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Complex Naturalization: How to Get Your Clients to Citizenship

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Immigration

Course Description

Legal permanent residents often consider naturalization just one last form and an easy process to achieve citizenship, but in reality, it is the final opportunity for USCIS to identify any errors in the process or ineligibilities for status. Mistakes can lead to immigration court and/or the loss of all status completely. This program on complex naturalization will review your clients’ path to citizenship and how to overcome the obstacles of the naturalization process, including the basics of eligibility requirements, underlying obstacles such as criminal history, continuous residence, extensive travel history, tax concerns, and false claims of US citizenship. The program will also discuss situations that could lead cases to immigration court and how to identify red flags during client meetings. By the end of the course, attorneys will be able to understand and potentially overcome these obstacles to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients.

Presented by Author and Board Certified Attorney Ruby L. Powers, this program will benefit any attorney who is interested in complex naturalization matters.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the basic naturalization eligibility requirements
  2. Explore criminal matters and common challenges to good moral character
  3. Examine physical and continuous residence considerations and importance of travel history
  4. Assess tax concerns, including child support irregularities and outstanding income tax payments
  5. Discuss the consequences of misleading information on prior applications and false claims to U.S. citizenship 
  6. Address possibilities of naturalization case being sent to immigration court and how to best assess such risks
  7. Implement best practices for filing a complex naturalization case and avoiding pitfalls

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Faculty

Ruby Powers

Powers Law Group, P.C.

Ruby L. Powers is the founder and managing attorney of Powers Law Group, P.C., a full-service immigration law firm based in Houston, Texas. Powers is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is an alumna of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Leadership Houston, and a fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Powers started her law firm from her house in the height of the Great Recession in 2009 and have since grown her business up to 14 employees, including multiple attorneys and satellite offices. She once managed her firm remotely from Dubai and Turkey for 14 months.

Powers manages to run a successful law practice in a challenging area of law while balancing community involvement and pro bono legal representation. She is a frequent national and international speaker, author, and media resource on the topics of immigration law and policy and law practice management. Her expertise and advocacy efforts have been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, BBC World News, and beyond. Powers’ experience in legislative work in Washington, D.C., and the Texas State Capitol prompted her to pursue public office. Powers is currently running for a position in the Texas State Legislature. Ruby serves as AILA Media Advocacy Committee Vice-Chair, was AILA Texas Chapter Advocacy Chair 2014-2019, Powers was awarded the AILA Advocacy Award, Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer, After years of advocacy at the border, the state capital, and in her community, Ruby decided to run for public office and continues to advocate for her community.

Powers lives in Houston with her husband, Burak, and her two children, Rex and Violet. She enjoys traveling, reading (mostly business books), and playing sports and board games with her family.

For updates to the book and other tips: http://BuildandManageYourSuccessfulImmigrationLawPractice.com/

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The Author’s Law Firm: www.RubyPowersLaw.com