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Family-Based Immigration in a Time of Enhanced Enforcement

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**Includes an optional visit to the National Visa Center**  The tour is at capacity.

July 16-17, 2019


Day One: 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
   Day Two: 8:30 - 5:15 p.m.  

Optional introductory session for new practitioners on July 15 from 3-5 p.m.

Optional tour of the National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH The tour is at capacity.
   July 18, 2019


Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

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   Registration ends on July 10 at 11:59 p.m. or until capacity is reached.  

CLINIC Affiliates: $260 per person
Other Nonprofit Staff: $285
Private Attorneys and Staff: $415
*Additional $40 fee per person for round-trip transportation to the National Visa Center in Portsmouth.

Administrative Charge: All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an in-person training until July 9.


In this time of enhanced enforcement, practitioners face new challenges assisting clients in the family-based immigration process. This intensive two-day training provides updated information and analysis on selected topics in family-based immigration, including increased risks to applicants of being placed in removal proceedings if their petitions or applications are denied.

Presenters for the training include Susan Schreiber, Charles Wheeler and Kristina Karpinski of CLINIC and representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Manchester Office.

Day One of the training will focus on enforcement and inadmissibility and will include sessions on the following topics:

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ guidance on Notices to Appear and Requests for Evidence
  • Submission of arrest records
  • Assessing client inadmissibility based on misrepresentation, false claim to citizenship and  smuggling
  • Potential immigration consequences of marijuana use
  • Updates on public charge assessments

Day Two will focus on filing successful family-based applications and will include sessions on the following topics:

  • Documenting family relationships
  • Establishing and retaining priority dates
  • Challenges and strategies on filing conditional residence joint petitions and waivers
  • Practice tips on adjustment of status and consular processing

A highlight of the training is an optional tour of the National Visa Center,  in Portsmouth, NH on July 18 and a question and answer session with  staff. This is a unique opportunity to ask NVC representatives questions related to the DS-260 online immigrant visa application; document submission through the Consular Electronic Application Center; termination of registration for a visa; issues related to provisional waivers; and any other issue or concern you have on consular processing. Space for the NVC visit is limited, so please register early. Please bring a valid governemnent-issed ID, if you plan to attend the tour.You must register separately for the tour. If traveling to the tour by bus, the expected return to Manchester is at approximately 3:30 p.m., so make flight reservations accordingly. On our return to Manchester, the bus will stop at the Manchester airport before returning to the hotel.

There will also be an optional two-hour session on Monday July 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the fundamentals of family-based immigration for new practitioners. This session will provide an overview of the family immigration process, including which family members qualify as immediate relatives and which ones are in the “preference categories” that are subject to annual quotas, as well as how to read the State Department Visa Bulletin.

The training is for staff of affiliate agencies and other community-based organizations with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices. 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 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. Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

The deadline for registration is July 10, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information, contact For training content information, contact Kristina Karpinski at


CLE for Attorney Participants

New Hampshire attorneys must self-determine whether a program is eligible for credit, and self-report their attendance.

NHMCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. CLINIC believes this course meets the requirements of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for up to 750 minutes toward the annual NHMCLE requirement.

If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.


Lodging Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $142.00 (single/double), plus tax, at the Doubletree  Hotel under the name Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Make reservations early, the rate is only guaranteed until June 24.

Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

603-625-1000 and indicate you are with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Or book online at

Hotel is located in downtown Manchester, close to restaurants and stores. The hotel can provide transportation to and from the airport.


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