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Introduction to Family-Based Immigration Law

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Feb. 21–April 4, 2019

Course Opens: Feb. 21
First Webinar: Feb. 28
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The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 20, 2019

CLINIC Affiliates: $320 per person 
Other Nonprofit Staff: $345
Private Attorneys and Staff: $475 

Other Fees: 

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 e-learning course until one week prior to the course opening date.

Course Instructors 

The trainers for this course are members of CLINIC’s Training, Litigation and Support section:

  • Kristina Karpinski, Senior Attorney
  • Charles Wheeler, Director

For questions about the course content, please contact Charles Wheeler at


Course Description

Most immigrants come to the United States to be reunited with a close family member. As legal practitioners, you must be well-versed in the ends and outs of this practice. This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through family relationships, a method known as family-based immigration. We will cover which individuals are eligible and how each step of the process works.

Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for immigrating through a family relationship, including examining and critiquing sample application forms. Topics covered will include: immediate relatives and the preference system, retention of priority dates, the Child Status Protection Act, immigrating through marriage, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing.


Course Structure

The course opens on Feb. 21­ with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Please take this first week to complete the first week’s assignment and familiarize yourself with the course site. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises and quizzes. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors. The course also includes six live webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. ET starting on Thursday, Feb. 28. Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, the webinars will be recorded, allowing students the flexibility to work the course into their busy schedules. 


Who Should Take This Course?

This is an introduction to family-based immigration for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed.

If you are a government employee, you may not register for this training without prior authorization from CLINIC.   You may request permission to register by contacting CLINIC at


Course Completion Requirements

Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly course webinar, and (b) complete the required course activity for the week. You have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.


CLE for Attorney Participants

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) training.  If you are a California attorney, you are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits for each live webinar you attend in our e-learning immigration law courses. To receive MCLE credit, please provide your state bar number when you register for each live webinar.  You may seek self-study CLE credit for viewing any recorded webinars posted on the course website.  If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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