MCLE: Immigration

April 2, 2020
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Bar Association of San Francisco

Immigration
Citizenship for Disabled Clients: Understanding the N-648 Medical Waiver

  • Thursday, April 2nd, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Presented by Brett Snider, Esq. – Jewish Family and Children’s Services
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
  • Overview: One of the biggest roadblocks to becoming a U.S. citizen can be demonstrating knowledge of the English language and U.S. history and civics. Learning a new language such as English is difficult under normal circumstances, and it can be near impossible for clients living with certain disabilities. Luckily, clients seeking to naturalize can apply for a medical waiver from these requirements, using Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. When prepared properly, this N-648 medical waiver can excuse an impaired citizenship applicant from the requirement to speak, read, and/or write in English or to answer questions about U.S. history and civics. However, this form can only be prepared by certain medical and mental health professionals, creating a unique challenge for attorneys who assist clients with these waivers. USCIS has also increased its scrutiny in adjudicating these waivers, making it essential for experienced attorneys to know how to advocate for these waivers at their clients’ naturalization interviews. In this training, we will cover the basics that will allow you to screen for, file, and advocate for medical waivers for your eligible clients who wish to become U.S. citizens. In this training, we will cover the basics that will allow you to screen for, file, and advocate for medical waivers for your eligible clients who wish to become U.S. citizens. This includes:
    • Screening for medical waivers
    • Overview of Form N-648 and requirements
    • Navigating communication between your client and their healthcare provider(s)
    • New USCIS guidelines for adjudicating Form N-648
    • Preparing your client for the interview
    • Advocating for medical waiver at the interview
    • Strategies for fighting denied medical waiver

 

This is a free training open to all attorneys, paralegals, law students, and those interested in the legal field. We hope to see you there!

 

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To register: Email mcle@alrp.org

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