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E-learning Course: Select Issues in VAWA Self-Petitioning 

 Presented by:

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership withCatholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)  

This training will cover select issues in self-petitioning and gaining permanent residence under the Violence Against Women Act. This four-week course provides participants with previous training and/or experience in VAWA cases more in-depth instruction, updated information and an opportunity to further develop the skills necessary to effectively prepare and file self-petitions . Topics covered will include: developments in self-petitioning eligibility requirements and a look at complex eligibility issues; best practices in preparing and documenting self-petitions; assessing and responding to problems throughout the self-petitioning process such as Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny; and issues related to inadmissibility, waivers and adjustment of status.  Please see the course outline for a more detailed description of the topics covered. 

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on select Thursdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle, Kristina Karpinski, and Susan Schreiber. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at