19th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference and Tour of the Consulate | CLINIC

19th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference and Tour of the Consulate


Co-Sponsored by:

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Catholic Charities of Dallas, and
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services



November 14th, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m: Introduction to Family-Based Immigration (Optional)

November 15, 8:30 – 5:15: Conference Day 1
November 16, 8:30 – 5:15: Conference Day 2

November 17th, 9:00– 3:00: Optional tour of the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

(Tour is now full)


Conference Agenda



Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel
2027 Airway Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79925


 $235 per person from affiliate agencies

$260 for other nonprofit agencies

$390 for private attorneys and staff


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Registration for the training includes an electronic version of CLINIC’s Immigration Law and the Family and continental breakfast both days. Lunch is on your own. Please be sure to register under the correct category; all registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

In this time of enhanced enforcement, this two-day family-based immigration law training provides updated information and analysis on selected topics in family-based immigration, including: immigrating based on marriage; immigrating as a child or derivative beneficiary; adjustment of status and consular processing; smuggling; ethical issues in family-based immigration; and waivers of inadmissibility.  For newer practitioners, the conference offers a free optional introductory session on November 14, as well as a fundamentals track of workshops on Day One and Day Two.  Day One of the training includes a presentation by civil surgeons from Cd. Juarez on the medical examination and health-based inadmissibility. On Day Two of the conference, speakers from the U.S. Consulate and USCIS in Ciudad Juarez will join us for updates on consulate processing in CDJ and a question and answer session.  Conference speakers include Kristina Karpinski, Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler of CLINIC, and Margaret Gleason from the USCIS Ombudsman’s Office (invited). An application for Texas CLE is pending.

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must upload a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity in the registration page.  If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only.

Space for the training is limited to 150 participants.  The deadline for registering for the conference is November 10, 2017, or sooner if registration is filled.  Space for the consular tour is limited to 60 persons. The deadline for registering for the consular tour is October 27, 2017, or sooner if capacity is met. For questions about training content, please contact Charles Wheeler at cwheeler@cliniclegal.org. For questions about training registration, please contact Jon Braswell at jcbraswell@cliniclegal.org.

If you are going on the tour of the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, we do not expect to be back at the conference hotel until 3:00 p.m.   Please keep this in mind when making flight reservations. 

Lodging is available at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, for $109 per day, single or double.  When making the reservation, call 915-778-4241 at least three weeks before the training to ensure that special rate and indicate you are coming to the “CLINIC” training.  Other hotels are located nearby.


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