EBG Collaborates With AILA On Immigration Options For Artists And Entertainers

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Epstein Becker & Green Attorneys Collaborate With American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) On New Book: Immigration Options For Artists And Entertainers

Publication is the first-ever comprehensive look at the legal issues facing foreign national artists, entertainers and athletes seeking to work in the United States

NEW YORK (April 6, 2007) — Epstein Becker & Green announced today that Members of the Firm Leigh N. Ganchan and Pierre Georges Bonnefil have contributed to Immigration Options for Artists and Entertainers, published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The new book, which is the first publication devoted solely to legal issues of foreign national artists, athletes, entertainers and other performers, was published by AILA in March 2007.

Ganchan, of Epstein Becker Green Wickliff & Hall in Houston, edited the volume. Bonnefil, of EBG's New York office, provided the opening chapter on O & P Nonimmigrant Visas.

Immigration Options for Artists and Entertainers offers an in-depth look at major immigration issues facing artists and entertainers, an overview of the legal requirements for different types of professionals, and a closer look at temporary work visas, verification of employment eligibility and tax requirements for foreign guest artists.

With the increasing globalization of the arts and entertainment, Immigration Options for Artists and Entertainers is a "must-have" guidebook for attorneys and others representing artists, entertainers, athletes and other performing professionals.

"U.S. Immigration laws are in some ways more difficult to navigate than the tax laws," said Ganchan. "For instance, artists and entertainers who have never received widely-recognized awards such as a Grammy or an Oscar find it difficult to qualify for an O-1 'extraordinary ability' temporary visa. The Guidebook walks readers through each step of the complex laws and suggests creative forms of evidence to develop a case for entertainers who have gained distinction in other ways."

Bonnefil said: "In the current climate, the representation of artists and entertainers has become more complex and uncertain. This Guidebook helps the practitioner better understand the procedures and how the recent changes will impact their cases. The days of 'cookie cutter' and 'slam dunk' cases are over. The Guidebook assists the practitioner in preparing a case which anticipates the potential problems and obstacles in today's ever-changing U.S. immigration legal landscape."

Other chapters of Immigration Options for Artists and Entertainers are devoted to such topics as the loosening of restrictions imposed after 9/11, temporary work visas for amateur athletes and coaches, and the nuts and bolts of consular processing.

The book is available for purchase through the American Immigration Lawyers Association at http://agora.aila.org/Product/Detail/48.


Editor Leigh N. Ganchan is a Member of the Firm and leads the efforts of the Immigration Practice at Epstein Becker Green Wickliff & Hall P.C., in Houston. Ganchan is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law and was selected as one of Houston's Top Lawyers for 2005 and 2006. Her employment-based practice features representation of professionals in a wide variety of fields, including the arts, entertainment and sports. Ganchan was formerly an INS assistant district counsel under the Attorney General Honors.

Pierre Georges Bonnefil is a Member of the Firm in its New York office. He also is a part of EBG's Hispanic Business Group and International Trade Practice. Bonnefil has served as an Attorney General Honors Attorney with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has extensive experience representing both companies and individuals. He has also written on such topics as global immigration for the multinational and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. Bonnefil was recently Knighted by the French government and decorated as a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit.

About The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

About Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., founded in 1973, is a law firm with over 380 attorneys practicing in 11 offices throughout the United States - Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, D.C. - and affiliations worldwide. The firm's size, diversity, and global affiliations allow its attorneys to address the needs of small entrepreneurial ventures, middle market companies and large multinational corporations on a worldwide basis.

EBG continues to build and expand its capabilities as a law firm focused on five core practices: Business Law, Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment, Litigation and Real Estate. The Immigration Law Group at EBG supports each of its five core practice groups across the country in this increasingly complex area of law.

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