Session #905: The Year in Immigration

SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session will provide an update on U.S. immigration as well the potential impact and implications for your organization.

U.S. immigration policies have not just been a talking point in the Presidential elections but have been actively tweaked by the administration, Congress, the courts and even the states over the past year. This session will review the major changes all employers should know about H-1B, L visas; I-9s and E-Verify; Optional Practical Training (OPT) for students; and more.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Julie Eisemann


Julie Eisemann is the Global Immigration Program Manager, Americas for Amazon and is based at their headquarters in Seattle, Washington.  She has more than 16 years of global immigration experience, focusing primarily on employment-based work visas and permanent residence applications.  Prior to joining Amazon she worked for a large multi-practice law firm where she was part of the management team for the global immigration practice.  She has also worked as a Lead Immigration Paralegal at several corporate immigration firms, overseeing processes and training for the paralegals in addition to preparing petitions for high volume immigration practice groups. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish language.  

Scott FitzGerald


Scott J. FitzGerald is the Managing Partner of the Boston, Massachusetts office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, and a Managing Director of Fragomen Immigration Services India Pvt., Ltd. Mr. FitzGerald has previously served as the Managing Partner of the firm's Washington D.C. and Vienna, Virginia offices, as well as an Associate in the firm's New York office. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Washington D.C., and is a member of the Labor Relations Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. India Business Council. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. FitzGerald also serves on the Board of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA). Mr. FitzGerald lectures and writes frequently on business immigration issues, and is an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Boston College Law School. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (B.A., International Studies) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D.).


Rebecca Peters


Ms. Peters has worked with the Council for Global Immigration in the Washington DC metro-area for close to ten years, helping to advance highly skilled visa reforms with the U.S. Congress, the White House and the federal agencies. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Compete America coalition, a leading advocate for reforming U.S. immigration policy for highly educated professionals and guarding against unreasonable enforcement mechanisms to critical visa programs. She also serves on other coalitions and working groups to advance immigration system efficiencies across borders and to ensure critical changes to employer immigration compliance are reasonable and well-balanced. She is a frequent speaker on issues of high skilled immigration reform and has been published in many trade journals. She is viewed as an immigration policy expert both inside and outside the beltway. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Peters practiced immigration law at a Washington D.C.-based law firm and also served as an attorney in an honors program at the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, where she worked for Headquarters Policy and Counsel offices. She also spent time representing the government in immigration court proceedings. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Gonzaga University and a J.D. and M.P.A. from Syracuse University's College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Convention Center: 201
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HR Credit
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Sunday Session
HR Expertise
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