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Putting Out the Welcome Mat: The Power of Citizenship to Connect Receiving and Newcomer Communities

Whether through citizenship mentoring programs, citizenship ceremonies, or positive communications, there are many ways in which refugees and the receiving community can be encouraged to come together to support our nation’s newest members. This webinar featured innovative, localized examples of how citizenship is being leveraged to engage a broader cross-section of Americans and practical advice on how to collaborate with partners on similar efforts in your own community.

 

Speakers

  • Stephanie Ali, New American Pathways
  • Homa Naficy, Hartford Public Library
  • Leya Speasmaker, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc

 

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Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: How to Incorporate Parish Volunteers into Newcomer Integration Initiatives Webinar

In part two of our series on incorporating parish volunteers into immigration-related services, we move our focus to immigrant integration. Immigrant integration occurs most successfully at the local level, particularly because a community designs its response around the local and immediate needs of its community members.

Thus, the impact that a local faith community can have on the larger community's welcome to newcomers cannot be overstated. Welcoming the stranger is a basic tenet of many faith communities, including Catholic, but how do you do it? Staff from Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and USCCB's Department of Migration and Refugee Services will share best practices in motivating, coordinating, and sustaining parish volunteers committed to integrating refugees and other immigrants into our common home.

 

Presenters:

Jean Beil, Vice President for Programs and Services, Catholic Charities USA;

Daniel Sturm, Research and Evaluation Manager, USCCB Migration and Refugee Services;

Leya Speasmaker, Integration Program Manager, Catholic Legal Immigration Network

 

This webinar was held on March 31, 2016.

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A Death in the Family: Widows and Survivor Benefits

Price: $25.00

How can a widow immigrate after the US citizen spouse dies? Does it matter if the deceased spouse had previously filed an I-130 petition? What about derivative children? What if the surviving beneficiary is in one of the preference categories? Can they apply for a waiver of the unlawful presence bar if they have to consular process?  Join us as we answer these questions and detail eligibility for relief for widows, for survivors under section 204(l), and for those seeking humanitarian reinstatement.

Presenters:  Charles Wheeler, Director, Training and Legal Support, CLINIC and Kristina Karpinski, Senior Attorney, Training and Legal Support, CLINIC

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Webinar: Strategies for Determining your Client’s Immigration History: Was that Really a Removal?

Price: $25.00

Was your client really “deported” five times at the border? Has your client ever been in removal proceedings? How do you determine what actually occurred at the border and what are the immigration consequences Was there a removal order at all? Was it expedited removal or voluntary departure?

The panelists will discuss removals that occur in a non-border context such as INA sec. 240 removal, in absentia removal orders and administrative removal.The panelists will also discuss strategies for determining what occurred including:

  • what questions to ask the client;
  • FOIA requests and FBI Rap sheets.
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Making the Best of the Wait: Community Education and Screening (Webinar Series)

After the 5th Circuit decision on Nov 9th, many communities are unsure about the future implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA.  What can we do to help members of our community while we wait?  As we learned from DACA, many people who came forward to apply for deferred action were actually eligible for other (more permanent) remedies.  Why wait to find that out?  Why not address this now through community education forums addressing common immigration remedies?  

 

In this two-part webinar series, CLINIC staff will model a mock, interactive community education presentation that attendees will be able to participate in and critique.  In addition, members of CLINIC’s staff will review eligibility criteria and screening tips for some of the most relevant current immigration remedies that you can include in your community presentations.  There will also be an opportunity for questions. 

 

Webinar One:  Community Education and Screening: What to Say and How to Say it

Thursday, December 10th, 2:00PM EST

This webinar will include a mock community education and screening presentation and suggestions for how to answer questions from the community.

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Webinar Two: Community Education and Screening: What to Do and How to Do it

Thursday, December 17th, 2:00PM EST

This webinar will focus on all of the details of planning and hosting a community education and/or screening event including considerations such as confidentiality, volunteer recruitment and training, limited scope agreements, referrals, etc.

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For more information contact Michelle Sardone at msardone@cliniclegal.org

 

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Webinar: Employment-Based Immigration for Nonprofit Agencies

Price: $25.00

Have clients ever asked you about employment-based options and you wished you knew more about this specialized area of immigration law? Have you ever wondered what exactly PERM is or how the H-1B cap works? Have you wanted to be able to advise an international student about transitioning into the U.S. workforce after graduation? This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the different ways that non-citizens can obtain temporary status or permanent residence through their employment. We will provide an overview of the categories of non-immigrant and immigrant visas based on employment and basic strategies for identifying options for immigrant workers and their family members. Following this webinar, you should feel prepared to offer basic information and advice about employment-based immigration to workers and employers.

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Webinar: Proposed Rule from the BIA on Recognition and Accreditation, Two Final Rules Concerning Legal Representation

On September 17, the the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced a new, proposed rule governing recognition and accreditation. When finalized, date yet unknown, the new rule will have a significant impact on the charitable immigration legal field. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the future of your profession and learn how to become involved in CLINIC’s advocacy efforts to make recognition and accreditation benefit low-income immigrants seeking your services.

Hear CLINIC staff present each proposed change and explain the implications for nonprofit organizations. We will take questions and solicit ideas for advocacy efforts.

The webinar will end by explaining two final rules the EOIR released on September 17 concerning the BIA list of pro bono legal service providers for immigrants in immigration proceedings and how appearances for legal representation for custody and bond proceedings can be separated from all proceedings.

NOTE: COMMENTS ARE DUE TO EOIR BY NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Read the 10/1/15 Federal Register announcement on the proposed rule.

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Webinar: If Caught in a Lie

Price: $25.00

Will a false statement to a government official or on an immigration application always have a negative immigration consequence? What if a client misrepresented his immigration status to get a job or on an application for a loan? What if a client claimed to be a U.S. citizen when registering to vote? Will a false statement made by a child or by an adult on behalf of a child have a consequence? How does providing false testimony affect an application for naturalization? To learn the answers to these and other questions, join CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Kristina Karpinski as they discuss the immigration consequences of fraud and misrepresentation, false claims to U.S. citizenship, false statements by minors, unlawful voting, and other issues.

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Training Teachers: Tricks, Tools and Strategies for Volunteer-based Language Learning

Leya Speaksmaker

Are you interested in creating or strengthening an English as a Second Language or citizenship test preparation program? Are you wanting to use volunteer teachers yet are unsure of how to train and retain quality instructors? Join us for this webinar as we learn the nuts and bolts of staffing your program along with tricks and tips to effectively train and keep high-quality teachers. Lee Shainis, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Intercambio: Uniting Communities in Boulder, Colorado will share with us the strategies he uses to train staff for his high-volume language-learning programs.

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Webinar: Affidavits of Support

Price: $25.00

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 issues related to 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 the filing requirements.

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3-Year EADs and Adverse Actions for Certain Unresponsive DACA Recipients

Starting July 16th, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin home visits to certain DACA recipients who have still failed to return their three-year employment authorization documents (EADs) that were received in error.  In addition to these home visits, USCIS has begun issuing Notices of Intent to Terminate (NOIDs) warning that individuals who do not return their three-year EAD by July 30th, 2015 will have their DACA and EAD terminated.

On this webinar, panelists described the population of DACA recipients that are impacted by this recall by USCIS.  In addition, panelists give an overview of current USCIS communications on the recall, describe what to expect during a home visit, and how affiliates can provide community education and outreach.  Time was also reserved for questions.

Remember to sign up for CLINIC’s DACA listserv by sending an email to clinic_daca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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Top 5 Transition Issues in Program Management

What do I do when the only BIA representative on staff decides to leave our program without anyone else authorized to practice and continue representing the existing caseload? What’s involved in hiring our nonprofit’s first attorney on staff? What needs to be done if the new Program Director doesn’t know immigration law? What can be done proactively or reactively if we lose our one big grant?

Staff and resource transitions are not uncommon in the life of an immigration program. Unfortunately, not enough programs plan ahead to prevent from losing its ability to practice immigration law through an authorized representative when there’s staff turnover or when revenue streams fluctuate. We hope to address a few complicated scenarios that programs have faced in our network. Presenters will pinpoint the challenges, offer solutions, and share best practices on how to tackle these scenarios head on so services can continue without interruption. Join CLINIC’s Capacity Building Section Project Attorney, Silvana Arista, and Field Support Coordinator, Nathaly Perez, as well as guest speaker Religious Immigration Section Director, Miguel Naranjo, to learn more!

