Christine J. Alden

Christine J. Alden

Partner
Location:
Miami, Florida
Phone:
954-406-1833
888-810-6621
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 offers global representation of individuals and businesses worldwide seeking US immigration solutions.

Christine was born in England to British and Jamaican parents. As a naturalized US Citizen herself, she recognizes the importance of US Citizenship and the opportunities and security it brings, therefore, 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 800 attorneys elected as Secretary. She served the prior three terms as Board Member at Large. Additionally, within the AILA South Florida Chapter, she is the Co-chair of the Congressional Liaison Committee where the Committee's mission is to bring forward immigration concerns to elected officials. 

Previously, within the AILA South Florida Chapter, she was the Co-Chair of the Unlawful Practice of Law Liaison Committee where she was tasked with liaising between the private bar, victims of UPL and government agencies such as the Fraud Detection National Security division of USCIS, the US Attorney's office and the State Bar in reporting instances of UPL. She is also the previous Co-Chair of the Practice Management Committee, a committee dedicated to helping other attorneys in learning how to run and manage their practices. In the last year, Christine has helped organize and oversee bi-monthly brown bag lunches to educate members on various topics. She has also been involved in launching the new Mentor Cluster Program, a successful mentorship program to help South Florida AILA members in all levels of practice.

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 US immigration law so she can focus on the immigration needs of her clients. Through her work, she has helped countless individuals of all walks of life successfully immigrate to the US to realize the American Dream.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration
  • Naturalization
  • Citizenship
  • Consular Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1996

Education

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

Published Works

Classes/Seminars

  • EB5, Panelist at Corporate Counsel Summit, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Miami Dade, February 24, 2017
  • Business Immigration Intelligence: “H, L and E Visas” National Webinar Panelist and Moderator, American Law Institute, CLE, February 22, 2017
  • AILA South Florida Monthly Membership Luncheon Panel, Alphabet Soup - HIB, Land & Visas, November 16, 2016
  • Alternatives to the H Visa and ways around the H Cap, Catholic Legal Services Seminar and CLE, Miami, Florida, August 26, 2016
  • Avoiding Labor Certification, Luncheon Panelist with New Members Division and Practice Management, AILA South Florida, July 26, 2016
  • Immigration Law 101 Conference Moderator for Business Track and Panelist on two panels, Naturalization and Waivers, Miami, Florida, March 3, 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 26, 2016
  • 36th Annual Immigration Law Update, AILA South Florida CLE, Panel Moderator for Nuances of E Visa Processing, February 4, 2016
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Does the Global Mega-Deal Live Up to the Hype? What you Need to Know, Webinar Panelist concerning Temporary Business Entry and Immigration, American Bar Association on International Law: International Arbitration Committee, December 3, 2015
  • Partners, Christine Alden and Gina Polo co-presented, EB-5 101 to realtor associates and monthly Coldwell Banker meeting, Coral Gables, Florida, November 11, 2015 Second Annual Miami Construction Show, EB5 A Pathway to Lawful Permanent Residence, October 23, 2015
  • AILA South Florida Membership Luncheon Panel, Representing EB5 Investors, October 21, 2015
  • Panel on Introduction to EB-5, Catholic Legal Services Seminar and CLE, Miami, Florida, September 11, 2015
  • Panelist on topic; Running and Managing a Law Practice; AILA South Florida Practice Management and New Members Division breakfast roundtable, July 23, 2015
  • Employment Based Immigration: Fifth Preference EB-5; panelist at Real Property, Probate Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, CLE, June 5, 2015
  • Business Immigration Intelligence: “What do you need to know?” Webinar panelist, American Law Institute, CLE, May 19, 2015
  • Panelist at: Employment Based Immigration, AILA South Florida New Members Division breakfast roundtable, April 24, 2015
  • 35th Annual Immigration Law Update, AILA South Florida CLE panelist, Citizenship – A Minefield, February 6, 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, January 21, 2015
  • AILA South Florida Membership Luncheon panel discussion concerning answering difficult questions on the new naturalization form, July 2, 2014
  • 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, April 9, 2013
  • Christine introduced the film and documentary, “Who is Dayani Crystal?” a film concerning the dangers of crossing the border into the US from Mexico at the Miami Film Festival, March 2, 2013
  • 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, November 13, 2012
  • Christine participated on a panel at the University of Miami entitled, “Immigration, A Way Forward”, October 3, 2012
  • Christine participated in the Music Business Forum at the University of Miami where she presented the immigration options for performers and artists, September 21, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • British American Business Council of Miami, Director, 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, Member, 1998 to Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mexico City Chapter, Member, 1998 to Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Bangkok Chapter, Member, 1998 to Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Texas Chapter, Previous Member, 1998 to Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, Secretary, 2016 to present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, Board Member at Large, 2013 to May 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, Co-Chair, Congressional Liaison Committee, 2016 to present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, Co-Chair, UPL Liaison Committee, 2014 to 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, Co-Chair, Practice Management Committee, 2015 to 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, Co-Chair, Office of the Chief Counsel Liaison Committee, 2013 to 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, Practice Management Committee, 2014 to 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, UPL Liaison Committee, 2013 to 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, CBP Miami Liaison Committee, 2013 to 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, USCIS Miami Liaison Committee, 2007-2008 and 2012-2013
  • British American Business Council of Miami, Director, 2015
  • British American Business Council of Miami, Director, 2015 to present
  • British American Business Council of Miami, President Elect (Incoming President as of January 2017)
  • South Florida Alumni Association of Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Board Member, 2014 to present
  • Business Networking International, Circle of Trust Chapter, Visitor Host (Previously held positions: President, Vice President, Mentorship Coordinator, Ethics and Challenges Coordinator and Visitor Host Coordinator)
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Member
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, China Delegation
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 2016 (Delegate, America's Linkage Business Development Mission to Hong Kong and China)

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Kappa
  • Phi Delta Phi
2017 Member American Immigration Lawyers Association