Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

    EB1 Legal Assistant Course

    EB1 Legal Assistants are trained to ensure our clients received a very high level of service

    Welcome to the EB1 Legal Assistant Course. In this course we’re going to explore how to ensure that all of our EB1 clients are well taken care of. To do this, there are a number of qualities you must understand about the client as well as duties that will ensure that each client feels like our only client.

    EB1 clients are a unique breed, and by their nature are all high-achieving individuals. With that in mind, EB1 clients expect a very high level of service from those they work with – and that includes us.

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    As an EB1EB1 Legal Assistant, it will be your job to ensure that the EB1 clients are able to get through the immigration process with as little stress as possible and provide support to the EB1 attorneys in preparing the cases.

    About Basic Training

    When you first start with the law firm you will need to watch certain key videos full-time for up to a week however, thereafter every employee, unless exempted by the Practice Manager must go through the thorough ongoing Basic Training course so that you can acquire a sound overall level of US Immigration knowledge. Please carve out 30 mins two times per week for part-time and three times per week for full-time to ensure you watch and study every Basic Training video in this series. When you have finished, repeat the process.  When you are confident you have mastered these videos we shall arrange for you to be tested accordingly.


    Start of Basic Training Videos


    Immigration Maze Video Series

    The Immigration Maze provides visitors with a ‘whistle stop’ overview of the main visa options. The short series covers Family Immigration options, Education based options, Self-Sponsorship Immigration options and a call to action video. Once visitors benefit from this overview they should feel more confident in checking out other videos we have created for them.

    Immigration Maze Part 1 – Family Immigration
    Immigration Maze Part 2 – Family Immigration
    Immigration Maze Part 3 – Education Immigration
    – Immigration Maze Part 4 – Self Sponsorship Base Immigration
    Immigration Maze Part 5 – Taking the Plunge

    EB1 Green Card – Alien of Extraordinary Ability – Arts / Business

    For aliens who have reached the very top of their profession US Immigration considers them such a benefit to the success of the US economy that upon being confirmed by USCIS as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability they are eligible for a green card, without any employer sponsorship requirements. In other words, most* Aliens of Extraordinary Ability can sponsor themselves into a green card.

    *Exceptions being researchers and professors who will need the institution to sponsor them.

    The video series below covers those aliens of extraordinary ability in the Arts and Business.

    EB1 Home Page – Find Out if You Qualify Today
    EB1 Green Card  – Checklist Summary
    EB1 Green Card – Major Internationally Recognized Awards
    EB1 Green Card – National Award
    EB1 Green Card – Invited Membership
    EB1 Green Card – Published Material About You
    EB1 Green Card – Judging
    EB1 Green Card – Innovation
    EB1 Green Card – Published Scholarly Articles
    EB1 Green Card – Exhibitions and Showcases
    EB1 Green Card – Leading Critical Role
    EB1 Green Card – High Pay
    EB1 Green Card – Commercial Success


    Watch These Testimonial Videos

    Jason Audrey – Rob – Ivan

    O-1A Aliens of Extraordinary Ability (Execs/Managers)

    [Also includes – Science, Education, Business and Athletics]

    In this presentation series, we’re going to review the O-1A visa checklist of categories relating to Science, Education, Business and Athletics. Remember, we also have an O-1B visa video presentation series for professionals who work in the Arts and Motion Pictures / Entertainment Professionals.  The EB1, O-1A and O-1B are visa types that challenge us to fit the right client with the right visa option for the alien of extraordinary ability and then submit all of the required evidence to prove the case. The interrogative standards between the EB1, O-1A and O-1B are not the same and thus it will not be until you have studied and practiced in all through areas that you will can a proficient level of competency in this area of immigration law, but we’ll get you there.

    Part 1 – O-1A Checklist
    Part 2 – O-1A Major Award Win
    Part 3 – O-1A Invited Membership
    Part 4 – O-1A Participation as a Judge
    Part 5 – O-1A Published Material About You
    Part 6 – O-1A Contribution of Major Significance
    Part 7 – O-1A Published Scholarly Articles
    Part 8 – O-1A Critical or Essential Capacity
    Part 9 – O-1A High Salary

    O-1B Aliens of Extraordinary Ability in
    Arts and Motion Pictures

    When ever you’re dealing with actors, models, directors and other professionals working in the arts then this is the go to checklist series for consideration. The interrogatives here finely tailored for professionals working in the arts. In some cases, you may also fine that by comparing and contrasting the O-1A and O-1B options some professionals may straddle either the O-1A or O-1B options, for example a highly success fashion photographer or director may fit neatly into either option.

