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IN PERSON – Immigration Back-Logs & New International Travel Rules: Back to Business as Usual or Long-Term Impact?

November 30 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Brought to you by EACC Florida.

Please join us for Lunch & Learn to hear from and engage with our panelists.

After 20 months of bans and limitations on international travel, the reopening of the U.S. border to travelers from the Schengen Area and other European countries in November is excellent news. However, the ongoing global pandemic and the past limitations on international business travel and employee transfers, have exacerbated an already complex immigration situation and will most likely continue impacting global organizations.

In fact, in a survey conducted in September by the EACC Network, nearly 90% of respondents said the travel restrictions alone impacted their company/organization/operations, with 74% answering that the impact had been ‘significant’ or ‘noticeable’.

Join us in person on November 30th for a discussion on immigration, the new international travel rules and what long-term effects the border closures, immigration back-logs and on-going Pandemic are having on labor shortages and talent retention for companies here in the United States.

**COVID protocols will be observed**



Update on international travel rules

  • What was the impact of the US travel bans for the airline industry and international travel?
  • What are the new rules and what is their impact a few weeks into their implementation?
  • What can be expected with regard to international travel in the next few months and longer term?

Immigration update

  • How does the lifting of the country-specific travel restrictions in favor of a global vaccination requirement impact business travel?
  • What is the residual impact, if any, have these changes had on Consular and Visa services and employees needing nonimmigrant visas? What about with USCIS?
  • What does this all mean for Employers? Is a National Interest Exception (NIE) still required?  How does it affect short term business travel and international transfer of employees?


  • Scott Bettridge – Immigration Practice Chair at Cozen O’Connor’s Office in Miami.
  • Peter Cerda – Regional Vice President for the Americas, International Air Transport Association (IATA)


Scott Bettridge

Scott Bettridge chairs Cozen O’Connor’s Immigration Practice and represents both corporate and individual clients in all aspects related to U.S. immigration law. Scott’s corporate clients include major global organizations in the financial services, hospitality, fashion, media, IT, energy, agriculture, insurance, and health care sectors, along with organizations specializing in professional services, athletics and private club industries. Scott also represents individuals with entrepreneurial options, as well as with family-based immigration matters. He also represents both regional centers and individual investors in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.




Peter Cerdá

Peter Cerdá is the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Regional Vice President for the Americas. Globally, IATA represents some 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic, supporting many areas of aviation activity and helping to formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. Based in Miami, Mr. Cerdá oversees 35 countries with 48 member airlines across North and South America, and the Caribbean, driving IATA’s global standards and international perspective to deliver maximum value to the safe, sustainable and profitable development of aviation across the region. He advocates with Government authorities, safety regulators, airports, and industry stakeholders to create a common approach to utilize aviation as an engine of economic growth and social development, which drives nearly USD$1,011 billion in GDP and generates 14.5 million jobs in the Americas Region. Mr. Cerdá is also IATA’s major shareholder for Cargo Network Services (CNS) in the United States, and a member of the Executive Boards of Colombia’s Air Transport Association (ATAC) and Mexico’s National Chamber of Air Transport (CANAERO). Mr. Cerdá possesses a wealth of industry experience acquired over 30 years in aviation. He has worked in various functions for IATA and started his aviation career with Iberia Airlines prior to joining IATA in 1996. Fluent in English and Spanish, Mr. Cerdá was born in Spain and received his master’s degree in Aeronautics and Aviation Management from Embry Riddle University in the United States

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November 30
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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