Marriage-Based Adjustments-A How To Guide-Downloadable Recording

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Marriage-Based Adjustments—A How To Guide

This 90 minute web seminar was originally presented April 12, 2011.

Attorneys make many decisions on marriage-based adjustment cases starting with the decision to take or decline the case all the way through the USCIS interview. In this seminar panelists will discuss the fundamentals for representing husband and wife in the adjustment process including how to prepare for an interview at a local district office. The panel will offer many suggestions on how to manage marriage-based cases including the following:

  • The Initial Client Interview—What to Ask the Couple and Things to Look for In Deciding Whether to Take the Case or Decline Representation
  • What Forms Do You Need to Complete and What Forms Should You Advise Against—Is the Beneficiary Eligible for Advance Parole or Are There Issues That Warrant Against Filing the Application?
  • How Long Will It Take to Get Employment Authorization and What Should the Couple Do In the Meantime to Prepare for Their Interview?
  • How To Prepare Clients for the USCIS Interview—Things To Ask and Things To Bring To the Interview
  • What Happens In the Interview—Dealing with USCIS Officers and Responding to Questions—When Should the Attorney Speak Up?
  • What Happens When It Is All Over—Responding to RFE’s, Closing Letter to Client and Advice on Future Immigration Requirements for the Couple

CLE Information

CA, CO, GA, HI*, IL*, IN, ME, MS, MO, MT, NV*, NJ, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, SC, 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, KS, KY, MN, MO, NE, NH, OH, RI, 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.

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Thipphavone Ark (dl), San Francisco, CA

Thipphavone "Thip" Ark practices immigration law; her areas of practice include family-based immigration, asylum and removal defense. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Ms. Ark has given numerous lectures and written articles on immigration law. She has extensive experience with litigating in Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the United States District Court, and the United States Federal Courts of Appeals.

Suzanne Brown, St. Louis, MO

Suzanne Brown founded the Immigration Project, a non-profit pro bono immigration legal services agency serving downstate Illinois, and served as its director from 1987 until April 1995. A graduate of Washington University School of Law, Ms. Brown now manages a small immigration firm in St. Louis which focuses primarily on removal defense and complex family immigration matters. She has twice served as Chair of AILA’s Missouri/Kansas Chapter, as well as on the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee. She is a frequent resource for local media and service agencies in the area.

Gerald E. Burns, Chandler, AZ

Gerald E. Burns is the founding member of the Burns Law Office, PLC in Chandler, Arizona and currently serves as the AILA Arizona Chapter Chair. His practice focuses primarily on family immigration, removal defense and complex litigation before EOIR, BIA and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has an active pro bono practice representing unaccompanied minors and victims of domestic violence and violent crime. Mr. Burns is also a frequent lecturer on immigration issues.

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