Immigration: Broad Introduction, Road Map, Terms and Opening Your Practice

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

In 2018 we held our two-day Immigration 101 South Florida Conference and it was a sold out program. The reviews were terrific!

This audio package includes the first session of the conference and gives you a broad overview of immigration law, a clear roadmap, and the terms and acronyms that you must know to practice immigration law (and there are many).

We’ve also included a “Bonus” session with a few tips about opening your practice.

Included in this Home Study package is the recording of the program, as well as the handout on this topic. Topics taught include:

Broad Introduction (CFR and INA) and Road Map and Terms of Art  Road Map

  • The history and authority to regulate U.S. Immigration Authorities:
    • USCIS
    • ICE
    • CBP
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • US Department of Justice – Immigration Court
    • US Department of State -Embassies
    • US Department of Labor
  • Governing Law: The interplay between Immigration laws and policy

Terms of Art

  • Immigrant vs. Non-Immigrant
  • Visa vs. Status
  • Inadmissibility vs. Deportability
  • Who is considered not legally in the US?
  • Unlawfully Present, Out of Status or both?

How to Set up and Manage an Immigration Practice

  • What to do when someone walks in the door
  • Where to go for more information, what are your resources as a practitioner?
  • Resources, Books, Forms Programs, etc.
  • Best practices on handling your immigration cases

 

 

Other topics covered at the full two-day conference, but not included in this home study package, are listed below. If you are interested in purchasing the entire two-day Immigration 101 South Florida Conference Home Study package, please click here. If you are interested in purchasing any additional individual session topics listed below, click on the session title.

Permanent (immigrant) Visas Part I

  • Family-based
    • Who May File, and Who May Be Sponsored?
    • If you are a U.S. citizen, on whose behalf can you can petition?
    • If you are a U.S. permanent resident, on whose behalf can you can petition?
    • Temporary Fiancé(e) Visas
    • The Process for sponsoring eligible family members of U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents – the I-130 Petition
    • Decisions & Appeals
    • Adjustment of Status
    • Consular Processing
    • Using the Visa Bulletin

Permanent (immigrant) Visas Part II

  • Employment-based Visas
    • EB1
    • Labor Certification
    • EB2/NIW
    • EB3
    • Religious workers
    • Quotas and Monthly Visa Bulletin
    • Adjustment of Status v processing abroad at a US Embassy or Consulate (known as Consular Processing)

Working Visas

  • H1B
  • L1
  • E2/E1
  • J1/O1
  • TN

Detention

  • Material misrepresentation
  • TRIG
  • False claim to citizenship
  • Public charge (new standards)
  • Security grounds
  • Tourist children going to public school
  • New definition of certain crimes

Inadmissibility and removability

  • Material misrepresentation
  • False claim to citizenship
  • Public charge (new standards)
  • Security grounds
  • New definition of certain crimes

Citizenship

  • Criteria & eligibility
  • How to conduct the initial consult with the client who is seeking to naturalize
  • Was the client “lawfully admitted for permanent residence”
  • How to properly screen the case before filing and the importance of evaluating the case history
  • What is the statutory period
  • General rule on physical presence
  • General rule on continuous residence
  • How to establish good moral character
  • Preparer’s signature warnings/Attorney declaration
  • Supporting documents to submit with the application
  • The naturalization interview
  • When is the applicant actually considered a US citizen
  • Child support
  • Denaturalization proceedings-there are two major cases that came out on this

Immigration Court

  • Challenges to NTAs
  • The latest court cases
  • Attorney General is certifying cases to himself
  • Castro Tum
  • Asylum classes-private action v public action
  • Gang related asylums
  • Administrative closure
  • Pereira
  • Motions to Reopen, Motions to Terminate, Motions practice

Waivers

  • General waiver for non-immigrants
  • Immigrant waivers and eligibility
  • Provisional waivers and criteria
  • Waivers after prior removal or deportation, permission to reapply for admission to the US
  • Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents and Non-Permanent Residents
  • 212c waivers
  • Waivers for Asylees
  • INA 245k certain employment based applicants
  • 237(a)(1)(H) waivers for those who were inadmissible at the time of admission to the US
  • Hot topics in waivers
    • Upward tick of allegations of alien smuggling
    • Drug possession, drug trafficking and/or the dreaded “reason to believe” label
    • Waiver for entry on a photo switched passport
    • Matter of Arrabelly case
  • Stacking Waivers

Refugee and Asylum

  • Bars to asylum
  • Eligibility to asylum
  • Credible Fear v. Reasonable Fear
  • Hot issues: Particular Social Groups
  • Withholding (compared to asylum, similar/different)
  • Convention Against Torture

