Avoiding Denials in Extreme Hardship Immigration Petitions: Strategies & Obstacles for the Evaluator & Lawyer

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Course Description

Immigration lawyers must contend with the possibility that extreme hardship petitions may be denied by the USCIS. In this seminar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Attorney with experience in criminal mitigation and immigration representation, Mark Silver will highlight and discuss the major reasons for denials of extreme hardship petitions by the USCIS.

Mr. Silver will then instruct attorneys how to analyze these denials and subsequently employ best practices in efforts to overcome the related obstacles. Further, Mr. Silver will advise how attorneys can respond to denials through the advocacy of the psychosocial forensic experts working in conjunction with immigration lawyers.

Learning Objectives:

I. Anticipate and mitigate denials in extreme hardship petitions

II. Respond to anticipated denials through proactive measures and interventions

III. Leverage the advocacy of a psychosocial forensic expert

IV. Benefit from psychosocial forensic expertise in responding to petition denials

Length: 1hr 5min

Member Reviews

I have listened to a lot of your CLE's and this was the best. Sets a new standard.
- Sarah W.
WOW!! Cream of the crop. A must expert for immigration cases.
- Cia B.
This is a brilliant lecture, outstanding in every way, by someone who really understands and obviously cares deeply about his subject.
- Roger A.
Excellent presentation and materials; many thanks!
- Lori G.
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Meet the Lecturer(s)

Mark Silver

My name is MARK SOLOMON SILVER. I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have a Combined Specialist Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. I have also completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Certificate Program in Family Therapy at Smith College, and a Doctor of Psychology at the Southern California University for Professional Studies. In addition, I hold a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York, Queens College, and I am admitted to practice law in New York. I have published more than a dozen papers on forensic social work and mental health practice in criminal and immigration consultation for attorneys in various academic and practice journals, and I have lectured on various aspects of these subjects. I am the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Third Edition. (2011). For about the past ten years, I have worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. To date I have worked on more than 1200 such cases in forensic immigration and criminal practice and consultation. I have worked with clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. I have also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.


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