Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes
If your client has a criminal record, can she naturalize? Apply for TPS? Become a lawful permanent resident? Will your client be subject to being removed from the U.S.? And can your client remedy the situation by seeking to vacate a guilty plea given without immigration advisals?
Immigration advocates quickly learn that crimes have immigration consequences; this training will help you understand how to analyze those consequences to appropriately counsel your clients. This six-week e-learning course will provide an overview of how to determine whether your client’s criminal record will have immigration consequences, including exposure to removal or ineligibility for a particular benefit under immigration law. Course participants will learn the basic concepts involved in analyzing the immigration consequences of crimes including differentiating between inadmissibility and deportability; statutory definitions of conviction and sentence; and exceptions to crime-based inadmissibility. The training will also cover techniques for screening clients to uncover criminal issues, and how to gather and read criminal records. The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber.
The course includes seven webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00 EST starting on October 11. Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted. In addition to the weekly webinars, the e-learning course provides a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample case files to review, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors. Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.