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Dealing with Denials

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Aug. 30 – Sept. 27, 2019

Course Opens: Aug. 30
First Webinar: Sept. 6
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The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 29, 2019

CLINIC Affiliates: $240 per person
Other Nonprofit Staff: $265 
Private Attorneys and Staff: $365

Other Fees: 

Administrative Charge: All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the course opening date.

Course Instructors 

The trainers for this course are CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support section:

  • Kristina Karpinski, Senior Attorney
  • Susan Schreiber, Managing Attorney
  • Charles Wheeler, Director

 For questions about the course content, please contact


Course Description

Do you know how to respond if your client’s application for an immigration benefit is denied? Do you know what options and remedies might exist? Are you ready to identify the errors made in the adjudication, structure a legal argument and determine what new evidence, if any, needs to be submitted? In this age of increased enforcement and application denials, every advocate needs to understand how to timely and properly pursue challenges to applications wrongly denied by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS. In this four-week e-course, the presenters will review the law and procedure related to appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office, or AAO, and motions to reopen and reconsider. We will also use sample application denials to demonstrate how to analyze decisions, specify the legal errors and organize a written argument to support your motion or appeal.


Course Structure

The course opens on Friday, Aug. 30 with access to the e-learning course website. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, discussion forums and quizzes. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students and between the students and the instructors. The course also includes four live webinars conducted on consecutive Fridays at 2 p.m. ET, starting on Friday, Sept. 6. Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, the webinars will be recorded to allow students the flexibility to work the course into their busy schedules.


Who Should Take This Course?

This is an introduction to appeals and motions to reopen and reconsider relating to USCIS decisions. The course is designed for practitioners who already have exposure to immigration law fundamentals. It is assumed that participants have basic familiarity with: (a) immigration law concepts and vocabulary; (b) the ways in which a non-citizen may gain legal status; and (c) the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability. Non-attorney participants must have Department of Justice accredited representative status.

If you are a government employee, you may not register for this training without prior authorization from CLINIC. You may request permission to register by contacting CLINIC at


Course Completion Requirements

Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they: (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly course webinar; and (b) complete the required course activity for the week. Note that the required course activity for week four requires the drafting of components of a sample brief in support of a motion or appeal. Course participants have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.


CLE for Attorney Participants

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education, or MCLE, training.  If you are a California attorney, you are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits for each live webinar you attend in our e-learning immigration law courses. To receive MCLE credit, please provide your state bar number when you register for each live webinar.  You may seek self-study CLE credit for viewing any recorded webinars posted on the course website.  If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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