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Webinar Series: Understanding and Preparing Waivers

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Oct. 15 – Nov. 5, 2019
2 p.m. ET every Tuesday


Pricing for Webinar Series:
CLINIC Affiliates: $105
Other nonprofit agency staff: $180
Private Attorneys and Staff: $240

The registration deadline for the entire series is 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 4, 2019


NOTE: Registration for the series includes four webinars for the price of three and access to recordings of each webinar. Your complimentary access will be available until Dec. 5, 2019.


Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice. This four-part webinar series will present information on both the theory and practice of developing 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 and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit. The presenters will include detailed information on the provisional waiver program and the agency guidance on extreme hardship. By the end of the series, 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 webinar series are CLINIC’s:

  • Jennifer Riddle, Staff Attorney, Training and Legal Support
  • Charles Wheeler, Director, Training and Legal Support


Webinar One: Overview of the Grounds of Inadmissibility
Oct. 15, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5

In this first webinar, the presenters will review the most common grounds of inadmissibility and the waivers available. The presenters will go into some depth on both the eligibility requirements for all possible waivers and some of the subtleties legal professionals can encounter. This webinar will prepare practitioners to counsel clients on their various options and the best course of action.


Webinar Two: Extreme Hardship and Discretion
Oct. 22, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5

This webinar will explore the legal standard of "extreme hardship," whose meaning derives from case law and is central to many of the inadmissibility waivers. We will discuss the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ 2016 guidance on extreme hardship and how that has changed waiver adjudication. The presenters will also discuss how discretion plays a role in the adjudication of a waiver application.


Webinar Three: Working With Clients to Build Strong Cases
Oct. 29, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5

This webinar will focus on preparing the declarations of the qualifying relative and the waiver applicant and obtaining the documents that support each hardship claim. The presenters will provide practical advice on how to identify other potential supporting statements, locate and use experts, and obtain reports, articles or other documentation.


Webinar Four: Putting the Case Together
Nov. 5, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5

This webinar will cover the I-601A provisional waiver program. The presenters will also cover how to present your client's waiver application to USCIS in a persuasive and organized manner. We will discuss how to prepare an effective cover letter, identify the documentation in an index and organize all the documents.

CLE for Attorney Participants

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (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 webinar series. 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.

The registration deadline for the entire series is 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 4, 2019

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