QB3 Seminar: "US Immigration Policy in Flux: How it Affects Scientists, Startups, and You." Atessa Chehrazi & Sang Kim, Jackson Hertogs

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More than half of the startups in the QB3 network were founded by entrepreneurs not born in the US. And, at some point, many startups hire foreign scientists because of their specialized skills. But the procedures for applying for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, which have never been simple, have become more complicated since Donald Trump was elected president. To learn more about how Trump’s executive orders, and recent bills introduced in Congress, may affect your company’s hiring or your own employment prospects—and to get a refresher on the US immigration system, with a biotech focus—join us on March 2 for a special talk by Atessa Chehrazi and Sang Kim from the immigration law firm of Jackson & Hertogs.

Where and When

Noon to 1:00 pm, Thursday, March 2

Room N-114, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (600 16th St., San Francisco)

About the Speakers

Atessa Chehrazi


Atessa has been a partner at Jackson & Hertogs since April 2013 and an associate/senior associate since July 2000. She was previously an associate at Maggio & Kattar in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2000. She has held several volunteer roles within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) during her career. For AILA’s Northern California Chapter, she has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) liaison, and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) liaison. On a national level, Atessa served on AILA’s USCIS Headquarters and Benefits, Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), and Department of Labor (DOL) liaison committee. In addition, Atessa has served on AILA’s Business Immigration Advocacy, Issues, and Due Process & Civil Liberties committees, as well as several conference committees. She has served as a board member of the Iranian American Bar Association Northern California chapter since 2009 and is incoming President of the chapter. She is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the National Lawyers Guild. She has authored several articles published in AILA Handbooks. Atessa has presented at national and regional AILA conferences. Atessa has been highly reviewed in legal directories, including selection as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” (2010-2012), and listing in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2011-2015).

Sang Kim

Sang joined Jackson and Hertogs as a Senior Associate in December 2015. He possesses over a decade of experience in immigration, nationality and global business law. Sang has guided corporate, entrepreneur and investor clients in all aspects of temporary and permanent visa, travel and employment matters. He has also represented hundreds of scientists, performers, executives and extraordinary individuals in the field on their personal immigration petitions. Previously, Sang was a former Congressional Staff member to then, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Admitted to the New York State Bar since 2005, he is a graduate of New York University and Brooklyn Law School and is a current and active member of AILA.