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Episode 6: You’ve Got Mail – Special Mailbag Episode

In this episode, Shai and Roderick talk lost episodes and answer listener questions. The Immigration principles they will explore in this episode include Intracompany Transferee Visas, Extraordinary Ability Visas, ESTA travelers, Green Card sponsorship, and Investor Visas, among other Immigration concepts. Plus, our co-hosts dig up salvageable audio regarding what made the 90s so great and all-time classic high school movies.

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Show Notes

Welcome to this episode of Hasta La Visa, Baby – a podcast that takes a deep dive into US immigration law and its relation to fictitious characters in television and film!  Host Shai Dion is an immigration attorney with Gibney Anthony & Flaherty, and he is based in Los Angeles, CA.  He is joined for this episode – as for all other episodes! – by his New York-based friend and colleague, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty immigration attorney Roderick Potts.  Together, Shai and Roderick demystify immigration law by focusing each episode on a particular work featuring a foreign national living in the US.  They discuss the show or movie, zeroing in on this character to speculate on his/her visa status and possible problems associated with living in the US, and to summarize a hypothetical law consultation with the character.  The only rule: each episode assumes the character lives in a modern-day US!

For this episode, Shai and Roderick have their very first mailbag episode in lieu of the feedback received lately by listeners. Before getting into the fan mail, they share the salvageable material remnants of the previous lost episode in which they reveal what made the 90s so great. Then, they choose one email corresponding to each of the five episodes of the podcast, and dive into discussing them.

  • The first question, corresponding with the Home Alone episode, regarding Mr. Hector’s marriage status and the probability of him holding an L1B visa.
  • The next question is in regards to Talladega Nights and what would happen if Jean Girard switched Nascar teams. As the O-1 talent Visa is specific to the team someone is part of, Jean would have to have his new team file a new petition for him if he were to switch.
  • Then, they take a question corresponding to the Die Hard episode, in which a listener’s wonder if Hans would be tried in the U.S. or in Germany if he were caught by officials. If the authorities who captured him wanted to try him themselves, they would have every right to do so, though they could also choose to extradite him back to Germany.
  • In the question corresponding to I Love Lucy, a listener wants to know what would happen if Ricky and Lucy were divorced before Ricky applied for a visa. If he could prove that the marriage was legitimate, he may still be eligible for a 10 year green card and eventually citizenship.
  • Finally, they answer a question regarding Austin Powers, in which a listener wonders what kind of business qualifies for an E-2 visa and how much money is required to invest. While they are unsure exactly how much money companies are required to invest, Shai and Roderick share that it varies on a case-by-case basis and can range widely according to the industry.

As the episode wraps up, Shai and Roderick encourage listeners to continue sending in their questions before revealing their favorite high school movies.


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