Evaluating Extreme Hardship: Overview of the New USCIS Guidance - Recording (.MP3)

Evaluating Extreme Hardship: Overview of the New USCIS Guidance - Recording (.MP3)

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Late-Breaking Seminar
Recorded 10/28/2016
CLE Eligible No
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2016-10-28-DL

On October 21, 2016, USCIS updated Volume 9 of the USCIS Policy Manual to incorporate new guidance on the evaluation of “extreme hardship” to a qualifying relative for purposes of a waiver of inadmissibility where a showing of extreme hardship is required. Our panel of experts will break down the new guidance in detail, evaluate its various components, and provide tips and strategies for preparing an effective hardship claim.

Featured Topics

  • The Evolution of the “Extreme Hardship” Standard: How Did We Get Here?
  • An Overview of the New Guidance
    • “Common Consequences” of Inadmissibility
    • Hardship to a Qualifying Relative: Separation vs. Relocation
    • Impact of Hardship to a Non-Qualifying Relative
    • Hardship Factors: Individual Factors and Cumulative Consideration
    • Aggregating Hardships to Multiple Qualifying Relatives
    • Particularly Significant Factors that Generally Exceed the “Common Consequences”
  • Documenting a Winning Case for Extreme Hardship
Due to the late-breaking nature of the program and jurisdictional requirements, CLE credit is not available for this seminar.
Heather L. Poole (DL), AILA Board of Governors, Los Angeles, CA
Heather L. Poole is the managing partner of the Family & Removal Group at Stone, Grzegorek & Gonzalez, LLP, a full-service immigration firm based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the California State Bar. She is an elected director of AILA’s Board of Governors, is former chair of AILA’s Southern California Chapter and AILA’s New Member Division, and served on AILA's USCIS Field Operations and NBC liaison committees for two years, tackling I-601 inadmissibility waiver issues during the provisional waiver program introduction. She is a frequent speaker and author on complicated family and waiver immigration topics. She has been named a “Super Lawyer” for excellence in immigration law (SuperLawyers.com) and listed in “Top Women Attorneys in California” in Los Angeles magazine. In her “spare” time, Heather teaches immigration law in the paralegal A.A. program at Fullerton College and Cerritos College.

Charles Wheeler, author of the soon-to-be-released Provisional Waivers: A Practitioner's Guide, 2nd Ed., Oakland, CA
Charles Wheeler directs the Training and Legal Support section of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) from its office in Oakland, CA. Mr. Wheeler has been practicing immigration law for 35 years and is the author of Immigration Law and the Family, AILA's Focus on the Child Status Protection Act, and the soon-to-be-released Provisional Waivers: A Practitioner's Guide (2nd Ed.).

Laurel Scott, Philadelphia, PA
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 in Philadelphia, PA, where she completed the Temple University Immigration Law Clinical. She spent a year studying at the Queen's University of Belfast and completed an internship at the European Parliament. She worked on her first waiver of inadmissibility in 2003, and quickly realized that waivers were an ideal niche for her new firm. Over the years, she emerged as one of the nation's leading experts in this type of case, publishing numerous articles on the subject, and speaking at many events for immigration lawyers. She is located in Philadelphia, PA, and licensed in Texas.

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