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Countdown to Administrative Relief: New Enforcement Priority FAQs (Webinar 5)

On June 17th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to the new immigration enforcement priorities memo issued by the Obama Administration on November 20, 2014. These FAQs explain the three priority categories of immigrants that are at greatest risk for deportation.

On this webinar, panelists analyze the new FAQs in light of the original enforcement priorities memo and discuss what this guidance means for clients and community members. Some of the issues covered in the FAQs that will are discussed include: DUIs, identity-theft offenses, significant misdemeanors, and the type of immigration violations that trigger enforcement for “significant visa abuse.” Time was also reserved for questions.

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CLINIC Webinar, Naturalization for Applicants with Disabilities (March 2015)

Do you know how to help your clients with disabilities to naturalize? Watch this free recorded webinar on the special provisions in the law for people with disabilities such as reasonable accommodations, disability waivers, and oath waivers. Topics covered include eligibility, the application process, and practice tips. We also provide case examples and answer some frequently asked questions. 

This webinar is presented by Laura Burdick, CLINIC Field Support Coordinator and is a part of the Citizenship Toolkit.

More resources can be found in the toolkit, including a Flow Chart of the Disability Waiver Process.

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Countdown to Administrative Relief: Free Webinar Series for CLINIC Affiliates (Webinar 5)

On May 26th the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s emergency request to “stay” the current injunction placing DAPA and expanded DACA on hold. On this affiliate-only webinar, we reviewed the details of the Fifth Circuit decision in addition to talking about the current work each affiliate can continue to do.  Time at the end of the webinar was reserved for questions.

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Helping Your Immigrant Students and School Community: Updates on Deferred Action Programs for Undocumented Youth and Family

This webinar is for educators, counselors, and others working in schools and adult education programs who want to learn more about immigration relief for undocumented students and their families.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for the Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs protect undocumented students and parents from deportation so that they can work legally and pursue their educational goals. This webinar provides an overview of DACA and DAPA, including who may be eligible, and ways that educators can help community members access trusted information and locate appropriate legal assistance.

Held on: 5/6/15

Presenters: Ilissa Mira & Jennifer Riddle, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorneys

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Countdown to Executive Action: Free Webinar Series for CLINIC Affiliates (Webinar 4)

Even though expanded DACA and DAPA are on hold, there is still much you can do to help your clients get ready. CLINIC staff is sponsoring a monthly one-hour webinar to provide legal updates on executive action implementation, as well as  program management tips to help you stay on task to be ready to provide new services in your community. Each webinar will include time to hear your concerns and answer your questions.

The March 27th webinar was the fourth webinar in the series, where we reviewed a few new legal developments regarding DAPA and DACA, talked about good client screening techniques, shared some advocacy updates, and highlighted a few affiliate preparation and service delivery models. 

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Building an Advocacy Coalition on the State and Local Levels

This webinar focuses on immigration issues and describes how other areas of social justice such as safety net programs, education, and transportation can include an immigration component.  Other topics include gathering community stories and working with other advocates, elected officials, and policymakers.  This presentation also highlights the importance of respectful discourse during advocacy work. 

 

This webinar was held on March 25, 2015.

 

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Webinar: The Role of Public Libraries in Naturalization

Did you know that public libraries in your community can help with your program’s naturalization efforts? Join us for a free webinar to learn how libraries are prepared to support the immigrant community. We will discuss how and why libraries make a strong partner in citizenship efforts; what resources and programmatic support are available to libraries; things to consider when your program is pursuing a partnership with a library; and what efforts exist at the federal level to promote this partnership. The moderators are Laura Burdick, CLINIC Field Support Coordinator and Leya Speasmaker, CLINIC Integration Program Manager. Presenters will include staff from the USCIS Office of Citizenship and CLINIC affiliate agencies.

 

Held March 9th, 2015

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Countdown to Administrative Relief: Preliminary Injunction Edition (Webinar 3)

The clock is ticking towards opening day for expanded DACA eligibility and the new DAPA program, and we want to help you get ready to serve your clients. CLINIC staff is sponsoring a FREE monthly one-hour webinar to provide legal updates on executive action implementation, as well as advocacy, and program management tips to help you stay on task to be ready to provide new services in your community. Each webinar will include time to hear your concerns and answer your questions.

In this third webinar in the series, we review the preliminary injunction announced in the Texas vs. U.S. case, the new FAQs and I-821D form instructions, and the possible consequences of a DHS shutdown. In addition, we give helpful tips on the work that your program can be focusing on now while waiting for the new programs to start.

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Webinar: Overseas Refugee Processing Program for Central American Minors

On December 1, 2014, the Department of State launched a new in-country refugee and parole program for children residing in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Watch a free webinar to learn more about the process permitting certain parents in the United States to request that their children be admitted to the United States as refugees or granted parole. What are the eligibility requirements for a parent to apply? Which Central American children will be eligible? How does the process work? Most importantly, what can legal service providers do to educate communities about the program, identify those who might be eligible, and refer them to refugee resettlement agencies to complete their applications.

 Held January 13, 2015

Presenters for this webinar were Jen Riddle and Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC Attorneys, and Jeffrey Hawks, Associate Director for Processing Operations, USCCB.

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How to Offer Tax Preparation Assistance Services at your Agency

Good moral character is a requirement for naturalization applicants. Paying taxes is one way to establish good moral character, and immigration legal service programs and their agencies can easily assist their clients with this important task. In preparation for the 2015 tax season, attend this webinar to learn quick and easy ways to establish this service within your own agency. Learn how offering tax assistance preparation services promotes immigrant integration within your agency and community. Learn from the experiences of Frank Sanchez of the Telamon Corporation and Alma Vasquez of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee as they explain how they offer this service to their communities, the steps they took to establish the service, and the impact it has had on clients.

 

Held 12/11/14

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Preparing Your Program and Community for Administrative Relief

On, November 20th, the President announced updates to the DACA process, a new Deferred Action process for parents, and additional immigration executive actions. We are still waiting for more details on how this program will be implemented. In the meantime, CLINIC presented this affiliate-only webinar to review and summarize what we do know. It also discussed strategies for communicating with clients, performing outreach to the community, and preparing your program for increased demand for services. Listen in to staff from CLINIC's Advocacy, Capacity Building, Legalization, and Training & Legal Support sections for this important update.

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Webinar: DACA Now – Administrative Relief Next: Evaluation for Success

Held November 12th, 2014

Is evaluation a component of your program?  This webinar offers various recommendations on what to evaluate and how.  CLINIC will feature how DACA services, past and present, are important lessons learned when planning to implement even larger-scale services. 

Nearly 600,000 DACA applications have been approved out of an estimated 1.7 million eligible.  Is this success?  What outcomes have occurred in the lives of DACA recipients? 

President Obama’s anticipated announcement of administrative relief may benefit up to 5 million people. Evaluation skills and using the DACA experience will help you implement administrative relief for large numbers of people previously unseen.  This webinar will provide techniques to not only evaluate numbers as data points but create “story points” to market your program’s success.

Presenters include Michelle Sardone, Legalization Program Program Director, Jeff Chenoweth, Capacity Building Section Director and Noemi Guzman, Program Coordinator/BIA Full Accredited Representative at Catholic Charities of Central Florida in Orlando.

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Presentation: Creating and Managing Sub Offices

Do you serve a large region with one office and wish to expand using sub offices or other spaces? Are you planning to expand your service delivery models to other locations once President Obama announces administrative relief before the end of the year? Perhaps you’ve considered expanding to an additional location but aren’t quite sure where to start.

This presentation will provide information about various components of setting up and managing a legal services sub office and share best practices that demonstrate how strong case management systems are key to a professional and healthy immigration program.

 

 

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Webinar: Partnering with Law Schools

Are you interested in partnering with law schools? Join us for this free webinar on ways to form successful partnerships with law schools that both increase legal capacity for your organization and train the next generation of legal advocates. This webinar will present actual partnership models. Topics to be discussed are: summer internships, externships for school credit, short term projects, alternative breaks, clinical courses, and working with student-run public interest groups.

