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Fundamentals of Family-Based U.S. Immigration Law

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Produced on February 02, 2017

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Course Information

Time 93 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Immigration law often intersects with other areas of law including divorce, adoption, tax and estate and criminal defense.  In this program, attorney Lindsay A. Curcio will provide an overview of family-based immigration. The program will include an explanation of permanent residence and conditional residence, how to read the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin and how these concepts contribute to the timeline for petitioning for and processing a case, as well as issue-spotting in family-based immigration from initial consultation with attorney through preparation for applicant’s final interview at U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Consulate.

Ms. Curcio also covers the petition and application process for relatives including the K-1 fiance(e) status, financial considerations for the affidavit of support (required of those petitioning for relatives), responsibilities of petitioners and co-sponsors (if needed), qualifying based on earnings or assets, and domicile issues for petitioners living overseas at the time of application. She will also share important information about ages of children in the context of applying for immigration benefits and go over waiver applications for foreign national relatives with unlawful presence and other grounds of inadmissibility including criminal offenses or misrepresentation. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand the distinction between permanent residence and conditional residence
  2. Identify issues attorneys encounters in family-based immigration matters

  3. Explore the petition and application process for relatives

Credit Information

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Lindsay Curcio

Law Office of Lindsay A. Curcio, Esq.

Lindsay A. Curcio has practiced immigration law since 1990. She is a sole practitioner in Brooklyn, New York and Niagara Falls, New York and has taught as an adjunct professor at New York Law School and Molloy College. Her practice includes employment-based and family-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas as well as waivers, removal defense, U.S. citizenship issues and naturalization. She is a co-author of Immigration and Nationality Law: Problems and Strategies (LexisNexis/Carolina Academic Press). She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Center for International Legal Studies and the National Writers Union. Lindsay has received the Super Lawyers Immigration, Metro New York designation.

She was co-director of New York Law School’s Justice Action Center’s Safe Passage Immigration Project from 2007 to 2012. Lindsay has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Northwestern University, a juris doctor degree from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, an MBA (concentration in marketing with international business designation) from Fordham University an LLM in Transnational Commercial Practice at the Center for International Legal Studies/Lazarski University and a graduate certificate in health care compliance from the University of Pittsburgh Law School. Lindsay may be reached at lindsay@uneedavisa.com and on Twitter at @lindsayvisa.


Evrard D.

Great course.

Ira L F.

Very well presented.

Michael A.

Outstanding. Thank you.

Thomas F.


Vida B.

Great speaker and very informative.

Brian W.

Good overview of family based immigration law.

Bruce C.

really good for subject covered

Maria A.

Excellent presentation and material

Shaun E.

excellent presenter

Marcus P.

Very knowledgeable !

Ajua H.

One of the best teacher I've heard on law line. Really enjoyed her class.

sheila c.

Great presenter with a wealth of knowledge. I hope she does many more.

Jonathan D.

excellent speaker

Marcia W.

A great introduction to a completed topic!

Paul C.

one of the best programs, very informative and presented with clarity.

Adam F.

Top notch

paul c.

Very positive presenter.

Cecil F.

Very good instructor, and excellent course materials.

Richard K.

Highly recommended

Catherine D.


Todd L.

great overview

Barbara M.

Excellent overview for someone who does not practice in this area. Of course, also quite timely.

Kerry L.

Timely. Speaker had nice conversational tone. Very easy to listen to and learn from.

Kathleen O.

Presenter did an excellent job.

Holly R.

Extremely helpful and great presenter. Thank you.

Julie A. B.

Continue to be impressed with the quality of Lawline’s faculty and Lawline’s program content. This is a particularly good course rooted in the fundamentals of immigration in an uncertain climate spawned by the new presidential administration.

Melissa B.

Really excellent content. I really like the pace of her discussion as well.

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