Overcoming NOIDs and RFEs: “Fraudulent” Nigerian Divorce Decrees – Webinar (2 CLE HOURS – TEXAS) – 02/05/2021
(Past) Friday, February 5, 2021, 12:00pm
(GMT-6:00) Central Standard Time (US & Canada)
In recent times, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued an alarming number of Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) and Requests for Evidence (RFE) attacking the authenticity of Divorce Decrees obtained in Nigeria. Their favorite line? – “The service has concluded the Certificate of Divorce is a “Suspect Document”…you have failed to provide evidence of a valid termination of your marriage in Nigeria.” They often give no explanation as to where and how these documents are even reviewed or authenticated!
Fortunately, I have done a lot of research on this topic since 2018. This Webinar is intended to discuss how to guide your clients towards avoiding this issue. More so, how to help them resolve same, if it’s already an issue! During this webinar, I will provide insights into the Nigerian divorce process, my developed strategy to authenticate both customary and high court Nigerian Divorce Decrees and HOW I’ve been able to get approvals for my clients, in these situations.
Gain insight on:
• How Nigerian marriages are properly dissolved under the Visa Reciprocity Table.
• Ways to determine whether the Divorce Decree is Authentic and/or Registered.
• Tips on how to authenticate Divorce Decrees.
• Three (3) places where Nigerian Divorce Decrees should be registered in order to meet USCIS standards.
• An incredibly useful hidden gem in the Texas Family Code.
ATTENDEES WILL GET 2 CLE HOURS (TEXAS)
Course Materials** include:
- A Powerpoint Presentation
- Sample checklist of documents that can be used to either (1) Authenticate a Nigerian Divorce Decree prior to filing; and/or (2) Respond to a NOID or RFE attacking the validity of a Nigerian Divorce Decree.
- Actual samples of NOIDs and RFEs issued by USCIS on this issue.
- Sample authentication affidavit.
- Sample USCIS NOID/RFE response cover letter.
- The Texas Family Code (Applicable section only).
- A link to search Nigerian Divorce Decrees from the High Court of Lagos.
**All course materials listed above are obtained from approved spousal cases where NOIDs/RFEs were previously issued attacking the validity of a Nigerian Divorce Decree.
**Presentation followed by a Live Q & A Session!**
Host: Ral Obioha, Esq. LLM
Principal Attorney, Law Office of Ral Obioha
Ms. Ral Obioha was born in Washington, D.C. to Nigerian parents; an Engineer father and a Lawyer mother. She spent her formative years in Nigeria where she spent time learning about her roots, the rich culture and the Igbo language. She excelled tremendously in high school, holding several leadership positions and graduating with the highest score on the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC) for her school, a University Entrance examination similar to the SATs.
She returned to the United States after high school and thereafter obtained a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in History and Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she earned a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law and a Masters of Law Summa Cum Laude in International Law from American University Washington College of Law, both in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Obioha also serves as the Executive Director of Civil Resource Development and Documentation Center, an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit organization established in 1996 for the protection and promotion of human rights and gender equality in Nigeria and beyond. Ms. Obioha often volunteers with several organizations providing free legal services to low income families, and serves as a guest lecturer at Columbia University. She has various professional memberships and affiliations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
As a passionate Advocate, with almost 10 years of experience in the field of Immigration and Nationality law, Ms. Obioha takes great joy in helping immigrants reunite with their families and providing them with an opportunity to pursue their dreams. As a result of her extensive knowledge in Immigration and Nationality law, Ms. Obioha has been interviewed and featured by various media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, Fox News, CBS News, and Houston Chronicles.
Due to her tenacity, determination, and firmness of purpose, Ms. Obioha has been described as a “Firebrand”, a person who is passionate and diligent in inciting change. Outside of work, Ms. Obioha enjoys spending quality time with her large close-knit family, mentoring young ladies, traveling, watching thought-provoking TV shows and fine dining.