Immigration Law Certificate for Paralegals and Legal Practitioners

Learn to help non-native residents in one of Georgia’s most under-served areas of law

This course helps fill the growing need for immigration law practitioners. Successful participants will:

  • assess the tools for an applicant, petitioner, or beneficiary to pursue certain immigration paths or resolve immigration questions
  • gain practical exposure to various important immigration forms
  • learn to develop a persuasive application for applicants
  • learn to conduct research of the various types of immigrant and non-immigrant visas
  • learn how to prepare clients for the interviews or court appearances


  • Format: Classroom

    Hours: 24 hours/2.4 CEUs 

    Where: UGA's Gwinnett campus 

    When: Sept. 1 - Oct. 20, 2015

    Cost: $525 including textbook

Georgia needs immigration law practitioners

The average salary for an immigration paralegal is $52,000 per year in Georgia, where there is high demand for immigration-related services.  Georgia has a large population of immigrants, nonimmigrants and undocumented aliens who may need guidance on matters affecting their permanent or temporary U.S. residency.  For example, since many international companies are establishing facilities in Georgia, there is an increased need for visas for their professionals. 

Only certain professionals can provide legal advice and legal services on immigration matters.  Mainly, they are either attorneys or a special category called “accredited representatives.”  These are people who work at a specific location for specific U.S. non-profit religious, charitable, or social organizations. 

These organizations are authorized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to represent aliens in immigration proceedings.

What you will learn in this course

Immigration Law Certificate for Paralegals and Legal Practitioners is an intensive, hands-on course highlighting the most relevant matters of immigration, including: 

  • reasons for attorney/counselor involvement
  • preparing persuasive petitions
  • client interviews and strategies
  • researching statutory, regulatory and case law
  • properly completing forms and documents
  • nonimmigrant and immigrant visas
  • asylum, naturalization, and citizenship
  • relief before the courts
  • relief in removal proceedings

Who Should Attend?

  • Paralegals and others working under an attorney who can legally advise and represent clients
  • Those who want to become accredited immigration representatives working for BIA-accredited organizations
  • Law school students and graduates, legal advocates, management consultants, and attorneys in private practice that are unfamiliar with immigration procedures  

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Course Date Info: 

Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Course Fee(s): 

$525 including textbook

Continuing Education Information: 

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 24 hours of course work.

Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments is required. To receive your Certificate of Completion, your attendance is also required for all eight sessions.

Maria Christina Cajiao, J.D. is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Speak Legal, LLC. She handles a wide range of legal matters for domestic and international clients around the globe. She has served clients within the firm and with her previous employer, an international billion-dollar-plus telecommunications' corporation, where she handled numerous immigration and other legal matters for clients, providers, and subsidiaries of the company worldwide. Ms. Cajiao is familiar with legal requirements of doing business overseas and helping international companies with business in the U.S.A.

The instructor is fluent in English and Spanish. She is a law graduate from Saint Bonventure University and a lawyer admitted to practice in Colombia. In addition, the instructor has bachelor's degree in international commerce from Colombia, an Associate of Computer Studies from Gwinnett Technical College, and a Master of Law (LL.M) from Emory University.

Through comprehensive understanding of all aspects of immigration law, Ms. Cajiao represents businesses, families, and private individuals in petitions for work visas, green cards, family visas and more.