Unusual Paths to Residency and Citizenship

Unusual Paths to Residency and Citizenship

Unusual Paths to Residency and Citizenship (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 08/01/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Immigration law has seen many significant changes over the years. There are entire generations of practitioners who have never handled cases currently deemed “unusual” but formerly considered run of the mill. With this in mind, how can attorneys screen for relief that they never knew existed? The panelists will discuss rarely considered forms of relief that still exist but seldom surface in the hopes of helping attorneys spot the unicorns!

Featured Topics:

  • Foundlings, registry, and Western Hemisphere cases
  • Residency and family unity through the Legalization or Special Agricultural Worker (SAW) programs or the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)
  • Jay Treaty cases: blood quantum and status through tribal membership
  • INA §245(i): How does it work? Is it an admission if your client needs to readjust?
    • Examples of INA §245(i) gone wrong
  • Naturalization for the military: expedited treatment and special exceptions

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Christine J. Alden (DL), Miami, FL

Christine J. Alden is a Shareholder at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. She is a past chair of the AILA South Florida Chapter and currently serves as Chair of the Congressional Liaison Committee for AILA South Florida and as a member of AILA’s Distance Learning Committee. She received her JD from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law (1996).

Kathrin S. Mautino, AILA Naturalization Online Course Committee Chair, San Diego CA

Kathrin S. Mautino practices in San Diego, California. She has been certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization for over 20 years—presently there are fewer than 200 attorneys with such certification. Ms. Mautino is considered an expert on topics as diverse as the Western Hemisphere Priority Date program and citizenship issues for children born in the United States to foreign diplomats.

Nancy A. Falgout, Houston, TX

Nancy A. Falgout has practiced immigration law for forty years, concentrating on family-based immigration, naturalization, and humanitarian forms of relief. She is currently of counsel with Javier N. Maldonado & Associates, P.C.

Heather Fathali, Bellingham, WA

Heather Fathali has practiced as an attorney with Cascadia Cross-Border Law in Bellingham, WA since 2014 and has served as AILA WA's consular committee chair since 2019. Heather’s practice focuses on employment-based U.S. immigration, citizenship, and expatriation matters. She also dedicates a special area of her practice to the Jay Treaty and the unique rules pertaining to American Indians Born in Canada. Heather received her JD from Seattle University School of Law in 2014.

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.