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“Fraudulent” Nigerian Divorce Decrees: Overcoming NOIDs and RFEs: – Webinar (2 CLE HOURS – TEXAS) – 06/25/2021


Friday, June 25, 2021, 12:00pm

(GMT-6:00) Central Standard Time (US & Canada)

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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. The NOID usually contains this language or something similar: “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.” More so, USCIS often does not explain where and how the Decree was reviewed or authenticated!

Having experienced one too many denials on this issue since 2018 and initially feeling confused, I had to invest a considerable amount of time in groundwork research on Divorce Decrees in Nigeria. Since then, I have learned so much and used this knowledge to attain approvals for numerous clients.

During this Webinar, I will discuss the results of my research and how to help your clients avoid this issue to begin with. More so, I will discuss how to still get a case approved even after USCIS has issued an RFE or NOID.

I will also 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.

Notably, I will evaluate an actual Divorce Decree in this session and show how to immediately tell a decree may be problematic. There will also be a Q & A session where I can address questions from registrants about specific cases.

By attending this Webinar, you will gain insight on:

How Nigerian marriages are properly dissolved under the Visa Reciprocity Table.

Ways to determine whether the Divorce Decree is Authentic or Registered.

Tips on how to authenticate Divorce Decrees.

A hidden instrumental gem in the Texas Family Code.

Three (3) places where a Nigerian Divorce Decree should be registered to meet USCIS standards.

Discuss how to win your client's case with the host and other attendees


Course Materials** include:

A Powerpoint Presentation

Sample checklist of documents that can be used to either (1) Authenticate a Nigerian Divorce Decree before filing; 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.

After high school, she returned to the United States and 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 to protect and promote 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 ten 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 passionate and diligent person 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.

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