Family-Based Immigration In A Time of Enhanced Enforcement | CLINIC

Family-Based Immigration In A Time of Enhanced Enforcement

Sponsored by:

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)


New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Inc.



July 18-19, 2017

8:30 a.m. –  5:30 p.m.

Optional Introductory Session for new practitioners on July 17 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 July 20, 2017

Optional Tour of National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH



Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown

700 Elm Street

Manchester, NH 03101



$260 per person for affiliate agency staff

$285 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$415 per person for private attorneys and staff

Additional $40 fee per person for round-trip transportation to National Visa Center in Portsmouth


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In this time of enhanced immigration enforcement, practitioners face new challenges in assisting clients in the family-based immigration process. This intensive two-day training will offer workshops for both new and experienced practitioners on a variety of family-based immigration law topics.  It will address how the new administration’s policies may impact processing of relative petitions, the affidavit of support, removal of conditions, adjustment of status and other family-based immigration benefits. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from sessions focusing on the fundamentals of the family-based process and sessions dealing with more complex issues geared toward more experienced advocates.

A highlight of the training is an optional tour of the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, NH on July 20 and a question and answer session with NVC staff.  This is a unique opportunity to ask NVC representatives questions related to the DS-260 online immigrant visa application, documentation submission, the new requirement to submit Mexican police records, termination of registration for a visa, issues related to provisional waivers, and any other issue or concern you have on consular processing  

Space for the NVC visit is limited so please register early.  You must register separately for the tour. If traveling to the tour by bus, the expected return to Manchester is at approximately 3:30p.m. so make flight reservations accordingly.


Plenary sessions will include:

  • New Client Screening Initiatives
  • Spotlight on the Petitioner
  • The Immigration Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Mock Adjustment of Status Interview with the USCIS Manchester Field Office.

Fundamentals workshops will include:

  • How to File a Family-Based Petition
  • How To Calculate CSPA Eligibility
  • How to Complete the Affidavit of Support
  • The Steps in Consular Processing and How to Complete Them

Experienced workshops will include:

  • Proving the Parent/Child Relationship: Challenges and Strategies
  • A Closer Look at Conditional Residence
  • Inadmissibility Waivers and Permission to Reapply for Admission
  • All About Smuggling

There will also be an optional two-hour session on Monday July 17 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Introduction to Family-Based Immigration for new practitioners. This session will provide an overview of the family immigration process including which family members qualify as immediate relatives and which ones are in the "preference categories" that are subject to annual quotas, as well as how to read the State Department Visa Bulletin.

The training will be presented by CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber, Charles Wheeler and Kristina Karpinski.  The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must scan and email a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to Jon Braswell at Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.


The deadline for registration is July 13 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information, contact: Jon Braswell at For training content information contact: Kristina Karpinski at


Lodging Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $127.00 (single/double) plus tax at the Radisson Hotel under the name Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Make reservations early, the rate is only guaranteed until June 26, 2017.

Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown

700 Elm Street

Manchester, NH 03101

603-206-4109 or 800-333-3333 Indicate you are with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Or book online at, using the drop down menu under “More Search Options” and reference the PROMOTIONAL CODE:  CLIN17

Hotel is located in downtown Manchester, close to restaurants and stores. The hotel can provide transportation to & from the airport. Should you choose to park in the attached parking garage, the discounted rate is $12 per night for overnight guests and charged directly to your guestroom.



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