2018 Affidavit of Support (I-864) and Public Charge Issues Update - Recording (.MP3)

2018 Affidavit of Support (I-864) and Public Charge Issues Update - Recording (.MP3)

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Late-Breaking Seminar Recording
Special Recording Price for Members: $59
Recorded 08/21/2018
CLE Eligible No
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2018-08-21-DL

The Affidavit of Support (I-864) is one of the most common reasons for USCIS Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and case processing delays. In addition, due to significant changes in January 2018 to the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), AILA members are reporting a significant uptick in immigrant visa refusals at U.S. consulates for failure to demonstrate that the applicant is not likely to become a public charge. This often results in devastating consequences, including revocation of I-601A provisional unlawful presence waivers. Our panel of experts will provide an overview of the FAM changes, discuss best practices for effectively preparing Affidavits of Support and supporting evidence, and offer tips and strategies for preparing clients for consular and adjustment interviews. Panelists also will address how to overcome an erroneous public charge denial by a consulate or USCIS.

Featured Topics

  • Overview of January 2018 FAM Changes and DHS Changes on the Horizon
  • Screening for Income Eligibility and Preparing an Effective Form I-864 or I-864EZ
  • Initial Evidence and Responding to RFEs When Income Is Complicated: Assets, Self-Employed Clients, and Irregular Income
  • Augmenting Insufficient Petitioner Income with Household Members, Co-Sponsors, and the Intending Immigrant
  • The Affidavit of Support Is No Longer Enough: Consideration of Other Evidence
  • Preparing Clients for Consular or Adjustment Interviews
Due to the late-breaking nature of the program and jurisdictional requirements, CLE credit is not available for this seminar.


Charles Wheeler (DL), AILA Author, Affidavits of Support: A Practitioner's Guide/AILA’s Focus on the Child Status Protection Act, 2nd Ed., Oakland, CA
Charles Wheeler is the director of the Training, Litigation and Support section of Catholic Legal immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). He has been specializing in immigration law and immigrants' rights issues for 40 years. He is the author of several books and articles on family-based immigration. Prior to working at CLINIC he directed the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland School of Law.

Greg McLawsen, Tacoma, WA
Greg McLawsen is the principal attorney at Puget Sound Legal where he represents families in the U.S. immigration system. His firm uses technology and innovation to deliver excellent legal services efficiently and affordably. He serves as secretary for the AILA Washington State Chapter and chairs the Solo & Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He can be reached by email at greg@pugetsoundlegal.net or at (425) 998-7046.

Susan Schreiber, Chicago, IL
Susan Schreiber is a field office attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. in CLINIC’s Chicago office, where she provides technical assistance and training to member agencies in the twelve-state Midwest region. Susan has worked at CLINIC since July 2001 and has been practicing immigration law for over twenty-five years.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.