Master Series: Best Practices in Global Immigration Program Management 

10 November 2016 
Metro Meeting Centers – Boston 
Boston, Massachusetts, USA 

Please join BAL Partners Edward Rios and Michelle Funk for an in-depth discussion on best practices for establishing and maintaining your global corporate immigration programs. Edward and Michelle will demonstrate how to efficiently and successfully shift your immigration program from decentralized and ad hoc to centralized and coordinated. Once you understand how to build a successful program, you will learn to use data and technology to develop a more robust PERM program.

Topics to be discussed are:

  • Program Management: Decentralized and Ad Hoc to Centralized and Coordinated
    • Problem Solving: Comparing common assignments under each model
  • Case Monitoring: Communication Systems and Data Analytics
    • Considerations when implementing Global Mobility Dashboards
    • Program reporting, benchmarking and using predictive models


Corporate HR Professionals who manage mobility for their company's employees.
COST: Complimentary

Service Provider
COST: US$150
Questions? Please contact Karen Kroehler at or +1 703-842-3422


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.    Registration check-in 
                                   Welcome Coffee and Refreshments

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Educational session (includes networking break)


Metro Meeting Centers – Boston
101 Federal Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02110


 Edward Rios is a Partner and manages the Boston office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. His practice focuses on immigration strategies for multinational companies and investors, as well as healthcare provider networks, research facilities, academic institutions, and cross-border manufacturing operations seeking to transfer key personnel to the U.S. With his experience, knowledge and approachability, Edward is called upon frequently to speak on all aspects of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa filing strategies in the U.S. and abroad.

Edward manages complex immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions and related global visa filing strategies for large multinational corporations with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State. Edward represents clients in various industries, including construction, energy, retail, and hospitality during U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement I-9 audits and develops comprehensive I-9 compliance policies. Edward coordinates due diligence and related assessments of compliance with immigration law during merger and acquisition activity for companies employing foreign nationals in key technical, managerial, and executive positions. He has represented individual investors seeking to create new companies in the U.S.

Edward has provided timely counsel and representation before U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to companies with cross-border manufacturing operations and related movement of personnel. Edward has secured Conrad 30 waivers for J-1 physicians working with hospitals and healthcare provider groups in underserved areas.

Edward received his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. He is admitted to the State Bars of Connecticut and Texas.

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Michelle Funk is a Partner in the Northern Virginia Office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. She concentrates her practice in the area of immigration law representing clients, including health care providers, business professionals, and technology firms, in a variety of business immigration matters. She advises clients on all aspects of the immigration process, from nonimmigrant visas to permanent residence, with a focus on H-1B visas, PERM applications, and establishing corporate immigration programs. She has represented clients at United States Embassies abroad and before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Michelle is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, DOL Committee, the Business Committee, the USCIS Texas Service Center Committee, the Washington DC Chapter of the Executive Committee, and is a Past Chair of the Washington DC Chapter of the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Michelle received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from St. Lawrence University. She is admitted to the State Bar of Maryland.

Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn.