An outline of the instructional videos is listed below. Click on any section to view a short instructional video. All documents described in the training videos can be found in the templates/pleadings section below. POWERPOINTS Training Powerpoint GUIDES Guardianship Clinic Attorney Instructions Flowchart Safety Planning Guide for Undocumented Parents – English – For Public Safety …
Attorneys from the National Immigrant Justice Center will train interested attorneys to represent detained immigrants in bond hearings through a new partnership between CVLS, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Chicago Chapter of AILA. This is a short-term pro bono opportunity, as attorneys commit to a limited scope representation of the client for the purposes of the bond hearing only. All cases are heard in downtown Chicago. All cases are pre-screened and eligible for an immigration bond. Guidance and mentorship are available during the case. All are welcome—no prior immigration experience required.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a pathway to US citizenship for eligible immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents. SIJS cases involve two parts: (1) a state court custody or guardianship case that places the child in the legal care of a parent or guardian, followed by (2) an immigration application for SIJS. For these cases, CVLS and the NIJC seek volunteers willing to represent the parents or guardians in uncontested custody and guardianship cases in Cook, Lake, Kane and Will Counties. Once the state court “predicate order” is obtained, the NIJC will take over the case for the immigration application.
After your client’s I-601A waiver is approved, there are still a number of steps, new agencies, and international travel before your client becomes a resident. This CLE will briefly address filing your client’s application for residency with the National Visa Center, how to get your clients scheduled for an interview abroad at a US consulate, with a particular focus on the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and how to bring your clients home. We will also briefly cover some potential inadmissibility issues clients can encounter at their medical exam or consular interview, which will help you better issue spot when screening clients for possible I-601A waivers.
This CLE will focus on complex U Visas, including how to come up with qualifying crimes that are not necessarily on the I-918B, identifying when your client needs a waiver, and how to overcome your client’s inadmissibility issues.
The definition of a particular social group remains one of the most complicated topics in asylum law, particularly in light of recent case law and a federal circuit split. This CLE will begin with a brief overview of 7th Circuit case law, and it will include a discussion of gang-related asylum cases, gender-based asylum claims, and victims of domestic violence. It will also include guidance on how to formulate a particular social group in your asylum case.
Alén Takhsh will provide an overview of U.S. asylum law, including the provisions under withholding of removal and and withholding/deferral of removal under the U.N. Convention Against Torture. The presentation should serve as an excellent review for experienced practitioners and an introduction for those who are new to the field.
Spouses, children and parents of United States legal permanent residents or citizens may be eligible to apply for lawful status in the United States if they have been the victims of abuse at the hands of their legal permanent resident or citizen spouse, parent or child. This presentation will explain eligibility requirements, bars to eligibility, how to build your case and the path to legal permanent residence in the United States.
This discussion will cover the basics of adjustment of status. What it is? Who is eligible? Who is grandfathered under INA 245(i)? Red flags to watch out for! This panel will primarily focus on adjustment of status as it relates to the family-based immigration context.
Recent changes to federal immigration policy have created an immediate need for pro bono services for Chicago’s undocumented immigrant population. In this training Rebekah Rashidfarokhi, Director of CVLS’ Guardian ad Litem Program for Minors will go over the options to help undocumented immigrants fearing deportation or detention create safety plans for their families using statutory short-term guardianships. Short-term guardianships do not require a court appearance, take effect upon the occurrence of a specified event such as deportation, and can be executed or revoked at any time.