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Tafapolsky & Smith LLP prides itself on its numerous contributions to legal publications regarding important issues and developments in immigration law. The following is a sample of titles authored or co-authored by members of the firm:

BOOKS

Ronald Y. Wada, AILA’s Focus on EB2 and EB3 Degree Equivalency, published by American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), October 2007, and Supplement, 2012, December 2012. Click here: http://agora.aila.org/Product/Detail/21
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ARTICLES 

Ron Wada & Jody Blaski, Shaping the Future of PERM - BALCA Highlights, 2Q 2013, 18 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 943-53, (Aug. 15, 2013).

Ron Wada & Jody Blaski, Shaping the Future of PERM - BALCA Highlights, 1Q 2013, 18 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 557-66, (May 15, 2013).

Ron Wada, BALCA Interprets Crucial PERM Timing Regulation in Matter of Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, 17 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 59-63 (January 15, 2012).

Alan Tafapolsky and J. Anthony Smith, "PERM Audits: Turn, Turn, Turn," published in AILA's Guide to PERM Labor Certification, Cletus M. Weber, ed., American Immigration Lawyers Assocation (2011). 

Ronald Y. Wada, The Nth Degree - Issues and Case Studies in Degree Equivalency, a monthly series of articles published by Bender's Immigration Bulletin:

  • 15 Bender's Immigr.Bull. 1747 (Dec. 15, 2010) (Traps and Tips for Drafting PERM Applications for Skilled Workers)
  • 15 Bender's Immigr.Bull. 1601 (Nov. 15, 2010) (Two Emerging Issues Affecting the EB-3 "Safe Harbor")
  • 15 Bender's Immigr.Bull. 995 (July 15, 2010) (Testing Your Knowledge of Degree Equivalency Rules and Best Practices)
  • 15 Bender’s Immigr.Bull. 863 (June 15, 2010) (Crossing the Borderland between DOL and USCIS Requirements)
  • 15 Bender’s Immigr.Bull. 733 (May 15, 2010) (Working with the EDGE Database)
  • 15 Bender’s Immigr.Bull. 569 (Apr. 15, 2010) (Strategies for Avoiding Substantial Equivalence Issues under Globalnet)
  • 15 Bender’s Immigr.Bull. 423 (Mar. 15, 2010) (Drafting Form 9089 Job Requirements for a Typical EB3 “Safe Harbor” Case)
  • 15 Bender’s Immigr.Bull. 267 (Feb. 15, 2010) (Interpreting the EDGE Database)
  • 15 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 75 (Jan. 15, 2010) (The Single Source Degree Rule)
  • 14 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 1557 (Dec. 15, 2009) (Two AAO Decisions on A Degree in Any Major)
  • 14 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 1409 (Nov. 15, 2009) (Matter of Globalnet Management)
  • 14 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 1277 (Oct. 15, 2009) (Drafting Form 9089 Job Requirements for EB-2)
  • 14 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 1127 (Sept. 15, 2009) (Kellogg Language, Matter of AGMA Systems LLC, and the New Form 9089).
  • 14 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 979 (Aug. 15, 2009) (job requirement specifications that satisfy DOL’s SVP requirements and also USCIS degree equivalency rules).

Alan Tafapolsky, Jennifer Riddle & Ronald Y. Wada, TERMS & PERMS: Strategies for Filing Labor Certification Applications in a Layoff Environment, 14 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 727-744 (June 15, 2009)

Ronald Wada, BALCA Interprets the Kellogg Rule on PERM Applications Filed with the Current Form ETA 9089, 14 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 457-461 (Apr 15, 2009).

Alan Tafapolsky and J. Anthony Smith, “PERM Audits: Turn, Turn, Turn,” David Stanton Manual on Labor Certification, Dec 2008.

Ronald Y. Wada, “EB2 and EB3 Degree Equivalency Update,” 13 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 688-695, June 1, 2008.

