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Tackling Advanced Citizenship and Naturalization Issues

February 6, 2014
Web Seminar

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Tackling Advanced Citizenship and Naturalization Issues

This 90 minute web seminar was presented live on February 6, 2014, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

Not everyone obtains citizenship after five years as a permanent resident. This seminar explores advanced issues including birthright citizenship, derivation through a U.S. citizen parent or grandparent, out-of-wedlock children, and exemptions from the physical presence and residency requirements of naturalization. The panel suggests strategies for obtaining exemptions, demonstrating good moral character, assessing criminal convictions, and proving your client is already a U.S. citizen.

  • Demonstrating Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship at Birth
  • Citizenship Acquired Through a U.S. Citizen Parent or Grandparent
  • Issues Surrounding Birth Out of Wedlock
  • Exemptions from the Physical Presence and Residency Requirements of Naturalization
  • Good Moral Character and Criminal Convictions
  • The Risk of Removal


Robert J. Casazza Jr. (dl), New York, NY Robert J. Casazza, Partner with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy in New York. Robert is responsible for Fragomen's appearances at local USCIS offices, both in the New York area as well as various offices around the country. This work includes Permanent Residence and Citizenship interviews, emergency travel authorization and long pending case inquiries, often on complicated matters and for the firm's VIP clients. Robert often speaks on these issues, is the co-chair of AILA's NY Chapter District Director Liaison Committee, is on the NJ Chapter's USCIS Committee and is listed as an AILA Mentor in the areas of Permanent Residence, Naturalization and local USCIS office practice.

Jacqueline B. Martinez, Pittsburgh, PA
Jacqueline B. Martinez is the member owner of JBM Legal, LLC. Ms. Martinez handles all aspects of immigration law, including employment-based, complex deportation, and asylum cases. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and J.D. from Arizona State University. Ms. Martinez was chair of the AILA Pittsburgh Chapter, member of the AILA National Board of Governors, and served on the 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013 Annual Conference Planning Committees, 2009 Fall Conference Planning Committee, Waivers and Membership Committee, 2013 Field Ops Committee and the 2011 Paralegal Conference Planning Committee. She has spoken and written widely on immigration issues. Ms. Martinez is an active immigration advocate working with the Civil Rights and Immigration Committee of PIIN (Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network), the ACLU Legal Committee and Board, and the Latino Catholic Community.

Amina Leila Najib, Chicago, IL
Amina L. Najib is an associate with Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd. She is a member of the AILA Chicago Chapter and currently serves on the Chief Counsel Liaison Committee and the Litigation Committee. Ms. Najib received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law (2005).

Seminar Recording

Included with registration, participants in the live seminar will receive a free downloadable recording of the seminar. It will be available in participant's Agora Digital Library approximately 4-7 business days from the seminar date.

Registration & Pricing

  Registration Price
AILA Member/International Associates $129.00
AILA Members’ Paralegals $129.00
AILA Nonprofit Members $129.00
AILA Law Student Members $129.00
Nonmember Attorneys $199.00
Other Nonmembers $199.00
Nonprofit Nonmembers $199.00
Nonmember Law Students $199.00

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The "Tackling Advanced Citizenship and Naturalization Issues" web seminar takes place Thursday, February 6, 2014, 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 02/05/2014.

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