship/Residence Considerations
-Route to EU Citizenship
-Recommendations for Those Seeking Access to the U.S. or to the EU
-Ethical Issues in Multi-Country Citizenship

Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Miami, (moderator)
Kaisha Ince, Senior Governance & Commercial Advisor to the Prime Minister of Grenada
Andrea St. Bernard, LL.M., Managing Partner of Henley & Partners, Grenada
Jon Green, Partner of Henley & Partners, Canada
Jack Finkelman, Esq., Miami, Fl. *


11:30 – 12:20 PM – E Visas: Not Always Smooth Sailing
-Consular Officer is Wrong/Is There Recourse?
-Money in Escrow Contingent Upon E Issuance, Is This Still Allowed?
-Conflict Between Real and Operating and In The Process of Investing
-Walsh and Pollard, Is It Still Viable?
-E Renewals and Company losses
-Applicant is Beneficiary of Visa Petition, Is This Fatal?
-Are Real Estate Investments Viable Paths to the E-2?
-Third Country Processing, Does it Exist?
-Ethical Issues and Managing Client Expectations

Teri Simmons, Esq. Atlanta, Ga. (moderator)
Ramon Curiel, Esq., San Antonio, Tx.
Maite Hoyos, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Leigh Ganchan, Esq., Houston, Tx.
Marcos Scanu, Visa Business Plans, Miami, Fl.

  12:30 – 2:00 PM – Lunch
Q & A with CBP/CIS International Ops and DOS

Guadalupe H. Ramirez, Assistant CBP Director (Santo Domingo)
Miguel Figueroa, USCIS International Operations
Ryan Palsrok, Immigrant Visa Chief, U.S. Consulate D.R.


2:00 – 2:55 PM – EB-5: the Fallout

-Legislative Changes to the Program
-Aftermath of Dealing with Sunset Dates
-Policy and Regulatory Updates
-Quota Retrogression and Processing Delays
-Can Counsel Assist in Ensuring the Client’s Money is Protected in Regional Center Projects
-Counsel’s Role in Selecting and Reviewing Regional Center Projects
-Is Acquisition of a Business Still Feasible for a Direct EB-5?
-Ethical Issues in EB-5 Representation, Fee Splitting, Fee Kickbacks, and Choosing Projects

H. Ronald Klasko, Esq., Phil, Pa. (moderator)
Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Ignacio Donoso, Esq., Washington, D.C.
Anthony Korda, Esq., Naples, Fl.
  2:55 – 3:50 PM – Dissecting the Skilled Worker Regulations
-Highlighting the benefits and dangers
-Expansion of H-1B cap exemption
-Who Owns the Residence Process and When?
-Preservation of Priority Dates
-Unlawful Presence Issues
-Are the Comments Law?
-What are Compelling Circumstances and the Advantages and Disadvantages of Applying for EAD
-Portability, What is our Experience?

Greg Siskind, Esq., Memphis, Tn. (moderator)
Cyrus Mehta, Esq., N.Y. N.Y.
Chuck Kuck, Esq., Atlanta, Ga.
David Grunblatt, Esq., N.Y., N.Y.

  3:50 – 4:05 PM – Coffee

4:05 – 5:00 PM – Dealing with the Problem Case at the Consulate

-Tips for filing Successful 212(d)(3) Waivers
-How to Package a Successful Waiver Application
-Dealing with “Reason to Believe” Grounds of Inadmissibility
-What Material Does the Consulate Send to the ARO?
-Is the ARO a Rubber Stamp for the Consulate?
-How Long Do 212(d)(3) Waivers Take to Process
-Is There Any Hope for the Terminal Case (reason to believe, administration processing)
-Ethical Quandaries in Waiver Preparation

Anis Saleh, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator)
Cheryl David, Esq., NY, NY
Aaron Hall, Esq., Denver, Co.
Consular Representative Invited

  5:00 – 5:50 PM – Building and Maintaining a Successful Practice
-Advertising, Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck
-What Successful Lawyers Attribute to their Achievement
-How to Bill and Collect Fees
-How Important is Client Follow-up?
-Yelp, AVVO, Superlawyers, Chambers-Do These Matter?
-How to Build Your Practice in an Ethical Manner

Julie Pearl, Esq., San Francisco, Ca. (moderator) 
Jeff Devore, Esq. Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
Marisa Casablanca, Esq., Miami, Fl.

  5:50 – 7:00 PM - Cocktail Reception Sponsored by


Registration for extra events is only available before October 1, 2017

Housekeeping issues: Refunds for cancelled registration will be provided, if notice of cancellation is emailed to Nash Fayad at ( on or before October 1, 2017.  A $50 processing fee will be withheld. CLE credit will be issued by the Florida and Texas Bar Associations. Every state has a process for obtaining CLE credits for courses approved in another state. There is usually a fee imposed by most state bars for this. Your state bar association website will have detailed information on how to obtain CLE credit for a course approved in another state.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, cocktail reception, and conference materials.



Casa de Campo is a remote luxury resort in the Dominican Republic. It is located about 50 minutes from Santo Domingo. It is the only resort in the area and has a limited number of rooms, which will book up quickly. This is a resort that golfers love as it has the best golf courses in the world.  We have a limited room block. You can book rooms or a villa (which you can share with others).  I encourage you to book early as we have secured a rate well below the rack rate and our block will go quickly!

For hotel reservations, click this link!


Santo Domingo is about 50 minutes away, and La Romana is about 5 minutes away. The cab fare from the airport in Santo Domingo to the resort is about $100. You may want to share a cab with others on your flight.

Consulate Tour

(Consular tour is now closed as we are filled to capacity.)
We are arranging a tour of the Consulate for Thursday, November 2, 2017. An extra $45 will be collected if you will be attending this tour, as we have chartered a bus to the consulate from the resort.

Government Officials

We are doing our best to secure the participation of International Ops USCIS, Pre-flight inspection CBP, and DOS from the American Consulate in Santo Domingo.

CLE Chair: Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq.

Co-Chairs:  H. Ronald Klasko, Esq., and Maria Casablanca, Esq.

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