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NYIC: 40 HOUR BIA Recognition and Accreditation Training (ONA Sponsored!)

  • 26 Oct 2015
  • 30 Oct 2015
  • The Legal Project: 24 Aviation Road, Suite 101 Albany, NY 12205


The New York Immigration Coalition

in collaboration with the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) presents: 

40hr Immigration Law Training Schedule 

Monday, October 26, 2015 – Friday, October 30, 2015 


Please arrive 20 minutes before your session begins. 

Attendance at NYIC-ICTI trainings is governed by our attendance policy, available on our website or by emailing

MONDAY, October 26, 2015 / DAY 1

8:30AM – 10:20 AM:            How to Obtain BIA Recognition for Your Agency and Become an Accredited Representative (No CLE)
Instructor: Oriana Sanchez. of New York Immigration Coalition In this training, we will cover in detail the requirements for obtaining Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Recognition for your non-profit agency so that it may provide immigration legal services through Accredited Representatives. We also will cover the requirements for obtaining accreditation for individual non-attorney employees of recognized agencies.

10:30AM – 12:30PM           Survey of Immigration Law (2 CLE*)---Areas of Professional Practice
Instructor: TBA This training provides an overview of basic concepts in immigration law. Topics to be covered include family- and employment-based immigration, lawful permanent residency, employment authorization, grounds of inadmissibility and deportability, temporary protected status, asylum and withholding of removal, and naturalization and citizenship. No prior knowledge of immigration law is required.

01:30PM – 04:20PM           Family-Based Immigration Law and Adjustment of Status Basics (3 CLE*) ---Areas of Professional Practice
Instructor: TBA

This training will provide a basic overview of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and federal regulations for sponsoring family members for lawful permanent residence.  Topics to be covered include petitioning for immediate relatives and family-based preference immigrants, the various categories of children that qualify for sponsorship (e.g., stepchildren, adopted children, etc.), and the steps in the petitioning process, both for adjusting status in the US and consular processing from abroad.  The training will also survey common grounds of inadmissibility that applicants would face, in addition to addressing issues concerning conditional residence.

04:30PM – 05:30PM           Hypotheticals


TUESDAY, October 27, 2015 / DAY 2

08:30AM – 10:20AM:          Immigration Remedies for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence: VAWA Relief (2 CLE*) ---Areas of Professional Practice
Instructor: TBA This training will familiarize the advocate with federal immigration laws that allow battered immigrant spouses and children to become lawful permanent residents without having to depend on abusive spouses or parents for sponsorship. We will cover the self-petitioning process under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as well as how to remove conditions on conditional residency through battered spouse and child waivers. Information on recent changes will be discussed.

10:30AM – 12:30PM           Immigration Remedies for Immigrant Victims of Crimes and Human Trafficking: U&T Status (2 CLE*) ---Areas of Professional Practice
Instructor: TBA This training will survey options for immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes. This session will concentrate on an in depth analysis of U & T Visas.

01:30PM – 02:20PM           How to conduct a consultation and intake interview (2 CLE*)-- Law Practice Management
Instructor: TBA This training provides an overview of how to conduct a consultation and initial intake interview with a prospective client The training will focus on interview techniques designed to elicit as much information as possible from prospective clients and spot potential issues. The training will also provide tips on how to handle difficult interviews, particularly with children and victims of violence.

02:30PM – 04:20PM           Naturalization and Citizenship (2 CLE*) --- Skills Instructor: TBA
This training will cover basic topics relating to naturalization and citizenship. Topics will include acquisition and derivation of citizenship, eligibility for naturalization, impediments and bars to naturalization, practice and procedure.

04:30PM – 05:30PM           Hypotheticals

WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2015 / DAY 3

08:30AM – 10:20AM:          Relief in Removal Proceedings (2 CLE*) ---Areas of Professional Practice
Instructor: TBA
This seminar will offer an overview of removal proceedings as well as certain forms of relief from removal including adjustment of status, 212(c), 212(h), renewing the I-751 in proceedings, cancellation of removal for nonpermanent residents, cancellation of removal for permanent residents, and voluntary departure. Asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture relief and waivers will not be covered in detail, as they are the subjects of other trainings.

10:30AM – 12:30PM           Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (2 CLE*) --- Skills
Instructor: TBA This training will cover the petition for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status and the application for adjustment of status. We will review documents needed from family court to complete the SIJ petition and discuss adjustment eligibility requirements particular to SIJ applicants, including the exemptions from inadmissibility that apply to SIJ applicants as well as common inadmissibility issues not covered by these exemptions, age-out issues, and continuity of family court jurisdiction. We also will briefly cover the application for work authorization and practical issues when dealing with foster-care caseworkers, Administration for Children’s Services, and family-court law guardians.

01:30PM – 04:20PM           Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity (3 CLE*) ---Areas of Professional Practice
Instructor: TBA This training will review the various immigration law issues faced by non-citizens who have been convicted or accused of criminal conduct. The training will cover the criminal bars and waivers for noncitizens seeking lawful permanent residence or other lawful status, criminal grounds of removal and waivers applicable to lawful permanent residents, and good moral character bars and deportation risks for lawful permanent residents with criminal records who are pursuing naturalization. It will also touch on detention issues and intake strategies.

04:30PM -05:30PM             Hypotheticals

THURSDAY, October 29, 2015 / DAY 4

08:30AM – 11:20AM           Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Protection Against Torture Relief (3 CLE*) ---Areas of Professional Practice
Instructor:  TBA
This training will cover grounds for claiming asylum and related relief. It will include discussion of persecution and well-founded fear of persecution, withholding of removal and CAT relief, the definition of torture, the bars to asylum, and evidentiary issues. It will discuss expedited removal and credible fear interviews relevant to asylum seekers in detention. It will also provide practical tips on putting together an asylum application and representing an asylum seeker before the asylum office and the immigration court.

11:30AM – 12:30PM           Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (1 CLE*) ---Areas of Professional Practice
Instructor: TBA This training will cover the basic eligibility requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as well as walk through filling out the Form I-821D, Form I-765, and Form I-765WS. The training will also discuss the potential documentation to include with a request packet.

01:30PM – 04:20PM          Waivers and Exceptions to Select Grounds of Inadmissibility and Deportability (3 CLE*) ---Skills
Instructor: TBA This seminar will provide a basic overview of certain grounds of inadmissibility and deportability as well as waivers and exceptions that overcome removability because of health concerns, criminal convictions, smuggling in persons, misrepresentation, unlawful presence, prior removal, false claims to citizenship, lack of proper travel documents and/or visas and document fraud.  It will also include an overview of the provisional waiver process.

04:30PM – 05:30PM           Hypotheticals

FRIDAY, October 30, 2015/ DAY 5

09:00AM – 12:30PM           USCIS Field Office Visit

01:30PM – 03:20PM           TEST

03:30PM – 05:30PM           Review of Test Results 

Priority will be given to non-profit staff seeking BIA accreditation.

This training is ONLY open to NYS-based offices. Scholarships and financial aid waiver

are available. Please submit your request to Oriana Sanchez at for

further details.

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