Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law Studies

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2024 Priority Deadline: April 4, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline: May 16, 2024

According to the United States Census Bureau, the 2015 American Survey recorded that more than 43.3 million immigrants reside in the United States. According to the NYC Department of City Planning's Population Division, over 3 million New York City residents are foreign born. Professionals working in many fields regularly face a wide range of issues confronting the immigrant population.

The Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law program is an innovative course of study that offers the opportunity for professionals working with immigrant populations to expand their knowledge and gain skills to help them advance professionally.

Students in the program:

  • Identify and analyze immigration issues to assess legal status and options
  • Locate and access the resources needed to analyze issues
  • Identify major immigration applications and forms, their purposes, and issues
  • Develop strategies for successful presentation of major applications
  • Recognizethe implications of the unauthorized practice of law

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Career Prospects

The courses, developed and taught by practicing immigration law judges and attorneys, are offered completely online.

Graduates may pursue careers working with immigrant populations in areas such as law, education, government, and non-profit and community-based organizations.

It is important to note that this program does not qualify anyone who does not hold an attorney’s license to practice law.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to advanced certificate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution.

Scheduling Note: Beginning in the spring 2020 semester, all courses in the advanced certificate in immigration law program will be offered exclusively online.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2024 Priority Deadline: April 4, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline: May 16, 2024
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Marie Mendoza

Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law

"The discussion board provides constant feedback and, with everyone from different states, broadens the conversations and highlights different experiences."

Cynthia Robinson Civil

Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law

“Returning to school and completing my education has opened doors for me and has given me the ability to help my family and make a better life for the next generation.”

Ben Anthony

Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law

"I am now practicing immigration law in immigration court. There was no greater feeling than when I walked into court for the first time. If I had never gone back to court after that day, I would have accomplished what I set out to do."

Beatriz Gil

Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law

"The program confirmed my passion for law and my desire to pursue law school."

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