The webinar will include presentations from:

  • Wafa Abdin, Vice President of Immigration and Refugee Services, Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance in Houston;
  • Lindsay Toczylowski, Directing Attorney, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles; and
  • Margaret Martin, Supervising Attorney, Catholic Charities of New York.
  • The webinar will be moderated by CLINIC Field Support Coordinator Martin Gauto.
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Webinar - Advocating to Protect Unaccompanied Children in Your Community

This webinar addresses advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied children residing with sponsors and relatives across the United States as they await their immigration hearings. Panelists  provide updates on where the children are living, their impact on local communities, and steps you can take to welcome them. Panelists also provide specific suggestions for local advocacy on behalf of young migrants seeking safety in our country – how to educate community members and how to persuade policymakers to ensure access to much-needed legal representation, education, healthcare, and other social services.

Held on: 9/26/14

Presenters:

Sarah Bronstein, Senior Attorney, Catholic Legal  Immigration Network (CLINIC)

Ashley Feasley, Migration Policy Advisor, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Katie Kuennen, Assistant Director of Family Reunification, USCCB

Jen Riddle, Advocacy Attorney, CLINIC

Niloufar Khonsari, Immigration Attorney and Executive Director, Pangea Legal Services

Michelle Mendez, Senior Managing Attorney, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Washington, DC

 

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How to Create a Citizenship Education Program

Are you interested in providing more comprehensive citizenship and immigrant integration services? Join us for this free webinar on citizenship education programs. We discuss how and why legal service providers are well-positioned to offer citizenship classes; present key components of a successful citizenship education program; provide resources and next steps for implementing a program; and hear from a local affiliate with recent experience in starting a citizenship education program. The presenters are Rommel Calderwood, CLINIC Project Coordinator; Laura Burdick and Leya Speasmaker, CLINIC Field Support Coordinators; and Ellen Witoff, Immigration Specialist with Catholic Charities of Buffalo.

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Webinar: Tax Issues for Non-Citizens

Price: $25.00

Do you ever encounter common tax questions you wish you could answer? For example, how do tax issues play a role in establishing good moral character for naturalization applicants? What is the significance of a married client’s filing as “married filing separately,” or as “head of household?” Whom can the client claim as dependents on a tax return? What is needed to obtain a tax payer identification number (ITIN)? How does a self-employed sponsor evidence current individual annual income for the affidavit of support? How do you determine if the sponsor earned too little to incur a tax liability and what are the consequences of filing a late return? We will be asking a tax expert who specializes in representing non-citizens these and other tax-related questions. Please join Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler from CLINIC in a question-and-answer session with Robert Alcorn, PC. Mr. Alcorn has been providing assistance and training to immigration service providers for over 15 years

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Webinar: Children Traveling Alone: The Catholic Church’s Response

 This webinar discusses why unaccompanied children are coming to the United States, where they are staying, what services the Church is providing, and how you can help.   Panelists include experts on the root causes of migration from Central America and the emergency, social, and legal services available to these minor children. 

Panelists:

  • Sarah Bronstein, Senior Attorney, CLINIC
  • Richard Jones, Deputy Regional Director for Global Solidarity and Justice in L. America and the Caribbean, Catholic Relief Services
  • Kim Burgo, Senior Director Disaster Response Operations, Catholic Charities USA
  • Kristyn Peck, Associate Director of Children’s Services, Migration and Refugee Services, USCCB
  • Martin Gauto, Field Support Coordinator, CLINIC
  • Ashley Feasley, Immigration Policy Advisor, Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs, USCCB
  • Allison Posner, Director of Advocacy, CLINIC
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Webinar: Preparing for DACA Renewals: The New I-821D

This webinar for affiliates discusses the newly revised I-821D and USCIS guidelines for DACA renewal.  We provide updates on DACA policy and advocacy issues and also share program management tips on preparing for DACA renewals.  Finally, we consider how lessons learned from the initial DACA phase can be applied to the renewal process and to future immigration reform.

The presenters for this webinar were: Tatyana Delgado, Ilissa Mira, Allison Posner, Jen Riddle, Nathaly Perez and Michelle Sardone

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Webinar: DACA and Advance Parole (May 2014)

This webinar is for legal service providers helping Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients apply for permission to travel abroad using advance parole.   We will review advance parole guidelines and offer suggestions on how best to prepare advance parole applications for DACA recipients.  We will also share information about travel experiences of DACA recipients.  Finally, we will discuss the impact of advance parole on the green card application process for DACA recipients who are beneficiaries of family-based petitions.

 Panelists:

Dan Berger, Partner, Curran & Berger LLP

Tatyana Delgado, Training and Legal Support Attorney, CLINIC

Ilissa Mira, Training and Legal Support Attorney, CLINIC

Patrick Taurel, DACA Legal Services Fellow, AIC

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Webinar: Establishing a Strong Case Management System: Part II

A strong case management system is key to a healthy immigration legal program. A strong case management system helps ensure consistency, uniformity, and a high quality of work. It balances the interests of the client in getting the best and speediest representation with those of the agency in providing services efficiently. Join us for Part II of this series. It will focus on case file organization standards, case notes standards, a filing system, case closing procedures, and a tickler system to ensure important deadlines are not missed. The presenters are Director of CLINIC's Capacity Building Section Jeff Chenoweth, and CLINIC Attorney and Field Support Coordinator Martin Gauto.

Held 5/13/14

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Keeping Up with the News: Second Quarterly Webinar of 2014

Join us  for CLINIC's second quarterly webinar of the year. CLINIC staff will report on our ongoing legalization work; advocacy on immigration detainers; and developing and using program policies and procedures to  strengthen your program. We will also review developments in immigration law and procedure including DACA renewal; the new N-400 ; recent BIA and federal court cases on asylee adjustment and U visa waivers; new guidelines on credible fear determinations; and updates and practice tips from the NSC on waiver adjudications.  

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Establishing a Strong Case Management System: Part I

Held 4/29/14

A strong case management system is key to a healthy immigration legal program and helps ensure consistency, uniformity, and a high quality of work. It balances the interests of the client in getting the best and speediest representation with those of the agency in providing services efficiently. Join us for Part I of a two-part webinar training on case management. During this webinar we will begin a discussion of the essential elements of a good case management system, including: policy and procedures manuals, intake procedures and forms, case selection criteria and procedures, scope of representation, retainer agreements and a tickler system that ensures the agency doesn't miss client deadlines.  The presenters are Director of CLINIC's Capacity Building Section Jeff Chenoweth, and CLINIC Attorney and Field Support Coordinator Martin Gauto.

Download the Powerpoints for "Establishing a Strong Case Management System: Part I"

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A Death in the Family: All About Immigrating as a Surviving Relative

Price: $25.00

How can a family member still immigrate after the petitioner has died? How can a derivative immigrate after the principal beneficiary has died? How can a widow self-petition after the death of her U.S. citizen spouse? Are these family members eligible for waivers if they have accrued unlawful presence and have to consular process?  Join CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler to learn about the immigration law protections, procedures, and forms for surviving relatives.  We will cover in detail INA Sec. 204(l) provisions, humanitarian reinstatement, and widow self-petitions.

For a copy of the powerpoints used in this presentation, please email Jon Braswell at JCBraswell@cliniclegal.org

 

Held 4/23/14

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Fee Waivers for Naturalization: Eligibility, Workshop Issues, Problem Areas

 Join us for a free webinar on fee waivers for naturalization applications as we discuss the following topics.

  • What are the eligibility requirements? 
  • What types of supporting documents are best to submit?  
  • What should I watch out for when preparing fee waivers for naturalization?  
  • What's the best way to incorporate fee waivers into naturalization workshops?   
  • What are some of the problem areas?

The presenters are Laura Burdick, CLINIC, Field Support Coordinator; Daniel Sharp, Legal Director, CARECEN LA; and Debbie Smith, Senior Attorney, CLINIC.

 

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Civic Engagement of Older Refugees

Held March 9, 2009

CLINIC invites refugee service providers to attend a free, web-based conference call training, "The Civic Engagement of Older Refugees."  In this 1 1/2 hour, interactive session, Project SHINE – an initiative of Temple University’s Center for Intergenerational Learning – will present the findings from a recent study that looked at why and how older immigrants and refugees contribute to their families and communities. They will share their insights into promising practices for supporting the engagement of immigrant and refugee elders in meaningful roles in the community and examples of what others around the country are doing. 

This webinar will provide organizations with a framework for understanding civic engagement among refugee seniors, including forms of engagement, motivations, and factors that influence engagement. It will also provide tips and tools for developing efforts to facilitate and support refugee elder civic participation.