    Part 1 – O-1B Visa Checklist
    Part 2 – O-1B Visa – Major Award Nomination or Win
    Part 3 – O-1B Visa – Leading or Starring Role
    Part 4 – O-1B Visa – Recognition for Achievements
    Part 5 – O-1B Visa  – Organizational Critical Role
    Part 6 – O-1B Visa – Critical Acclaim
    Part 7 – O-1B Visa – Recognition from Critics
    Part 8 – O1B Visa – High Salary or Remuneration
    Part 9 – O1B Visa – Other Comparable Evidence


    Watch These Testimonials

    Marc Diana

    National Interest Waiver – NIW (Green Card)

    The National Interest Waiver is basically built a completely different set of interrogatories than for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, instead and in part they are built around the standard of Exceptional Ability. Extraordinary Ability and Exceptional Ability are legal terms of art in that within this legal context these terms have very specific meanings. Exceptional ability is legally a lower standard of ability than Extraordinary Ability.

    USCIS has created this lower standard of Exceptional Ability to enable specific people whom Congress have decided should qualify for green card status as this lower bar if it can proved than in doing so their presence would be of benefit to the National Interest.

    The following video presentation sets out how you can make you determination as to whether the NIW option is viable for them.

    Remember, that all of this basic videos have been created for visitors to the website to give them this unique opportunity to be educated in what are often highly complexed immigration legal principles in a very easy to understand format. It’s great for new lawyers to also get inducted this way into the field.

    Part 1 – National Interest Waiver
    Part 2 – National Interest Waiver
    Part 3  – National Interest Waiver

    Part 4 – National Interest Waiver
    Part 5 – National Interest Waiver
    Part 6 – National Interest Waiver
    Part 7 – National Interest Waiver
    Part 8 – National Interest Waiver

    Part 9 – National Interest Waiver


    Immigration Processing Center (IPC) Course

    The Immigration Processing Center (IPC) is an online case management platform that enables clients to access their own case file and upload their documents. Also, we can communicate with the clients through the IPC and provide them with instructions and guidance about their case. Indeed we also use the IPC to host training videos for staff and clients alike.  The IPC is currently being upgraded and we hope to have an updated version in 2016.

    Part 1 – IPC – Logging In
    Part 2 – IPC – Client Information
    Part 3 – IPC – Video Guides and Visa Guides
    Part 4 – IPC – Case Overview and Fees
    Part 5 – IPC – Prep Docs: Financials
    Part 6 – IPC – Client Table of Contents 1 of 3
    Part 7 – IPC – Client Table of Contents 2 of 3
    Part 8 – IPC – Client Table of Contents 3 of 3
    Part 9 – IPC – Petition Documents Table of Contents
    Part 10 – IPC – Filed Cases
    Part 11 – IPC – All Docs
    Part 12 – IPC – Client Emails 1 of 2
    Part 13 – IPC – Client Emails 2 of 2



    P Visas – The Arts, Sports and Culture

    The P visa was created to provide opportunities for aliens primarily performing as a group and not individually to tour in the US.  The P visa, like it’s big brother, the O1 visa, was also created by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990.  In addition to covering performing and fine artists, the P1 also covers athletes.

    P1, P2 and P3 Visas


    EB1-2 Green Cards for Outstanding Professors and Researchers

    The EB-1-2 is available to outstanding Professors and Researchers, and typically these applicants will be working at the very top of their profession at a university or in some public or private prestigious research facility.  Most universities have a hierarchical structure and at the top of that pyramid are the Tenured Professors and Associate Tenured Professors.

    Outstanding Professors and Researchers


    EB2 Green Cards – Advanced Degree Graduates

    EB2 Green Card Part 1 of 2 – Advanced Degree Graduates
    EB2 Green Card Part 2 of 2 – Advanced Degree Graduates

    EB3 Green Cards – For Skilled Workers and Graduates

    I’ve put together this video series to walk you step-by-step through the process so that you can see where the EB3 green card could fit in your overall US immigration strategy. In some cases, if you have a BA degree, it may be worth considering going for an MA degree, often times this will open up more opportunities for you and can speed up your journey towards green card status. Whether you get your green card through marriage, through having a BA or MA at the end of the day as long as you’re able to secure a green card that is the main thing.

    EB3 Green Card Part 1 of 4 – Skilled Workers and Graduates
    EB3 Green Card Part 2 of 4 – Skilled Workers and Graduates
    – EB3 Green Card Part 3 of 4 – Skilled Workers and Graduates
    – EB3 Green Card Part 4 of 4 – Skilled Workers and Graduates


    F1 Student Visas

    F1 and M1 student visas are fantastic because from the student visa an alien can follow a path all the way to US citizenship.  For example, regardless of age as long as you have some drive and a long-term vision to make the US your home, starting out as a student is certainly the very best way forward. To become a student all you need is the mind to study hard, and the funds to cover the cost of the course.  As soon as you have completed your first year of college you may be eligible for a work permit to help you fund the second year.

