CLINIC e-Learning Course on Good Moral Character and Naturalization – March 18, 2013

CLINIC E-Learning Course on Good Moral Character and Naturalization

Date and Time
March 18, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Host Organization

This four week training provides an in-depth examination of the statutory and regulatory requirements for demonstrating good moral character in naturalization cases.  The training will cover the crime based bars to showing good moral character including crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies.  We will also examine the regulatory requirements of good moral character such as failure to register for the selective service, provide child support or pay income taxes.  We will also explore how to assess the likelihood that a client will be found to lack good moral character under the “residual clause” or as a matter of discretion.

The course starts on March 18 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on March 25.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith. For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at

Training Level: Advanced.  This is an in depth look at the requirements for good moral character in naturalization cases for the practitioner who already understands the basic requirements for naturalization. Familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed.

Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive
a course completion certificate at the end of the course.

Registration Information:

The training is free for the staff of community-based organizations in one of the 8 cities designated by the New Americans Campaign, including Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Miami, New York City and San Jose.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.


Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 13, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at

Posted on February 25, 2013

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Impact Report.

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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More