Family-Based Immigration: Basics

Friday May 03

  • By: ILRC
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Golden Gate University
    536 Mission Street, 4th Floor
    San Francisco, CA

This seminar is intended for legal service providers who are new to the area of family-based immigration and will focus on the basics of the family visa petition. We will go over the I-130 petition, including what relatives can qualify for family-based immigration; how priority dates are established, lost and recaptured; how beneficiaries of family petitions move around the preference categories with events such as marriage, divorce or the naturalization of the petitioner; what is the role of the visa bulletin and what happens when the visa availability date advances or regresses. The discussion will include an overview of the rules applying to widows and other beneficiaries when the qualifying relative dies. Finally, this seminar will also cover the adjustment of status process under INA 245(a) and the immigrant visa application process through consular processing. There will be a brief introduction to the grounds of inadmissibility.


  • Erin Quinn, Staff Attorney - Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
    Erin brings to ILRC over 8 years of experience as an immigration defense attorney and holds a joint degree in law and public policy (JD/MPP) from the University of Michigan. Prior to opening her own practice in 2007, Ms. Quinn represented immigrants as an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe. Her experience in immigration law and policy includes working as a fellow for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, EU headquarters in Belgium; clerking for the Immigration Court of San Francisco; and guest lecturer at CSU Eastbay.
  • Lourdes Martinez, Staff Attorney - Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
    Before joining ILRC, Lourdes worked as an immigration attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center in the DC metropolitan area, where she represented immigrant women and girls survivors of gender-based violence on immigration matters. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where she was awarded the JB & Maurice Shapiro Public Service Fellowship for her dedication to public interest law. While in law school, she worked on international human rights litigation involving cases from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean both, with the International Human Rights Clinic at GWU and as a law clerk with the Center for Justice and International Law in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Register at The registration deadline is 04/25/2013. The cost is $165.

  • CLE Credit Comments: 2.75 CA