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Immigration Laws Specialist (LSICC)

Location(s): Online

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Award: Career Certificate
Pathway to Associate Degree: Legal Studies - Paralegal (LSPAR)
Academic Focus Area: Community and Human Services

This career certificate prepares students for legal careers related to immigration law. Students pursuing the MCC Immigration Laws Specialist Career Certificate learn about the roles and functions of immigration law professionals who aid attorneys with work visas, family-based residency, Homeland Security policies and issues, citizenship and naturalization, employer verification and law enforcement, as well as specific client considerations. Possible career locations include work in nongovernmental organizations, local and federal government agencies, private and public institutions, and businesses. Federal regulations at 8 C.F.R. § 1292.1(a)(4) allow non-attorney “Accredited Representatives” to represent aliens before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which includes the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). This career certificate does not qualify any person to engage in the practice of immigration law.


Graduation Requirement 
To earn this degree, a student must complete all required courses.
Total credit hours required to complete this career certificate: 27.0

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Major Requirements - 27.0 credits

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and apply core concepts of U.S. immigration law, policy, and procedure.
  2. Resource and utilize U.S. immigration regulatory agencies.
  3. Analyze the role and functions of U.S. immigration law and regulatory agencies as they apply:
  • to family members seeking lawful permanent residence;
  • to the process of non-citizen removal from the U.S. and advocacy in immigration court; and/or 
  • to the sponsorship of non-citizen employees for immigrant visas and for nonimmigrant working visas.

   4. Explore the role of and apply the core concepts of ethics to immigration advocacy and compliance, including employer verification, law enforcement, immigration fraud, and immigration reform.

   5. Gain practical experience providing immigration support services to learn about immigration law, policy, and procedure.

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