Michael Ryvin and Ronald Y. Wada, “Function Manager Petitions – Ad Hoc Tests and Legal Authorities,” 13 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 673-80, June 1, 2008.

Ron Wada, “Seven Essential Concepts for EB-2 and EB-3 Degree Equivalencies,” Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 2007-08 Edition, p. 194-200, American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 2007.

Ron Wada, “SnapNames.com v. Chertoff – A Federal Court Perspective on Degree Equivalency Requirements for EB2 and EB3 I-140 Petitions,” 12 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 125-29, February 1, 2007.

Josie Gonzalez and Ron Wada, “Matter of HealthAmerica, A Landmark BALCA Decision,” 11 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1093-98, September 15, 2006.

Ron Wada, “PERM Strategies and Ad Hoc Rules for Beneficiaries with Three Year Bachelor’s Degrees,” Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 2006-07 Edition, p. 432-42, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Stephanie L. Browning, Editor in Chief; also available at 11 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 611-21, June 15, 2006.

Ron Wada, “DOL Proposes Elimination of Labor Certification Substitutions,” 11 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 2, March 15, 2006.

Ron Wada, “Degree Equivalency Requirements for Employment-Based Third Preference (EB3) Petitions,” 11 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 3-6, January 1, 2006.

Alan Tafapolsky, Brandon Meyer and Terry Kelly, "All the Trees and No Forest: U.S. Immigration Policy Towards EB-1 Researcher/Professor Petitions ? Thwarting the National Interest," Immigration Briefings, No. 05-2 (February 2005)

Ronald Y. Wada and A. James Vazquez-Azpiri, “Proving Ability to Pay: Working with the Yates Ability to Pay Memo,” 11 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 753-66, July 15, 2006; updated from Wada, Ron and Vazquez-Azpiri, James, “Proving Ability to Pay – Part 2: Working with the Yates Ability to Pay Memo,” 17th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook, Ronald Y. Wada, ed., American Immigration Lawyers Association, November 2004.

Ronald Y. Wada, Editor-in-Chief, 17th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook, American Immigration Lawyers Association, November 2004.

Alan Tafapolsky, Lisa Spiegel, Sharon Mehlman, and Ally Bolour. “The Big, Bad, Blue RFE: H-1B Petitions for Small and New Businesses,” 17th Annual California Chapters Conference (November 2004)

Ally Bolour, Alan Tafapolsky, Lisa Spiegel and Sharon Mehlman. “I’m Too Sexy for My RFE: RFEs for H-1B Fashion Models,” 17th Annual California Chapters Conference (November 2004)

Ron Wada, “Second Circuit Rules that USCIS Cannot Revoke Approval of a Visa Petition Where the Beneficiary is in the U.S.,” 9 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1039, September 1, 2004.

Alan Tafapolsky, Bo Cooper and Mary Pivec. “The Shifting Sands of IRCA?s Worksite Enforcement Provisions,” Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, 2004-2005 edition, V.2. (AILA June 2004)

Ron Wada, “Update on USCIS Degree Equivalency Requirements for Employment-Based Second Preference (EB2) Petitions,” 9 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 3, June 1, 2004.

Alan Tafapolsky and J. Anthony Smith, “Strategic Responsiveness in Defending Companies Against Immigration-Related Governmental Investigations,Changing Times for Immigration: The Practice After INS Reorganization, 16th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference, 2003.

Alan Tafapolsky and J. Anthony Smith, “Strategic Responsiveness in Defending Companies Against Immigration-Related Governmental Investigations,” Changing Times for Immigration: The Practice after INS Reorganization. 16th Annual California Chapters Conference (November 2003)

Ron Wada, “Demonstrating an Employer’s Ability to Pay,” 8 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1559, October 1, 2003.

