This two-part series provide a thorough overview of the process of family immigration and is designed for attorneys, paralegals, and accredited representatives who are new to family-based immigration, as well as for experienced practitioners who are looking for a review on the subject.
In the first webinar, we cover the family visa petition, including: what relatives qualify for family immigration, including LGBT couples; the Child Status Protection Act; options upon the death of a qualifying relative; how preference categories and priority dates work and filing procedures. There is approximately 30 minutes allocated to answer questions throughout the presentation.
Lourdes Martinez, ILRC Staff Attorney and co-author of ILRC's Families & Immigration manual
Before joining ILRC, Lourdes worked as an immigration attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center in the DC metropolitan area, where she represented immigrant women and girls survivors of gender-based violence on immigration matters. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where she was awarded the JB & Maurice Shapiro Public Service Fellowship for her dedication to public interest law. While in law school, she worked on international human rights litigation involving cases from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean both, with the International Human Rights Clinic at GWU and as a law clerk with the Center for Justice and International Law in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Erin Quinn, ILRC Staff Attorney