FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 31, 2011

American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinar™ offers insight into immigration issues facing foreign scientists

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2011 — A pair of distinguished immigration attorneys will address various visa options for foreign scientists during a webinar today beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. The free, one-hour session is the latest in a series of American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars™.

Navid Dayzad and Kelly McCown will present an overview of the current immigration and work options for foreign national scientists seeking employment in the United States. They will also describe what is involved in getting visas, and temporary work permits and green cards.

“With today’s increased immigration scrutiny, it is important for foreign-national scientists to be well informed about their immigration options,” said Dayzad, an immigration attorney at Dayzad Law Offices, PC.

News media and scientists can tune into the webinar without charge, but must register in advance at http://acswebinars.org/vcf2011 and select the link for the appropriate session.

The speakers will address:

  • The recruitment process for scientists
  • The process for attaining an F-1 visa, H-1B temporary work visa, and TN temporary work status
  • Attaining a green card
  • When it is appropriate to seek an immigration attorney

Navid Dayzad provides immigration counsel to students, employees as well as international and small companies. He has been deemed a “Rising Star” immigration attorney -- among the top 2 percent of the emerging lawyers in Southern California. He has spoken as an expert for the American Immigration Lawyers Association's national conference, and has presented seminars on such topics as labor certifications, employment verifications and travel issues. At the request of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, he served on the Mayor’s Advisory Board to advocate for immigrant rights in Los Angeles.

He currently practices law at the Dayzad Law Offices, PC in Los Angeles, CA.

Kelly McCown is a partner and co-founder of McCown & Evans LLP in San Francisco, a firm that represents employers and individuals in all areas of corporate immigration law, including temporary work visas, permanent residence, and corporate compliance. She is one of fewer than 200 lawyers certified as a specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California. Since 2004, she has been honored each year as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine and was recognized in 2007 and 2010 as one of the Top 50 Female Super Lawyers in Northern California across all legal specialties.

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