Updates on Administration Changes and Challenges

  • TPS: Will it end? And what happens then
  • Motions to Continue after Matter of L-A-B-R
  • Current ICE/DHS policies on parole and bond
  • Update on affirmative stays: should you file or not?
  • DACA court opinions: where are we now?
  • Judicial independence and pending complaints filed by the judiciary
  • Court decisions on the Travel Ban

What You Will Learn


Broad Introduction (CFR and INA) and Road Map and Terms of Art  Road Map

  • The history and authority to regulate U.S. Immigration Authorities:
    • USCIS
    • ICE
    • CBP
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • US Department of Justice – Immigration Court
    • US Department of State -Embassies
    • US Department of Labor
  • Governing Law: The interplay between Immigration laws and policy

Terms of Art

  • Immigrant vs. Non-Immigrant
  • Visa vs. Status
  • Inadmissibility vs. Deportability
  • Who is considered not legally in the US?
  • Unlawfully Present, Out of Status or both?

How to Set up and Manage an Immigration Practice

  • What to do when someone walks in the door
  • Where to go for more information, what are your resources as a practitioner?
  • Resources, Books, Forms Programs, etc.
  • Best practices on handling your immigration cases

Testimonials

Testimonials from the entire two-day conference:

“Great to hear these experts speak. Absolute expert lecturing.” – Vincent Miller, Esq.

“I was very satisfied with the program… Very good information and tips!” – Luis Alvan, Esq.

“Very satisfied.” – Edward Ramos, Esq.

“Great!” – Laura Fonseca, Esq.

“Very good overview of the entire topic. Given that it was only two days, the speakers did a great job with providing the relevant details.”

“The speakers are amazing and the topics are excellent.”

“Excellent – great presenters, very knowledgeable.”

“Great examples. Straight forward and easy to follow.”

“Great seminar!”

 

These testimonials are from our 2014 – 2017 Immigration 101 programs in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando with many of the same speakers and topics.

“Excellent presentation of topics. Very good overview.” – Lisa Thompson, Esq.

“Great overview – learned a lot. Great speakers.” – Joshua Aguilar, Esq.

“Amazing!!! It really increased my interest in pursuing more immigration law; Great resources!!!” – Yamilette Rivera, Esq.

”I wanted an entry-level, basic introduction to Immigration Law and that’s what I got. I was very impressed by the quality of the presenters. They were all experts in their field and were effective in sharing their wide knowledge base with us.” – Laura dePaz Cabrera, Esq.

”Speakers were extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer even the simplest question. Felt as though it was a comprehensive introduction to a complicated subject.” – Lauren Bebek, Esq.

“Very informative. I learned a lot!” – Isaura Gomez, Esq.

“Great CLE.” – Alex Farris, Esq.

“Great speakers. I received a lot of clarification as a paralegal…Thanks!”  – Shirley M. Quesada Rivera

“Great big-picture overview of practicing Immigration Law.”

“Excellent overview.” – D. Halper, Esq.

“Absolutely satisfied with the course and the information I received from it.” – S. Wilkerson, Esq.

“I haven’t felt this excited about practicing law in a while – can’t wait to get my feel wet!” – K. Rosenchal, Esq.

“Very informative and useful information.” – E. Samet, Esq.

“Very educational and great speakers!” – C. Perez, Esq.

“Great insight.”  – E. Rafael Hahn, Esq.

“It was a good intro into immigration.” – D. Duckett, Esq.

“Very good and knowledgeable speakers.” – B. Mittelberg, Esq.

“Good course. I’m glad I came…” – A. Rivera, Esq.

“Great! All of them explained every single question.” – F. Cervantes, Esq.

“This class was simply phenomenal. Thank you!” – Gisela Rodrigues, Esq.

“Great overview of the visas!” – Sherine Makar, Esq.

“I would like to get into immigration law. This seminar was a great introduction.”

“I found the seminar very informative.” – Pedro A. Lopez, Esq.

“All of the speakers were great, the information was invaluable.”

“The speakers and content were great.”

“Good material and presenters.”

“Great speakers. I wish there was more time.”

“Thorough primer on relevant topics in this field.”

“Very good overview.”

“The panel was very knowledgeable.”

“The material given was wonderful.”

“Great speaker. Extrememly knowledgeable.”

“Fantastic info!”

These testimonials are from our 2016 and 2017 Immigration 101 programs in Los Angeles with similar agendas:

“It was great and I learned a lot. It was an awesome experience, thank you!” Ismael Rosas, Esq.

“As a new attorney to immigration law I was satisfied with the program because it provided a great overview of immigration laws. I chose this particular seminar because of the comprehensive nature of the agenda and I appreciated that so many topics within immigration were covered.”

“It was an incredibly helpful overview of immigration! Thank you!” – Yana Loboda, Esq.