This webinar discusses the following:

  • Different forms of civic engagement among refugee seniors, as well as their motivations and factors that influence engagement;
  • Experiences and lessons learned from several projects around the country;
  • Explore ideas for what can be done to develop efforts to support refugee elder civic participation.
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All About BIA Recognition & Accreditation

Would you like to know more about how your nonprofit agency and staff can become authorized to provide immigration legal services? Join us for this webinar training on Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) agency recognition and staff accreditation. BIA agency recognition and staff accreditation is the Department of Justice's certification of nonprofit legal immigration programs and their staff. It allows non-attorneys to practice immigration law as authorized representatives. Increasing the number of BIA recognized agencies, locations, and accredited staff will be essential for implementing Comprehensive Immigration Reform and serving the millions of immigrants who will be eligible for relief. During this webinar, we will discuss the requirements for recognition and accreditation; the process for submitting an application; and the latest BIA developments. The presenters are CLINIC Attorney Silvana Arista and CLINIC Field Support Coordinator Laura Burdick.

 

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Webinar: What's New About the New N-400?

The new 21-page N-400 is 11 pages longer than the previous form and includes new questions related to security and child soldier related issues.  The webinar will discuss changes in the format and content of the new N-400. The presenters will be Laura Burdick, CLINIC Field Support Coordinator, Aidin Castillo, ILRC Immigration Policy Attorney, and Debbie Smith, CLINIC Senior Attorney.

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Held on 2/26/14

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All about Priority Dates: Retention, Revocation, Reinstatement

Price: $25.00

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.

 

Webinar Held on 2/20/14

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Webinar: Top Ten Issues in Program Management

Join CLINIC for a conversation about the top most common program management issues and how program managers resolve them. Topics will range from the equipment and tools needed for an immigration legal service program to tracking cases data and deadlines to setting a budget for staff professional development. Capacity Building director Jeff Chenoweth and Field Support Coordinator Leya Speasmaker will be presenting.

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Keeping Up With the News: First Quarterly Webinar of 2014

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CLINIC staff reports on the proposed new DACA form and renewal procedures; new guidance for immigration judges relating to mentally incompetent detainees; and CLINIC's ongoing legalization implementation work, including best practices that may help your program.   They will also review changes in DHS leadership and developments in immigration law and procedure concerning Hague Convention adoptions, parole in place, online FOIA requests, aged-out 2A derivatives, visa bulletin cut-off dates, and new federal court and BIA case decisions.  CLINIC staff will also review recent trends in religious immigration, such as post adjudication site visits, 14-day termination notice, requests for evidence, and recordkeeping tips

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Webinar: Update on Eligibility for Adjustment of Status

Price: $25.00

Are you up to date with the latest developments affecting eligibility to adjust status? Law and policy decisions in the past few months have created new avenues for adjustment of status and addressed the limits of 245(i) grandfathering for derivatives. For example, the USCIS has issued an important memo providing adjustment eligibility for certain relatives of military service members and veterans (parole in place). It also issued a memo clarifying adjustment eligibility for visa waiver overstays married to US citizens. We are still learning about the effects of advance parole by TPS and DACA grantees as a means to qualify for adjustment. The BIA issued a decision on after-acquired spouses and 245(i) eligibility. And a federal appeals court issued a decision on adjustment of status for K-4 derivatives. Join CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber, Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler to find out how these developments impact on your clients’ eligibility for adjustment of status.

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NVC Update on Consular Processing and Latest News from U.S. Consulate in CDJ

Price: $25.00

Nearly all immigrant visa applicants must now submit the DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa Application and those processing at select  consulates and embassies must also submit  documents electronically to the National Visa Center (NVC).  In the near future,  all applicants will be required to submit the required  forms and documents  electronically.   Join CLINIC Attorneys  Kristina Karpinski, Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler as they speak with NVC Director Kimberly Kelly about these initiatives and other issues related to consular processing including NVC's role in implementation of the provisional waivers program.  The webinar will also include an update on processing at the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico following presentations by DOS and USCIS officials at CLINIC 's family-based immigration law conference in El Paso.

 

Held: 12/11/13

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Webinar: Waiving Crimes Away: All About 212(h) Waivers

Price: $25.00

Your client wants to be become a lawful permanent resident but he has a criminal record.  You're not sure if his record will bar him from eligibility.  Your lawful permanent resident client was placed in removal proceedings upon returning from a trip abroad.  You need to determine if she can retain her residency through a waiver. Who qualifies for a waiver of crime-based inadmissibility?  What kinds of crimes are covered and what do you need to show to qualify for a waiver?  When can a lawful permanent resident use a 212(h) waiver to overcome losing his or her status based on a criminal conviction?  To learn all about 212(h) waivers, join CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber for a webinar on this topic.

Presenters:

Susan Schreiber

Sarah Bronstein

Held On: 11/20/13

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Webinar: Immigration Detention: Perspectives from D.C. and the Field

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This webinar will address immigration detention, including the federal mandate requiring the detention of certain immigrants, the recent rise of immigration detention, and alternatives to detention. Additionally, the panel will include local perspectives on the effects of detention facilities on communities and how local stakeholders can help combat this national phenomenon.

Held 11/15/13

Presenters:

  • Ashley Feasley, Migration Policy Advisor, USCCB
  • Christina Fialho, attorney, co-executive director of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)
  • Sister JoAnn Persch, Sister of Mercy, Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants
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Webinar: Recent Trends in State and Local Immigration Enforcement

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This webinar provides an overview of collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement agencies through the Criminal Alien Program, 287(g) Partnerships, and Secure Communities as well as the use of ICE detainers to identify potentially deportable individuals in state or local custody.  Panelists will address how these programs harm American families and communities and suggest ways to advocate on a state and local level against their continuation.

Held on: 11/8/13

Presenters:

  • Allison Posner, Director of Advocacy, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
  • Jen Riddle, Advocacy Attorney, CLINIC
  • Mark Fleming, National Litigation Coordinator, National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Alissa Escarce, Policy Associate, Rights Working Group
  • Jill Malone, Volunteer Advocate, Justice for Immigrants Campaign of the Diocese of San Jose
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Webinar: CLINIC's National Naturalization Radio Campaign

CLINIC is launching its first, national naturalization radio campaign in Spanish.  It will be aired in up to 250 Spanish radio outlets. The public service announcement (PSA) will be released four times across a Spanish radio network.  As such, CLINIC offers this brief webinar to help affiliates (members and subscribers) prepare a response to an increase in naturalization inquiries caused by the campaign aired in your community.

CLINIC is experimenting with this large-scale PSA format to: 1) increase interest in naturalization among the LPR community; 2) increase the visibility of CLINIC’s national network of affiliates; and 3) serve as a test-case for future PSAs addressing comprehensive immigration reform if a bill passes into law. 

 

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Held on 11/4/13

Presenters:

Jeff Chenoweth (Capacity Building Section Director)

Rommel Calderwood (Project Coordinator)

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Webinar: CIR 2013-'14: The Road Forward from the Church’s Perspective

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This webinar will look at the legislation and politics which will shape the debate on immigration reform in the House of Representatives, explaining the Church’s position on individual bills and the strategy for winning final legislation the Church can support.  Panelists will discuss proper messaging for the House debate and share tactics for getting these messages out to influence a positive final outcome.

Held on: 11/1/13

Presenters:

  • Kevin Appleby, Director, Migration Policy and Public Affairs, US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

  • Ashley Feasley, Immigration Policy Advisor (USCCB)

  • Michelle Sardone, Legalization Program Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

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Webinar: Affidavits of Support: From Basic to Advanced Issues

Price: $25.00

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.

Presenters:

Charles Wheeler

Kristina Karpinski

Held October 30th, 2013

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Keeping Up with the News: Third Quarterly Webinar of 2013

CLINIC 's third 2013 quarterly webinar of the year includes updates from the affiliate survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research; CLINIC's ongoing legalization implementation work; and state trends relating to immigrant eligibility for drivers licenses.  CLINIC staff also review developments in immigration law and procedure concerning provisional waiver adjudications, the use of the online DS 260 application form for immigrant visa applications, Visa Bulletin cut-off dates, and new federal court and BIA case decisions.

 

Held on October 10th, 2013

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Harnessing the Power of Partnerships

Held April 22 2013

This webinar training covers how to develop and use partnerships effectively and what resources you can use to manage them. Programs already benefitting from strong partnerships talk about their experiences and provide tips on how to seek out and pursue this type of working relationship. We also talk about how best to reduce the impact of notarios and encourage immigrants to seek out authorized immigration legal services.

