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Changes in the Global Immigration Landscape

Sponsor(s):  WR Immigration

The field is constantly changing. What can organizations do to prepare as the norms of global mobility continue to shift? This session will dive into the hot topics HR managers are facing and provide a broad overlook of policies and trends in global immigration, including a comprehensive look into the current geopolitical landscape. Bonus: The panel will prognosticate on potential disruptors on the horizon and prepare attendees for how to overcome.

This presentation covers the new horizon post-Covid, and how to plan for the long term, while dealing with the current state of affairs.

Looking three to six months ahead, we expect to see a continuing shift in which countries attempt to draw foreign talent and investment due to the pandemic's impact on economic and political conditions and the changes in the labor market. In addition, employers likely will look to consider moving or expanding to a new country. Considerations when establishing an entity in a new country location include tax impacts, employment law, environmental law, concentration of talent, and much more.

Of course, companies may no longer require a nexus between physical location of employees and a brick-and-mortar entity or office. This brings a whole host of new compliance related questions. To name a few: Should employers revise their travel policy? Should an employee be able to work from any location? How will employers monitor and track employee remote work? The presenters will answer all of these questions and others related to this issue.

Finally, presenters will also update the audience with latest agency and consular-related delays, as agencies work to overcome delays springing from Covid travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

Learning Objectives:

1) 3-6 month outlook of immigration related travel and hiring practices
2) Learning about work from home policies and compliance
3) Update on agency and consular related delays


Bernie Wolfsdorf | Managing Partner, WR Immigration

Phil Hogden | Managing Partner, HodgenLaw PC

Nick Rollason | Head of Immigration at Kingsley Napley LLP

CE Credit (fees may apply): CRP, GMS, SHRM

The Speakers

Managing Partner

Bernie Wolfsdorf

WR Immigration

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is the past National President of the 15,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is Managing Partner of the firm, known worldwide for its innovation and technology, as well as its high touch service and seamless execution. Mr. Wolfsdorf specializes in a broad range of immigration areas, primarily relating to corporate global mobility, including business and investment visas. He also handles the full range of global immigration matters. He has been certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration and Nationality law specialist for over 25 years.

Mr. Wolfsdorf is a long-standing member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) and ABIL Global, which include the Managing Partners of the top immigration firms worldwide. Over the years, Mr. Wolfsdorf has had a major impact on the practice of immigration law. In recognition of his contribution, AILA honored him with its prestigious Service Excellence Award for his distinguished volunteer work.  He has also received top ratings and recognition from Best Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers, EB-5 Investor Magazine, and more.

Managing Partner

Phil Hogden

HodgenLaw PC

Philip Hodgen has been practicing as a lawyer since receiving his California Bar license in 1982. He started Hodgen Law PC in 1991, after working for both small boutique firms and for large banks. Phil specializes in international tax, focusing on cross-border taxation issues for individuals running multinational companies.

He received his Law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Master of Laws (taxation) from the University of San Diego.

Phil is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events. He is on the Organizing Committee for the California Society of CPA's annual international tax conference, and he is almost always a speaker for the same event. Occasionally, you will see his name in news articles as a reference for cross-border taxation issues.

Head of Immigration

Nick Rollason

Kingsley Napley LLP

Nick Rollason is a partner and head of Business Immigration at Kingsley Napley LLP. He advises on all areas of UK immigration and nationality law and has particular expertise in providing strategic advice to businesses on their global immigration needs. He heads a top ranked full-service immigration team which advises businesses across a range of sectors including technology, health, media, professional and financial services, as well as private clients across a broad range of immigration routes. He has over 25 years’ experience in advising corporations and individuals, providing strategic advice on UK and global immigration and citizenship solutions and often advising in the most complex of cases.

Nick is listed in the Chambers UK Hall of Fame for Immigration and ranked as a leading individual in Legal 500 UK, Who’s Who and Citywealth Leaders. Nick is regularly consulted by the UK immigration authorities on proposed changes to UK immigration rules and policy and is a regular press commentator, conference speaker and contributor to immigration publications. He has given evidence to the UK Parliament Select Committee for skilled migration, and is a former consultant to the OECD and the ILO on migration issues. He is currently Senior Vice Chair of the International Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee.


Charina P. Garcia

WR Immigration

Charina P. Garcia is the Strategy and Innovation Partner at WR Immigration and manages the firm’s Northern California offices. She represents and advises many Fortune 500 and start-up companies, as well as individuals on both employment and family-based immigration matters. She presents at many industry conferences on the intersection between law and technology focusing on the firm’s technology – WRapid™, a centralized, cloud-based technology and Enterprise Resource Planning solutions software powered by Salesforce.

Charina was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). In addition, Charina currently serves as a Board of Director for Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) and is a 2019 FWN100 Award recipient: 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World.

Charina earned a JD from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Economics and a minor in Asian-American Studies. 
Throughout her career, Maria has actively participated in pro bono work, assisting local immigrant communities with DACA, Asylum, and Naturalization applications. She is a native Russian speaker.