Webinar Series: Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration

Nov. 22 – Dec. 13, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5 per webinar

Family-based immigration law forms the core of most nonprofit agencies’ practices. But it is an area that is constantly changing due to new interpretations, priorities, and requirements. This three-part webinar series provides updated information and analysis on selected topics and provides answers to common fact scenarios. The series is designed for practitioners who want to take a deeper look at current issues that impact on the process of immigrating through a family relationship. It is aimed at an advanced practitioner level and will go into areas not covered in our fundamentals course on this topic.

NOTE: Access to recordings of the webinars are included with your purchase of the three-part webinar series. Your complimentary access will be available until Jan. 13, 2022. Certificates of attendance are only issued if you attend live webinars.

Webinar 1: Advanced Issues in Adjustment of Status

Nov. 22 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET 

For family members residing in the United States and otherwise eligible, adjustment of status provides an avenue to gain permanent residence without having to travel abroad. This webinar will cover strategies and challenges in establishing eligibility for adjustment under INA § 245(a) and § 245(i), including:

  • Proof of admission for 245(a) eligibility: border crossing cards, Canadians, waive-throughs.
  • Maintaining lawful immigration status for preference category applicants.
  • TPS and DACA recipients who return on advance parole.
  • Qualifying for 245(i) adjustment as a grandfathered or after-acquired derivative beneficiary.
  • Overcoming the public charge ground of inadmissibility.
  • CSPA and the effect of the petitioner’s naturalizing.
  • Issues particular to marriage-based cases.
  • Anatomy of an adjustment interview.


Webinar 2: Family-Based Immigration From the USCIS Perspective

Dec. 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET 

This webinar will focus on the USCIS Policy Manual and discuss how the agency is expected to respond in common scenarios. We will guide practitioners through key points in the USCIS regulations and policy guidance, as well as report on how the USCIS is interpreting the following:

  • Definition of child born in or out of wedlock
  • RFEs and NOIDs
  • Burdens of proof
  • Discretionary analysis
  • Adjudicatory review
  • Interview guidelines: when can it be waived
  • Transfer of adjustment to different eligibility category
  • When the consulate can accept filing of I-130s
  • Approvals and denials

Webinar 3: Death of the Petitioner: Remedies for Survivors

Dec. 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Two statutory and one regulatory provision allow surviving family members to immigrate despite the death of the petitioner. We will analyze the eligibility criteria and filing requirements for each of the three remedies and discuss the practical aspects of:

  • Widow(er) petitions.
  • Section 204(l) reinstatement.
  • Humanitarian reinstatement.
  • Eligibility for provisional waiver.
  • Substitute sponsors and exceptions to the affidavit of support.

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

Private Attorneys and Staff - $240

Nonprofit Agency Staff - $180

CLINIC Affiliates - $105

Payment and Cancellation

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