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Recorded Webinar: Humanitarian Parole

Price: $25.00

USCIS may grant humanitarian parole to individuals to come to the U.S. for a temporary period of time because of emergency  or humanitarian reasons.   Who is eligible to apply?  How is the application submitted?  In this webinar we will discuss the requirements for humanitarian parole and the procedures for requesting parole and re-parole.  Join CLINIC Training and Legal Support Senior Attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Debbie Smith as they discuss these and other issues related to humanitarian parole. In addition,  CLINIC has invited Liz Runge, Branch Chief, Humanitarian Affairs Branch, USCIS International Operations Division, Department of Homeland Security to participate in the webinar.

Held on September 26th, 2013

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Webinar - Travel Abroad for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients

This webinar is for non-immigration lawyers, community organizers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and others who would like to learn about how DACA recipients can travel abroad.   We will explain who is eligible to apply for permission to travel abroad using advance parole, legal issues to consider, how to apply for advance parole, travel logistics, and the post-travel impact on certain immigration benefits.  

 

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  • Tatyana Delgado, Training and Legal Support Attorney, CLINIC
  • Ilissa Mira, Training and Legal Support Attorney, CLINIC
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Webinar - DACA - One Year Later

This webinar is for legal service providers and others helping DREAMers apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  One year after DACA’s launch, we will review important DACA developments and explore ways we can continue to improve DACA-related services.  In this webinar, we will look at DACA application numbers to better understand the DACA applicant pool.  We will also look at the numbers to identify where new or bolstered DACA outreach is needed and to whom such outreach should be targeted.  We will discuss advocacy successes and DACA approvals in complicated cases.  In addition, we will address lessons learned about advanced practice issues, such as applying for DACA with criminal records, meeting eligibility guidelines, and advance parole.  Finally, we will highlight ways legal service providers and advocates can continue to further DACA efforts and improve assistance to DREAMers going forward. 

Panelists:        

  • Tom Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego
  • Allison Posner, Director of Advocacy, CLINIC
  • Robert Yabes, Immigration and Legal Services Program Director, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
  • Tatyana Delgado, Training and Legal Support Attorney, CLINIC
  • Ilissa Mira, Training and Legal Support Attorney, CLINIC

Held on August 22, 2013

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Recorded Webinar: Consular Processing - Seeking an Advisory Opinion from the Department of State Visa Office

Price: $25.00

Have you ever disagreed with a U.S. consular officer's decision  to deny an immigrant visa to your client?  Or disagreed with the consulate's interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act or the application of one of the grounds of inadmissibility?  If so, did you know you can seek an advisory opinion from the Department of State Visa Office?   Join CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Kristina Karpinski as they speak with Visa Office Attorney Chloe Dybdahl and learn more about the role of the Visa Office; the types of issues the office deals with most often; practical tips on seeking advisory opinions; and how these opinions may help to get your cases resolved.

Held on July 24, 2013

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Keeping Up with the News: Second Quarterly Webinar of 2013

CLINIC staff addresses the current status of pending immigration reform legislation, planning on the national level for legalization implementation, and service delivery models for legalization drafted by various CLINIC affiliates.  We also review developments in immigration law and procedure including EOIR registration requirements, updates relating to G-28 and I-94 forms, implementation of U visa age-out protections, and the recent BIA case addressing requirements for accredited representative status.

Held on July 10, 2013.

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Webinar - The Implementation of DACA in the States and Lessons Learned for Legalization

This webinar is for legal service providers, immigrant advocates, educators, faith leaders, employers, community organizers, and others helping DREAMers apply for DACA or navigate work, school, and life after receiving DACA. Have you had issues helping DACA applicants meet the education eligibility requirements, obtain juvenile records, or access scholarships or loans? Have you or your DREAMers encountered hesitation, confusion or obstruction from state and local actors in understanding what DACA means and what rights DACA grantees have with respect to employment or access to driver's licenses, higher education or health care? We discuss these issues and suggest strategies for advocating on behalf of individual DREAMers as well as broader efforts to change states' policies and practices. We also consider how lessons learned from DACA will likely be valuable in implementing a future legalization program.

Date recorded: June 26, 2013

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Recorded Webinar: Provisional Waivers: How to Screen Effectively

Price: $25.00

The USCIS has begun accepting I-601A provisional waivers for the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility. The agency is denying applicants whom it has a "reason to believe" are inadmissible for any other ground. How do you interview your client to obtain all the information you need to determine eligibility?  How do you deal with prior criminal activity, DUIs, drug use, fraud, or smuggling? What techniques should you consider to uncover hardship factors and marshal the supporting documentation? We will cover these issues in this webinar, as well as provide updated information from the USCIS and the Department of State. Join CLINIC attorneys Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler, and Immigration Attorney Veronica Garza from Ft. Worth Catholic Charities for this informative webinar.

 

Held on 6/19/2013

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Preparing for CLINIC/JFI Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day is Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Get ready for your day on Capitol Hill!  Kevin Appleby, Director of USCCB's Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs and Allison Posner, CLINIC's Director of Advocacy will speak about the Church's position on immigration reform and how to frame your "asks" when speaking with your representatives.  We will also review the agenda for Advocacy Day and provide practical tips about getting around the Hill and what to expect from the day.   

Held on May 7, 2013.

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All About Fee Waivers

This webinar training focuses on how to obtain a fee waiver for a naturalization applicant who is unable to pay the USCIS application fee. We discuss the fee waiver eligibility criteria, the application process with the Form I-912, and the documentation requirements. We also discuss problems or pitfalls that may arise and how to avoid these, as well as special considerations for completing fee waiver applications at naturalization group processing workshops.

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Held on March 7, 2013.

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Senate CIR Bill: Highlights of Proposed Legislation

Legislation was introduced in the Senate today that would create a pathway to citizenship for most of the undocumented persons living in the United States.  It would also overhaul the family-based immigration system, create new opportunities for guest workers and other nonimmigrants, and impose heightened border, interior, and workplace enforcement.  Listen as CLINIC staff summarizes the most important parts of the proposed legislation on this free, one-hour webinar. Bring your questions and reflect on how the CIR might affect the immigration services your agency provides. 

Held on April 19, 2013.

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Recorded Webinar: When is a Kid a Kid (Under the INA)?

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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.

Held on April 29, 2013

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CIR Planning & Preparation: Budgeting and Resource Development

Early planning and preparation for CIR implementation includes budgeting and resource development.  This webinar introduces resources to help CLINIC affiliates in these processes.  Included in the webinar is a newly-released CIR Preparation Checklist for program directors to guide their planning, webinar slides on budgeting decisions and several resource development tools including a proposal template, budget narrative and work plan to seek external funding.

 

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BIA Recognition and Accreditation for Start-up and Expanding Programs

Join us for CLINIC’s kick-off webinar for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) preparation in 2013, the first in a series. This free webinar training covers the application process and requirements for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accreditation. We also discuss the latest BIA developments, including the new FAQ sheet released by the BIA, training requirements for staff, and issues the BIA is analyzing before submitting proposed changes to recognition and accreditation regulations. BIA agency recognition and staff accreditation is the Department of Justice’s certification of nonprofit legal immigration programs and their staff. It allows non-attorneys to practice immigration law as authorized representatives. Increasing the number of BIA recognized agencies, locations, and accredited staff will be essential for implementing CIR and bringing legal services to the millions of immigrants who will be eligible for relief. This webinar is presented by CLINIC Attorneys Silvana Arista and Sarah Bronstein and CLINIC Field Support Coordinator Laura Burdick. For questions, please contact Laura Burdick at lburdick@cliniclegal.org.

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BIA Recognition and Accreditation for Start-up and Expanding Programs

Join us for CLINIC’s kick-off webinar for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) preparation in 2013, the first in a series. This free webinar training covers the application process and requirements for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accreditation. We also discuss the latest BIA developments, including the new FAQ sheet released by the BIA, training requirements for staff, and issues the BIA is analyzing before submitting proposed changes to recognition and accreditation regulations. BIA agency recognition and staff accreditation is the Department of Justice’s certification of nonprofit legal immigration programs and their staff. It allows non-attorneys to practice immigration law as authorized representatives. Increasing the number of BIA recognized agencies, locations, and accredited staff will be essential for implementing CIR and bringing legal services to the millions of immigrants who will be eligible for relief. This webinar is presented by CLINIC Attorneys Silvana Arista and Sarah Bronstein and CLINIC Field Support Coordinator Laura Burdick. For questions, please contact Laura Burdick at lburdick@cliniclegal.org.

