Christine J. Alden

Christine J. Alden

Partner
Location:
Miami, Florida
Phone:
305-358-1500 (Miami Dade)
561-393-7400 (Palm Beach County)
954-406-1833 (Broward)
888-810-6621 (Toll Free)
Fax:
305-358-1921
Email:

Christine J. Alden is an immigration attorney and partner with Weiss, Alden & Polo, P.A.  Established in 1976, the firm, consisting of a team of immigration attorneys offers global representation of individuals and businesses worldwide seeking U.S. immigration solutions. 

Christine was born in England to British and Jamaican parents. As a naturalized U.S. Citizen herself, she recognizes the importance of U.S. Citizenship and the opportunities and security it brings, thus, allowing her to identify with each and every one of her clients, no matter the situation or walk of life.

Christine is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving the local chapter of South Florida of approximately 950 lawyers as Vice President.

Additionally, within the AILA South Florida Chapter, she is the Chair of the Budget Committee, Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Vice Chair of Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee.  She is also a coordinator for the Congressional Liaison Committee’s Lobby Day scheduled for April 2018.  In the last year, Christine has helped organize the AILA South Florida teams for National Day of Action in Washington DC and locally through Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties to advocate on behalf of AILA South Florida, our clients, our businesses and community.  Previously, she was the Co-Chair of the Unlawful Practice of Law Liaison Committee and the Co-Chair of the Practice Management Committee.  She was involved in launching the chapter’s Mentor Cluster Program, a successful mentorship program to help South Florida AILA members in all levels of practice as well as the Brown Bag bi-monthly lunch series to help educate members.

Christine is also the President of the British American Business Council of Miami for the 2017 to 2019 term.

She is a 1996 graduate of Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where she was the Research Editor of the Law Review.  She attended college at the University of Florida, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.  Her practice is solely dedicated to U.S. immigration law so she can focus on the immigration needs of her clients.  Through her work over the last two decades in practice, she has helped countless individuals successfully immigrate to the U.S. to realize the American Dream.

Bar Admissions

• Texas, 1996

Education

• Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas 
       o J.D., 1996
       o Law Review: Thurgood Marshall Law Review, Research Editor
• Institute on International and Comparative Law
       o Summer 1994, Magdalen College, Oxford, England
• University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
       o B.S., 1993
       o Major: Finance

Immigration Related Employment

• Weiss, Alden & Polo, P.A., Miami, Florida, October 1998 to present
       o Partner, May 2004 to present
       o Associate, October 1998 to May 2004
• Law Offices of Harold Seligman, Houston, Texas, May 1995 to October 1998
       o Associate, November 1996 to October 1998
       o Law Clerk,  May 1995 to October 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

• American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1998 to present  
       o South Florida Chapter
       o Mexico City Chapter
       o Bangkok Chapter
       o Texas Chapter, previous

• American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter
       o Vice President, 2017 to present
       o Chair, Budget Committee, 2017 to present
       o Vice-Chair, Customs and Border Protection Liaison, Field Office, 2017 to present
       o Vice-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2017 to present
       o Congressional Committee, National Day of Action Coordinator, 2017 to present
       o Secretary, 2016 - 2017
       o Board Member at Large, 2013 - 2016
       o Co-Chair, Congressional Liaison Committee, 2016 - 2017
       o Co-Chair, UPL Liaison Committee, 2014 - 2016
       o Co-Chair, Practice Management Committee, 2015 - 2016
       o Co-Chair, Office of the Chief Counsel Liaison Committee, 2013 - 2014
       o Practice Management Committee, 2014 - 2015
       o UPL Liaison Committee, 2013 - 2014
       o CBP Miami Liaison Committee, 2013 - 2014
       o USCIS Miami Liaison Committee, 2012 - 2013 and 2007 - 2008

• British American Business Council of Miami
       o President, 2017-2019 term
       o Director, January 2015 - January 2017

• South Florida Alumni Association of Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
       o Board Member, 2014 to present

• Business Networking International, Circle of Trust Chapter
       o Previously held positions: President, Vice President, Mentorship Coordinator, Ethics and Challenges  Coordinator and Visitor Host Coordinator

• Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
       o Trustee Member
       o Delegate, America’s Linkage Business Development Mission to Hong Kong and China, January 2016

Recent Media Spotlight

• April 4, 2017: “High Skilled Foreign Talent Creates U.S. Jobs,” The Miami Herald.

• May 18, 2015: Quoted in an Article in Diario Las Americas concerning the dangers of Notario Fraud and Immigration Scams.

