Everyday Immigration Podcast

Frosted Lens Entertainment

Immigration impacts us on an everyday basis, whether it's having a foreign-born professor, co-worker, or even family member. Join award-winning immigration attorney, David Wilks, as we explore the "everyday" impact of immigration through personal interviews with those that have interacted with the U.S. immigration system. Episodes released 1st and 3rd weekend of every month.

Not legal advice—no attorney-client relationship created between hosts, guests, and listeners. May include attorney advertising and prior results do not guarantee future outcomes.

All Episodes

A lot has happened since we started this podcast in July. In this episode David gives a quick run through of some of the immigration changes that have come about in just the last four months. Also, David previews what is to come in our next season starting early next year, including an interview with Debarati Biswas and Arthur Vincie, co-creators of Three Trembling Cities, a web series covering the complexities of immigrant life.

Nov 2019

9 min 50 sec

Immigration is a critical part of the American story, but for many of us, we are separated from our immigrant heritage by many generations. In this episode, we begin a series called "Yesterday's Immigration," where we look at historical immigration to the United States, in an effort to reconnect us with our immigrant ancestors. We are starting with the Irish. Villanova University's Father Joseph Ryan joins David to discuss the historical Irish migrations to North America, and the impact that the Irish community continues to have on the United States. PS Apologies for the delay on the episode - our next episode will be up two weeks from today on November 22.  We'll be back to our regular schedule in December.

Nov 2019

17 min 32 sec

U.S. Immigration Law provides special benefits to those coming to teach in American colleges and universities, but the path to a green card is never easy. Laura Taylor, Senior Associate Director for Faculty and Scholar Services at Cornell University guides faculty through this often daunting process. In this episode, she joins David to discuss some of the unique challenges some of the world's greatest scholars face in making the United States their home.

Oct 2019

20 min 56 sec

International students are an important constituency of U.S. institutions of higher education, contributing billions of dollars each year to the U.S. economy.  In this episode David speaks with Jeff Cox, director of International Student Services at Rochester Institute of Technology about the impact of international students on RIT, as well as the resilience such students need to successfully navigate the immigration system.

Oct 2019

27 min 38 sec

What happens when an American child immigrates abroad with his father? It sets him on a path that leads to a successful immigration law practice and popular immigration podcast. Join us in this special cross-over episode of the Everyday Immigration Podcast with immigration lawyer, professor, and podcaster, John Khosravi. You can listen to Dave's appearance on the Immigration Lawyers Podcast (John's podcast) here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-111-interview-w-immigration-lawyer-podcaster/id1111797806?i=1000447015701 You can also watch Dave's appearance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-sZMkTzXaU

Sep 2019

18 min 4 sec

When Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management recently reached out to its international alumni, it wasn't part of its annual giving campaign. Instead, Cornell was trying to make sure its MBA grads were getting the immigration support they needed in a climate where denials and processing delays are on the rise. Annie Marra, Associate Director of the Johnson School's Career Management Center, was the driving force behind this initiative. She joins David to discuss the results of her alumni outreach, as well as her family's incredible immigration story.

Sep 2019

20 min 48 sec

The Everyday Immigration Podcast is pleased to introduce you to the newest podcast from Frosted Lens Entertainment: Musicians vs. the World. Musicians vs. the World explores the everyday aspects of being a musician. In this episode, host Christine Smith interviews Julliard-trained concert pianist, Professor Scott Holden about the stressful reality of auditioning.  Musicians vs. the World is currently available on Stitcher and SoundCloud. Please enjoy! We'll have a new episode of the Everyday Immigration Podcast next week.

Sep 2019

27 min 16 sec

In "Part 2" of our series on green cards, Miller Mayer attorney, Kristal Ozmun, explains the convoluted paths facing foreign nationals seeking permanent residence to the United States. Also, listen for a preview of our new "sister" podcast, "Musicians vs. the World" hosted by concert pianist, Christine Smith.

Aug 2019

29 min 20 sec

Nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies were founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant according to the Center for American Entrepreneurship.  And yet, there is no visa for entrepreneurs.  In fact, being an entrepreneur can make obtaining a visa more difficult due to immigration limitations on self-employment.  Join our conversation with Cornell Tech's Fernando Gomez-Baquero as he discusses how he personally overcame these immigration challenges, and is now working with the Cornell Tech Runway Program to help other entrepreneurs overcome these challenges. If you would like to know more about immigration and entrepreneurship, David and Miller Mayer have put out a number of resources: Webinar:  Idea to IPO  Articles:  Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Require Extraordinary Evidence: A Review of Recent Non-Precedent EB-1A AAO Decisions Under the Trump Administration Presumptions and Entrepreneurs: A Review of Recent BALCA Decisions for Entrepreneurs Unclearly Executive or Managerial: A Review of Recent Nonprecedent EB-1C AAO Decisions Entrepreneurship in the National Interest: A Review of AAO National Interest Waiver Decisions under Matter of Dhanasar Innovative Visa Options for Immigrant Entrepreneurs – ‘‘If You Want Something New, You Have to Stop Doing Something Old’’ You can also learn more about immigration and entrepreneurs at the U.S. Alliance for International Entrepreneurs.

Aug 2019

27 min 45 sec

On Wednesday this week, the Department of Homeland Security formally published new regulations overhauling the Employment Creation Visa, more commonly known as EB-5. Under the EB-5 program, if a foreign national invests in the United States, and thereby creates ten jobs for U.S. workers, the foreign national can receive a green card. The newly announced regulations significantly restrict the program. To discuss these late-breaking changes, we are publishing our first bonus episode! In this breaking news roundtable, EB-5 experts Stephen Yale-Loehr and Kristal Ozmun join David in discussing the EB-5 program changes, and how they may result in fewer jobs for U.S. workers being created by the program. Also, to take advantage of Kristal's generous offer, discussed in the episode, either: Email: podcast@millermayer.com Go to:  https://millermayer.com/immigration-consultation/ and mention the podcast in the questionnaire.

Jul 2019

13 min 24 sec

This week, the administration put forward a "merit-based" immigration proposal. Such proposals are not new, and in fact, many countries have tried similar systems that would award "points" toward permanent residence, depending on the characteristics of the applicant. Join us as we speak with globally renowned immigration scholar, and Cornell Law Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr regarding his new research project studying the merits of merit-based immigration.

Jul 2019

22 min 30 sec

An American woman falls in love with a British man, but immigration makes starting their lives together more challenging than you might expect. Join us in our conversation with Victoria Coe as she discusses the immigration hurdles she and her husband faced in setting up their American home. PLUS get the basics of U.S. immigration from host, and award-winning immigration attorney, David Wilks.

Jul 2019

30 min 37 sec