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Recorded Webinar: All About Voluntary Departure

Price: $25.00

Who qualifies for voluntary departure and what are the advantages and disadvantages of a grant of "VD"?  Whether or not you represent clients in removal proceedings, you will certainly have clients who currently have VD, or overstayed a grant of VD and now want to know what if any impact that has on eligibility for another immigration benefit.  To learn about eligibility for voluntary departure, time limits, establishing compliance, reopening VD orders, and consequences for failure to depart, join CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber for a review of all matters related to voluntary departure.

Held on March 27 2013

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The New Unlawful Presence Waiver Adjudication Process: Uniting Families Safely and Boosting Naturalization

Held February 25, 2013.

The USCIS will start accepting provisional waivers for unlawful presence on March 4, 2013.  This new procedure can help your program promote naturalization as well as family-based immigration.  More clients will want to file I-130 petitions and initiate consular processing if they can file the unlawful presence in the United States and wait here for a decision. Clients will be turning to your program to help them file the waiver.  More clients will be motivated to naturalize if it will convert their spouse to an immediate relative.  In this webinar we will cover eligibility for the provisional waiver as well as how your program can gain the maximum advantage for your clients. Join CLINIC staff members  Jack Holmgren and Charles Wheeler as they discuss both the substance of the law and how to prepare for an increase in demand for services.

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Recorded Webinar: All About Conditional Residence

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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.

Held on February 27, 2013

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Recorded Webinar: Understanding Unlawful Presence

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 Your client is out of status, but is he accruing 'unlawful presence' that will trigger the three or ten year bar when he leaves the U.S.?  A second client wants to qualify for a stateside provisional waiver - is unlawful presence the only inadmissibility ground she faces based on her immigration history?  And what about your client who has spent nine of the last ten years in Chicago after triggering the ten-year bar - is he "serving his time' through the passage of time?  Unlawful presence inadmissibility can be complicated to assess - join CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Susan Schreiber to review the many ways that unlawful presence is accrued, the exceptions to unlawful presence, and unresolved questions about this ground of inadmissibility.

 

Held on January 30th, 2013.

 

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DACA Evaluation: Beyond the Numbers

January 23, 2013

Now that your agency has assisted numerous clients in receiving their DACA approval, it is time to step back and evaluate the success of your agency’s response.  Was your program ready for DACA?  Do you have the data to justify the support you have received?  What have you learned?  How has your program grown?  Will you be ready for the next change in immigration law or policy?  Join CLINIC’s capacity building staff to learn about strategies for data collection, program evaluation, and documenting outputs and outcomes.  We will also cover how to use information from your DACA program evaluation to plan and prepare for comprehensive immigration reform.

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Recorded Webinar: What Really Happened at the Border: Determining Whether Your Client was Ordered Removed

Price: $25.00

Held on October 12, 2012.Your client isn't sure what happened at the border when she tried to enter several years ago and didn't succeed.  How do you determine what actually occurred at the border? Was there a removal order at all?  If so, what kind?  Was it expedited removal, Section 240 removal or voluntary departure?  The presenters will discuss strategies for determining what occurred including: what questions to ask clients, FOIA requests and obtaining FBI rap sheets.  The presenters for this webinar are Sarah Bronstein and Jennie Guilfoyle, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorneys. 

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CLINIC Quarterly Webinar

CLINIC's third quarterly review of legal updates and news of CLINIC's initiatives discusses 1) updated legal information regarding USCIS implementation of DACA, 2) advocacy efforts on DACA and other initiatives, 3) program management tips on meeting the increased demand for services, 4) recent BIA cases concerning fiances, 5) the DHS memo on TRIG and adjustment of status for asylees and refugees, and 6) the sunsetting of non-minister special immigration worker provisions.

Held on September 21, 2012. 

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"Mega" Group Application Workshop

The purpose of the webinar is to educate charitable immigration legal staff on the unique differences of planning and implementing a large, "mega" group application workshop for naturalization and deferred action.

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Held on September 12, 2012.

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Update on Deferred Action for DREAMers

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas shared additional details on the June 15th Deferred Action policy memorandum on a Stakeholder Teleconference.  All the new details can be found on the USCIS website at: www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.  Under this new administration policy, DHS will be able to grant deferred action to certain qualifying young people, often known as DREAMers, who have fulfilled age, residency, and educational or military requirements.

Join CLINIC's Advocacy, Capacity Building, and Training and Legal Support staff for a FREE webinar that will cover a summary of the updates shared on this afternoon’s teleconference as well as how to prepare your organization for this new program.

Held on August 6, 2012.

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Recorded Webinar: Spotlight on the Petitioner

Price: $25.00

Picture this scene: A USC or LPR and his undocumented wife come to see you to discuss filing for the wife's permanent residency status. You've asked the husband for proof of his status, and you've interviewed the wife to find out about her manner of entry and potential inadmissibility issues. Are you done? Not quite. You still need to question the USC or LPR spouse about his history, including possible warrants, prior convictions and for an LPR, other circumstances that might trigger enforcement if they come to light. Also, if the USC petitioner is filing for a fiancée, the spotlight on the petitioner includes the need to inquire about prior petitions as well as criminal convictions.

What circumstances put the petitioner in the spotlight? And how do you determine if the petitioner is at risk of petition denial or being subject to criminal or immigration enforcement?   To answer these questions join CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Susan Schreiber for a review of issues including the Adam Walsh Act, required disclosures for fiancé(e) petitioners, IBIS security checks on petitioners, and other matters that may trigger enforcement for LPRs.

Held on July 31, 2012.

Preparing for Deferred Action

This webinar discusses what we know so far about the new deferred action policy for undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children, including basic eligibility requirements, how to document eligibility, "red flags" for applicants, and advocacy on the policy's implementation. Panelists include Jennie Guilfoyle, Training and Legal Support Attorney at CLINIC; Paromita Shah, Associate Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild; Don Lyster, Director of NILC's Washington, DC office; and Lorella Praeli of United We Dream.

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Arizona's SB 1070 at the U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday, June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-3 ruling on Arizona's state immigration enforcement law, SB 1070.   What did the Court hold? What does it mean? What are the potential ramifications for "copycat" laws in other states? What's next for advocacy?    

Featured Panelists:

  • Andre Segura, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Shuya Ohno, National Field Organizer, National Immigration Forum

Moderator:

  • Karen Siciliano Lucas, State & Local Advocacy Attorney, CLINIC

 

Held Friday, July 13, 2012.

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Citizenship for Elders: Issues and Options in Test Preparation

The citizenship test, especially the English language requirement, often poses a major challenge for older applicants.  How can citizenship teachers and program administrators best meet the special needs of an older learner?  What are the best strategies for success?  Join us for this webinar about promising practices in instruction and program design for elders in your community.  We will also discuss suggestions for learning activities, cultural considerations, and strategies to address common health issues.  This webinar is based on CLINIC's handbook by the same title, which is being updated for release of a second edition shortly.  CLINIC Field Support Coordinators Leya Speasmaker and Laura Burdick present together with local agency staff.

Held on June 28, 2012.

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Preparing your Program for Implementing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

As everyone awaits the details on how the new Deferred Action program will be implemented, your agency should start taking steps to prepare.  This webinar discusses different strategies for meeting the increased demand for services.  Staff from CLINIC affiliates discuss what strategies have worked for their programs including group-processing workshops, coalition building, information sessions, and one-on-one processing models.  Join staff from CLINIC's Advocacy, Capacity Building, and Training & Legal Support sections for this webinar to make sure your agency is prepared to serve clients under the new program.

Held on July 10, 2012.

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Recorded Webinar: How Long Is Too Long: LPRs and Abandonment of Residency

Price: $25.00

We all know that the "permanent" in lawful permanent residency is misleading. LPRs can lose their status in a number of ways, including abandonment of residency.  How long can an LPR be out of the country before abandonment becomes a possibility?  How is abandonment assessed? When should your client file for a reentry permit?  What does a long-absent LPR need to do to return to the United States?  If the LPR manages to return to the U.S. after a prolonged absence abroad, does the issue of abandonment go away?  What if it's not the LPR's fault - the parents took the child abroad and he or she had to go with them?  If you want to know the answers to these and other questions, join CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler for a discussion on this topic.Held on June 12, 2012.

Recorded Webinar: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Price: $25.00

Children who have been the victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect are among the most vulnerable immigrants in our society.  These children may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a pathway to becoming a lawful permanent resident. 