Alan Tafapolsky, “Foreign Entrepreneurs and Immigration: Founding and Funding a Business in the United States - What Are Your Options? How Ownership Interests Affect Business Immigration Benefits: Part II,” Immigration Briefings, No. 03-7. Interpreter Releases (July 2003)

Alan Tafapolsky, “Foreign Entrepreneurs and Immigration: Founding and Funding a Business in the United States - What Are Your Options? How Ownership Interests Affect Business Immigration Benefits: Part I,” Immigration Briefings, No. 03-6, Interpreter Releases (June 2003)

Alan Tafapolsky, “Bingo: A Proactive Approach to DOL Audits,” 15th Annual California Chapters Conference Handbook. (2002)
Cletus M. Weber and Ron Wada, “National Interest Waivers – A Practice Update,” published in Homeland Security, Business Insecurity, and Immigration Practice in Uncertain Times, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2002.

Ron Wada, “Adjustment of Status for Beginning Practitioners,” Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, Vol. I, 2002-03 Edition, Randy P. Auerbach, ed., American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 2002.

Ron Wada and Dan Kesselbrenner, “BIA Reverses Course on DUI,” National Immigration Project Current Awareness Newsletter, May 2002.

Cletus M. Weber and Ron Wada, “National Interest Waivers 2002 – A Practice Update,” 7 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 361, (April 1, 2002).

Ron Wada, “Note on Recent AAO Decisions in National Interest Waiver Cases,” 7 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 374, (April 1, 2002)

Ron Wada, Catherine L. Haight and Minette A. Kwok, “AC21 and How it Affects Your Business Clients,” 14th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Los Angeles, California, November 1-3, 2001.

Alan Tafapolsky and Jack Chen, “When the Axe Falls: Ethical Guidance for Terminated Immigration Counsel,” Immigration Briefings, No. 01-8. (August 2001)

Alan Tafapolsky, A. James Vázquez-Azpiri, Charles Foster and Stephen Yale-Loehr. “Cover Me - The Blanket L Program,” Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook. 2001-2002 edition V.2. (AILA June 2001)

Ron Wada, “Crimes of Violence as Aggravated Felonies,Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, Vol. I, 2001-02 Edition, Randy P. Auerbach, ed., American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 2001.

Ron Wada, “JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES FINAL RULE ON SORIANO 212(c) CASES,” 6 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 179, (February 15, 2001).

Angelo A. Paparelli, Alan Tafapolsky, Ted Chiappari, Susan Cohen and Stephen Yale-Loehr. “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: Immigration Strategies in Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Corporate Changes,” Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, V.5, No.20. (October 15, 2000)

Alan Tafapolsky, Angelo A. Paparelli, A. James Vázquez-Azpiri, and Susan K. Wehrer. “Thriving on Change: How to Solve Immigration Problems in M&A Deals,” 13th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook. (October 2000)

Ron Wada, “Court Issues Permanent Injunction in EB2 Class Action Suit,” 5 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 449, (May 15, 2000)

Ron Wada, George Surmaitis, and Warren R. Leiden, “Chintakuntla et al. v. INS—An Interim Report on the EB2 Class Action Litigation,” 5 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 386, (May 1, 2000)

Ron Wada, “On the Continuing Vitality of 212(c),” 4 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 522, (June 1, 1999).

Alan Tafapolsky and A. James Vázquez-Azpiri. “Global Warming: The L Blanket Program and the Transnational Corporation,” Immigration Briefings, No. 99-4. (April 1999)

Ron Wada, “Nebraska Service Center Approves National Interest Waiver,” 4 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 114 (Feb. 1, 1999)

Ron Wada, “Pre-1988 Aggravated Felony Convictions Post-Lettman,” 4 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 57 (Jan. 15, 1999).

James Vázquez-Azpiri and Alan Tafapolsky. “The Practical Impact of the New Employer Obligations of the American Competitiveness And Workforce Improvement Act,” Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, V.4, No.1 (January 1, 1999)

Ron Wada, “An Argument Against Deportability Based on a Retroactively Defined Aggravated Felony,” 3 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1035 (Oct. 15, 1998)

 

 

 

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