Last weekend I gave a presentation along with my colleague, David Wright, at a conference of Social Security practitioners. The conference was geared towards experienced practitioners who practice in the 9th Circuit (California, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Washington and Oregon.) Both David and I practice immigration law and Social Security disability law so we spoke about immigration issues that we see in Social Security disability cases.
We discussed how to analyze a case for the immigration issues and what to look for before taking on representation of immigrants. We discussed some new developments in the law such as the extension of eligibility of SSI to nine years instead of seven for refugees and other humanitarian immigrants. We reviewed some of the common immigration documents and how to obtain more information about a potential client’s immigration status by doing a FOIA.
A copy of our written article appears on my California immigration lawyer blog here. I still have 25 booklets referred to in footnote 3 – “Guide to Selected U.S. Travel and Identity Documents, ” published by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement. I would be happy to send them for free to the first 25 people who contact me, as long as the mailing address is in the United States.