Proposed Changes to I-601 Processing-CD

Proposed Changes to I-601 Processing-CD

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Proposed Changes to I-601 Processing [Audio Seminar]

This 90 minute audio seminar was recorded live on May 17, 2012

On January 6, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security published a "Notice of Intent" in the Federal Register which outlined a proposal to allow for stateside processing of I-601 waivers for unlawful presence. Allowing I-601 waivers for unlawful presence to be filed in the United States would reduce the amount of time that certain foreign nationals in need of the waiver would have to spend outside the United States and separated from their families. This seminar will provide an overview of the proposal and the rule-making process that must be followed, outline how the process likely will change and who may benefit from it, and provide guidance for attorneys wondering how best to advise their clients in light of the Notice of Intent.

  • "Notice of Intent": What Does That Mean?
  • Summary of the Rule-Making Process That Still Must Take Place
  • Best Guesses: Estimated Timeline
  • What Likely Will Change in I-601 Processing (Comparison to Current I-601 Procedures)
  • What Can/Should Immigration Attorneys Be Doing Now

CLE Information

Please note that your jurisdiction may limit OnDemand credit depending on the date of the original presentation. Please view the OnDemandDownloadable and CD-Rom Expiration Chart for more details.

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  • AILA applies for accreditation upon attorneys request after participation for the following states: DE, KY, RI, and WY. Programs are typically approved.
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  • Not Eligible for CLE: AR, IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, MS, SC, TN, and VA.

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Olsi Vrapi (dl), Albuquerque, NM

Olsi Vrapi is a partner at Noble & Vrapi, P.A. with offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. He is the Chair of the Annual Conference Due Process Track Committee, a member of the National EOIR Liaison Committee and an editor of the Consular Processing Guide. Mr. Vrapi also serves as the ICE liaison for New Mexico. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Julie T. Emerick, Northbrook, IL

Julie T. Emerick has been an active AILA member for 19 years. She is presently Vice Chair of the AILA-USCIS Benefits Policy Committee and previously served the AILA-VSC Liaison Committee and AILA- TSC Liaison Committee. She is also a mentor for L-1s and the DV Program. Ms. Emerick earned her J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law and received her baccalaureate degree from John Carroll University. For more information, please visit ( ).

Laurel Scott, Houston, TX

Laurel Scott is the founding attorney at 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 where she completed the Temple University Immigration Law Clinical. Laurel is one of the nation's leading experts in the immigrant waiver of inadmissibility, publishing numerous articles on the subject and speaking at many events. Her firm has filed hundreds of I-601 waiver applications abroad.

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