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In-Person Trainings

CLINIC’s 2014 in-person training schedule includes multi-day trainings on a variety of issues related to immigration law and practice and program management. Our trainings are open to the staff of CLINIC affiliates, other non-profit agencies, private attorneys, and private law office staff. A number of our trainings this year include speakers from and/or options to visit various offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

While you are welcome to participate in any training of interest to you, our trainings are designed with different knowledge and experience levels in mind -- from trainings aimed at the new legal worker and lawyer to trainings more appropriate for experienced practitioners. Before you register for any training, we suggest that you review the training descriptions below to help you select the training that is best suited to your level of knowledge and experience.

Click here to view CLINIC's 2015 training calendar and register for the trainings below.

Immigration Law Trainings

Check back soon to find out about additional trainings as they are added to the schedule

Introduction to Immigration Law

This two-day training provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Through large group presentations and small group exercises, participants learn about rights and remedies under immigration law, the functions of the different government agencies that carry out immigration law, and the fundamentals of interviewing clients, preparing applications, and staying up-to-date on the law.  Topics covered include the family-based petition process, adjustment of status, consular processing, inadmissibility and deportability concepts and selected grounds, naturalization and BIA recognition and accreditation. 


Orlando, FL– Feb 24-25th


Family Immigration Law Conference

This two-day training will provide updated information and analysis on selected topics in family-based immigration including any changes in the law created through administrative relief.  Specific topics to be covered include: immigrating based on marriage; immigrating as a child or derivative beneficiary; adjustment of status and consular processing; selected grounds of inadmissibility; affidavits of support; the Child Status Protection Act; ethical issues; and tips for filing effective waiver applications.


El Paso, TX - November, DTBA

Select Issues in Family-Based Immigration

This family-based immigration law training addresses the core issues that impact on immigrating through a family member.  Topics covered may include retention of priority dates, establishing parent-child relationships, death of the petitioner, Hague Convention adoptions, intricacies of the CSPA, immigrating through a spouse, advanced issues in adjustment of status and consular processing, special issues impacting on petitioners, and updates on inadmissibility grounds and waiver practice.

This training, offered in two locations, is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners.  The El Paso training includes an optional half day fundamentals session preceding the two-day training aimed at practitioners new to this area of immigration law.  The Manchester training includes two tracks of workshops as well as plenary sessions, so that training participants can attend workshops appropriate for their level of experience.  Both trainings include government speakers and an opportunity to visit either the National Visa Center (Manchester training) or the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez (El Paso training)



Bars and Waivers

This two-day training will include review and updates on the most common grounds of inadmissibility, including health, fraud, false claims to U.S. citizenship, crimes and immigration violations. The training will also present practical information on developing and submitting a successful waiver application. Participants will learn how to develop a theory for the case, marshal the facts and obtain necessary supporting documentation. The training will also cover the latest development on provisional waivers.  Speakers from the NSC will address adjudication procedures and provide practice tips on I-601 waiver preparation.


Asylee/Refugee Conference

This two-day conference is designed for those who work with refugees, asylees and their families on immigration law matters. Presenters will include immigration law practitioners as well as immigration officers working at the Texas Service Center and other government speakers.  The conference, which includes both plenary sessions and small workshops, will cover a wide range of topics including hot topics on law and procedure effecting asylees and refugees, refugee processing, adjustment of status, I-730s for derivative family members, post-admission issues, inadmissibility grounds including crimes and security issues. Training participants may also elect to visit the Texas Service Center on March 27, after the two-day training.





These content rich, two-day trainings are focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include how to implement Executive Action along with elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training, expanded for more advanced learning opportunities. Prepare and plan now for Executive Action, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Citizenship, and your agency’s continuing role in immigrant integration.


Atlanta, GA - Jan 14 - 15 (Register Here)

Houston, TX - March 17-18 (Register Here)

New York,NY - April 14-15 (Register Here)

Silver Spring, MD - Sept 16-17 (Register Here)

Albuquerque, NM - October 13-14 (Register Here)

Tampla, FL - November 3-4 (Register Here)