This four-week training provides an in-depth examination of the statutory and regulatory requirements for demonstrating good moral character in naturalization cases. The training will cover the crime-based bars to showing good moral character including crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies. We will also examine the regulatory requirements of good moral character such as failure to register for the selective service, provide child support or pay income taxes. We will also explore how to assess the likelihood that a client will be found to lack good moral character under the “residual clause” or as a matter of discretion.
The course starts on March 18 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on March 25. Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted. 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.