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Representing Refugees and Asylees in Challenging Times

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Refugees and asylees are some of the most vulnerable immigrants who come to the United States. Many were forced to flee their homes after being persecuted based on their religious or political beliefs. Unfortunately, the United States is not the refuge it once was. These men, women and children are increasingly facing challenges that prevent them from gaining permanent status, reuniting with their family and traveling abroad.

Join us for a four-part webinar series on representing refugees and asylees in these challenging times. We will present an overview of the refugee resettlement and asylum process, family reunification, adjustment of status, naturalization, termination and travel. We will also focus on how recent changes to the law and policy affect refugees and asylees, and strategies on representing clients in light of these changes.


Non-CLINIC affiliate: $50/per single webinar

CLINIC Affiliates: $25/per single webinar


Non-CLINIC affiliate: $150/webinar series

CLINIC Affiliates: $75/webinar series

NOTE: Access to recordings of the webinars are included with your purchase of the four-part webinar series. Your complimentary access will be available until Nov. 15, 2018.  The option to register for the entire series is only available until 11: 59 p.m. EST on Oct. 16, 2018.

All webinars are 90 minutes and start at 2 p.m. EST


Webinar One: Overview of the Refugee Admission and Asylum ProcessesRegister Here

Oct. 17, 2 p.m. EST

In this first webinar, we will discuss the refugee admissions process from initial UNHCR referral to the priority resettlement designation, plus the refugee screening process and Department of Homeland Security adjudication. We will also discuss both the affirmative and defensive asylum process, and give updates to asylum law and adjudications. Finally, we will discuss recent policy and legal updates, and how they affect refugees and asylum seekers.


Reena Arya, CLINIC

Sue Kenney-Pfalzer, HIAS


Webinar Two: Refugee and Asylee Family Reunification: Register Here

Oct. 24, 2 p.m. EST

This webinar will focus on family reunification for refugees and asylees. We will discuss the processing of Form I-730 petitions for family members who are either inside or outside the United States. The webinar will cover issues that arise both before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and with the consulates. We will also focus on common Requests for Evidence and how to respond


Victoria Neilson, CLINIC


Webinar Three: Adjustment of Status for Refugees and Asylees: Register Here

Oct. 31, 2 p.m. EST

Special rules govern the adjustment of status to permanent residence for refugees and asylees.  This webinar will discuss the eligibility requirements and procedures for adjustment of both principals and derivatives, including a look at special exemptions and waivers of inadmissibility grounds. We will also cover the nunc pro tunc asylum process for applicants who lose derivative status before adjustment. Finally, presenters will discuss recent adjudication trends and provide filing practice tips.    


Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC

Sarah Flagel, World Relief


Webinar Four: Naturalization, De-naturalization, Termination and Travel Issues for Refugees and Asylees: Register Here

Nov. 7, 2 p.m. EST

Your client’s long journey has finally come to the last stage: U.S. citizenship. In this webinar, we will discuss issues special to refugees and asylees in the naturalization process and updates to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services de-naturalization process. We will also discuss when and how asylum and refugee termination issues arise, and strategies to represent your client when USCIS attempts to terminate status. Finally, we will discuss how your client can travel, when it is advisable for your client to travel, and potential risks and consequences of traveling as an asylee or refugee.


Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC

Reena Arya, CLINIC

Victoria Neilson, CLINIC

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