“Excellent experience, good job!” – Gulomjon Azimov, Esq.

“Overall I thought that the seminar was helpful and informative.” – April Perez, Esq.

“Incredible rooster of speakers.” – Serrano Margaret, Esq.

“Green, Damast, and Piibe were fabulous. Lots of energy, extremely knowledgeable, and their material was informative.” – David A. Torres, Esq.

“Everything was well explained.” – Aaron Caspar, Esq.

“It’s a good seminar. Thank you all! Loved Susan, James and Alary!!” – Jenny (Paralegal)

“Excellent staff and fantastic speakers. 5-Star program. Very satisfied with panels, content, and hotel location. [Pincus Staff] were very professional and extremely competent; ALL of the attorney presenters were erudite, highly-experienced, and very interesting – some of the best I’ve heard. The overall quality of the entire program was excellent.”

“Very good speakers, well-organized.”

“Great overview. Thanks! I work in a niche area of immigration law and wanted a base for other types of visas. Great seminar.”

“I needed a systematic overview of the major immigration case types and got it.”

“Truly enjoyed all the speakers and topics.”

“Well organized, breaks at perfect times, panel was perfect, great speakers. Well done!”

“It’s a good seminar, thank you all!”

“Comprehensive covers all major bases.”

“Speakers were very good obviously know their stuff.”

“[Speaker] seems extremely up-to-date with current immigration matters.”

“[Speaker] She’s really organized and explained things well.”

Faculty

Dilip Patel, Esq.
Shareholder
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

With more than 30 years of legal experience, Dilip Patel has built a strong practice which deals with all aspects of immigration law. Dilip focuses on assisting individuals and families, as well as U.S. companies that hire foreign nationals for temporary or permanent work. Using his background in the IT industry and corporate transactions, Dilip is able to provide counsel on issues related to relocation of highly skilled workers. He also provides assistance to investors from abroad who wish to live in the U.S. for the purpose of managing their businesses.

Dilip’s career began in London where he worked in one of the city’s oldest law firms for five years before moving to the United States and settling in the Tampa Bay area. Since then, Dilip has worked in the international and business department of one of Florida’s largest law firms and served as general counsel and vice president of a large IT company before opening and managing his own firm. Most recently, Dilip worked in the Tampa office of a Florida-based firm in their Corporate Practice Group where he practiced immigration and corporate law.

Dilip is Board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006. In 2018 and 2015, he was named Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in America® and in 2016 was selected by his peers to the Tampa Magazine’s Top Lawyers list for Immigration Law. Additionally, Dilip has received the AV® distinction, which is the highest available mark for professional excellence from by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

A frequent speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s conferences and author of immigration-related articles, booklets and newsletters, Dilip is involved in a number of organizations in the Tampa Bay area including serving on the board of directors of the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce.


Christine J. Alden, Esq.
Shareholder
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Christine J. Alden provides customized immigration solutions for a global clientele. As a naturalized citizen herself, she recognizes the importance of U.S. citizenship and the opportunities and security it brings. She is also able to identify with each and every one of her clients, no matter the situation or walk of life.

Christine serves individual clients, especially unique and complex cases, as well as business and corporate clients across a variety of industries – in the U.S. and abroad. Over the last two decades, Christine has helped countless individuals successfully immigrate to the U.S. including foreign nationals and entrepreneurs investing in the U.S. and creating jobs. She has helped meet the business needs of American companies in securing visas to bring their skilled workers, multinational executives and managers to add to their workforce and contribute to the U.S. economy. Additionally, she has helped individuals who qualify to self-sponsor in the extraordinary ability and national interest waiver categories obtain permanent residence. She has also been honored to help reunite families and loved ones, creating a positive impact on their lives and helping strengthen their communities.

Her entire career has been focused solely on immigration. She is currently the President-elect of the South Florida chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Within the AILA South Florida, she is the Chair of Budget for the association, Coordinator of National Day of Action which consists of organizing lobbying efforts to implement common sense immigration reform, Vice Chair of the Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee and Vice Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Christine is also the President of the British American Business Council of Miami and very involved with the local European Union Chamber joint events.


Fees

Audio Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download: $49.00

For CDs please add $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

 

(Audio packages are available approximately two to three weeks after the seminar is held.)

CLE Credit

FL General: This program is approved for 1.75 general CLE units in Florida through April 18, 2020.
FL Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Credits: 1.75 units through April 18, 2020.

CA General: This seminar is approved for 1.0 units of general CLE in California.
CA General: This seminar is approved for 1.0 units of Certified Legal Specialist CLE in California.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.

Terms and Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.  Conversions to CD require a $7.50 shipping fee, and in CA, 9% sales tax.

Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

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Recorded in 2018.

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