Webinar Series: Dealing with Denials

Sept. 2 – 23, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5 per webinar

Do you know what options and remedies you can pursue if your client’s application for an immigration benefit is denied? Are you ready to identify the errors made in the denial, structure a legal argument and determine what new evidence, if any, needs to be submitted? Every advocate needs to understand how to properly and effectively pursue challenges to applications denied by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS. In this series of four webinars, the presenters will review the law and procedure related to appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office, or AAO, and Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, motions to reopen and reconsider, and further appeals to federal court.

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 October 23, 2021. Certificates of attendance are only issued if you attend live webinars.

Webinar 1: Overview of Motions to Reopen and Reconsider and Appeals to AAO

Sept. 2 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET

In the first webinar we will learn about the available remedies for challenging a USCIS denial. Presenters will review the regulations and policy guidance relating to motions to reopen or reconsider and appeals, and when each remedy is applicable.


Webinar 2: Analyzing the Basis of Denial/Determining Potential Remedies/Client Counseling/Developing a Plan of Action

Sept. 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET

In webinar two, we will review several denial decisions and identify potential legal arguments to challenge the decision. Presenters will discuss how to determine available remedies to respond to a denial, strategy considerations, and best practices in outlining a plan of action.


Webinar 3: Procedural Issues and Form Completion; New Evidence

Sept. 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET

The focus of webinar three is on the mechanics of filing an appeal or motion to reopen or reconsider with USCIS. We will examine the I-290B and N-336 used to appeal different USCIS decisions and discuss when and how supplemental documents can be submitted with an appeal or motion to reopen. Presenters will also review the procedural requirements for filing an appeal with the BIA regarding the denial of an I-130 petition. A summary of the possible appeals to federal court will also be provided.


Webinar 4: Making Your Argument: Writing a Supporting Cover Letter or Appeal Brief

Sept. 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Webinar four is all about research and writing — the skills component of appeals and motions that may seem the most challenging to undertake. Presenters will review how to identify legal authority to support your argument, as well as basic writing tips to help you: (1) organize and present the facts of your client's case; (2) identify the applicable law; and (3) explain the reason(s) why the decision should be reversed.


Additional Information

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 e-learning immigration law courses. 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.

Type of Training

Webinar Series

Date of Event


Time of Event

02:00 pm ~ 03:30 pm

Registration Deadline

Training Prices

CLINIC Affiliates - $140

Nonprofit Agency Staff -  $240

Private Attorneys and Staff - $320

Payment and Cancellation

Payment by credit card only. There are no refunds for registration for a single webinar or for a webinar series.