Immigration Law for Paralegals: A Paralegal’s Guide to Forms & Processes


Re-Broadcast on May 11, 2016

Immigration is one of the fastest growing specialty areas of law for paralegals. This course will help paralegals become an asset to law firms and skillfully assist them in this important and developing area of law. The course provides a basic introduction to the theory and practice of immigration law, with an emphasis on law and procedures in the following areas: family and employment immigrant visas, non-immigrant visas, and naturalizations. Participants will gain an understanding of immigration theory and practice and develop practical skills in preparation of forms and supporting documentation, client interviews and case preparation. The course will serve as a tool to help immigration paralegals provide more effective assistance to their supervising attorneys.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Non-immigrant visas for employment, education, investment, training, and pleasure
  • Employment-based immigrant visas
  • Family-based immigrant visas
  • Fiancé(e) visas
  • Citizenship and naturalization

Date / Time: May 11, 2016

  • 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

Choose a format:

  • Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
  • On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date.



Re-Broadcast on May 11, 2016

deirdre-neroDeirdre Nero, Esq. is an Immigration & Nationality Law Attorney in private practice with her own firm, NERO Immigration Law, P.L. located in Coral Gables, FL. Originally from New Jersey, Deirdre has lived in Florida for over 20 years. She earned a Bachelors Degree from Florida State University in Communication Studies and Spanish in 1999. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from FSU, Deirdre moved to Spain and worked as an English teacher for a year. Upon returning to Florida, Deirdre attended the University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 2003 and passed the Florida Bar. Ms. Nero started her own law practice, NERO Immigration Law, P.L., in 2009 after having spent several years as an Immigration & Nationality Lawyer in two large law firms also in Coral Gables (Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. and Fragomen, del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP).

Deirdre’s practice focuses on all types of business immigration including employment based immigrant (permanent residency) and nonimmigrant (temporary) visa petitions, and related business immigration matters. She also routinely handles family immigration matters and naturalizations. Ms. Nero works closely with small and medium companies and individual clients to personally coordinate and execute all aspects of the client’s Immigration strategy and represent them in front of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State.

Deirdre is actively involved with and has held leadership positions in many local organizations, such as the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, The Beacon Council, the Organization for Women in International Trade, BNI Miami-Dade, The Florida Lawyers Network, and Global Ties Miami, among others. She also frequently writes and lectures on Immigration Law and other topics, such as Alopecia Areata.
Deirdre serves as an advocate and Legislative Liaison for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) and frequently travels to Washington, DC to advocate on that organization’s behalf. She is also the co-founder, with her sister Aria, of a jewelry line called B.A.L.D., which raises awareness for Alopecia Areata and donates a portion of profits to alopecia related charities.

Deirdre is a Certified Spinning® Instructor by Madd Dog Athletics and is Certified in CPR/AED. She teaches Spinning® classes several times a week at the University of Miami Herbert Wellness Center and other local health clubs.

Deirdre is fluent is Spanish and also holds Italian Citizenship. She is honored to hold an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® which shows that she is a well-respected attorney in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law.

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Section I. Overview of Immigration Law
a) The Paralegal’s Role in the Immigration Law Office
b) Key Terms, Definitions and Concepts
c) Agencies that Affect Immigration Law

Section II. Nonimmigrant Visa Status ~ The Temporary Track
a) Alphabet Soup of Categories
b) Forms used
c) Building case application packages
d) Obtaining a visa abroad
C) Immigrant Visa Status ~ The Permanent Track
        i. Employment Based Categories
                • The Visa Bulletin
                • Forms
                • Building Case Packages
        ii. Family Based
                • Categories, the Visa Bulletin
                • Forms
                • Building Case Packages
        iii. Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing

Section III. US Citizenship
a) Naturalization
b) Qualifications
c) Forms
d) Building Case Packages