• May 9, 2015: “Speak Out on Notario Fraud, Immigration Scams,” The Palm Beach Post, co-authored by Christine Alden and Maggie Arias.

Recent and Upcoming Immigration Related Presentations 

• November 3, 2017: Business Immigration Intelligence: “H, L and E Visas” National Webinar Panelist and Moderator, American Law Institute, CLE.

• July 25, 2017: O and P Visas, Panelist, Catholic Legal Services CLE, Miami, Florida.

• May 18, 2017:  Comparative US/UK Immigration, a British American Business Council Educational Breakfast Series, Panelist and Moderator.

• February 24, 2017: EB5 Panelist, Corporate Counsel Summit, Florida Association of Women’s Lawyers, Miami Dade Chapter.

• February 22, 2017: Business Immigration Intelligence: “H, L and E Visas” National Webinar Panelist and Moderator, American Law Institute, CLE.

• February 21, 2017: International Treaties and Trade Issues, US/UK a British American Business Council Breakfast Series with the Consul Generals of the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico, Moderator.

• February 2, 2017: 37th Annual Immigration Law Update, AILA South Florida CLE, Panelist on E Visa Processing, Treading Water.

• November 16, 2016: AILA South Florida Monthly Membership Luncheon Panel, Alphabet Soup - H1B, L and E visas.

• August 26, 2016: Alternatives to the H Visa and Ways Around the H Cap, Panel Moderator, Catholic Legal Services CLE, Miami, Florida.

• March 3, 2016: Immigration Law 101 Conference Moderator for Business Track and Panelist on two panels, Naturalization and Waivers, Miami, Florida.

• February 26, 2016: The Who, What, Where, When and Why of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Conference Panelist, International Litigation, Arbitration and Transactions (ILAT) Conference, International Law Section of the Florida Bar, CLE.

• February 4, 2016: 36th Annual Immigration Law Update, AILA South Florida CLE, Panel Moderator for Nuances of E Visa Processing.

• December 3, 2015: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Does the Global Mega-Deal Live Up to the Hype? What you Need to Know, International Webinar Panelist concerning Temporary Business Entry and Immigration, American Bar Association (ABA) on International Law: International Arbitration Committee.

• November 11, 2015: Partners, Christine Alden and Gina Polo co-presented, EB-5 101 to realtor associates at monthly Coldwell Banker meeting, Coral Gables, Florida.

• October 23, 2015: Second Annual Miami Construction Show, EB-5 A Pathway to Lawful Permanent Residence.

• October 21, 2015: AILA South Florida Membership Luncheon Panel, Representing EB-5 Investors.

• September 11, 2015: Panel on Introduction to EB-5, Catholic Legal Services Seminar and CLE, Miami, Florida.

• July 23, 2015: Panelist on topic, “Running and Managing a Law Practice,” AILA South Florida Practice Management and New Members Division breakfast roundtable.

• June 5, 2015: “Employment Based Immigration: Fifth Preference EB-5” Panelist at Real Property, Probate Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, CLE, Miami Beach, Florida.

• May, 19, 2015: Business Immigration Intelligence: “What do you need to know?” National Webinar Panelist, American Law Institute, CLE.

• April 24, 2015:  Panelist at “Employment Based Immigration,” AILA South Florida New Members Division breakfast roundtable.

• February 6, 2015: 35th Annual Immigration Law Update, AILA South Florida CLE Panelist, Citizenship – A Minefield.

• January 21, 2015: AILA South Florida Membership Luncheon panel discussion advising members on how to report Unlawful Practice of Law through the South Florida Chapter AILA UPL Liaison Committee.

• July 2, 2014: AILA South Florida Membership Luncheon panel discussion concerning answering difficult questions on the new naturalization form.

• April 9, 2013: Partners, Christine Alden and Gina Polo co-presented, “Immigration Options for Foreign Nationals and its relevance to Banking and Financial Services,” at a Banking & Finance Committee Meeting, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

• March 2, 2013: Christine introduced the film and documentary, “Who is Dayani Crystal?” a film concerning the dangers of crossing the border into the U.S. from Mexico at the Miami Film Festival. 

• November 13, 2012: The Miami group of Independent Women’s International Network of Realtors and Past Presidents of Women’s Council of Realtors invited Christine to speak about immigration options for investors.

• October 3, 2012: Christine participated on a panel with Amnesty International’s Miami Chapter at the University of Miami entitled, “Immigration, A Way Forward.”   
 
• September 21, 2012: Christine participated in the Music Business Forum at the University of Miami where she presented the immigration options for performers and artists.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration
  • Naturalization
  • Citizenship
  • Consular Law
2017 Member American Immigration Lawyers Association