Understanding the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)

Recorded Date: 
03/28/2013
Recorded Length: 
90 minutes

This webinar is intended for legal service providers familiar with the basics of the family visa petition (I-130) process and interested in a more advanced discussion regarding the CSPA’s role in that process. During our presentation, we will review how the CSPA protects immediate relatives, including the effects of not only the 21st birthday of the beneficiary at issue, but also their marriage/divorce or the naturalization of the petitioner. We will also cover how to calculate the CSPA age of a preference category beneficiary, including several participatory examples. We’ll review how the visa bulletin is involved in this and when and how visa regression affects the CSPA age.  Finally, we’ll examine the rules regarding the recapturing of priority dates and how the CSPA may protect asylee derivatives.

Presenters:

Charles Wheeler, Director – Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, and has practiced and taught immigration law for two decades. Mr. Wheeler oversees CLINIC’s National Legal Center for Immigrants. He manages support and advocacy work on immigration law and related issues affecting immigrants. Mr. Wheeler directed the National Immigration Law Center for more than ten years. He has served on boards of the National Immigration Forum, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and other leading organizations. He is a member of the State Bars of California, Colorado and Maryland.

Lourdes Martinez, Staff Attorney – Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
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.