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Date and Time:
03/07/2024 11:00am to 12:30pm PST
Recorded Date:
03/07/2024
Place:
Online
Registration Deadline:
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 11:00am
MCLE:
1.5 CA & TX

Level: Intermediate

This webinar will cover the different ways that naturalization applicants with disabilities can navigate the USCIS application with possible accommodations, a waiver of the English/civics requirement, and/or a waiver of the oath requirement. The different statutory history, regulations, and administrative guidance for these three provisions will be covered.

Speakers will describe the 2022 changes to the USCIS Form N-648 and the USCIS Policy Manual for the disability waiver of the English/civics requirement and offer practice tips.

Presenters

Peggy Gleason, Senior Staff Attorney - ILRC

Peggy Gleason, who has dedicated her career to immigrant rights, joined ILRC in 2019 as a senior staff attorney in Washington, D.C.She worked most recently in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, dealing with civil rights complaints concerning U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Earlier, she worked on family and humanitarian immigration policy and legal issues for the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman and on legal access issues for the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review.Before her time with the federal government, she was a senior attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s training and technical support section for 23 years, providing technical assistance and training to CLINIC’s affiliated programs and other nonprofits nationwide. She also represented immigrant clients of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services for the Archdiocese of Washington. She began fulltime practice of immigration law while working for the Colorado Rural Legal Services Farmworker Program.She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Ibero-American Studies and earned her J.D. at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Colorado Bar.Peggy is a frequent speaker on immigration law topics and contributor to publications. She speaks Spanish.

Brett Snider, Director, Legal Services Department - Jewish Family and Children's Services

Brett Snider graduated from UC College of the Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings) in 2011 and became a member of the California Bar in Dec 2011. Brett started in immigration law as a pro bono volunteer with Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) Legal Services department in 2014, helping with individual cases and citizenship workshops. He has been the Director of the Department of Legal Services since 2016. Through his work JFCS, Brett has been able to advocate on behalf of many seniors and those with disabilities who have needed accommodations and waivers as part of their immigration or naturalization cases. Brett is a Texas native, but he’s been a Bay Area resident since 2008. He currently lives with his partner in Oakland.