Understanding and Preparing Waivers
Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice. This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications. Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit. By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success. Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility.
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 consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors. The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler.