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Episode Info: In this week’s episode of Attorney Talk, Ken Thayer interviews Debbi Klopman, who is a New York attorney that practices in the area of immigration law. Debbi handles migrant visas in employment and family-based categories; she also handles matters under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). During the show, Ken and Debbi discuss immigration law, visa requirements, time restrictions, the two-step process, who makes the decisions, and what it’s like working as an immigration lawyer.   Main Questions Asked: What is immigration law? Why is there a visa requirement, and what is a visa? Why isn’t a passport considered enough documentation, and why is there a need to have a visa? What happens if someone is in the US and wants to stay permanently? What do you do to guide your clients through the visa process? Is there any litigation involved in immigration law, or is it more transactional? Who makes the final decision on what visas are approved or denied? How do you deal with the language barrier?   Key Lessons Learned: Immigration Law Immigrant visas are when people can stay permanently in the United States. This is known as the Green Card. Non-immigrant visas can be anything from an investor visa, students, tourists, H-1B workers (specialty visas that require a college degree). Deferred action is a promise from the government not to deport them for 2 years and they get work permission. The U visa is for victims and covers victims of a crime who are without status in the US, and does everything they can to bring the criminal to justice. ESTA is an online visa application for visa waiver countries, which al
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