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21st Annual Family-Based Immigration Law Conference

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21st Annual Family-Based Immigration Law Conference and U.S. Consulate Tour 

Nov. 13-14, 2019


Co-Sponsored by:

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


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

Lodging is available for $110 per day, single or double. For reservations, please call 915-778-4241 by Tuesday, Oct. 15, to ensure the room block rate. You must indicate that you are coming to the “CLINIC” training. Other hotels are located nearby.


Schedule (Full Conference Agenda):

November 12: (Optional-registration not required) Introduction to Family-Based Immigration 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

November 13: Conference Day 1 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

November 14: Conference Day 2 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

(SOLD OUT - WAITLIST AT CAPACITY) November 15: (Optional-registration required) Tour of the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m 


 Register Here

Please be sure to register under the correct category  

$260 per person for CLINIC Affiliates

$285 per person for Other Nonprofit Staff

$415 per person for Private Attorneys and Staff

$40 per person for U.S. Consulate tour


Deadline for the conference is Nov. 4, 2019, or sooner if registration is filled.

(SOLD OUT - WAITLIST AT CAPACITY) Deadline for registering for the consular tour is Oct. 15, 2019, or sooner if capacity is met.


*All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.  We will not process refunds for cancellations made after Monday, Nov. 4.

*If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must scan and email a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to the attention of Kristina Villavicencio at kvillavicencio@cliniclegal.org. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only.


The training will include an electronic version of CLINIC’s Immigration Law and the Family and continental breakfast both days. Lunch is on your own.

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 enhanced risks to applicants of being placed in removal proceedings if their petitions or applications are denied.

Day One (November 13) will cover:

  • Exposure to enforcement in family-based immigration, including a review of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ guidance on Notices to Appear and Requests for Evidence.
  • Documenting family relationships.
  • Navigating conditional residency.
  • Updates and practice tips on adjustment of status and consular processing.
  • Updates on public charge inadmissibility and the affidavit of support.

Day Two (November 14) will cover:

  • Documenting family relationships.
  • Submission of arrest records.
  • Potential immigration consequences of marijuana use.
  • Assessing client inadmissibility based on misrepresentation, false claim to citizenship and smuggling.
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility.

For newer practitioners, the conference offers a free optional introductory session on November 12, as well as a fundamentals track of workshops on both days of the conference. Day Two of the conference will also include presentations on consular processing by representatives of both the National Visa Center (invited) and the U.S. Consulate Immigrant Visa Section in Ciudad Juarez. Conference speakers include Susan Schreiber, Charles Wheeler and Kristina Karpinski of CLINIC.

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. 


CLE for Attorney Participants

The State Bar of Texas accredited 17.25 CLE Hours and 1.0 Ethics Hours for this training.


For questions about the training content, please contact Charles Wheeler at cwheeler@cliniclegal.org. For questions about training registration, please contact training@cliniclegal.org.


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