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The Fundamentals of Family-Based Immigration Law

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Produced on February 11, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Immigration Election Year 2020

Course Description

This hour-long course, presented by experienced practitioner Lindsay Curcio, provides an overview of the family-based immigration process including best practices for intake interviews, issue spotting, common obstacles (such as misrepresentation, unlawful presence, criminal issues), and avenues of possible relief in removal proceedings. The program will also review the requirements and procedures for immediate relative and family-based immigrant preference categories as well as the K-1 non-immigrant fiancé classification. Other topics to be discussed are non-immigrant and immigrant intent, adjustment of status applications, consular processing applications, the differences between conditional and permanent residence, financial sponsors, and requirements for family-based Affidavits of Support. Ms. Curcio will also briefly discuss strategies for immigration relief for foreign nationals who have suffered abuse from sponsoring family members (spousal abuse, elder abuse).

Finally, the program will discuss procedural and administrative developments. It will explore how the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin provides information about the current and future availability of family-based preference immigrant visas, analyze the Public Charge ground of inadmissibility and its application by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the U.S. Department of State pursuant to requirements and recent developments and injunctions, and updates in form versions and USCIS filing fees. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Obtain the fundamentals of family-based immigration practice

  2. Gain best practices for client intake interviews

  3. Review the procedures and requirements for various family-based applications

  4. Identify potential avenues of relief for removal proceedings

  5. Examine recent developments and regulations promulgated by various administrative agencies

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Lindsay A. Curcio

Law Office of Lindsay A. Curcio, Esq.

Lindsay A. Curcio has practiced immigration law since 1990. She is a sole practitioner located in Niagara Falls, New York and Brooklyn, New York. Her practice includes employment-based and family-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas as well as waivers, removal defense, asylum, U.S. citizenship issues, and naturalization.

Ms. Curcio taught immigration law as an adjunct professor at New York Law School and Molloy College. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is a co-author of the first edition of Immigration and Nationality Law: Problems and Strategies (Lexis/Carolina Academic Press 2013).  She was co-director of New York Law School’s Justice Action Center’s Safe Passage Immigration Project from 2007 to 2012.

Ms. Curcio was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Northwestern University, a juris doctor degree from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, an MBA from Fordham University, an LLM in Transnational Commercial Practice from the Center for International Legal Studies/Lazarski University, and a graduate certificate in healthcare compliance from the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  She may be reached at lindsay@uneedavisa.com.


Danniela S.

Very thorough. Great course.

Kurt C.

Thank you.

Gary D.

I really liked this course. The lecture and materials touch upon practical issues and point toward areas of further specific topical research.

Gavino M.

A lot of information to cover in one hour. I will be watching this course again to reinforce the material. The course was very informative and the instructor was excellent.

Allison K.

So much information. Good overview.

Kimberly W.


Michael D.

lots of detail and citations

Maria A.

Excellent Presentation very complete

Pamela R.

Relevant, concise, useful

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