Straight to Citizenship: No Naturalization Required

Straight to Citizenship: No Naturalization Required

Straight to Citizenship: No Naturalization Required (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 11/30/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

How do attorneys prove a client’s birth in the United States when they were delivered by a midwife who cannot be located and witnesses are deceased? How do attorneys prove their clients’ derivative citizenship? What are the latest trends for denials of these cases? What is the current success rate for these cases with and without litigating? Our panel of experts will discuss how to prove U.S. citizenship when the individual does not have a government-issued document proving U.S. birth and/or when at least one parent is a U.S. citizen but the child was born abroad.

Featured Topics:

  • Evidentiary standards for proving derivative and/or acquired citizenship
  • Helping families navigate reproductive avenues and options, accounting for citizenship of the child
  • Case law updates, new USCIS guidance, and relevant Foreign Affairs Manual sections
  • When litigating is the only option: best practices and tips
  • N-600 vs. N-6000K vs. Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) vs. U.S. passports

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Meghann E. LaFountain (DL), AILA Military Committee, Middletown, CT

Meghann E. LaFountain is the owner of LaFountain Immigration Law, LLC. She is immediate past chair of the AILA Connecticut Chapter. Her practice focuses on removal defense, affirmative asylum applications, other humanitarian relief (e.g., SIJ, U visas, VAWA), family-based cases, naturalizations, and international adoptions. She received her JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law (2011).

Petula Natasha McShiras, AILA Benefits Litigation Committee, Greenwood Village, CO

Petula McShiras is a Senior Associate Attorney with Kolko & Casey, P.C. She has presented locally and nationally on naturalization, cancellation of removal, and H-1Bs. Petula is a past Chair of the Colorado Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves on the AILA Benefits Litigation Committee. She earned her law degree from the University of Denver and her BA in Political Science and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Robert J. Casazza, New York, NY

Robert J. Casazza is a Partner with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy in New York. Robert is responsible for Fragomen's USCIS District Office Practice and CBP Liaison, both in New York and across the country. This work includes AOS and Natz interviews, emergency travel authorization and local case inquiries, often on complicated matters and for VIP clients. Robert has appeared at more than 50 different USCIS offices and well over 1000 interviews since the 1990s. He is a member of the NY District Director Liaison Committee and is listed as a mentor for Permanent Residence, Naturalization, and local office practice.

Christopher D. Pineda, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Brownsville, TX

Christopher D. Pineda is an attorney with the federal government in Brownsville, Texas. His represents the U.S. in federal court in civil cases, including in the areas of immigration, civil rights, torts, and employment. He currently serves on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and as an officer with the State Bar’s Hispanic Issues Section. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard Kennedy School, and Boston University School of Law.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.