Grounds of Inadmissibility

E-learning Course: 

Grounds of Inadmissibility 

March 14-April 25, 2012 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

The USCIS has proposed shifting the filing of certain waivers from overseas offices to the filing and adjudication of the waivers in the United States before the applicant leaves the country for a consular interview.  Such a change, which is estimated to be implemented this year, will increase interest in applicants filing waivers and immigrating family members. To prepare for this increased demand, practitioners will need to know whether their clients are inadmissible and whether they qualify for this special pre-adjudication procedure.

This six-week training on the grounds of inadmissibility provides an in-depth examination of the concept of inadmissibility.  The training will cover when and to whom inadmissibility applies.  Course participants will study in detail selected grounds of inadmissibility including unlawful presence and other immigration violations; misrepresentation and false claims to citizenship; smuggling; unlawful voting; crimes; and health-based grounds.  We will also discuss effective interviewing and client counseling techniques.  While we will touch on the waivers available for some of these grounds, we will not look closely at waivers and how to apply for them; CLINIC’s e-learning course on waivers covers those.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Jennie Guilfoyle at    

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or view recordings of any webinar they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal  staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to Andres Abella at 202-635-2649. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by Pay Pal only. 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. 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 first day of the training.

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.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 9, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at  

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 9.5 hours of MCLE credits based on the webinar component of this e-learning course.  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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