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Recordings of Webinar Series: USCIS Notice to Appear Guidance

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Recordings of the Webinar Series:
CLINIC Affiliates: $140
Other nonprofit agency staff: $240
Private Attorneys and Staff: $320

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NOTE:  Your access to the recordings will be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on August 31, 2019.


Under the new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services guidance on issuance of Notices to Appear many applicants for immigration benefits are at a higher risk of being placed in removal proceedings. This webinar series helped advocates understand the scope and impact of the new NTA guidance, and discussed how to provide effective counseling to clients about what it means in their individual cases.

Learn how to implement answers to the big questions regarding this guidance, including how to analyze current and future client cases to determine the impact of this policy change; how to determine if your client is “lawfully present” but removable; how to know if your client may be subject to mandatory detention if placed in removal proceedings; and how to recognize if your client may qualify for relief in removal proceedings in the event of NTA issuance.

Each webinar was led by the following members of CLINIC's Training and Legal Support:

  • Reena Arya, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Martin Gauto, Senior Attorney
  • Rebecca Scholtz, Staff Attorney


Webinar One: Overview of the New NTA Guidance 
Recorded on Jan. 28, 2019

In this first webinar, the presenters will provide an overview of the new Notice to Appear guidance and provide updates on how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing it. We will compare the new NTA guidance with previous guidance, highlighting important changes advocates must be aware of. The webinar will also include a discussion of the categories of noncitizens who are affected by the new guidance.   


Webinar Two: What to Do Before You File: Risk Assessment and Client Counseling
Recorded on Feb. 4, 2019

Carefully screening clients before filing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is essential under the new NTA guidance. In this webinar, presenters will discuss how to screen clients for inadmissibility and deportability issues, as well as exposure to the NTA guidance. It will also include a discussion on how to counsel clients on the risks and benefits of pursuing an application with USCIS and obtaining informed consent before filing anything before USCIS. 


Webinar Three: Screening for Exposure to Mandatory Detention and Relief from Removal 
Recorded on Feb. 11, 2019

This webinar will cover screening clients for exposure to mandatory detention and relief from removal.  Advocates need to know if their clients are removable, potentially subject to mandatory detention if placed into proceedings, and whether they have any legal relief options, such as cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, or asylum and related relief, should they be detained and/or placed in removal proceedings. The presenters will discuss these scenarios and offer tips for making a removal defense plan.


Webinar Four: Putting It All Together
Recorded on Feb. 25, 2019

This webinar will discuss how to implement an effective process for assessing cases in light of the NTA guidance, including counseling clients and coming up with a tailored strategy. We will use hypothetical scenarios to walk through these steps, including assessing exposure to the new NTA guidance, conducing a risk assessment, analyzing vulnerability to mandatory detention, and determining eligibility for relief in removal proceedings. Presenters will also talk about how an advocate would put together a filing plan, including deciding when to refer a client out, when to create a removal defense plan and when to make a request for prosecutorial discretion.


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