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ALBANY: 40 Hour Training for BIA Recognition and Accreditation (ONA Sponsored!)

Monday, December 5, 2016

The New York Immigration Coalition in collaboration with the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) presents: 

40 Hour Immigration Law Training for BIA Recognition and Accreditation

Monday, December 5th to Friday, December 9th 

All trainings will be held at the Legal Project

24 Aviation Road #101

Albany, NY 12205


Please note that the completion of our How to Obtain BIA Recognition and Accreditation webinar is mandatory to register for this training. 


Attendance at NYIC-ICTI trainings is governed by our attendance policy, available on our website or by emailing htuck@nyic.org.

Monday December 5th: Brahima’s Story

8:30AM – 10:20 AM:          Survey of Immigration Law (2 CLE*)
This training provides an overview of basic concepts in immigration law. Topics to be covered include family- and employment-based immigration, lawful permanent residency, employment authorization, grounds of inadmissibility and deportability, temporary protected status, asylum and withholding of removal, and naturalization and citizenship. No prior knowledge of immigration law is required.

10:30AM – 12:30PM      How to Gather Information
This training will instruct on best practices for interviewing clients, going over issues relating to ethics, confidentiality, and use of interpreters.  It will also cover how to obtain information through Freedom of Information Acts requests, FBI fingerprint checks, records requests with USCIS, and more.

01:30PM – 04:20PM       Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Protection Against Torture Relief (3 CLE*)
This training will cover grounds for claiming asylum and related relief. It will include discussion of persecution and well-founded fear of persecution, withholding of removal and CAT relief, the definition of torture, the bars to asylum, and evidentiary issues. It will discuss expedited removal and credible fear interviews relevant to asylum seekers in detention. It will also provide practical tips on putting together an asylum application and representing an asylum seeker before the asylum office and the immigration court.

04:30PM – 05:30PM       Hypotheticals: How Can We Help Brahima?

Tuesday, December 6th: Abdou’s Story

08:30PM – 12:30PM       Family-Based Immigration Law and Adjustment of Status (3 CLE*)
This training will provide an overview of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and federal regulations for sponsoring family members for lawful permanent residence.  Topics to be covered include petitioning for immediate relatives and family-based preference immigrants, the various categories of children that qualify for sponsorship (e.g., stepchildren, adopted children, etc.), and the steps in the petitioning process, both for adjusting status in the US and consular processing from abroad.  The training will also survey common grounds of inadmissibility that applicants would face, in addition to addressing issues concerning conditional residence.

01:30 – 03:20:               Naturalization and Citizenship (2 CLE*)
This training will cover basic topics relating to naturalization and citizenship. Topics will include acquisition and derivation of citizenship, eligibility for naturalization, impediments and bars to naturalization, practice and procedure.

03:30 - 04:30                 Fee Waivers (1 CLE)
This training will cover eligibility requirements for fee waiver applications as well as how to document and prepare an application.

04:30PM -05:30PM        Hypotheticals: How can we help Abdou?

Wednesday, December 7th: Fatima’s Story, Nana’s Story & Mariama’s Story

08:30AM – 10:20AM:       Immigration Remedies for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence: VAWA Relief (2 CLE*)
This training will familiarize the advocate with federal immigration laws that allow battered immigrant spouses and children to become lawful permanent residents without having to depend on abusive spouses or parents for sponsorship. We will cover the self-petitioning process under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as well as how to remove conditions on conditional residency through battered spouse and child waivers. Information on recent changes will be discussed.

10:30AM – 12:30PM:      Immigration Remedies for Immigrant Victims of Crimes and Human Trafficking: U&T Status (2 CLE*)
This training will survey options for immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes. This session will concentrate on an in depth analysis of U & T Visas.

01:30PM – 03:20PM       Special Immigrant Juvenile Status  (2 CLE*)
This training will cover the petition for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status and the application for adjustment of status. We will review documents needed from family court to complete the SIJ petition and discuss adjustment eligibility requirements particular to SIJ applicants, including the exemptions from inadmissibility that apply to SIJ applicants as well as common inadmissibility issues not covered by these exemptions, age-out issues, and continuity of family court jurisdiction. We also will briefly cover the application for work authorization and practical issues when dealing with foster-care caseworkers, Administration for Children’s Services, and family-court law guardians.

03:30PM – 04:30PM       Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA) (1 CLE*)
This training will cover the basic eligibility requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as well as walk through filling out the Form I-821D, Form I-765, and Form I-765WS. The training will also discuss the potential documentation to include with a request packet. It will also discuss the programs, currently on hold,that were part of the President’s November, 2014 announcement on executive action to expand DACA and create a deferred action for parents.

04:30PM -05:30PM        Hypotheticals: How can we help Fatima, Nana & Mariama?

Thursday, December 8th: Brahima’s Story (continued) & Theomande’s Story

08:30AM – 09:30AM      Helping Victims of Immigrant Services Fraud (1 CLE)
This training will focus on who can practice immigration law, what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law, and what resources exist in New York State for victims of immigrant services fraud.

09:30AM – 12:30AM      Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity (3 CLE*)
This training will review the various immigration law issues faced by non-citizens who have been convicted or accused of criminal conduct. The training will cover the criminal bars and waivers for noncitizens seeking lawful permanent residence or other lawful status, criminal grounds of removal and waivers applicable to lawful permanent residents, and good moral character bars and deportation risks for lawful permanent residents with criminal records who are pursuing naturalization. It will also touch on detention issues and intake strategies.

01:30PM – 04:20PM      Waivers and Exceptions to Select Grounds of Inadmissibility and Deportability (3 CLE*)
This seminar will provide a basic overview of certain grounds of inadmissibility and deportability as well as waivers and exceptions that overcome removability because of health concerns, criminal convictions, smuggling in persons, misrepresentation, unlawful presence, prior removal, false claims to citizenship, lack of proper travel documents and/or visas and document fraud.  It will also include an overview of the provisional waiver process.

04:30PM – 05:30PM      Hypotheticals: How can we help Theomande?

Friday, December 9th: Final Day

09:00AM – 12:30PM          USCIS Field Office Visit and Practice Naturalization Interview 

01:30PM – 03:20PM          TEST

03:30PM – 05:30PM          Review of Test Results

Click here to register! 


 Priority will be given to non-profit staff seeking BIA accreditation. This training is ONLY open to NY-based officesPlease contact Hallam Tuck at htuck@nyic.org for further details. Participation is limited to two (2) attendees per organization.



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