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Seminar On Immigration Challenges And New Proposals Affecting Employment Of Indian Nationals In US

Event Description:

The USA India Business Summit (UIBS) has a unique history of being the largest conference in the Southeastern USA that promotes business relations
between the USA and India.

On June 11th, 2013, an immigration seminar is being organized by UIBS, The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), USIBRC and a few sponsoring companies including global corporate immigration law firm, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP ( The seminar will be held at 600 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 4200 Atlanta, GA 30308 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm followed by cocktails and a reception.

Both U.S. companies and Indian-owned companies operating in the U.S. currently face significant challenges in obtaining visas and green cards for Indian national employees. Major changes have been proposed in Congress which will have a dramatic impact on companies that employ highly skilled workers. The proposals would solve many of the current problems but would also create many obstacles and restrictions.

This half-day business immigration seminar will focus particularly on the challenges of, and the changes to, the immigration rules affecting the recruitment and retention of foreign nationals in the U.S.

The format for the UIBS Immigration seminar will be highly interactive, allowing ample time for questions and discussion. Speakers will include industry leaders, government  representatives, and nationally recognized immigration law experts. The June 11 seminar will have a very special lineup of speakers and timely panel topics, including:

• Current Challenges in Recruiting and Hiring Indian National Employees
• Impact of Proposed Legislation on Recruiting and Hiring Indian
National Employees
• Current Challenges in Obtaining Green Cards for Indian Nationals
• Impact of Proposed Legislation on Green Card Availability and Timing
• Sending Employees to India – Brief Overview

Speakers confirmed and * invited include:

*Honorable Ajit Kumar

As Consul General of India, Mr. Ajit Kumar leads the newly established Consulate of India in Atlanta. He arrived in Atlanta from Germany, where he served as Consul General of India in Frankfurt from 2007 to 2011. Previously, he was also Ambassador of India to the Republic of Zimbabwe and Consul General of India in Durban, South Africa. Mr. Kumar has presented papers in several national and international seminars and is the author of a number of articles on disarmament and international security issues. He holds a master’s degree in history from St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University.

Daryl Buffenstein

Daryl Buffenstein is a past national President and former General Counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has testified on several occasions before Congress on business immigration and written key provisions in immigration legislation. He is consistently named one of the country’s top immigration lawyers in numerous prominent listings. He is one of the managing Partners in Fragomen’s Atlanta office.

Blake Chisam

Blake Chisam was Senior Counsel to the immigration subcommittee at the U.S. House of Representatives committee on immigration, managing policy and oversight
related to employment immigration. He also served as Chief Counsel for the House Ethics Committee, where he directed numerous congressional investigations. Blake was awarded a Meritorious Public Service Award by the Attorney General. He is a Partner at
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.

*Mareza Estevez

Mareza Estevez is a Senior Director-Legal for Cognizant Technology Solutions, one of the world’s leading providers of complex technology solutions. Mareza is responsible for a large team within Cognizant that is responsible for immigration process and compliance globally, and she is a frequent speaker on immigration law issues.

Weyman Johnson

Weyman Johnson is Senior Counsel at the international law firm of Paul Hastings. Weyman is a past chairman of the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and is adjunct professor of employment law at the University of Georgia. He also taught employment law at Emory University.

*Mitch Hunter

Mitch Hunter is a Managing Director of the Garrett, McNatt Hennessey & Carpenter 360 public affairs team. Mitch specializes in strategic solutions and congressional relations, having served in Washington as Chief of Staff to United States congressman Phil Gingrey.

Deborah Marlowe

Deborah Marlowe is a partner at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and co-manages the Firm’s southeastern US practice. Ms Marlowe has more than 25 years of experience providing strategic counsel related to business immigration law, policy and compliance for multinational companies across a broad range of industries. She also focuses on global immigration issues, representing US and other employers that send personnel abroad, and advising companies on how to structure and improve their global immigration programs for assignments around the world.

Mark Newman

Mark Newman is a Partner in the international law firm of Troutman Sanders where he heads the firm’s immigration practice. Mark has broad experience in all aspects of immigration law, including business, family and litigation issues. He has written and spoken widely on immigration matters. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of the leading members of the immigration bar in Atlanta, and has had many key leadership roles.

Kristin Aquino- Pham

Kristin Aqunio- Pham is an associate at Arnall Golden & Gregory LLP where she focuses her practice on immigration law issues. She has had broad experience with respect to immigration law processes and policies and advises US and foreign owned employers in a variety of industries.

*Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Manhattan Associates, which is the recognized leader in supply chain management. The company delivers and installs solutions to a large number of the most prominent companies in the United States.

Ani Agnihotri

Ani Agnihotri is Program Chairman – USA India Business Summit (UIBS) & Founder and Managing Partner of US India Business and Research Center (USIBRC). USIBRC is a boutique management consulting company focused on Indian and US companies seeking to pursue new opportunities and excel in a globalized world. USIBRC provides custom market research, setting up country operations, technology transfer and assist with joint ventures/M&A. Agnihotri is also President and CEO of IIIrd Millennium Technologies, Inc., a technology company based in Atlanta, USA, which provides IT and outsourcing solutions.

Helen Kim Ho, Esq.

Helen Kim Ho is the Executive Director of Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Inc. (AALAC) of Georgia. Helen has more than 13+ years of proven and successful experience as a lawyer, educator, and community organizer. She leads AALAC’s public policy, legal education, and community organizing work to further its goal of increasing the civic
participation of Asian Americans in the South

Thomas Koshy

Senior Manager – Human Resources, NIIT Technologies Limited

* Invited, not confirmed

Cost of attendance is $50 per person. For registration and corporate sponsorship please contact: Ani Agnihotri at or call 404-394-6678. Online registrations can also be made at

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From: 13:30 – To: 17:30

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600 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 4200 Atlanta, GA 30308

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