William A. Stock


AILA installed William A. Stock, an immigration lawyer from Philadelphia, PA, as the association's President for the 2016-2017 term. Mr. Stock was installed during sessions of AILA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

William A. Stock is a founding partner of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, where he leads the Corporate Immigration team from the firm's Philadelphia headquarters. With more than 23 years of experience practicing immigration law, Mr. Stock focuses his practice on employment-based immigration for some of the largest companies, health care systems and universities in the country, as well as individual investors, researchers and physicians. In addition, Mr. Stock also handles complex family-based, citizenship, and naturalization matters, as well as defends clients in removal and Department of Labor enforcement proceedings. He has an impressive track record of litigating against the government in the federal courts to obtain immigration benefits unlawfully withheld.

Long active in AILA on both national and local levels, Mr. Stock has served several terms on the association's Board of Governors and received the organization's Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for outstanding accomplishments in immigration law in 2000. A frequent speaker and author on immigration law topics, Mr. Stock has taught immigration law at Villanova University School of Law. He has served on the editorial board of Bender's Immigration Bulletin and was a senior editor of AILA's annual Immigration Practice Pointers.

Raised in northern Wisconsin, Mr. Stock received a scholarship from the German Bundestag in 1985 to spend his senior year of high school in Lübeck, Germany. He returned to the United States for college, graduating summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993. In law school, Mr. Stock was a student director of the Immigration and Human Rights Law Clinic, and worked as a foreign student advisor for the University's Office of International Education.

Mr. Stock lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife of 25 years, Mary Stock. They have three children: Ben, Katie, and Maggie. He is a supporter of the arts, including the Philadelphia Opera as well as community orchestras and dance groups. Mr. Stock is an avid reader and hockey fan as well as an active member and elder at Abington Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Stock is engaged on social media; his Twitter handle is @wstock215.


Business, Consular Practice, Employer Sanctions, General, Medical, Naturalization.

Selected Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts:

US immigration backlog forces H-1B workers to put life on hold (The Hill, November 23, 2016)
AILA President: Trump Speech Was Fantasy, Not Policy (Fox News, September 1, 2016)
Chasing Away the Innovators: Not in America's Interest (AILA Leadership Blog, March 8, 2016)
As Court Considers Immigration Action, a Progress Report for Employers (Legal Intelligencer, January 20, 2016)
Only 5 Workdays Left for a Proposed STEM OPT Rule, but Don’t Panic (AILA Leadership Blog, October 9, 2015)
Could Negotiated Rulemaking Save H-2B? (AILA Leadership Blog, March 17, 2015)
Big Data, Bad Data: Resolving the Tyranny of the Database (AILA Leadership Blog, February 9, 2015)
Ignoring the Economics of Immigration (AILA Leadership Blog, August 27, 2014)
Responding to the Increase in Child Migrants: We've Managed These Crises Before (AILA Leadership Blog, June 19, 2014)
Cities and Counties Stand Up for the Constitution (AILA Leadership Blog, May 30, 2014)

Selected Recent Articles Quoting Mr. Stock:

We Asked a Lawyer What Immigrants Should Do to Cope with a Trump Presidency (Vice, December 13, 2016)
Article: Fearing Trump Crackdown, "Dreamers" Advised to End Travel (Associated Press, December 12, 2016)
How Much Damage Can Trump Actually Do to Immigration Policy? (Vice, November 11, 2016)
Article: How a Unique Visa Lottery Promotes the Dream of American Diversity-50,000 Green Cards at a Time (Quartz, October 30, 2016)
Article: H-1B Visa Lottery Challenge Still Alive (Bloomberg NA, September 26, 2016)
Article: Melania Trump Releases More Immigration Details, No Records (Associated Press, September 15, 2016)
U.S. Colleges Court Foreign Entrepreneurs Who Need Visas (Associated Press, July 6, 2016)
Can Donald Trump really ban Muslim immigration? (Detroit Free Press, June 18, 2016)
Economic Promises a President Trump Could (and Couldn’t) Keep (New York Times, May 23, 2016)
America's Immigration System Desperately Needs a Digital Makeover (Vice News, April 25, 2016)
Less Than a Week After Applications Opening, 2017 H-1B Visa Cap Hit (NBC News, April 11, 2016)
Foreign Tech And Engineering Students Can Now Stay In The U.S. Longer (BuzzFeed, March 10, 2016)
Proposed rule would let foreigners stay in US for years after graduation (LifeZette, November 4, 2015)
Homicide putting focus on 'sanctuary' cities like Philly (PhillyVoice, July 9, 2015)
Obama's trade win brings H-1B unease (Computerworld, June 25, 2015)
5th Circ. Dissent Targets Politics Of Obama Immigration Suit (Law360 (sub req’d), May 27, 2015)
More protection for illegal workers (Washington Examiner, March 23, 2015)
Rulings Keep Two Army Wives from Being Forced Out of US (Miltary.com, December 23, 2014)
Council cracks down on those who prey on immigrant newcomers (Philadelphia Inquirer, December 13, 2014)
More Municipalities Deny Federal Requests, Won't Detain Immigrants (NPR, July 5, 2014)
Immigration bill could force hard decisions for domestic workers, employers (Newsday, May 26, 2013)
House Measure Launches New Immigration Debate (Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2012)

Selected AILA Videos Featuring Mr. Stock:

C-SPAN: Immigration Policy in the Trump Administration (December 14, 2016)
Installation of William Stock as AILA President (June 24, 2016)
AILA Quicktake #163: H-1B Cap Reached (April 8, 2016)
AILA Quicktake #123: H-1B Visa Cap Reached (April 8, 2015)
AILA Quicktake #77: Notario Fraud Crackdown (May 30, 2014)
AILA Quicktake #65: Immigration and the State of the Union (January 29, 2014)
AILA Quicktake #17: Title IV Markup Moves Forward (May 15, 2013)
AILA Quicktake #8: Business and Labor Agree (April 3, 2013)