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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 62 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Immigration

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 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.


Michael D.

lots of detail and citations

Maria A.

Excellent Presentation very complete

Pamela R.

Relevant, concise, useful

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