On this webinar, we review the most common and difficult inadmissibility challenges faced by U nonimmigrant applicants, arguments for those that do not apply, and how to screen for them, discuss how to address them on the Form I-918 application and the Form I-192 waiver request, strategies for winning waivers, and what kinds of inadmissibility waivers have succeeded or failed and why. We also discuss how to address inadmissibility issues that are triggered after the filing of a U application, after approval of a U application, upon departure from the United States, and at adjustment.
Sally Kinoshita, ILRC Deputy Director & Staff Attorney
Sally is the principal author of the ILRC publication entitled, The U Visa: Obtaining Immigration Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime and the co-author of the ILRC publications, The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants; Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for Children Under Juvenile Court Jurisdiction and Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Susan Bowyer, San Francisco Director of Immigration Center for Women and Children and Director of Immigrant Survivors’ Legal Aid
Susan has been the Managing Attorney at IIBA, an attorney and echoing green fellow at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and the Acting Director at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment. For the past decade, she has provided immigration legal services for low income immigrants, and she has special expertise in immigration applications for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. In addition, she has presented dozens of trainings on immigration relief for battered immigrants, including presentations at the 2008 California and 2009 National AILA Conferences.
Jessica Farb, Immigrant Victim Legal Services Coordinator at International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) in Oakland
Jessica began working with immigrant crime victims in 2003 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego. Then while pursuing her law degree in Washington D.C., she worked for the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and helped represent immigrant clients at Ayuda and Holland & Knight. In August 2008, Jessica returned to California to work at IIBA's immigrant crime victim program, through direct services, outreach, and technical assistance.
Catherine Ward-Seitz, Regional Immigration Coordinator for Bay Area Legal Aid
Catherine has been working in the field of immigration law since 1990, starting out as legal assistant and then a BIA Accredited Representative before her admission to the bar in December of 2001. Before joining Bay Area Legal Aid as Regional Immigration Coordinator in July of 2009, she worked at Canal Alliance, the International Institute of the East Bay, and the private immigration law firm of Simmons & Ungar.