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Executive Action: Implications for Family-Based Immigration

 

Thursday, January 22nd

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time

Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues

 

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Have you considered how the President’s recent executive actions on immigration may create new opportunities to adjust status and overcome inadmissibility? For example:

  • DACA and DAPA grantees who entered the U.S. EWI but then travel on advance parole will qualify to adjust status if they are immediate relatives
  • No travel on advance parole will be considered a departure for purposes of triggering the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility
  • More family members of veterans and those in active duty military service will qualify for parole-in-place, and for adjustment of status under 245(a)
  • More family-based immigrants will qualify for a provisional waiver of the unlawful presence ground if consular processing
  • Anticipated national guidance on the extreme hardship standard will likely make it easier for waiver applicants.


To learn more about all of these aspects of the new executive actions that impact on family-based immigration, please join Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler for this informative discussion.

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Family Immigration Law Conference

16th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference; Optional Half-Day Intro Session

 

Co-Sponsored by:

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

November 12–13, 2014


Optional half-day introduction to family-based immigration law session, November 11

The tour of the consulate is now full

 

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Nov. 12: Conference Day 1
8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Nov. 13: Conference Day 2

1:30 – 5:30 p.m., Nov. 11: Introduction to Family-Based Immigration (Optional)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Nov. 14: Optional Tour of the Consulate

Location:

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

 

Register Here

 

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap
($50 charge for each attendee beyond 3)

$260 for other nonprofit agencies; $780 cap
($50 charge for each attendee beyond 3)

$390 for private attorneys and staff

 

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.

 

This two-day training will provide updated information and analysis on selected topics in family-based immigration including any changes in the law created through administrative relief.  Specific topics to be covered include: immigrating based on marriage; immigrating as a child or derivative beneficiary; adjustment of status and consular processing; selected grounds of inadmissibility; affidavits of support; the Child Status Protection Act; ethical issues; and tips for filing effective waiver applications.  Speakers include CLINIC’s Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber, Peggy Gleason from the USCIS Ombudsman’s Office, and U.S. consular officials from Ciudad Juarez.  The training is designed for practitioners who have some experience in family-based immigration law; this is not an introductory training and is not geared to brand new practitioners.  Note that a separate half-day session, "Introduction to Family-Based Immigration Law," will be offered on November 11 from 2:00 to 5:30 at no additional cost.  An application for 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 301-565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. 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.

Space for the training is limited to 145 participants.  The deadline for registering for the conference is November 7, 2014 or sooner if registration is filled.  Space for the consular tour is limited to 70 persons. The deadline for registering for the consular tour is October 31, 2014, or sooner if capacity is met. For questions about training registration, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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.

 

For information on the agenda, click here.

 

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Webinar: CSPA From A to Z

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues   

 

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The Supreme Court will soon decide a key aspect of the Child Status Protection Act: whether aged-out derivative children will be able to retain the priority date when a new petition is filed in their behalf. Please join us on a webinar explaining the Court's decision and its impact on family-based immigration.  We will also cover all other elements of the CSPA: its effect on immediate relatives, applying the age-reduction formula to F-2A beneficiaries and derivatives in the preference categories, satisfying the one-year filing requirement, and the consequences of the petitioner's naturalizing.  The presenters will include Charles Wheeler, author of AILA's Focus on the Child Status Protection Act, and Debbie Smith, Senior Attorney, CLINIC's Training and Legal Support section. Charles and Debbie contributed to CLINIC's amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the CSPA case that the Court will decide soon. 

  

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmaton email containing information on how to join a webinar.

 

For questions or additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

 

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Adoptions and New USCIS Policy Memo on Hague Convention Cases

Thursday March 13th

2:00 - 3:30 pm (EST)

Please join us for a webinar on petitioning for adopted children and the new USCIS policy concerning Hague Convention adoption cases.  The new USCIS policy memo, released on December 23, 2013, provides guidance to adjudicators interpreting the "habitual residence" of children subject to the restrictions of the Hague Convention.  The webinar will discuss the rules related to adoption petitions and the Hague Convention requirements in light of the December 2013 memo.  The presenters will be Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC Senior Attorney, Jessica Gordon, an attorney specializing in adoption at Steffas & Associates, P.C., and Debbie Smith, CLINIC Senior Attorney.

