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Karen-Lee Pollak Offering U.S. Immigration Consultations in South Africa from April 13th - 23rd

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 @ 10:29 PM

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ImmigrationWe all hear scary stories of attempting to emigrate to the United States. From what one hears and reads, immigration to the United States is not for the faint hearted. However, a lot of misconceptions exist about this process. The secret to success in a smooth transition to moving to the United States, whether permanently or temporarily, is often just a mixture of understanding how the immigration process works and gaining knowledge on the best type of visa for you and your family.

Pollak PLLC will be in South Africa providing immigration consultations in Johannesburg from April 13-19th and Cape Town from April 20-23rd. Complete the form below or mail us at [email protected] to schedule.

She will be providing consulting services at the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg located at 91 Oxford Road, 2132, Johannesburg. Location in Cape Town to be determined shortly. 

Newsweek Promotional Feature Spotlights Karen-Lee Pollak

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 7:00 AM

Karen-Lee PollakImmigration Attorney, Karen-Lee Pollak, of the law firm Bell Nunnally & Martin was recently featured in Newsweek Magazine's July 16th 2012 Issue, in the Leaders in Immigration Law Showcase.  The section is a part of Newsweek's 2012 Leaders promotional section - which  features the leading individuals or group practices in various specialties of law and healthcare.

Karen leads Bell Nunnally's immigration practice, providing full-service legal immigration advice and representation. She focuses her practice on both family and corporate based immigration representing Fortune 1000 corporations and individuals with their immigrant and non immigrant visa needs, including professionals, athletes, spouses and family members of current U.S. residents, authors, students, investors and entreprenuers. As an immigrant herself, Karen understands what a critical decision it is moving family or employees to the United States.

Karen-Lee Pollak Speaking at Dallas Immigration Workshop

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 2:46 PM

Karen-Lee PollakAttorney Karen-Lee Pollak, Partner and Immigration Practice Group Chair for Bell Nunnally and Martin LLP's immigration group will be a CLE credit course speaker at Local Live CLE Seminar Immigration Workshop: Conquering Family & Employment Immigration in Dallas, TX on August 9, 2012. 

This course will provide an overview and introduction into the basic concepts of U.S. immigration law and procedure pertaining specifically to family- and employment-based visas. Included in the class is a step-by-step workshop on which forms should be filed and how they should be completed.

The CLE will also discuss the many different types of visas from the B-1 and B-2 to the H-1B, TN and E-3s. Additionally, Student visas F,M and J and family based visas K-1 through K-4 along with other family- and employment-based visas will be covered.

Total CLE Credit Hours: 3 (Texas credits are pending approval)
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Time:  09:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Date:  Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel | 300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75207 | Directions

Tuition: First Registrant: $200 | Add Associate/Paralegal: $150

Special: Young Lawyers, with under four (4) years acceptance to the Bar, may use coupon code YL25 to receive a $25 discount when checking out.

Note: Discounts can not be combined.

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Why I Became an Immigration Attorney

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 5:55 PM

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Everyone in America has come here from somewhere else.  Ask anybody living in America and they will have at least one family member who moved here from another country.  Everybody has a story to tell.  For some, the story is simple.  For others the story is gut-wrenching and difficult to tell.  No matter what the story—most people leave their homelands and immigrate to the United States (or anywhere for that matter) for one or more of three reasons:

1. Adventure

2. To escape religious or political persecution

3.  Better opportunities in a new land

I fall into the third category and maybe looking back-- the first category too.  It has definitely been an adventure.  So what has this got to do with being an immigration lawyer?  Often I have been asked the question ”why did you become a lawyer?” I bet you’ve been asked the same.

So, here’s my story. I’d love to hear yours, too…

I arrived in the United States in 1995 from South Africa.  I went to law school in South Africa and got my feet wet as a commercial litigator.  I had no intention of living here and was simply coming over to visit my father and brother.  But then I met my US. Citizen husband who had no intention of moving to South Africa 

I was still paying off student loans in South Africa and could not afford nor did I want to go back to law school.  I discovered that you do not need a U.S. law degree to sit for the California Bar so I took the California Bar exam and eventually the Texas Bar exam as well.  I started my practice as a commercial litigator.  However, because I had a different accent and was an immigrant, people started asking me questions about immigration law and I started to help family and friends with their immigration cases and since then my practice has flourished.

