Strategies for Success in Problematic Naturalization Cases-CD

Strategies for Success in Problematic Naturalization Cases-CD

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Strategies for Success in Problematic Naturalization Cases

This 90 minute audio seminar was originally presented live on September 22, 2011.

Just because your client is not squeaky clean does not mean he or she is not eligible for citizenship. This advanced panel will cover problematic naturalization cases with a specific focus on applicants “Good Moral Character” and foreign residence issues. The panel members will provide strategies on how to present an application when these issues are present and how to seek review when an application is improperly denied.

  • Good Moral Character—What is “Good” Enough?
  • The Statutory Period—When Can USCIS Look to Conduct Outside the Statutory Period of GMC?
  • The “Extraordinary Circumstance” Exception—What Is “Extraordinary” and Strategies for Documenting the Application
  • Foreign Residence Issues—When Does Residence Abroad Make You Ineligible and What Are the Exceptions?
  • Dealing with Fraud In Underlying Visa Petitions or Adjustment of Status Applications
  • Review—The Petition for Hearing on Naturalization Denial N-336 and Federal Court De Novo Review

CLE Information

CA, CO, GA, HI*, IL*, ME, MO, MT, NV*, NJ, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, VT, WA, and WV. To view the number of CLE credits you may claim for completing this 90-minute seminar, please use our CLE Calculator.


  • Attorneys must apply individually for approval of OnDemand programs in the following states: FL*, ID, ND, PR, and UT.
  • AILA applies for accreditation upon attorneys request after participation for the following states: DE*, LA, NC, and WY

Not Eligible for CLE: AL, AR, IA, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, MS, NE, NH, OH, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI.

*Please note that your jurisdiction may limit OnDemand credit depending on the date of the original presentation. OnDemand downloadable and CD-Rom expiration details are available. Please visit the CLE Center to view your jurisdiction's credit restrictions and CLE requirements.

For more information about CLE credit, please email


Maurice H. Goldman (dl), AILA Board of Governors, Tucson, AZ

Maurice H. Goldman works at Goldman & Goldman, P.C. He holds a J.D./M.B.A. from Hofstra University. He has served on multiple AILA committees, including the CSC Liaison and Annual Conference Committees. He is the past chair of the AILA Arizona Chapter and currently serves on the AILA Board of Governors. Mr. Goldman is a trustee to the American Immigration Council. He has lectured on a variety of immigration subjects. In Arizona, he continues to work closely with advocacy groups and AILA in combating virulent immigration legislation.

Nicolas Chavez, Dallas, TX

Nicolas Chavez is a founding partner in the immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko, LLP. Nick is board certified in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001, where he served in the university’s immigration clinic under the tutelage of the late Professor Joseph Vail. He has been appointed as a legal advisor for immigration affairs to the Mexican Consulate in Dallas.

Robert A. Mautino, San Diego

Robert A. Mautino is a founding partner of the firm Mautino & Mautino and has practiced immigration law since 1979. Mr. Mautino is certified by the State Bar of California as an immigration law specialist. He was a diplomatic and consular officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, a law professor, and chair of the AILA Southern California and San Diego Chapters. He served as an elected member of AILA’s Board of Governors from 1983 to 1987, and from 2007 to 2010

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