 

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All about Priority Dates: Retention, Revocation, Reinstatement

Thursday, February 20th

2:00 - 3:30 (EST)

 

Are you confused as to exactly when your client can retain an earlier priority date?  What about the consequences of the petitioner's naturalizing?  What do you need to do when the derivative beneficiary ages out?  If a petition is terminated or revoked, can it ever be reinstated?  In this webinar we will review how priority dates are established, how they can be lost, and under what circumstances they may be recovered.  We will also discuss automatic conversion when the beneficiary marries, divorces, or ages out.  And we will analyze the real waiting time behind the priority date – it may be much longer than you think.

 

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Affidavits of Support: From Basic to Advanced Issues

October 30, 2013

Affidavits of Support: From Basic to Advanced Issues

 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues 

Almost all family-based and some employment-based petitioners must file the Form I-864 Affidavit of Support to show the intending immigrant is not likely to become a public charge.  In this webinar we will discuss everything about the affidavit of support, including financial eligibility requirements, measuring household size and income, use of assets and joint sponsors, obligations of sponsors, and exceptions to filing requirements.  We will also review the new version of the Form I-864.  Join CLINIC Attorneys Charles Wheeler and Kristina Karpinski as we discuss these and other related issues.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive an email confirmation containing information on joining the webinar.

For questions or additional information contact Dinah Suncin ad dsuncin@clinclegal.org.

 

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15th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference; New Optional Half-Day Intro Session

15th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference; New Optional Half-Day Intro Session 

Co-Sponsored by:

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

November 13–14, 2013

Optional half-day introduction to family-based immigration law session, November 12

8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Nov. 13: Conference Day 1
8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Nov. 14: Conference Day 2

2:00 – 5:30 p.m., Nov. 12: Introduction to Family-Based Immigration (Optional)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Nov. 15: Optional Tour of the Consulate (FULL)

Location:

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

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap
($50 charge for each attendee beyond 3)

$260 for other nonprofit agencies; $780 cap
($50 charge for each attendee beyond 3)

$390 for private attorneys and staff

Registration for the training includes an electronic version of CLINIC’s Family-Based Immigration Law manual 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.  

This two-day training will provide updated information and analysis on selected topics in family-based immigration including any changes in the law enacted through comprehensive immigration reform.  Specific topics to be covered include: immigrating based on marriage; immigrating as a child or derivative beneficiary;  adjustment of status and consular processing; selected grounds of inadmissibility; remedies for surviving relatives; new waiver filing procedures; and tips for filing effective waiver applications.  Speakers include CLINIC’s Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber.  The training is designed for practitioners who have some experience in family-based immigration law; this is not an introductory training and is not geared to brand new practitioners.  Note that a separate half-day session, "Introduction to Family-Based Immigration Law," will be offered on November 12 from 2:00 to 5:30 at no additional cost.  An application for 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Jonathan Cochrane  Braswell. 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.

Space for the training is limited to 145 participants.  The deadline for registering for the conference is November 8, 2012 or sooner if registration is filled. For questions about training registration, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

Lodging is available at the Microtel Inn & Suites, which is located next door to the Wyndham, for $72 per day, single or $83 per day double.  When making the reservation, call (915) 772-3650 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.

Please note that registration for the tour of the consulate has reached capacity.

For information on the agenda, click here.

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Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services

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Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

Friday, November 15, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $40

Please note that the price includes a box lunch.

Anticipated Schedule:

9:00 a.m.              Bus picks you up Microtel Inn & Suites

10:00 a.m.           Tour of American Consulate, Ciudad Juarez

Noon                     Bus leaves Ciudad Juarez for return trip; box lunches will be provided

2:00 -3:00 p.m.  Bus arrives Microtel Inn & Suites

                              (time may vary based on wait to go through border inspection

                                   back into the U.S.)

Space is limited

The deadline for registering is November 1, 2013

No one will be permitted on the tour unless registered by that date.

Remember that a passport is required for reentry to the United States.

For more information regarding the tour, call (915) 532-3975, ext. 212.

