Online Courses in Immigration Law

Most universities offer courses in immigration law, but online options are not as readily available. Online courses may be offered as part of online programs in law or paralegal studies. Standalone courses are also available for initial training or continuing education.

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Online Immigration Law Courses

The following descriptions are for commonly offered online immigration law courses.

  • An Introduction to Immigration Law covers the basic elements of immigration and citizenship law, including immigration and deportation procedures. Students also gain familiarity with commonly used immigration forms.
  • Business Immigration Law courses are typically taken by students who will be performing paralegal or other services for businesses that work with foreign investors or immigrant employees. Students learn to prepare and file related paperwork and applications, such as visas, permanent labor certification, and petitions.
  • A Family-Based Immigration Law course offers a comprehensive study of family-based immigration laws and their implications. For example, students discuss the various effects of family relationships, employment status, and sponsorship on legal residency or citizenship applications. Classwork also examines the legal implications of immigration status in other areas, like custody determinations.
  • Students in a Naturalization and Citizenship course study the different methods to acquire naturalization and citizenship under the Immigration and Naturalization Act. Instructors discuss application and interview criteria, such as good moral character and state residence. The course also covers various automatic bars to citizenship and options when denied naturalization.
  • International Human Rights Law courses are designed to educate students on human rights in local, national, and international settings. Students will also learn how these rights translate during immigration.
  • The curriculum in an Immigration Court Proceedings course covers each step of the process in the removal of illegal immigrants from the United States. Students also learn about options for relief and appeal for those who seek cancellation of removal.
  • In a History of U.S. Immigration course, students learn about the history of U.S. immigration policy since 1880. They also learn how it has affected the experiences of adult and child immigrants during that period.

Program Information

Online immigration law courses are offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels as part of an online certificate or degree program in law. Lawyers or paralegals seeking specialization in immigration law can also enroll in an online program or take continuing education courses, which cover a variety of topics influenced by immigration issues, including education, employment, and deportation. Schools offer classes that can be tailored to a particular state's individual immigration laws.

Before enrolling, students will want to check on the course design, since some schools use an interactive learning management system while others provide an asynchronous format that allows individualized participation. Online discussion groups among teachers and students are a common mode of communication.

Individuals who are interested in immigration law can find relevant courses online. Sometimes, taking immigration law courses can lead to a certificate. The credits earned may also be applied to a broader degree program in a different subject.

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