I am passionate about my practice because I am an immigrant too.  I feel the same rush of adrenalin when each case is approved as I did when I first received the news that my own petition was granted.  I really am able to change people’s lives for the better.  I am able to reunite families, to bring the best and the brightest to the United States to share their ideas and inventions and to help people build businesses.  This country may not be perfect but it is the best country in the world.  I can say first hand that I am living the American Dream.

The United States is a place of improbable stories, of lives that never could have been realized anywhere else in the world.  I do not believe that my life as a lawyer and all the possibilities that have grown from my career would have been possible in any other country. You cannot choose the country where you are born. But a lucky few have the opportunity to choose the country where they live. I am privileged and grateful to my clients for allowing me to guide them in this choice. 

I am also privileged to belong to the American Immigration Lawyers Association and to have some of the finest immigration lawyers as my friends and mentors.  I have never seen an organization that is so collegial.  Unlike dealing with opposing counsel in a litigation setting, my fellow immigration lawyers have always been willing to answer my questions, provide me with their opinions and represent my clients’ interests before the USCIS.  I suppose it is an “us against them” mentality, but it makes my practice so much more enjoyable.  I am excited for our annual conference in June in Nashville where I will learn from the preeminent immigration experts, meet up with my colleagues and mentors and take home what I have learned to better serve my clients.   

When I was growing up, I never imagined that one day I would be an immigrant. The United States has allowed me to shape my future and to assist many others in shaping theirs. I am so grateful for all the blessings in my life, including each of you-my family, friends, colleagues, mentors and clients.  I can truly say that I enjoy my work, I am passionate about the causes I choose to fight, and I cherish the people I get to work with and for.  Thank you America for giving me this opportunity.


Immigration Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak Featured in WITSReview

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 @ 9:02 AM

Karen-Lee PollakImmigration Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak was featured in the January 2012 edition of WITSReview, the magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Witswatersrand.  She was written up in the Alumni with "the edge" section highlighting the professional accomplishments of her immigration legal career.  Pollak provides business immigration advice to clients that is informed by her own experience as an immigrant, her knowledge of the challenges of global migration and its necessity in the 21st century workplace.

Congratulations, Karen and best wishes for continued success!

Immigration Attorney Karen Pollak Speaks at LawReviewCle

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sat, Nov 19, 2011 @ 7:46 AM
immigration attorney karen pollakAttorney Karen-Lee Pollak, Partner and Immigration Practice Group Chair for Bell Nunnally and Martin, LLP's immigration group will be a CLE speaker at LawReviewCle's Immigration Law Fundamentals course.  The course will provide an overview and introduction into the the basic concepts of U.S. immigration law and procedure.

This course is an introductory, step-by-step, instructional on the basics of Immigration Law.

The following key topics will be discussed:

  • Introduction to Legal Immigration Law
  • Family-based Visas
  • Victims of Crime Visas & VAWA
  • Employment-based Visas
  • Asylum, Withholding of Removal & CAT
  • Inadmissibility & Removal Proceedings
  • Immigration Law Issues and Ethics

Credits:  TX Cle credits: 6.25 Hours | TX Cle ethics credit: .75 Hour |Total TX Cle credits: 7 Hours.  This course has been submitted for approval to the Texas State Bar-final approval pending. 

Location:  Renaissance Dallas Hotel | 2222 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207 Directions

Time:  Thursday, December 8th | Start 09:00 AM – Finish 05:30 PM

Tuition:  $295 First Registrant |Add Associate $145 dollars* |Add Paralegal $145 dollars* | $145 Young Lawyers - Under 4 years acceptance to the Bar**

*To receive discount registration must be taken over the phone.
**Discounts can not be combined.

To learn more about Bell, Nunnally & martin, LLP's immigration practice please visit www.immigrationbn.com

Bell Nunnally Boosts Immigration Practice with Karen-Lee Pollak

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 @ 6:01 PM

DALLAS, TX, Oct 31, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Karen-Lee Pollak joins Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP as a partner and head of the firm's immigration practice, and Cynthia Cole joins the firm as senior counsel in the bankruptcy and restructuring area.

"It's fantastic to be in a position to bring on two talented and accomplished women who will not only be assets to our clients, but who will also help mentor and serve as role models for our growing group of female associates," said James Skochdopole, managing partner of Bell Nunnally.

