Attorney Frances J. Hayden focuses on consular processing of nonimmigrant visas, with an emphasis on E-1 and E-2 and O-2, H-1, J-1 and L-1 applications, including third-country processing. For two years, she served as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Liaison Committee with the U.S. State Department’s Visa Office in Washington D.C. Frances has also co-authored articles in Seoul and Mexico City for several editions of the “AILA Visa Processing Guide”.
She has been a featured speaker and moderator at numerous immigration conferences, including the Rome District Conference in Madrid and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Conferences on topics such as Consular Processing Tips: What Works and What Doesn’t and Legal Education Seminars offered by such organizations as Immigration Lawyers on the Web (ILW) dealing with broad-ranging subjects including What’s New in Consular Processing, NIVs, IVs and Waivers, and Business Immigration in the Era of Enforcement.
Frances is originally from Seattle, Washington. She studied in Mexico during her undergraduate years and has a degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Western Washinton University. She acted as an “INS” interpreter at exclusion hearings for Cuban “Marielitos” in early 1980 at McNeal Island Federal Penitentiary and in Seattle. She graduated from UCLA School of Law and began her career in Entertainment Labor Law, then transitioned to Immigration Law after the passage of the Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act of 1986. Her introduction to Immigration Law was through attending hundreds of “amnesty” interviews for applicants around the Los Angeles area.