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New Developments in Waivers for Immigrant Visa/LPR Applicants

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Produced on December 03, 2015

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$ 59 Immigration Law and Public Interest Law In Stock

Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

The I-601 and I-601A Waivers are considered mysterious and elusive by many practitioners. What are the standards? What about the denial a client received from the last waiver filed? 


The “Extreme Hardship” standard may be intimidating. You need to find out the best way to prepare your cases for success. Additionally, the I-601A waiver has been helping spouses and children of US Citizens make use of their available Immigrant Visas without leaving the United States for a protracted period of time. 


With the I-601A, clients without legal entries to the US can apply for an advance waiver of their unlawful presence. Find out how you can (1) ensure your client’s success in the I-601A waiver, (2) prevent them from inadvertently remaining stuck outside the United States while (3) preventing key pitfalls.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Examine the I-601 Waiver, and best practices for ensuring your client the best opportunity for success

II.   Discuss who is eligible for waivers in Form I-601

III.  Grasp I-601A and who is eligible for relief, keeping in mind how it could be revoked at a consular interview

IV.  Gain familiarity with valuable examples of successful and unsuccessful I-601As, and how to best present your case

V.   Recognize the extreme hardships standard and its main components

VI.  Investigate the new proposed rule for expansion of the I-601A, and how even more individuals ineligible for adjustment in the United States may benefit from it


Harlan York

Harlan York and Associates

The First Ever Attorney in New Jersey to win “Immigration Lawyer of the Year” from Best Lawyers and author of the brand new critically acclaimed book "Three Degrees of Law," Harlan York is Former Immigration Chair of the NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Committee on Immigration. He currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Practice Management Committee.

Mr. York has appeared on National Television on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Primer Impacto on Univision, as well as speaking on a host of immigration issues on Telemundo, NBC, and PBS.

In his nearly two decades exclusively practicing immigration law, Mr. York notes among his most memorable cases:

  • Arguing that immigrants with crimes should be allowed to remain in the U.S. upon proving rehabilitation and hardship to their American spouses and children
  • Countless successful appeals before federal and administrative courts on issues regarding waivers of removal and political asylum
  • Preparing applications for companies sponsoring immigrants in industries ranging from restaurants to construction to agriculture, to academic institutions and research labs
  • Representation of high level athletes, artists and entertainers including winners of Emmys, Grammys and Olympic Medals
  • Winning deportation cases for immigrants whose children have special needs
  • Assisting victims of violence who suffered at the hands of both foreign and domestic aggressors

He frequently lectures on Immigration Law, including at Columbia, New York and Rutgers Law Schools. He is a well-known speaker at events sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and Federal Bar Association. Mr. York was also a Judge at the American Mock Trial Tournament at Yale University. 

Mr. York has also provided expert opinions to plaintiffs’ and defendants’ attorneys in civil matters as well as counsel to federal and state criminal defense lawyers, in cases relating to immigration, including the recent “Real Housewives of New Jersey” matter.

His chapter on Immigration Law Enforcement: Collaboration and Authority appears in the 2014 Thomson Reuters/Aspatore book, New Developments in Immigration Enforcement and Compliance: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Trends in Immigration Law (Inside the Minds).

Mr. York moderates annual panels for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, on the topics of “Protecting Immigrant Victims of Violence ” and “Immigration and Crime.”

A graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, the State University of New York at Albany and the Tulane Law School, Mr. York is fluent in Spanish. He is admitted in many jurisdictions including the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. York has coached youth soccer for many years and is a Certified Women’s Self-Defense Instructor.

Harlan York regularly posts relevant news and information about trending immigration law topics onhis immigration law blog.


Twitter: @HYorkLaw




Clint C.

Exactly what i wanted to kno

Ajua H.

Excellent course.

Connie G.

Very informative!

Kory S.

Excellent presentation and the best supplemental materials I've seen.

Brendan K.

I learned more in this class than any other. Very good.

Jorge R.

Excellent presentation.

Cassandra R.

very impressed. This is the only time I wrote down the speakers contact information, with the intention of reaching out to them as a resource. Thank you very much

Denise S.

Extremely informative and thorough!

Gregory S.

Harlan York is all that. Explained a very complex area of immigration law with clarity.

Patricia B.

One of the best lawline presentations I have attended. Great presenter. Informative and practical.

David K.

This was one of the better speakers. Very informative and easy to listen to.

Fabian G.

Great course.

Daniel G.


Atchuthan S.

This is really good and informative. Thank you.

Joseph Z.

York was excellent.

David W.

Very knowledgeable. Good explanations. Important developments. Strong CLE program. Highly recommend.

Michele C.

good information here

Michael L.

Knowledgeable, engaging speaker. Highly informative program. Worth a two-hour program.

Denise D.

Thank you for clarifying a difficult area of immigration law. Denise Devitt, Chicago

Ken s.

good course.

Michael L. Simonini S.

very interesting

Amarante C.

Good course. Informative and interesting

Janee S.

enjoyed speaker!

Toni L.

great speaker.

Matilda M.

Harlan York is one of the most informative Immigration presenters on Lawline

Jasmin S.

Very good speaker.

john b.

Mr. York is excellent.

John N.

Helpful explanation of a narrow area of immigration law.

Matthew P.

Extremely well done program.

Joseph C.

excellent speaker


Very helpful

Chukwuka O.

Great Instructor!

Alison C.

Useful information well presented.

Richard G.

Excellent program, excellent presenter. Well worth the time.

Jonathan K.

good explanation, if you have an interest in this area.

Jeffrey T.

Mr. York is obviously very experienced in this area. Very good program!

E Lynne F.

Excellent job

Holly R.

I will re-watch this I'm sure. Great content and excellent presenter. Thank you!

Richard E. K.

nice seminar

Daniel O.

Interesting presentation.

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