We are very proud to announce Nancy recently completed a comprehensive course on immigration law. We are very grateful to Nancy for diligently completing all the sessions as well as the final exam.

Below, Nancy tells us a little more about the course:

Q: You recently took a comprehensive course on immigration law. How long was the course and what topics did you cover?

A: The course was six weeks long with two webinars per week and ended with a final exam. The course covered many immigration topics such as family-based petitions, the naturalization process, and the various forms of humanitarian relief, among others.

Q: What was the most interesting thing you learned from the course?

A: The whole course itself was quite interesting. I would have to say the most interesting thing I learned was about the different types of visas. There are about 185 different types of visas, which fall into two different categories. The first category is the nonimmigrant visas, which are for temporary visits such as tourism, business, work, visiting family and studying. The second category is the immigrant visas which are used for people who wish to immigrate to the United States.

Q: Was there an area of immigration law you were not familiar with?

A: Yes, I was not familiar with the Child Status Protection Act, which is also known as CSPA. The CSPA is a law signed by president George Bush in August 2002. This law helps some beneficiaries maintain their status as a “child” for immigration purposes. A “child” is defined as an individual who is unmarried and under 21 years of age. However, Congress recognized due to the long processing times, many people were aging out, or turning 21, and being left out of the “child” classification. The CSPA formula allows the individual to subtract the time their petition was pending from their age at the time the priority date becomes current. In some cases, this results in the individual being considered to under 21 years of age and eligible to immigrate. For others, it means continued waiting.

Q: What is something you learned that you are excited to put into effect with our clients?

A: I was reminded of the importance of maintaining good communication with our clients, which is something I will continue doing. It is very important to always inform clients of how their case is proceeding and remind them they can call us with any questions; we will be here to help!

Congratulations, Nancy!

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