U (Non-Immigrant) Visa Petitions: Psychosocial Evaluations

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Course Description

Non-immigrant U-Visas are intended for individuals who have been the victim of a crime, have assisted the police and/or District Attorney's Office with the prosecution of the criminal, and have suffered physical and/or psychological harm as a result of the crime. In this program, Mark Silver outlines the major criteria of the U-visa category. Mr. Silver then explains the various relevant psychosocial factors in this brand of visa application. Mr. Silver finishes the program with an in-depth explanation of the evaluation process and why such evaluations may be necessary for proper and comprehensive representation of the client.

Learning Objectives:

I. Comprehend major background issues and criteria of the U (Non-Immigrant) Visa

II. Identify important psychosocial factors necessary in completing an evaluation of this petition

III. Recognize the types of harm that qualify the petitioner for this Visa category

Length: 1hr 2min

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Very articulate speaker. Presented a great deal of information in an interesting way.
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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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