Immigration Law for Paralegals: A Paralegal’s Guide to Forms & Processes [2018 Edition]

$195.00

CLE Credits earned: 2 GEN

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 ever 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. The course also serves as a useful training tool when onboarding new employees into an immigration law firm that have not had immigration law exposure before.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The paralegal’s role in the Immigration law office; Ethics & Professionalism
•   Client Management Skills
•   Research and Forms
•   Immigration Law Basics including: Non-immigrant visas for employment, education, investment, training, and pleasure; Employment-based and Family-based immigrant visas; Citizenship and naturalization

Date / Time: October 30, 2018

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 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 and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: October 30, 2018

Deirdre D. Nero, Esq. started her own Immigration & Nationality Law Practice, NERO Immigration Law, in 2009 after having practiced in two large law firms for several years. Deirdre previously served as the attorney in charge of the Individual and Small/Medium Company division at the Coral Gables, Florida office of a major international immigration law firm; and prior to that as an attorney in the International and Immigration and Nationality Law Groups for a domestic and international commercial law firm in Florida. She led that firm’s immigration practice from 2006-2008. With 15 years of experience under her belt, Deirdre has helped hundreds of clients from all over the globe navigate the complicated world of Immigration Law.

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 has extensive experience with PERM Labor certification applications, and also routinely handles family immigration matters and naturalizations. Ms. Nero works closely with 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. She represents clients in all 50 States and from countries around the globe and takes pride in providing individualized service and maintaining a very high success rate. Deirdre is the Former Chair of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Business & Investment Committee, and a seasoned speaker and writer on Immigration Law topics.

Accreditation Policy
myLawCLE seeks accreditation for all programs in all states. (Accreditation for paralegals sought thru NALA and NFPA paralegal associations.) Each attending attorney/paralegal will receive a certificate of completion following the close of the CLE program as proof of attendance. In required states, myLawCLE records attorney/paralegals attendance, in all other states attorney/paralegal is provided with the approved CLE certificate to submit to their state bar or governing association.

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Section I. The Basics
a) The Paralegal’s Role in the Immigration Law Office/Ethics and Professionalism: Confidentiality, conflicts, UPL; case management
b) Key Terms, Definitions and Concepts
c) Agencies that Affect Immigration Law

Section II. Client Management and Research Skills
a) Intake, interviewing, client communication
b) Setting expectations
c) Basics of legal research
d) Useful resources for paralegals

Section III. Nonimmigrant Visa Status ~ The Temporary Track
a) Alphabet Soup of Categories
b) Forms used
c) Building case application packages
d) Obtaining a visa abroad

Section IV. Immigrant Visa Status ~ The Permanent Track
a) Employment Based Categories
        • The Visa Bulletin
        • Forms
        • Building Case Packages
b) Family Based
        • Categories, the Visa Bulletin
        • Forms
        • Building Case Packages
c) Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing

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