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Free Webinar on Deferred Action for DREAM Act Children

As you know, the President recently announced a new process where certain children will be able to apply for deferred action status and employment authorization. We are still waiting for the details on how this program will be implemented.  This webinar reviews and summarize what we do know.  It also discusses strategies for dealing with the press, communicating with clients, performing outreach to the community, and preparing your program for increased demand for services.  

Join staff from CLINIC's Advocacy, Training & Legal Support, and Capacity Building sections for this important update.

Held on June 20, 2012.

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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Children who have been the victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect are among the most vulnerable immigrants in our society.  These children may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a pathway to becoming a lawful permanent resident.  The presenters discuss the eligibility requirements for SIJS as well as the procedures for applying both affirmatively and defensively in removal proceedings.  The presenters for this webinar are Sarah Bronstein and Kristina Karpinski, Training and Legal Support Attorneys with Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

Held on June 7, 2012.

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The Supreme Court Considers Arizona v. United States

On April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona v. United States, a case involving the legal challenge to Arizona's restrictive state immigration enforcement law "SB 1070."  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops submitted a "friend of the court" brief in the case, supporting the United States in challenging the law.  What did the Bishops say in their brief?  What are the interests of the Catholic Church when states choose to enforce federal immigration law on their own terms?  What is wrong with a policy of "attrition through enforcement"?  
 
This webinar - held just two days after oral arguments - discusses all of these issues and more.  How did the Justices react to arguments by both sides?  What is really at stake?  The webinar places the legal arguments over SB 1070 in the context of new ways that states and localities are proposing to get more active on immigration.

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Recorded Webinar: Confronting Thorny Ethical Issues

Price: $25.00

 How should advocates handle  a situation that poses an ethical dilemma?  In this webinar, the presenters provide an overview of some of the ethical rules that advocates must follow.  The presenters will discuss situations in which a client seems not to be telling the truth, or wishes to or has already submitted false documents when seeking an immigration benefit.  The panelists will address when conflicts of interest may arise.  For example, what should you do when the beneficiary of a family based petition filed by her spouse tells you in confidence that her spouse is abusing her?  The discussion will include consideration of different ethics rules that might come into play, including duties of confidentiality to the client, conflicts of interest and candor to the tribunal.  The presenters for this webinar are Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith, Training and Legal Support Attorneys with CLINIC.Held on April 30, 2012. 

Update and Next Steps on Pre-Adjudication of Waivers

The USCIS has published its proposed regulation on stateside pre-adjudication of unlawful presence waivers. CLINIC staff conducted a free webinar to affiliates that covers all aspects of this proposed change.  The webinar includes a summary of the proposed regulation, the potential impact on your caseload, and the steps you might take to prepare for it.  CLINIC will be developing community education handouts and other materials, as well as model comments to the proposed regulation.  Presenters include Maria Odom, CLINIC's Executive Director, and staff from the Capacity Building, Advocacy, and Training and Legal Support sections.

Held on May 3, 2012.

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Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 4: Network Technology Innovations

April 24, 2012

Join us for Part 4 in a four part series for a presentation of tech innovations within the CLINIC network. We'll learn about CitizenshipWorks, a program designed to assist local programs in helping clients naturalize. We'll also learn from several network affiliates about innovative ways they've used technology in their offices and how it has impacted the way they reach the public. Leya Speasmaker, Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's Washington DC office moderates the discussion.

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Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 3: Case Management Software

Join us for Part 3 in a four part series for a conversation about case management software and other database capabilities. Topics will include why to use case management software, how to choose a software package, and how best to use software in your daily work. Jack Holmgren, a Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's San Francisco office, will moderate the discussion.

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Recorded Webinar: When the Price is Too High: All About Fee Waivers

Price: $25.00

The price of many immigration applications has risen in recent years. For those who cannot afford filing fees that can run into the hundreds and even thousands, there are some fees that may be waived. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss which fees may be waived; for whom they may be waived; and what to submit along with fee waiver applications to ensure the best chance of success.  The presenters for this webinar are CLINIC Project Coordinator Laura Burdick, Training and Legal Support Attorney Jennie Guilfoyle, and Field Support Coordinator Michelle Sardone.Held on March 19, 2012.

State & Local Immigration Policy Map Training

CLINIC hosted a webinar to train users of CLINIC's new web-based State & Local Immigration Policy Map. The Map offers CLINIC's many state-specific resources on policy proposals affecting immigrants and their families. This webinar will be free and open to the public. During this fully interactive training, participants experienced a real-time demonstration of the Map's capabilities, received step-by-step instruction in finding materials, asked questions of CLINIC's State & Local Advocacy Attorney Karen Lucas and CLINIC's Communications Officer/Web Content Coordinator Tessa Winkler. Learn how to search for and compare CLINIC's analyses of similar but different state harboring laws and learn whether federal courts have blocked them.  Compare two states' omnibus immigration enforcement bills before an upcoming hearing.  Find a one-page Q&A to help you explain a bill to those who may be impacted by it. This training will help you do it all!

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Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 2: Effectively Using Social Media and Outreach Tools

Join us for Part 2 in a four part series as we talk about how best to use social media and outreach tech tools to increase the visibility of your program on the internet.  We'll compare the current options such as blogging, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter and examine the pluses and minuses of using each one.  We'll also talk about sources for tech support, particularly for non-profits.

Held on February 28, 2012.

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Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 1: Introduction to Office Technology Tools

Join us for Part 1 in a four part series as we explore quick and easy tech upgrades your program can make to improve communication and service to the community . We'll talk about technological changes coming down the pike from USCIS and why it is important to get a jump start on planning for those today. We will also hear from several members of CLINIC staff give tips on how best to access technology used by our organization to better serve our network. Leya Speasmaker, Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's Washington D.C. office will moderate the discussion on how best to leverage the power of technology to your program's advantage.

Held on January 31, 2012.

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Recorded Webinar: The ABC's of Employment Based Immigration

Price: $25.00

The immigration law authorizes temporary and permanent stays in the U.S. for certain employees and employment.  This webinar will discuss non-immigrant visas related to employment-based immigration and the rules governing the accrual of unlawful presence and dual intent for those visas.  The webinar will also provide an overview of employment-based immigrant visas. The speakers will include Scott Pollock, an attorney at Scott D. Pollock and Associates in Chicago, and Debbie Smith, attorney at CLINIC.  Scott Pollock is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience in employment-based immigration, deportation defense and federal litigation.  Debbie Smith, a Training and Legal Support attorney at CLINIC, was previously in private practice in San Francisco.

Recorded Webinar: VAWA Self Petitioners and Inadmissibility

Price: $25.00

To learn more about the special rules on inadmissibility grounds and waivers that apply to VAWA self-petitioners, join CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Kristina Karpinski for a 90 minute webinar addressing these issues.

Recorded Webinar: Keeping Up with the CSPA

Price: $25.00

Now that the Child Status Protection Act has been part of our immigration law for nine years, you probably know all the basics:  locking in immediate relative status; making adjusted age calculations for second preference beneficiaries and derivatives; and satisfying the one-year filing requirements.   But there are several new twists and updates on the CSPA front that you should be aware of.  For example, are you familiar with: · The three new federal court decisions interpreting the CSPA's effective date, attaching the original priority date to an aged-out derivative beneficiary, and what it means to seek LPR status within a year of visa availability? · The new CIS policy allowing an F-2A beneficiary to retain CSPA protection if the parent naturalizes after the beneficiary turns 21? · Strategies to retain CSPA protection if the priority date retrogresses? · New guidance from CIS about how the CSPA operates when the aging out principal or derivative beneficiary is a surviving relative? If this sounds like something you haven't heard about yet, join CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler for a webinar on recent CSPA developments.

Recorded Webinar: Retention, Revocation, Retrogression, and Reinstatement: Mastering the Four R's with Petitions and Priority Dates

Price: $25.00

Are you confused as to exactly when your client can retain an earlier priority date?  What about the consequences of the petitioner's naturalizing or the beneficiary's marrying?  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 unlock all the mysteries involving priority dates and petitions, as well as expose areas where there is still uncertainty.  Join CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber as they lead a wide-ranging review of this complex area.

Naturalization Group Application Workshops

Held on November 17, 2011. 

