April 5, 2006

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations, Diane Jones Student Intern

Immigration Seminar

Valdosta State University's Center for International Programs will host a free Immigration Seminar on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the University Center Theatre.

Immigration attorney, Margaret Ioannides, will present post-graduation immigration options for F-1 nonimmigrant students, as well as other immigration issues that face members of the VSU and Valdosta community who work with foreign nationals. The discussion will include an overview of nonimmigrant employment-based visa options, including the popular H-1B, L-1, and TN visas, as well as immigrant ("green card") options available through employment (e.g., priority worker cases, labor certification) or family relationships.

Ioannides has worked for over ten years in both the public and private sectors, in the field of U.S. immigration and nationality law. She was selected into the Attorney General's Honors Program, where she worked as an attorney advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest national administrative tribunal for immigration law. She has also worked for prominent law firms in Florida and Texas, handling both employment-based and family-based immigration matters on behalf of corporate and individual clients. Her written work on immigration law topics for the Austin Human Resource Management Association has been published in the Texas Lawyer, the Austin Business Journal, and the Florida Bar's International Law Quarterly, and she frequently presents to foreign students and scholars, trade, and community groups regarding immigration and related legal issues.

Ioannides will be available for a question and answer session following her presentation. This seminar is free and open to the general public. For additional information, please contact the Center for International Programs at 333-7410.

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