Immigration Court for First Timers


Re-Broadcast on December 20, 2017

In this program attorneys will learn practical tools for preparing for appearances for Immigration Cases before the Immigration Court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

This course is co-sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Appearing before the Immigration Court
•   Interviews at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
•   Helping your client before the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Date / Time: December 20, 2017

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
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Lymari Casta, Esq.

An Immigration Attorney for over 11 years, Ms. Casta represents individuals with their immigration matters in all 50 states of the U.S., Puerto Rico, and before U.S. Consulates throughout the world. Her practice focuses on Removal Defense and Appeals.

Ms. Casta has been selected as a Super Lawyer: Rising Star and Top Women Attorney in Immigration Practice, NY Metro area in 2014 & 2015. She is a frequent guest at NEWS 12 and other New York news media outlets for her commentary on changes to U.S. Immigration Law.

Ms. Casta is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – NY & NJ Chapters. Ms. Casta pro bono efforts include: the AILA Military Assistant Program, and NY Daily News Citizenship Call-in.

Ms. Casta is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court; New York State Supreme Court; U.S. Court Of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; and, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Ms. Casta earned a Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Psychology and Criminology, from the University of Miami in Florida. Then earned a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She then obtained a Juris Doctor Degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York City. Ms. Casta also completed an International and Comparative Law Summer Program, at the Universidad de Palermo, Facultad de Derecho, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Section I. Venues
a) Immigration Courts
b) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
c) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
d) U.S. Customs and Border Protection
e) U.S. Consulates
f) Appeal Appearances: U.S. Federal Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals.
g) Detention Facilities

Section II. Appearing before the Immigration Court
a) Introduction:
        i. Overview of the Immigration Court System
        ii. Jurisdiction of the Court
        iii. Requisites to practice before the Immigration Court
        iv. EOIR Practice Manuals & Court Memoranda
        v. Individual Judges Rules
        vi. Evidentiary rules
        vi. Individual Case Information
b) Preparing for your hearing:
        i. Type of Hearing
        ii. Type of Appearance
        iii. Observing an Immigration Court Hearing
        iv. Reviewing court case file
        v. Forms
        vi. Reviewing Charging Documents
        vii. Preparing submissions
        viii. Preparing your client
c) The day of the hearing
        i. Where to go?
        ii. Checking in
        iii. Parties at the hearing.
d) Master Hearings, Bond Hearing, Credible Fear hearing, MAM hearing, Individual hearing
        i. What will be asked
        ii. Be prepared to respond
        iv. Submitting documents and applications
        v. Client’s and witnesses’ testimony
        vi. Duties to your client
        vii. Calendar

Section III. Appearing before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
a) Introduction:
        i. Office Locations
        ii. Jurisdiction
        iii. C.F.R., INA, Memos
b) Preparing for the Interview:
        i. Type of Interview
        ii. Preparing submissions
        iii. Preparing your client
c) The day of the interview
        i. What to expect
        ii. Your role

Section III. Appearing before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection
a) Introduction:
        i. Office Locations
b) What to expect