What are the benefits of naturalization group application workshops?  How can you plan for a successful event?  This webinar discusses workshop models and approaches; planning for a workshop; and stages of the workshop event.  Speakers also provide tips for working with the media and recruiting volunteers.  The presenters are Laura Burdick, Naturalization Project Coordinator, CLINIC and Lizette Marquez-Escobedo, National Director of Civic Engagement, NALEO Educational Fund.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Case Management and Legal Supervision

Held on November 11, 2011.

How do you ensure your case management systems are working effectively? How do you ensure the quality of your immigration work before it is filed? How can you ensure your program is providing quality immigration services?  In this 90 minute webinar, we will discuss the importance of case management and legal supervision in your immigration program. 

You will learn what it is, who can supervise, what supervision entails and where and how often supervision needs to occur.  CLINIC affiliates will be sharing their legal supervision model.  Please join Helen Chen, Field Support Coordinator of CLINIC, Kathleen Walsh, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Raleigh and Lisa Chun, Supervising Attorney of North Carolina Justice Center. 

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Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants Webinar

Held on September 12, 2011.  This webinar discusses several key strategies for helping vulnerable applicants overcome barriers in the naturalization process.  Topics include disability waivers, reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, due consideration on the citizenship test, and fee waivers for low-income applicants.  The presenters are Laura Burdick, Naturalization Project Coordinator, CLINIC; Alla Shagalova, Associate Director, Immigration Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; and Amy Tenney, Immigration Legal Services Staff Attorney, World Relief. 

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Top Ten Program Management Issues Facing Immigration Legal Services Programs

CLINIC Capacity Building staff address the top ten most frequent challenges facing immigration legal service programs across the nation. Topics include how to develop a fee schedule, how to minimize risk, and how to create an efficient and effective case management system. Resources will be provided for each issue, and staff will provide tips for tackling these common challenges.  

Leya Speasmaker and Helen Chen are the presenters for this webinar.

Held March 3, 2011.

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How to Establish and Develop a Successful ESL Program

Held Nov. 16, 2010

Due to an increasing need for quality English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Test Preparation classes, many community-based organizations are interested in starting their own language learning programs. Combining CLINIC’s key components for program management and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages’ (TESOL) Standards for Adult Education ESL Programs, this Webinar will provide a foundation for interested organizations to plan and implement a language learning program. Instructor: Leya Speasmaker.

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The Mechanics of English Language Learning

Held October 21, 2010

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on language access.

English Language Learners (ELL) make up a large percentage of the total number of adult learners in classrooms around the United States. These learners face unique challenges in their educational pursuits. This Webinar will explain how the adult brain learns, what challenges an ELL faces inside and outside of the classroom, and how a program might overcome these obstacles. Program Representatives will present their own experiences in offering an ESL program in their community and share what they have learned in the process.  Presenters: Dr. Patricia Maloof and Leya Speasmaker, both of CLINIC.

To download the Power Point presentation, please click here.

Part I: Language Access: Effectively Serving Limited and Non-English Speakers (October 5, 2010).

Part II: How to Establish and Develop a Successful ESL Program at Your Agency (Nov. 16, 2010)

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Managing Financial Performance

Nominal fees for immigration legal services are a core source of funding to start and sustain charitable programs.  By charging nominal fees you can retain a great deal of control over the financial viability of your program.  Conversely, to not charge fees is to put your program at risk of closing or drastic downsizing.

Does your legal immigration program struggle to know when and how to charge fees to clients?  Learn how to use something more logical and remunerative than the door as your case selection criteria. Does your legal immigration program have financial controls and procedures that will see it grow and meet the challenge of comprehensive immigration reform no matter when it comes?

This webinar is for all programs; experienced start-up and even for those just considering a program.  The presenters are Jack Holmgren, Field Support Coordinator and Jeff Chenoweth, Assistant Director for CLINIC’s Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities.  Both presenters are trainers for the Center’s Immigration Program Management classroom and webinar training series.  The presenters have trained and coached numerous programs to develop strong fee-based revenue.

Held in October, 2010.

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Language Access: Effectively Serving Limited- and Non-English Speakers

Language Access: Effectively Serving Limited- and Non-English Speakers

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on language access.

Does your agency have a legal obligation to provide interpretation or translation services to the people that you serve? Do language barriers prevent your clients from accessing critical information and services such as the legal system, emergency medical care, schools, firefighters or police? This Webinar will explain the laws that entitle limited- and non-English speakers to interpreters and that legally obligate organizations to provide individuals with language access. Learn how to ensure that your clients’ language access rights are fulfilled and how to develop an effective language access strategy for your agency.

To download the Power Point presentation, click here.

Held October 5, 2010

 

Part II - The Mechanics of English Language Learning

Part III - How to Establish and Develop a Successful ESL Program at Your Agency 

 

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Post-Admission Issues for Asylees

What if your asylee client has an error on his/her I-94 card?  Do you know how to get it corrected? What if Social Security won’t issue your asylee client a card?  What if an employer demands documentation from your asylee client that he or she doesn’t have? Documentation problems can impede asylees’ employment, access to public benefits, and integration.  

This webinar presented by CLINIC attorney Jennie Guilfoyle and project coordinator Laura Burdick reviews how asylees obtain key documents and benefits, and how to address related problems or challenges such as errors or bureaucratic delays.  Topics include employment authorization, protection against alienage discrimination, driver’s licenses and state ID cards, eligibility for public benefits and social security numbers, travel authorization, and correcting errors on documents issued by USCIS.

Held September 23, 2010.

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Case Management Systems

How do you set up intake? Which cases should you accept for representation? What is a client services agreement? How do you track deadlines and cases? What goes into a case file? What are your responsibilities when you close a case?

This webinar explores the components of case management systems and will illustrate how a strong case management system is essential for a healthy immigration legal services program. This webinar is intended for both experienced program directors and for start-up programs seeking to grow. The presenters on this webinar are Kristina Karpinski, Training and Legal Support Attorney and Helen Chen, Field Support Coordinator for Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Held June 24, 2010.

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Staffing Your Immigration Legal Program

Nonprofit immigration legal programs have a range of staffing options. Programs may employ licensed attorneys, law graduates, fully accredited representatives, partially accredited representatives, non-accredited immigration counselors, support staff, interns and volunteers. In this third of a seven part webinar series on immigration program management, the presenter will explore how to optimize your program's performance with careful staffing.

This webinar is intended for experienced program directors and also for start-up programs seeking to grow. Future webinars will present topics contained in CLINIC's immigration program management training manual including; Board of Immigration Appeals agency recognition and staff accreditation; case management systems; managing financial performance;outreach and marketing; and advocacy.

Held March 30, 2010

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Space, Equipment and Tools

While staff is the heart of an immigration program, several other resources are required to keep a program functioning. These include: physical space, computers, software, law library materials, and malpractice insurance.  In this second of a seven-part webinar series on immigration program management, the presenter will discuss the different resources needed to support an immigration legal services program.

This webinar is intended for experienced program directors and also for up-start programs seeking to grow.  Leya Speasmaker, Field Support Coordinator for CLINIC’s Center on Citizenship and Immigrant Communities, is the presenter for this webinar.

Held February 2, 2010

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Space, Equipment and Tools

While staff is the heart of an immigration program, several other resources are required to keep a program functioning. These include: physical space, computers, software, law library materials, and malpractice insurance.  In this second of a seven-part webinar series on immigration program management, the presenter will discuss the different resources needed to support an immigration legal services program.

This webinar is intended for experienced program directors and also for up-start programs seeking to grow.  Leya Speasmaker, Field Support Coordinator for CLINIC’s Center on Citizenship and Immigrant Communities, is the presenter for this webinar.

Held February 2, 2010.

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Building Agency Support for an Immigration Legal Program

This webinar was presented by CLINIC's Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities.

Presenters: Jeff Chenoweth, director of CLINIC's Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities and Rose Alma Senatore, executive director, Catholic Charities of Hartford, CT.

This webinar discusses ways to recruit more leaders and financial donors in order to grow and sustain charitable legal immigration services for the challenges of today and a new environment for tomorrow.

Held Jan. 13, 2010.

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Increasing Refugee Civic Participation: Starting with the Schools

Sept. 23, 2008

This web-based CLINIC training for refugee service providers offers organizations tools for developing their own efforts to increase refugee parent involvement in the school system.  The training explores the benefits and challenges of engaging refugee parents in the school system, ways organizations can promote refugee parent involvement in the schools, different models and approaches to parent involvement, and where to start. 

 

This training is presented by Mosaica: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism and is offered through CLINIC's project, "Technical Assistance to Promote Refugee Citizenship & Civic Participation," which is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

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