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Family Immigration: The Long Route From Love To Citizenship

The curriculum for "Family Immigration: The Long Route From Love To Citizenship" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on June 30th: 1.15pm to 2.45pm ET (10.15am to 11.45am PT)

  • Marrying abroad Vs. a fiancÚ petition - advantages and disadvantages
  • Getting consulates to adjudicate I-130's-general rules
  • Is there still humanitarian consideration where an I-130 is adjudicated and petitioner dies?
    • how to present a case
    • who to speak to at CIS
    • does Press help?
  • Documenting qualifying relationships
    • legitimate/illegitimate children
    • sponsoring stepchildren where the marriage has dissolved
    • DNA testing
    • dealing with situations where the beneficiary cannot obtain a birth certificate
  • Processing for derivatives abroad where the principal adjusts in the U.S.
  • Does the petitioner need to attend the interview in non-marriage cases?
  • Expediting in the case of the imminent death of the petitioner
  • Handling adjustment applications in proceedings (how to get the I-130 adjudicated)
  • Documentation for extreme hardship waivers

SECOND Phone Session on July 26th: 2.00pm to 3.30pm ET (11.00am to 12.30pm PT)

  • Adjusting through a marriage where the parties are separated
  • Arguments for adjustment for homosexual marriages
  • Strategies for dealing with transsexual marriages
  • Dealing with bad marriage interviews
    • the interviewer asks questions no one would know the answer to
    • the applicant can remember nothing, not even his/her address
    • the answers are different but not contradictory
    • screening marriage cases before you even get them ready
    • ethical issues in preparing marriage cases
    • what CIS will know before you walk in the door
    • when the spouses don't share a common language
  • How to reduce the chance that your client will be subject to a marriage interview
  • Can your client adjust through marriage if the U.S. citizen petitioner refuses to attend the interview or cannot attend the interview
  • Strategies for dealing with the Child Status Protection Act
  • Affidavit of support issues

THIRD Phone Session on August 12th: 2.00pm to 3.30pm ET (11.00am to 12.30pm PT)

  • How to process an I-751 where the parties are separated but do not intend to divorce
  • What to do when a joint petition is filed but the parties divorce before an adjudication
  • Strategies for dealing with a difficult U.S. citizen spouse where the parties are in the midst of divorce, but it looks like the divorce will never be final
  • Processing of I-751 petitions for children where they obtained residence at a different time than the parent
  • Filing for citizenship while an I-751 is pending
  • Filing an I-751 for a resident when the resident is temporarily assigned abroad
  • Extending proof of residence where the I-751 is pending more than a year
  • Documentation to support an I-751 where the parties do not have joint accounts or joint taxes
  • Adjudicating an I-751 in proceedings
    • burden of proof
    • getting the judge to terminate proceedings so that an I-751 waiver can be processed by CIS
    • judicial review of I-751 denials
  • Strategies for dealing with late filed I-751 petitions
  • Ethical considerations in a I-751 adjudication
The deadline to register is Tuesday, June 29th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

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