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All About Conditional Residency

February 27, 2013
All About Conditional Residency  

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues

In this webinar we start with the basics on who is subject to conditional residency and who is not.  We will discuss the rights, benefits, and obligations of conditional residency, including how to remove the conditions after two years. We will discuss the joint petition and the options for waiving it due to death, divorce, domestic violence, and extreme hardship. Finally, we will cover common problems such as late filings and options for clients in failing marriages.  Join CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Charles Wheeler for this in-depth discussion. 

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information, please contact Dinah Suncin at dscuncin@cliniclegal.org

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When Is a Kid a Kid (under the INA)?

 April 29, 2013

When Is a Kid a Kid (under the INA)?

 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues  

How old do you have to be to sign an affidavit of support or be counted as a household member? To qualify as a stepchild?  To derive citizenship when your parent naturalizes? Of the seven ways to be a child under INA § 101(b), which ones satisfy that definition under 101(c)? What does it mean for a child to be "legitimated?"  And what are the various options for immigrating as an adopted child?  In this webinar, CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler will review all the requirements of being a "child" under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as well as the various ways that age becomes a factor in immigration law benefits and responsibilities.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

E-learning Course:
Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

February 5 – March 19, 2013

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. We will cover which individuals are eligible based on family relationships, 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 examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered will include: immediate relatives and the preference system, retention of priority dates, the Child Status Protection Act, immigrating through marriages, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing.

The course starts on February 5 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. 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 discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The course also includes six webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on Tuesday, February 12.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Kristina Karpinski.  For questions about the course content, please contact Sarah Bronstein at sbronstein@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  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.  

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is January 31 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. 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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14th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference and Tour of the Consulate

14th 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 14-15, 2012
Optional tour of the consulate on November 16 (separate registration required)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Nov. 14: Conference Day 1
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Nov. 15: Conference Day 2
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Nov. 16: Optional Tour of the Consulate

Location:

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

800-742-7248

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap
($50 charge for each attendee beyond 3)

$260 for other nonprofit agencies; $780 cap
($50 charge for each attendee beyond 3)

$390 for private attorneys and staff

$40 optional tour of the U.S. consulate in Cd. Juarez (requires separate registration)

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

Registration for the training includes an electronic version of CLINIC’s Family-Based Immigration Law manual and continental breakfast both days. Lunch is on your own.

This two-day training will provide updated information on selected topics in family-based immigration, including: conversion and retention of priority dates; consular processing; adjustment of status; Child Status Protection Act; remedies for surviving relatives; selected grounds of inadmissibility; ethical issues in family-based immigration; new waiver filing procedures; and tips for filing effective waiver applications.  Speakers include CLINIC’s Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber, CIS Ombudsman staff attorney Peggy Gleason, and USCIS and US consular officials from Cd. Juarez.  The training is designed for practitioners who have some experience in family-based immigration law.  This is not an introductory training and is not geared to brand new practitioners. CLE applied for, including one hour ethics credit. 

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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649.  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.

Space for the training is limited to 125 participants.  The deadline for registering for the conference is November 11, 2012 or sooner if registration is filled.  For questions about training registration, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org. Space for the consular tour is limited to 75 persons. The deadline for registering for the consular tour is October 29th, or sooner if capacity is met. For more information regarding the tour, call (915) 532-3975, ext. 212.

Lodging is available at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel for $99 per day, single or double.  When making the reservation, call (800) 742-7248 at least two weeks before the training to ensure that special rate and indicate you are coming to the “CLINIC” training. Other hotels are located nearby.

For registration and information regarding the optional consulate tour, CLICK HERE

For information on the agenda, CLICK HERE

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Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

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Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

Friday, November 16, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $40

Please note that the price includes a box lunch.

Anticipated Schedule:

9:00 a.m.              Bus picks you up Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel
10:00 a.m.           Tour of American Consulate, Ciudad Juarez
Noon                     Bus leaves Ciudad Juarez for return trip; box lunches will be provided
2:00 p.m.             Bus arrives Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel

Space is limited

The deadline for registering is November 3, 2012
No one will be permitted on the tour unless registered by that date.
Remember that a passport is required for reentry to the United States.

