U Visas: Advanced and Emerging Issues

Thursday September 22

  • By: ASISTA
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    American Bar Association
    1050 Connecticut Ave NW
    Room JM-570
    Washington, DC
  • Contact:

This training will feature USCIS representatives addressing current U visa policy and procedures and expert panelists discussing advanced and emerging issues related to U nonimmigrants (see program below).  Participants and panelists will share strategies in complex scenarios that may arise in U visa cases. This training assumes knowledge of U visa applications and adjustment of status and is intended for those with experience working on U visa cases.

USCIS Speakers:

  • Susan Dibbins, Branch Chief, USCIS Administrative Appeals Office
  • Jessica Salsbury, Policy Analyst, Family Immigration and Victim Protection Division, USCIS Office of Policy & Strategy
  • Representative, USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (invited)
  • Representative, USCIS Ombudsman's Office (invited)

Expert Panelists:

  • Eunice Cho, Staff Attorney, Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel, ASISTA
  • Sonia Parras-Konrad, Co-Director, ASISTA
  • Gail Pendleton, Co-Director, ASISTA
  • Archi Pyati, Director of Policy and Programs, Tahirih Justice Center
  • Jean Bruggeman, Executive Director, Freedom Network (invited)
  • Anne Schaufele, Staff Attorney, Ayuda Project END , Ayuda (invited)


  • U Caserounds - In this interactive session, panelists and participants will discuss strategies and practice pointers related to typical U visa challenges
  • Challenging U Issues - Panelists and participants will examine the latest issues and approaches to overcoming (a) voluntary departure and reinstatement Issues, (b) inadmissibility for criminal conduct, and (c) detention and removal
  • USCIS Policy Roundtable - USCIS Representatives will discuss updates on U visa policy and procedures.
  • Emerging U visa Categories - Experts will discuss latest practice and policy challenges for U cases arising in the workplace, in cases involving notario fraud, extortion and related crimes, and in labor trafficking situations
  • Breakout Sessions - Making policy happen with your cases

Panelists and participants will break into two groups to discuss nuts and bolts of presenting cases that (a) challenge the delay in issuing work authorization or (b) successfully obtain parole for U derivatives and principals stranded abroad.

To Register, please go to http://www.asistahelp.org/index.cfm/27058/79256/u_visas_advanced_topics__emerging_issues.

  • CLE Credit Comments: VA CLE credit for this training will be applied for separately. Although we encourage OVW grantees to attend, we cannot offer free admission due to a drastic cut in our OVW budget. We suggest that OVW grantees contact your program managers to request allocating money from your grant training budget to support attending this training.