Immigration Law

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Is USCIS Hiding Asylum Training Materials?
Posted on 12 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Francie Diep, Pacific Standard, June 7, 2019 "It used to be that, to help refugees prepare to meet with a government officer who will decide whether they qualify for asylum, immigration lawyers would look up the documents that the government used... Read More

Tags: training , USCIS , asylum

FOIA Results: Immigration Judges’ Conference Materials for 2018
Posted on 22 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Aug 21, 2018 - "Every summer the Immigration Judges from around the country meet in suburban Washington D.C. for a training session. The training materials are interesting, because they help us understand the IJs’ thinking... Read More

26 Documents for Asylum Officer Training Removed from USCIS Website
Posted on 1 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Web Integrity Project, May 29, 2018 - "Between March and April 2017, a series of 26 documents pertaining to training asylum officers were removed from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The materials were prepared for... Read More

Tags: training , USCIS , Web , asylum

Arlington Asylum Office FGM Training Slides (May 15, 2015)
Posted on 8 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Large PDF (over 12MB) of 46 pages, Arlington Asylum Office FGM Training Slides (May 15, 2015). Obtained by David Cleveland via FOIA. Read More

USCIS RAIO Directorate Training Module: Persecution
Posted on 2 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Officer Training Module: Definition of Persecution and Eligibility Based on Past Persecution Obtained through FOIA by David Cleveland . Read More

How Do USCIS Asylum Officers Assess Credibility?
Posted on 10 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Thanks to a FOIA request by David Cleveland , Senior Volunteer Attorney at Catholic Charities DC, you can read the 2016 credibility training module for USCIS Asylum Officers. Thank you, David! Read More

Attorneys, Law Students Train for Pro Bono Asylum Cases for Detained Refugee Moms, Kids in Texas
Posted on 22 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"For the mothers and children detained at an immigrant facility in Karnes County, about 100 miles south of Austin, their best chance for release is to find attorneys willing to represent them pro bono. And in turn, the lawyers willing to take on... Read More

Free Training in D.C. in July - Fighting Notario Fraud: Consumer Protection Theories
Posted on 10 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Monday, July 23, 2012, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Bryan Cave LLP, 1155 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004 - How to Spot Notario Fraud and What Information to Collect From Your Clients When You Do; Filing Complaints Against Notarios in Maryland, Virginia... Read More

A Closer Look At The Form I-983 Training Plan for STEM OPT Students - Cora-Ann V. Pestaina
Posted on 27 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, Apr. 27, 2016 - "In order to obtain this new 24-month STEM OPT, the employer must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and be enrolled in and using the E-Verify program at the STEM OPT worksite. The employment opportunity... Read More

Tags: opt , mehta , pestaina , training , STEM , i-983

EOIR Eliminates Annual Training for Immigration Judge Corps - Paul Wickham Schmidt
Posted on 14 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul Wickham Schmidt, Apr. 13, 2017 - "Reliable sources have now confirmed what I reported in this blog earlier this week ( ): the DOJ has eliminated the U.S. Immigration Court’s only formal annual training. U.S. Immigration... Read More

Pro Bono Training on Immigration Court Representation; New Orleans, Feb. 1, 2012
Posted on 18 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The ABA Section of Litigation’s Immigration Litigation Committee and the ABA Commission on Immigration are sponsoring Pro Bono Training: The Essentials of Immigration Court Representation [PDF] on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m.... Read More

Free Web Training Dec. 6th: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Other Serious Crimes
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cordially invite interested stakeholders to participate in a web-ex training session on December 6, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 pm (Eastern). During this training subject matter experts from the USCIS... Read More

NIPNLG Immigration Damages Litigation Webinar Series
Posted on 8 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"There are four (4) webinars in the series. The webinars are priced at $50 each or all four for $175. You will be able to select how many and which webinar(s) you plan to attend during the online registration process. This webinar series is not being... Read More

Asylum Officer Basic Training Course Lesson Modules
Posted on 24 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Asylum Officer Basic Training Course lesson modules are used to train Asylum Officers at the mandatory 5-week AOBTC. The AOBTC lesson modules were developed and are updated by the Asylum Division following a standardized procedure for U... Read More

Posted on 29 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

A recognized organization’s application for initial accreditation of a proposed representative must show that the individual has recently completed at least one formal training course that was designed to give new practitioners a solid overview... Read More