Immigration Fundamentals 102: An In Depth Look at Family Immigration



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April 17, 2023
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About the Program

The Immigration Professor, Attorney Robert Perkins, discusses the fundamentals of immigration law. In this second installment of the series, he will review the different bases people can use to come to the United States through marriage and other family relationships.

Robert Perkins, Managing Attorney, Law Offices of the Immigration Professor
Lauren Gabbaian, Attorney Law Offices of the Immigration Professor (Moderator)

Meet the Speakers
Lauren Gabbaian


Attorney Law Offices of the Immigration Professor

Lauren Gabbaian graduated from Loyola Law School and has been practicing law since 2013.  Ms. Gabbaian has focused her practice solely on immigration law since 2016.  Ms. Gabbaian has experience in a wide variety of immigration cases including family-based immigration, adjustment of status, naturalization, removal of conditions (I-751), H-1Bs, Labor Certifications, I-140s complex removal/deportation cases, unlawful presence waivers and more.

Ms. Gabbaian is the immediate past President of Barristers Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (“BHBA”).  She has also served as the Communications and New Media Chair of the Barristers and Entertainment Sections of the BHBA, where she has arranged seminars including for entertainment lawyers on the intersection of immigration and entertainment law.  She has also been active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) and has lectured at AILA round tables on Law and Technology issues.  She was also a winner of the 2022 “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Immigration knowledge contest MC’d by eminent immigration attorney Ira Kurzban and a panel of other AILA attorneys.

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Robert Perkins


Managing Attorney Law Offices of the Immigration Professor

Our Immigration Attorney Robert Perkins graduated  Magna Cum Laude from Beloit College in 1986 and received his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1989. He then started practicing law at the prestigious international firm of Denton’s (at the time called Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal). In 1994, he established his own law firm, focusing exclusively on immigration law, which involves visas, green cards, U.S. citizenship, and anything else immigration related. 

Mr. Perkins has represented hundreds of clients in deportation defense cases including asylum, cancellation of removal, criminal waivers, and more. He also has represented a variety of tech and other firms in business immigration matters including H-1B, H-2B, E-2, R-1, O-1, PERM, EB-1, and more. 

Mr. Perkins has filed many family-based petitions for clients as well as U visas and VAWA petitions. His particular passion is litigating cases against USCIS and ICE across the United States for unlawful detention, abuse, civil rights violations, and more. 

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