    F1 Student Visa Part 1 of 4 – Introduction
    F1 Student Visa Part 2 of 4 – Enrollment
    F1 Student Visa Part 3 of 4 – Questions and Answers
    F1 Student Visa Part 4 of 4 – Students Under 18


    H-1B Graduates 

    The H-1B visa is a temporary work visa for BA graduates and for non-graduate professionals and skilled workers who have at least 12 years experience in their field. The H-1B visa is the most popular employment US visa for non-immigrants.

    When initially granted, the H-1B is issued for three years, and can be issued for a further three years thereafter. Also, if you have a pending green card through employment that was filed before the 5th anniversary of your H-1B, your H-1B can be extended beyond the six- year limit.

    H-1B Graudates, Skilled Workers & Specialty Occupations


    Fiancee and Marriage

    These videos cover the basic ways US Citizens can bring in their spouse or fiancee into the US to live through the Green Card by Marriage programs.

    Fiancee Visa and Green Card by Marriage
    K1 Fiancee Visa
    K3 Visa – Married US Citizen Living Abroad with Alien Spouse
    AOS – Green Card After Arriving as a Tourist

    E1 Treaty Trader Visa

    In essence, the E1 visa is a visa that facilitates trade between the US and your home country. The E1 visa will enable you to relocate to the US in order to better manage the flow of trade. In contrast to the E2 Treaty Investor visa, there is no requirement to create jobs instead the requirement is to demonstrate that substantial trade can be established between the two nations. Another amazing benefit of the E1 visa is that your spouse will be able to qualify for a work permit so that they can pursue their own career.

    Part 1 – E1 Treaty Trader – Introduction
    Part 2 – E1 Treaty Trader – Trader Eligibility
    Part 3 – E1 Treaty Trader – Trade?
    Part 4 – E1 Treaty Trader – Substantial Trade?
    Part 5 – E1 Treaty Trader – Spouse
    Part 6 – E1 Treaty Trader – Green Card / Retirement
    Part 7  – E1 Treaty Trader – Renewals
    Part 8  – E1 Treaty Trader – Summary

    E2 Treaty Investment Visa

    In essence, the E2 investment visa allows aliens to invest in the American Dream by starting a business that will create new American jobs or they can buy an existing business that will sustain and hopefully create even more American jobs.  Having aliens bring their investment dollars to America in order to create jobs is great for the American economy. As you can imagine, the need for energetic job creators has never been greater. The vast majority of your leads will become E2 Treaty investment Clients, however, as you learn about the other immigration options you will be begin to see why this option is often the most viable one.

    E2 Visa: Basic Concept
    E2 Visa: Investor Eligibility
    – E2 Visa: Family Employment Issues
    E2 Visa: Making a “Substantial” Investment
    E2 Visa: Finding the Right Business
    E2 Visa: Retirement Options
    E2 Visa – Visa Renewal
    E2 Visa – Summary

    L-1A Visa and L-1B Visa Intracompany Transfer Visas

    Part 1: L-1A and L-1B Intra-Company Transferee
    Part 2: L-1A and L-1B Intra-Company Transferee
    Part 3: L-1A and L-1B Intra-Company Transferee
    – Part 4: L-1A and L-1B Intra-Company Transferee
    – Part 5: L-1A and L-1B Intra-Company Transferee
    – Part 6: L-1A and L-1B Intra-Company Transferee

    E2 Visa Business Services LLC

    In 2014 we created a sister company called (EVS) for short.

    The purpose of this company was so that we could take on non-law firm work that complimented the Law Firm. For example: –

    E2 Business Finder

    With our E2 Business Finder Service client can hire us to find them a business. When you think about it, the bulk of our clients reside outside the US so working with a business broker on an 8-hour time difference can be very difficult for both parties.

    E2 Business Plans

    Many of our clients need help preparing a Business Plan for their E2 visa. There are all types and styles of Business Plan, and each one varies depending on the purpose for which it will be used. Even though we have a great video tutorial series to guide people step by step through writing a business plan, some client would prefer to have us do it for them.

    E2 Incorporations

    Through our relationship with LegalZoom, we can set up an incorporation for a client with relative ease.

    The whole purpose of EVS is assist clients put an entire E2 visa case together. As an Immigration  only law firm we do cannot legal represent clients for non-immigration matters in every state. EVS allows us to take on these additional tasks outside but inside the law firm.

    EB5 $500K – $1 Mil Investment – Green Card

    The US government understands that there is a certain class of wealthy aliens that must be afforded a fast track pathway to green card status. The EB5 green card is that way. In essence, for investors who have $500K (Possibly rising to $800K) to invest into a federally registered development scheme they can upon investment apply for green card status.

    22 – EB5 Green Card


    End of Basic Training Videos



    Specific Case Worker / Client Support Training Videos

    These are the videos you will need to study that are specific to your particular job.


    (1) Practical Exercises – 

    (2) Building an EB1 Case – Understanding the PM – 

    (3) Case Summary Sheets and Chasing Clients – 

    (4) Updating the Clients’ Tables of Contents – 

    (5) Building a Master Table of Contents