Webinar Series: Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration

Nov. 23 – Dec. 14, 2020 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5 per webinar

Recent changes in law and policy make family-based immigration more complex and challenging, resulting in outcomes that are sometimes hard to predict. This four-part webinar series provides updated information and analysis on selected topics in family-based immigration. This series is designed for practitioners who want to take a deeper look at current issues that affect the process of immigrating through a family relationship.

NOTE: Access to recordings of the webinars are included with your purchase of the four-webinar series. Your complimentary access will be available until Jan. 14, 2021. Certificates of attendance are only issued if you attend live webinars.


Webinar 1: Advanced Issues in Adjustment of Status

Nov. 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE 1.5

For family beneficiaries already in the United States, 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:

  • The impact on adjustment eligibility of recent USCIS guidance regarding TPS holders who traveled on advance parole;
  • Proof of admission for 245(a) eligibility;
  • Qualifying for 245(i) adjustment as a grandfathered or after-acquired derivative beneficiary;
  • USCIS policy on Chart B adjustment filings and CSPA;
  • Adjustment eligibility for “arriving aliens”; and
  • Challenging denials of adjustment of status applications.

Webinar 2: Implementation of New Public Charge Rule

Nov. 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE 1.5

USCIS has resumed enforcement of its new public charge rule and now requires adjustment applicants to include the Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency. This webinar will guide practitioners through the key points in the USCIS regulations and policy guidance; review best practices in completing the I-944 and assembling supporting documents; and discuss strategies for making the case that your client is not subject to public charge inadmissibility. Presenters will also review the latest status of the Department of State implementation of the new public charge rules.


Webinar 3: Roadblocks to Permanent Residence: Inadmissibility and Enhanced Vetting

Dec. 7 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE 1.5

Applicants applying for permanent residence through either adjustment of status or consular processing must establish they are admissible to the United States. This webinar will cover updates on select grounds of inadmissibility including false claims to U.S. citizenship, immigration violations, criminal grounds and document fraud under INA § 274C. Presenters will also discuss DHS’ proposal to significantly broaden who must appear for biometrics collection, the expansion of the methods used for personal data collection, and how this change could impact the family-based immigration process.


Webinar 4: Discretion in Adjudication of Immigration Benefits

Dec. 14 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE 1.5

For some family-based applications and petitions, eligibility for the benefit requires a showing that the applicant warrants a favor exercise of discretion. This webinar will discuss new USCIS policy guidance regarding how officers should make discretionary decisions in benefit adjudications, including applications for employment eligibility. Presenters will cover which benefit programs require a discretionary finding; the relevant positive and negative factors considered by adjudicators; and best practices on case preparation and submission.


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.

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Training Prices

CLINIC Affiliates - $140

Nonprofit Agency Staff -  $240

Private Attorneys and Staff - $320


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Payment and Cancellation

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