For more information regarding the tour, call (915) 532-3975, ext. 212.

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Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

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Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

October 16 – November 27, 2012

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars. 

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. We will cover which individuals are eligible based on family relationships, 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 examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered will include: immediate relatives and the preference system, retention of priority dates, the Child Status Protection Act, immigrating through marriages, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing. In addition, the first webinar of the course will provide an overview of DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The course includes seven webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00pm eastern time starting on October 16, 2012. Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and will be recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  In addition to the weekly webinars, the e-learning course provides a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, reviewing sample applications, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, participants will be able to listen to and view recordings of the webinars on the course website. The instructors for this course are CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Debbie Smith.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of all course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the course webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.  Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or a set of headphones for your computer.  There will not be a telephone audio option.  

Training Level: Introductory.  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.

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars, the el-learning website and course materials.

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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is October 12, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.  For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at kkarpinski@cliniclegal.org.    

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. 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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Immigrating Through Marriage: Fiancé(e)s and Conditional Residents

September 24, 2012
Immigrating Through Marriage: Fiancé(e)s and Conditional Residents 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues

K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, CR-1, CR-2-if you know these immigration codes, you know they represent fiancé(e)s and their derivatives; beneficiaries of I-130s filed by U.S. citizen spouses and their derivatives; and conditional resident spouses and children. But what else do you know about these categories? This webinar will review who qualifies to come to the U.S. as a fiancé(e), who qualifies to be a fiancé(e) petitioner and the requirements for a fiancé(e) to adjust to permanent residence. We will also cover the requirements for K-3 and K-4 visas and discuss recent Board of Immigration Appeals cases on K-4 adjustments. A review of conditional resident spouses and children including how and when they should apply to remove the conditions on residency will also be included. Join CLINIC Attorneys Debbie Smith and Kristina Karpinski as we discuss these various options for Immigration Through Marriage.

REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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Select Topics in Family-Based Immigration Law Training and Visit to National Visa Center

Select Topics in Family-Based Immigration Law Training
and Visit to National Visa Center

Co-Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
and
New Hampshire Catholic Charities

July 10-11, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

July 12, 2012
Optional Tour of National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH

Location:
Diocese of Manchester
153 Ash Street
Manchester, NH 03104

$250 per person from affiliate agencies; $750 cap ($50 materials fee for each additional staff from the same office location)


$275 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $825 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)


$405 per person for private attorneys and staff

Optional: Additional $25 fee per person for round-trip transportation to National Visa Center in Portsmouth

Continental breakfast and lunch  included on July 10th and 11th.

This intensive two day training will provide updated information on selected topics in family-based immigration, including the new proposed provisional waiver of the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility.  We will discuss who may seek a provisional waiver in the U.S. and the proposed new form and process.  The training will also cover: establishing qualifying family relationships for relative petitions; priority date retention and conversion; the Child Status Protection Act; relief available to widows and other surviving relatives following the death of the petitioner or principal beneficiary; adjustment of status and consular processing; completing the affidavit of support; select inadmissibility issues; filing effective inadmissibility waivers and ethics in family-based immigration. 

The training will be presented by CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Debbie Smith.  A representative from the USCIS office in New Hampshire has also been invited to participate

The training will also feature an optional tour of the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, NH on July 12th and a question and answer session with NVC Director Kimberly Kelly.  Space for the NVC visit is limited to the first 38 people who register for the tour.

Training Level: Note that this is not an introductory training and is not geared to new practitioners. Please review the agenda before registering; the training is conducted at a level that assumes participants have a basic understanding of family-based immigration law and procedure.

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 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 fax a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.

Space for the July 10-11 training is limited to 40 participants. The deadline for registration is July 3rd or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact: Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

For the agenda and additional information click here.

Lodging Information 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $99.00 plus tax at the following hotel under the name “Catholic Legal” or code CLI. Make reservations early, the rate is only guaranteed until June 19th.

