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.
Immigration Law Trainings
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.
Atlanta, GA - February 12th-13th (Register Here)
Dallas, TX – Oct 22-23rd
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)
Manchester, NH – May DTBA
El Paso, TX – November DTBA
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.
Omaha, NE – April DTBA
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.
Dallas, TX - March 25-26; Optional tour of the TSC on March 27
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING
Immigration Program Management Trainings
This two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning activities for comprehensive immigration reform along with elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training, extended for more advanced learning opportunities. The training will draw from these advanced areas:
- Planning in advance for implementing comprehensive immigration reform. Participants will be asked to analyze how they plan to respond to a sharp increase in demand of clients applying for immigration benefits after the passage of new legislation. Discussion will also include how to prepare leadership, funders, and the community for changes in service provision and the need for additional support and resources.
- Case management policies, procedures, and forms. . Participants will consider their program's case management forms and assess them against best practices included in CLINIC's Case Management Toolkit. Attention will be given to developing policies and procedures that can accommodate a higher client demand sure to come after comprehensive immigration law is passed.
Orlando, FL – January 30-31 (Register Here)
Los Angeles, CA – March 4-5 (Register Here)
Portland, OR – April 3-4 (Register Here)
New York, NY – May 20-21 (Register Here)
Silver Spring, MD – September 17-18 (Register Here)