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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Basics of Immigration Law (GOV-203)


Versions 1 and 2: Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: June 2021 - May 2022. Version 2: June 2022 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1:Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Explain the structure of US immigration law and the continuing economic and social forces that affect it; Discuss the roles of the different branches of government and why immigration law is almost exclusively in the federal sphere; Identify and describe the federal statutes that govern immigration law; Describe how U.S. immigration law impacts immigrants who seek to enter the country on a temporary basis; Explain how foreign nationals who seek to come to the United States on a legal immigrant basis can do so under the provisions of US immigration laws; Describe how lawful permanent residents can become US citizens through the process of naturalization. Version 2: Expanded to include: Analyze the extent to which irregularities in the application process could result in denial and/or revocation of a naturalization application or process.


Version 1: This course is a survey of immigration law. The course will discuss the meaning and ramification of different categories of immigration status including: illegal entrants, legal non-immigrant entrants, lawful permanent residents, and naturalized citizens. Version 2: Expanded to include case studies that delve into the subjects of revoking naturalization due to irregularities in the application process and/or alleged fraud during the naturalization application process.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the associate / certificate degree category, 2 semester hours in Homeland Security, or Legal Technology (6/21). Version 2: In the associate / certificate degree category, 3 semester hours in Homeland Security, or Legal Technology (6/22 administrative review).