Holiday Inn Express
1298 South Porter Street
Manchester, NH
603-669-6800
Hotel can provide transportation to & from the airport and to the training site.
Close to Shopping Mall and many restaurants

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Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration

Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration

Co-Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
and
Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration and Legal Services Program

April 3-4, 2012
8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Day Two

Location:
Catholic Charities of Dallas
1st Floor Conference Room
9461 LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635)
Dallas, TX
214-634-7182 ext. 228

$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $705 cap ($50 materials fee for each additional staff from the same office location)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

This two-day training provides in-depth coverage of selected topics in family-based immigration, including establishing qualifying parent/child relationships; issues relating to derivative beneficiaries; potential concerns for family-based petitioners; conditional residency updates; remedies for widows and other surviving relatives; updates on affidavits of support and inadmissibility based on immigration violations; adjustment of status eligibility; CSPA developments; planning for stateside pre-adjudication of waivers; and tips for filing successful waivers.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler and other local speakers.  An application for Texas CLE credit is pending, including an hour of ethics credit.

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 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 fax a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649  to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.

Training Level: Note that this is not an introductory training and is not geared to new practitioners. Please review the agenda before registering; the training is conducted at a level that assumes participants have a basic understanding of family-based immigration law and procedure.

Space is limited to 40 participants. The deadline for registration is March 28 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information email Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

        For the agenda and additional information, click here.
Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites, located at 9089 Vantage Point Drive, about a mile from the training site. The room rate is $79.00 per night single or double occupancy, plus tax. To make a reservation, contact the hotel by March 23 at 972-889-9972 and ask for the group block under CLINIC. The hotel offers free shuttle service from the Love Field airport (if requested with 24 hours advance notice), and will also provide shuttle service to and from the training site.  
Training Location and Parking: Catholic Charities of Dallas is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635) and Abrams Road.  The office is in the Northcreek Place office park, across the parking lot from the Chase Bank building. Free parking is available anywhere in the office complex parking lot.

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Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

E-learning Course: 

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

March 13-April 24, 2012 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. We will cover which individuals are eligible based on family relationships, 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 examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered will include: immediate relatives and the preference system, retention of priority dates, the Child Status Protection Act, immigrating through marriages, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing. The training will also include exercises and readings on these topics. 

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.  This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Debbie Smith.  For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  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.   

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or view recordings of any webinar they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Technical Requirements: Our e-learning webinars will be hosted through a webinar carrier that permits listening through your computer speakers or by plugging headphones into your computer.   Your computer must have this capacity in order to participate in the webinars.

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars, the el-learning website and course materials.

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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 8, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.  

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. 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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Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

 

Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services

Invites you on a

Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

Friday, November 18, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $40 

Please note that the price includes a box lunch. 

 

Anticipated Schedule:

9:00 a.m.         Bus picks you up Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel
10:00 a.m.       Tour of American Consulate, Ciudad Juarez
Noon               Bus leaves Ciudad Juarez for return trip; box lunches will be provided
2:00 p.m.         Bus arrives Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel

 

Space is limited

The deadline for registering is November 3, 2011
No one will be permitted on the tour unless registered by that date.
Remember that a passport is required for reentry to the United States.

For more information regarding the tour, call (915) 532-3975, ext. 212

 

You must be registered for the 13th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference to attend.

 

SOLD OUT

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

E-learning Course: 

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

September 14-October 26, 2011

 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

 

$235 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies


$260 per person for other nonprofit agency staff


$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. We will cover which individuals are eligible based on family relationships, 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 examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered will included: immediate relatives and the preference system, retention of priority dates, the Child Status Protection Act, immigrating through marriages, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski, Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at kkarpinski@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  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. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Chris Ozaki. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is September 6, 2011, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Chris Ozaki at 415-394-9371 or at cozaki@cliniclegal.org.   

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.


COURSE FULL

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

E-learning Course: Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

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E-learning Course:
Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

June 7-July 20, 2011

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the 7 webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$235 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$260 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. We will cover which individuals are eligible based on a family relationship, and how each step in the process works. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for immigrating through a family relationship, including examination and critique of 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.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four and a half hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski, Susan Schreiber, and Debbie Smith.  For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to family-based immigration for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; 2) the ways in which immigrants may gain legal status; and 3) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Chris Ozaki. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Space is limited to 25 participants. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2011, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Chris Ozaki at 415-394-9371 or at cozaki@cliniclegal.org.   

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. 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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