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Bars and Waivers: All about Inadmissibility Grounds and How to Overcome Them

Co-Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Omaha

 March 20-22, 2013
8:30 – 5:00, March 20, 21
Optional tour of Nebraska Service Center, March 22

Location:
Hilton Garden Inn
1005 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 341-4400 

$235 per person for affiliate agency staff; $705 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site) 

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site) 

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Continental breakfast is included.  Lunch is on your own. 

This two-day training will provide an in-depth analysis of the most common grounds of inadmissibility, including fraud, false claims to US citizenship, crimes, immigration violations, smuggling and health grounds. The training will also present practical information on developing and submitting a successful waiver application to overcome inadmissibility.  Participants will learn how to develop a theory for the case, marshal the facts, and obtain necessary supporting documentation. The training will also cover the latest developments on provisional waivers and stateside processing, including a presentation by representatives from the Nebraska Service Center. Training participants may also sign up to tour the Nebraska Service Center on March 22.

The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber.  An application for Nebraska CLE credit is pending.

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and 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 CLINIC at (202) 635-2649. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.  Payment is by credit card only.

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training.  All registration changes, cancellations or disenrollments are subject to an administrative charge of $70.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for a training up to one week prior to the first day of the training.

Space is limited to 50 participants. The deadline for registration is March 14 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact Dinah M. Suncín at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

For the training agenda, click here.

(Please note that attendees must first register and pay to attend the training in order to participate in the bus tour.)


To sign up for the tour of the Nebraska Service Center and register for bus transportation, click here.

Hotel Information:  A block of rooms is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1005 Dodge St. where the training is taking place. The room rate is $109.00 per night single or double occupancy, plus tax. To make a reservation, contact the hotel by February 19 at 402-341 4400 and ask for the group block under CLINIC.  The hotel is in the downtown/Old Market area of Omaha and offers free shuttle service to and from Eppely Airfield.  

Tour of the NSC: An optional tour of the Nebraska Service Center is being offered on Friday March 22.   A bus will depart the Hilton Garden Inn at approximately 8:00 a.m. for the Nebraska Service Center in Lincoln and then head back to Omaha by noon.  If possible, the bus will go directly to the Omaha airport before returning to the Hilton Garden Inn.  If you are departing Omaha by flight that day, we suggest that you make reservations for a flight departing after 3:30 p.m.  The fee for round-trip bus transportation is $30.00.

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Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:
Understanding and Preparing Waivers

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

October 8 – November 5, 2013

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility.

The trainers for this course are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Debbie Smith.  For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

The course starts on October 8th 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, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on October 15.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and 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.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

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 CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card 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 provide 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 listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is October 4, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.    

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 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

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Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:
Understanding and Preparing Waivers


$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

May 30 – June 27, 2013

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   The trainers for this course are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Kristina Karpinski.

The course starts on May 30th 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, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on June 6.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and 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.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

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 CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card 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 provide 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 listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is May 24, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at kkarpinski@cliniclegal.org.

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 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

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Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

November 14 - December 19, 2012

The course webinars will take place on the five consecutive Wednesdays (except November 21) beginning on November 14, 2012.  All webinars will run from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here for a more detailed course outline, including exact dates and times of the five webinars.

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff 

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  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. Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or set of headphones for your computer. There will probably not be a telephone audio option.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.

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 CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card 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.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is November 9, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Charles Wheeler at cwheeler@cliniclegal.org.

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 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

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Grounds of Inadmissibility

E-learning Course:
Grounds of Inadmissibility

September 26-November 7, 2012

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars. 

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

Immediate relatives will soon be able to file their waiver for unlawful presence in the United States before leaving for consular processing. This change to pre-adjudication is scheduled to go into effect soon, and it has already generated much interest and increased demand for services. But to effectively represent this client community practitioners need to know the fundamentals of inadmissibility so they can identify all the possible grounds. To prepare for this increased demand, practitioners will need to know whether or not 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 a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.  Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of all course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course. 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. Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or a set of headphones for your computer.  There will not be a telephone audio option.

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 tax-exempt 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 credit card 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 provide 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 September 21, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at 202-756-5523 or at aabella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Jennie Guilfoyle at jguilfoyle@cliniclegal.org.   

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 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

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Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

June 6 - July 11, 2012

The course webinars will take place on the five consecutive Wednesdays (except July 4)  of the course, beginning on June 6, 2012.  All webinars will run from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Click here for a more detailed course outline.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$ 200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$ 225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$ 325 per person for private attorneys and staff 

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting  successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility..

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online 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 Charles Wheeler at cwheeler@cliniclegal.org.

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. 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.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.

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 CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card 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.

Space is limited to 40 participants. The deadline for registration is June 4, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.   

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 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

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When the Price is Too High: All About Fee Waivers

March 19, 2012
When the Price is Too High: All About Fee Waivers

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time     
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

The price of many immigration applications has risen in recent years. For those who cannot afford filing fees that can run into the hundreds and even thousands, there are some fees that may be waived. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss which fees may be waived; for whom they may be waived; and what to submit along with fee waiver applications to ensure the best chance of success.  The presenters for this webinar are CLINIC Project Coordinator Laura Burdick, Training and Legal Support Attorney Jennie Guilfoyle, and Field Support Coordinator Michelle Sardone.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

REGISTER HERE

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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 jguilfoyle@cliniclegal.org.    

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 aabella@cliniclegal.org.  

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.

REGISTER HERE

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Preparing for State-Side Pre-Adjudication of Waivers

Preparing for State-Side Pre-Adjudication of Waivers

Join us for a this Affiliates Only Webinar on January 12
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Space is limited.

The USCIS is planning to issue proposed rulemaking that would change the adjudication of unlawful presence waivers on behalf of immediate relatives.  The agency has published a Notice, issued various materials, and will soon hold a Stakeholders meeting explaining this proposal in greater detail.  CLINIC is offering affiliates a webinar where we will summarize the proposed change, provide updated information and analysis, and project how this change will impact your caseload. For example, we anticipate that many LPRs will want to naturalize so their family members can qualify for the proposed change.  U.S. citizens may want to file I-130 petitions for their spouses and children before the proposed rule takes effect to avoid a backlog in I-130 processing.  And clients who would benefit from this proposed change and who are scheduled to leave for consular processing before it goes into effect may want to postpone that immigrant visa interview. The webinar will offer suggestions on community education and how to prepare for the proposed changes.  Please join us so that you can contribute to this dialogue and we may all benefit from your ideas.

REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

November 9 –December 14, 2011

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the 5 webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

 

 $175 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$ 190 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$ 280 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability.

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

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. 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 CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Chris Ozaki. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card 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.

Space is limited.. The deadline for registration is November 2, 2011, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.   

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 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. 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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