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Selected Issues in VAWA and U Status

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Presented by:

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Course opens on April 3
First webinar on April 10
Please scroll down for a detailed course schedule. 


This four-week training will focus on cutting edge or developing topics in self-petitioning under the Violence Against Women Act for survivors of domestic violence and U nonimmigrant status for victims of certain crimes.  Advocates who have previous training or experience with VAWA or U status cases will have an opportunity to learn about new legal developments, consider strategic issues for applicants and family members, and strengthen their ability to prepare successful applications for VAWA and U status and subsequent adjustment of status. Topics will include: advanced issues related to derivative beneficiaries; grounds of inadmissibility and waivers; law enforcement certifications; and the annual cap on U status approvals. Throughout the course, the instructors will highlight similarities, differences and strategic considerations in circumstances where the non-citizen may be eligible for both benefits. 

The course starts on April 3 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, and quizzes.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  Each week of the course includes a live webinar conducted on consecutive Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern starting on Wednesday, April 10th.  Each live webinar is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

The instructors for this course are CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Reena Arya.  For questions about the course content, please contact Sarah Bronstein at  

Training Level: Intermediate.  This course is designed for the practitioner who already has experience with VAWA and U status.  Familiarity with (a) immigration law concepts; and (b) eligibility requirements for VAWA and U status, is assumed.

Course Completion Requirements:  Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly webinars and (b) complete the required course activity for the week. You have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.

Registration: This training is open to Legal Assistance for Victims, Rural Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence and Stalking grantees and partners, as well as recipients of the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP) sub grantees and Culturally Specific Services Program grantees. The grantees referenced above will have priority for the training.  If OVW Technical Assistance providers and other OVW grantees are interested in participating, they will be admitted if space is available. The deadline for registration is March 27th or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Silvana Arista-Olms at or (301) 565-4827. Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

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Summary Course Outline and Schedule of Live Webinars

Week 1, April 3 – April 10: VAWA Self-Petitioning Process:  Evidentiary issues in establishing eligibility; Overcoming potential bars to good moral character; Derivative beneficiaries; VAWA self-petitioning categories including abused parents and abused sons and daughters over age 21; Maintaining employment authorization and deferred action.

Live Webinar: April 10, 2:00 – 3:30 Eastern


Week 2, April 11 – April 17: After the Self-Petition is Approved: Assessing inadmissibility for adjustment of status, special waiver provisions for self-petitioners and potential bars to adjustment eligibility; Immigration of derivatives; Local office review of the approved I-360; I -360 denials.

Live Webinar: April 17, 2:00 – 3:30 Eastern


Week 3, April 18 – April 24: U Application Process: Strategies for obtaining law enforcement certifications; Qualifying crimes; Derivative beneficiaries; Overcoming inadmissibility; Consular processing of derivatives.

Live Webinar: April 24, 2:00 – 3:30 Eastern


Week 4, April 25 – May 1: After U Status is Approved: Time on the waiting list and conditional approvals; Travel abroad; Post- approval inadmissibility; Extensions of status; U Status as admission; Impact of removal orders on adjustment of status; Lawful Permanent Resident status for derivatives including the I-929 process. 

Live Webinar: May 1, 2:00-3:30 Eastern


This project is supported by Grant No.  2017-TA-AX-K017 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

CLINIC Resource Date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 9:15pm