Fall 2019 Course Schedule

Immigration Issues: Family & Employment (LAW-967-001)
Benjamin Mark Moss

Meets: 02:00 PM - 03:50 PM (Tu) - Warren - Room N102

Enrolled: 19 / Limit: 22

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June 30, 2019: Draft syllabus has been posted. July 24, 2019: Updated syllabus has been posted. MyWCL course page is live.


Designed to be practical, this seminar introduces family and employment immigration practice through two vectors: substantive law and process. Vector 1: substantive law—the substantive law governing visa and other immigration benefit eligibility. Topics include a sampling of some of the most significant immigrant and non-immigrant visas, naturalization and affirmative and defensive citizenship claims, and an introduction to protective law (e.g., asylum). Vector 2: process—the procedural law and practice of affirmatively applying for immigration benefits, as well as practical steps to get the desired visa or immigration benefit. Topics include the U.S. immigration apparatus, the process for affirmatively applying for immigration benefits, obtaining supporting information from clients and other sources to complete benefits applications, ethical issues in immigration practice, preparing and submitting the application, responding to requests for evidence, the administrative process for further review of an adverse decision, and judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act and administrative law principles. Objectives: After completing this course, students will understand not just the eligibility requirements for a sampling of some of the most significant visas and other immigration benefits, but also the practical process of actually assisting a client seeking an immigration benefit or claiming citizenship, from intake to, if necessary and desirable, appeal. Target audience: This course provides an introduction to the topics discussed in the syllabus. All students are encouraged to enroll in this introductory immigration course; students who already possess a basic understanding of these topics may prefer to take an advanced course, instead. Please read this syllabus before making final course selections to ensure this course is a good fit for you.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Most of the reading for this course is contained in a reader that will be available for download, and print copies will also be available for purchase at the copy center. If complete print / electronic copies are not available before the first class meeting, a copy of the reading assignment for the first week will be made available to students who are registered for the course. Once it is available, students are encouraged to download the electronic version of the reader for ease of reference during class. Additionally, computer-assisted searching the electronic version is a quick and effective way to find desired information. When reading Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) and United States Code (U.S.C.) provisions, the following free resource is highly recommended: https://www.law.cornell.edu/

First Class Readings

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