The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Chapter, and 10 co-sponsoring organizations will put on a workshop entitled “Major Business Immigration Changes” on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. at the Atlanta International School.

      Thomas Fischer, district director of the Atlanta Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), will participate on a panel with four immigration attorneys to explain the regulations and what employers and employees must do to avoid penalties and sanctions.

      Participating attorneys include Robert Banta, partner, Kilpatrick & Stockton; Beryl Farris, partner, Farris & Hill Immigration Law; Georges Hoffman, partner, Smith Gambrell & Russell and Mark Newman, partner, Troutman Sanders.

      The U.S. Congress made many changes to the country’s immigration laws last year, and it will be wrestling again this year with immigration issues affecting companies with international operations and their employees.

      The increased powers of INS inspectors to bar a person’s admission to the U.S. will be among the issues discussed.  New regulations now state that overstaying one’s admission period by a single day automatically voids a person’s visa, and that overstaying by more than 180 days may prevent readmission for a three-year period.

      Registration fee is $45 for members of the French chamber and co-sponsoring organizations, $60 for non-members.

      For more information, call Hilary Bumm or ValÈrie Polevoy at (404) 874-2602.