Immediate relatives will soon be able to file their waiver for unlawful presence in the United States before leaving for consular processing. This change to pre-adjudication is scheduled to go into effect soon, and it has already generated much interest and increased demand for services. But to effectively represent this client community practitioners need to know the fundamentals of inadmissibility so they can identify all the possible grounds. To prepare for this increased demand, practitioners will need to know whether or not their clients are inadmissible, and whether they qualify for this special pre-adjudication procedure.
This six-week training on the grounds of inadmissibility provides an in-depth examination of the concept of inadmissibility. The training will cover when and to whom inadmissibility applies. Course participants will study in detail selected grounds of inadmissibility including unlawful presence and other immigration violations; misrepresentation and false claims to citizenship; smuggling; unlawful voting; crimes; and health-based grounds. We will also discuss effective interviewing and client counseling techniques. While we will touch on the waivers available for some of these grounds, we will not look closely at waivers and how to apply for them; CLINIC’s e-learning course on waivers covers those.