Friday Workshops

Before filing a naturalization application, make sure that you take a close look at your client’s underlying lawful permanent resident status. USCIS certainly will do so at the time of adjudication and that is not when you want to find out that:

Naturalization applicants must show good moral character for the required residency period prior to applying for naturalization. The panelists will discuss the statutory and regulatory bars to showing good moral character including criminal issues, failure to pay child support, file taxes and register for the selective service. The panelists will also address the good moral character requirement for other applications, what you can do if your client has good moral character problems and how to assess whether or not you should file the application.

Applicants for naturalization must demonstrate an understanding of the English language and a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. history and civics. Exemptions to the requirements are available based on the applicant’s age and years as a Permanent Resident. There is also an exception if the applicant is unable to comply because of a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment.

Did your client use someone else’s U.S. birth certificate to obtain a driver’s license? What about showing another person’s border crossing card at a port of entry? Is it a problem that your client entered the U.S. without inspection along with her two young children? Section 212(a)(6) of the INA contains some of the most common grounds of inadmissibility, including fraud and misrepresentation, false claims to U.S. citizenship and smuggling. Join us for a discussion of these grounds, the standards for adjudication and the waivers and exceptions that may apply.

Life marches on as an I-130 relative petition is pending or as your client waits for a current priority date. How do different life events of the petitioner or the beneficiary affect eligibility to immigrate and related procedures? This interactive workshop will follow one family’s complex immigration journey and review how the twists and turns of life impact eligibility to immigrate through a family-based petition.