Karen-Lee PollakPreviously head of the immigration practice at Goins, Underkofler, Crawford & Langdon, LLP, Pollak provides business immigration advice to a wide variety of clients. She handles the full array of immigrant and non-immigrant visa needs for executives and other professionals, athletes, authors, students, investors and entrepreneurs; PERM labor certifications; and employment- and family-based permanent residency petitions and citizenship. Pollak also assists businesses with compliance audits and the formation of immigration-related policies. She handles immigration litigation in the federal court under the Administrative Procedures Act and removal defense.

"As an immigrant herself, Karen is acutely aware of the challenges of global migration and its absolute necessity in the 21st century business world. Her deep knowledge in hot-button areas, such as entry clearances, temporary work and H-1B visas and residence permits, is a vital tool for our clients and will undoubtedly help them to achieve their business goals without limitation by geographic boundaries," added Skochdopole.

Pollak is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the Dallas Bar Association; the Texas Women Lawyers Association; and both the Texas and California bar associations. Selected as a Texas Monthly magazine "Rising Star" in 2009, she is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, where she earned both an LL.B. (1993) and a B.A. (1989).

During her decade of legal practice, Cole has focused intensely on bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, developing innovative approaches to help resolve clients' business issues. She has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy and has represented debtors, creditors, trustees, examiners, official and unofficial committees, and secured and unsecured creditors across the U.S. and abroad. Cole also plays a pivotal role in coordinating counsel in other legal and business disciplines relevant to the restructuring process, including corporate, finance, real estate, employment, tax and litigation. Most recently managing member at Cole & Company, PLLC, she also practiced for more than five years with Dallas-based Neligan Foley LLP.

"Cyndee truly partners with her clients to help them achieve the best possible outcome from what can be a challenging process. Using her wealth of experience representing and working with debtors, creditors and creditor's committees, she employs a strategic, and often times creative, approach to restructuring," said Jeffrey R. Erler, a partner and head of Bell Nunnally's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice.

Named a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly magazine in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Cole is a member of the Texas Young Bankruptcy Lawyers Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dallas Bar Association and the John C. Ford Inn of Court. She earned her J.D. and B.C.L. (2001) from Louisiana State University's Paul M. Herbert Law Center and her B.A. (1998) from Louisiana State University.

About Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP. Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP is a premier full-service law firm serving a national client base and dedicated to delivering the highest quality legal services to clients through a full knowledge of their objectives. The firm is one of the 50 largest in Texas and has repeatedly been named a "Go-To" law firm for America's largest companies in Corporate Counsel magazine. For more information, please visit www.bellnunnally.com .

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What's Cooking in Immigration?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 @ 7:29 PM

Karen returned to South Africa to meet with immigration clients.  She was interviewed by Avocado, a South African Food & Lifestyle Magazine that wanted to explore the cultural differences between South Africa and the United States, which resulted in this article that appears in the March / April issue.

USA vs. SA

In this clash of the titans, US Immigration Lawyer, Karen Pollak and renowned South African Chef, Arnold Tanzer team up to make two unique SA dishes plus two sensational dishes that are all time favorites straight from the USA.

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Immigration Attorney Karen Pollak Appears As Guest on SAfm

Posted by Michael Pollak on Fri, Oct 08, 2010 @ 2:02 PM

Karen-Lee Pollak was recently in Johannesburg conducting immigration consultations from September 20 to October 03, 2010. SAfmDespite a hectic schedule, she appeared as a guest on September 22 with Naye Lupondwana on his "Talk Shop" current affairs talk show for the SABC’s international radio station Channel African SAfm.

As a South African and an immigrant to United States, Karen is uniquely positioned to assist other foreign nationals as she has been through the entire immigration process herself. She shared her experience, expertise, and insight into the complex US immigration process with the Naye and his audience. 

Listen to the entire interview...

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US Immigration & Family Podcast

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 @ 1:10 PM
Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak answers the following questions about immigration:
  • What is the difference between a US Citizen and a legal permanent resident when it comes to immigration law?
  • If you are a US citizen, and have relatives in other countries that would like to come to the US, what is the process to make this happen?
  • What about if you are a legal permanent resident?
  • What is a K1 visa, K3 visa or B2 visa?
  • If a US citizen and a non-US citizen want to get married in the US, do they have to go through a marriage interview process? What can they expect?
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