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40 Hour Training: Buffalo (ONA Sponsored!)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13 - Friday, November 17

8:30am - 5:30pm


Journey's End Refugee Services

2495 Main Street

Suite 530

Buffalo, NY 14214


This training is a 40-hour course to help not-for-profit organizations and non-attorneys obtain DOJ recognition and accreditation. DOJ recognition and accreditation allows non-attorney staff of recognized agencies to represent individuals before U.S. immigration authorities. RECOMMENDED FOR PERSONS INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR DOJ ACCREDITATION.


Topics to be covered in this training include: 

  • Survey of Immigration Law
  • How to Gather Information
  • Naturalization and Citizenship
  • Fee Waivers
  • Helping Victims of Fraud
  • Family-Based Immigration
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Asylum
  • Waivers to Inadmissibility
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
  • Ethics
  • VAWA
  • U and T Visas


Please note that this training is only open to organizations and attorneys based in New York State.


Registration for this training will close on Monday, November 1. 


Click HERE to register!


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.

How to Gather Client Information and Conduct a Client Interview (2 CLE

This training will provide an overview of how to conduct an initial interview with a client, including best practices for intake and gathering client information. The training will also discuss best practices for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

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.

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.


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.


Ethics (1 CLE)

Immigration law practitioners are often confronted with difficult ethical issues in their day-to-day work.  This workshop will address topics such as sources of guidance on ethics, what constitutes representation, issues arising from dual representation, fraud, frivolous applications, and misstatements, inaccuracies and omissions. This workshop will also cover the issue of unauthorized practice of law.


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.

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.


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.


Fee Waivers (1 CLE)

This training will cover eligibility requirements for fee waiver applications as well as how to document and prepare an application.

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.


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.


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.


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