Practicing Immigration Law in the Era of COVID-19 (On-Demand)

$184.00

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every facet of daily life, including the practice of immigration law. This course will dive into how immigration practitioners have had to adapt to this new and unsettling reality. There are three (3) parts to the presentation: agency response to the pandemic, practice management, and emerging issues/open questions.

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Event Details

Course Type

Course Instructor

Andrew J. Rankin, Esq.

Original Date Of Course

General Credits

2

Course Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every facet of daily life, including the practice of immigration law. This course will dive into how immigration practitioners have had to adapt to this new and unsettling reality. There are three (3) parts to the presentation: agency response to the pandemic, practice management, and emerging issues/open questions.

Principles

  • Agency Response to the Pandemic – the Most Important and Fundamental Points
  • Practice Management
  • Emerging Issues/Open Questions

Syllabus

  1. Agency Response to the Pandemic – the Most Important and Fundamental Points
    • USCIS
        • Closure to the public
        • June 4 reopening
            • Asylum Offices
            • Field Offices
            • Application Support Centers
            • Naturalization ceremonies
            • Interview Protocol
      • Flexibilities
          • Signature requirement
          • Telephonic appearance of counsel and any interpreter
          • Extension of deadlines to answer RFEs, NOIDs, and other notices.
          • Satisfactory departure for ESTA.
                • Overlap with CBP.
  • EOIR
      • Closure of non-detained courts
      • Phased reopening of non-detained courts.
          • Process
              • U.S. Attorney’s Office gets involved.
              • EOIR in the USAO jurisdiction reopens 2 weeks later.
          • Status of detained courts.
          • Standing Orders
              • Big problem with relaxed telephonic appearances – waive objections to E solely because atty does not have ability to examine the E.
          • Lawsuits
              • AILA New Jersey Chapter
              • Purpose behind lawsuits
    • ICE
        • Temporary suspension of large-scale enforcement operations
        • Resumption of operations
    • CBP
        • Border closures with Canada and Mexico
    • DOS
        • Closure of posts worldwide
        • Emergency appointments
        • Phased resumption of certain services to foreign nationals.

2.  Practice Management

  • Meeting with clients
      • Best practices
      • Handling documents
          • Best practices
    • Why reputation is so important – especially now – what I’ve learned
        • Decreased marketing in the community
        • Increased referrals by word of mouth

3.  Emerging Issues/Open Questions

  • Using public health to direct immigration policy
      • Examples from President Trump
        • Proclamations
        • Travel Bans
  • Fragility of the Immigration System
      • USCIS budget crises
          • General funding through applications
          • Card printing delays

Instructor

Andrew J. Rankin, Esq.

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