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Provisional Waivers (I-601A): How to Optimize a Successful Outcome for Your Client

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Produced on July 07, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Immigration

Course Description

The provisional waiver began in early 2013 in an attempt to decrease family separation and to encourage legalization under the Obama Administration. With fewer options for immigrants who entered without inspection to seek status, the provisional waiver is one of the few remaining avenues to obtain legal permanent residency, and the entire process can last nearly one and a half to two years depending on processing times.

For attorneys considering these cases, it is essential to screen properly,  develop a strong strategy, regularly review the eligibility of your clients throughout the process, and prepare for the consular interview. This program is taught by Ruby Powers, a practitioner with over twelve years of successful practice in waivers and consular processing, and will benefit law firm owners, partners, managers, and managing attorneys.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review common inadmissibilities and the waivers needed to overcome them
  2. Assess when an I-601A waiver is needed, key requirements for eligibility, and sample timelines
  3. Discuss best intake and screening practices
  4. Prove extreme hardship in your application and at a hearing 
  5. Analyze discretionarily factors (both adverse and positive)
  6. Provide sample application timelines
  7. Consider the Department of State Public Charge Rule
  8. Work effectively with your client to prepare for the consular interview
  9. Advise clients when the I-601A is denied
  10. Identify alternatives to waivers 

Credit Information

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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/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourSuccessfulLawPractice

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


richard b.

Content and material very good; presentation somewhat halting

Kelly H.

Well organized.

Carol A S.

Very good introduction to a complex topic

Karimbumkara J.

Great course. upto date info. Presenter was very knowledgeable

Guy M.

Excellent and very informative course! Thank you!!

Melissa L.

I took this even though not for credit currently. Maybe I'll get barred in CA someday, maybe I won't. It was definitely informative. I would recommend the course either way. I took it for the content even though it is not approved for my state.

Holly R.

Excellent information and well presented to make it understandable. Thank you!

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