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Cleaning Up the Mess: Tools for Seeking Waivers

February 26, 2013
Web Seminar

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Cleaning Up the Mess: Tools for Seeking Waivers

This 90 minute web seminar was presented live on February 26, 2013, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

Did you miss out on the waivers conference in Montreal this past fall? If so, here is your convenient opportunity to learn about waivers from your own desk! As immigration practitioners working within a largely unforgiving system, rarely does the squeaky clean case come across our desks. This webinar will equip practitioners with practical tools for cleaning up the mess for their clients, whether it is fraud, a criminal conviction, or a prior immigration violation. It will cover analysis of waiver eligibility, as well as the process of preparing and filing a waiver application.

  • Legal Standards and Burdens of Proof
  • Qualifying Relatives
  • Demonstrating Extreme Hardship
  • Showing Rehabilitation and Favorable Discretionary Factors
  • Building the Evidence to Meet Your Burden of Proof
  • Filing Procedures and Processing Tips
  • Stateside Waiver Processing
  • Practical Tips from Experienced Practitioners


Angela Ferguson (dl), Kansas City, MO
Angela Ferguson holds a Bachelor's degree from Wichita State University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas. She began her career working for Kansas Legal Services, initially with victims of domestic violence. Since establishing her own firm, Austin & Ferguson, LLC, she has actively been involved with AILA, local bar associations, and various committees. Angela has taught immigration law at Washburn Law School, and helped establish the Immigration Law Clinic for the University of Kansas.

Danielle Rizzo, Buffalo, NY
Danielle Rizzo is an attorney at the Law Offices of James D. Eiss. She is the current chair of the Upstate New York Chapter, and is a member of the AILA National CBP Liaison Committee. Ms. Rizzo received her J.D. from the SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2006.

Laurel Scott, Houston, TX
Laurel Scott is the founder of Scott and Associates. She received a B.A. from Simon's Rock College, a Master's degree from Duke University, and a law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. After her first waiver of inadmissibility in 2003, she realized that they were an ideal niche for her new firm. Laurel has become one of the nation's leading experts in this type of case, publishing numerous articles and speaking at many immigration lawyer events.

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AILA Members: $129
Non-AILA Members: $199

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The "Cleaning Up the Mess: Tools for Seeking Waivers" web seminar takes place Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the times noted below:

  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm central time
  • 12:00 pm-1:30 pm mountain time
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm pacific time

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on 2/25/13.

Tuition Assistance

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CLE Information

AILA will file for CLE and specialized credit in all jurisdictions with mandatory CLE and specialized requirements. More details about specific approvals will be available here closer to the seminar date.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations: No refunds will be given after the seminar has started.

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