CLINIC is pleased to announce another option for immigration law training through e-learning: independent study courses that are available to you whenever it is most convenient for you to enroll. Independent study courses include the same features as our regular e-learning trainings only they allow you to proceed at your own pace. They include a course website with posted readings, exercises, quizzes and unit forums to contact CLINIC instructors with any questions you have about the course materials. Instead of live webinars, however, course participants listen to recorded webinars addressing each unit of the training curriculum.
Current independent study options include the following four courses addressing fundamental issues in immigration law practice:
Grounds of Inadmissibility
This four-unit training on the grounds of inadmissibility provides an in-depth examination of the most common grounds of inadmissibility. The training covers when and to whom inadmissibility applies, and reviews selected grounds of inadmissibility including unlawful presence and other immigration violations, fraud and false claims to citizenship, smuggling, crimes, and health-based grounds. While the course discusses the waivers available for some of these grounds, those interested in learning about waiver eligibility and preparing effective waivers should enroll in CLINIC’s e-learning course "Understanding and Preparing Waivers".
Understanding and Preparing Waivers
Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice. This four-unit 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.
Introduction to Family-Based Immigration
This six-unit course will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. The course reviews both the law and procedure for immigrating through a family relationship, including examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered include the following:: immediate relatives and the preference system; retention of priority dates; the Child Status Protection Act; immigrating through marriage; the affidavit of support; adjustment of status; and consular processing
Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization
This training will provide an overview of U.S. citizenship and naturalization law and procedure. It will cover acquisition and derivation of citizenship, and the requirements for naturalization, including residence, physical presence, good moral character, civics and English language requirements and exemptions, disability waivers, oath requirements and the application process. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for acquisition, derivation, and naturalization.