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Avoiding Pitfalls in Marriage-Based I-130 Petitions

November 14, 2017
Audio Seminar

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Presented 11/14/2017
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Live Audio Seminar
SKU AS2017-11-14

In light of President Trump’s executive orders and the DHS implementation memos, anyone out of legal immigration status might be targeted for enforcement. Thus, exposing petitioners and beneficiaries to USCIS can lead to the initiation of removal proceedings or removal under certain circumstances. Therefore, a thorough review of your client’s background and immigration history is more crucial than ever before filing an I-130 petition. Join our panelists for a lively discussion on how to avoid common problems associated with marriage-based I-130 petitions, and increase the chances of approval.

Featured Topics

  • Issuance of NTAs: Overview of the November 7, 2011 USCIS Memorandum, and How USCIS Is Currently Using Its Discretion
  • Marriage After Removal Proceedings and the “Good Faith Marriage Exemption”
  • How to Avoid a Denial and/or Finding of Fraud
  • INA §204(c) Issues and How to Handle Them
  • After an I-130 Denial: Appeal or Refile?

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Saadia Siddique has been practicing in the legal field for over 15 years. She received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2001 from De Paul University and has a Master's Degree from the University of London and Bachelor's degree, graduating with honors, from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Ms. Siddique was chosen as an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2015 and an Illinois Top Lawyer in 2016. She has successfully won cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit with her most recent victory in Lara v. Lynch, involving legal burdens of proof in 2015. Ms. Siddique is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association and a frequent speaker and organizer of immigration panels for them and expert in representing clients who are seeking asylum, victims of trafficking, as well as immigrants who have been victims of crime in the United States. She is a past clerk for the Chicago Immigration Court. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Siddique has strived to serve immigrant and minority communities in Chicagoland and in Indiana. She has given numerous free lectures on immigration law and immigrant rights presentations for such community groups as Soy Familia, Pilsen Neighborhood Council, Seventh Day Adventist Church of South Bend Indiana, and Catholic churches located in Elkhart County, Indiana. Ms. Siddique regularly takes cases pro bono and is referred domestic violence cases from such groups as Apna Ghar, Prairie State Legal Services, and Hamdard Center. She is founding member of Siddique Law Group, LLC, with locations in Chicago, Indiana and Los Angeles and is a proud mom of two daughters and very active in their school community. Ms. Siddique serves on the Chicago AILA ICE/ERO Committee, Litigation Committee, and 2018 Midwest Regional Conference. She can be reached at:

Margaret Holland Sparages leads the immigration law department at Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C. in Boston. She represents clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Department of Labor, US Consulates abroad, and US Customs and Border Patrol. Ms. Holland Sparages is the Chair-Elect of American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA) New England Chapter. She has a B.A. cum laude from Wellesley College (1985) and a J.D. from DePaul University (1992).

Hardeep “Dee” Sull is the managing partner of Sull and Associates, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sull and Associates is a boutique immigration law firm providing services that focus on the non-immigrant and immigrant issues in Nevada and globally. She is admitted as an attorney of the Nevada Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She earned a Master’s in Law at the University of Minnesota and an LL.B. with Honors from the University of East Anglia’s, The Norwich Law School. In addition, she has studied at The Hague Academy of International Law located in The Hague, Netherlands and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Before entering private practice, Ms. Sull spent a substantial amount of time working with non-governmental agencies, notably Amnesty International. She is an active member of AILA. Ms. Sull has spoken about immigration and human rights-related topics nationally and has been recognized as an expert in immigration law by state courts. She has also co-edited publications for AILA and its Global Migration Section (AILA GMS). Currently, she is immediate past Chair of AILA’s Nevada Chapter. She is a member of the Steering Committee for AILA GMS, the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) YLD Immigration and Naturalization Law Section, ABA’s Vice- Chair of the International Law Refugee Committee and ABA’s Vice-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Section of Policy. Ms. Sull focuses on global immigration and U.S. immigration law, advising individuals, high net worth individuals, and corporations on their immigration options. Ms. Sull can be reached at

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The Avoiding Pitfalls in Marriage-Based I-130 Petitions audio seminar takes place Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the times noted below:

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