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CLINIC coordinates the publication of several training manuals that are regularly updated and distributed to training participants. Several of these publications are also marketed and sold separately by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. CLINIC also publishes a monthly newsletter, circulates legal updates via a broadcast e-mail system, and posts valuable information affecting low-income immigrants on its website.


IMMIGRATION LAW & THE FAMILY: This book is a practical guide to all aspects of family-based immigration, including immediate relatives and the preference system, application process for permanent residence, consular processing, immigrating through marriage, grounds of inadmissibility, the affidavit of support, and other topics of concern to practitioners. It is published by AILA Publications.

AILA'S FOCUS ON THE CHILD STATUS PROJECT ACT: Charles Wheeler, director of CLINIC's National Legal Center for Immigrants, draws from his own experience and expertise, as well as from the collective wisdom of other practitioners, to explain the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). It encourages leaders to challenge government interpretations that are at odds with the regulation. The book is published by AILA Publications.

IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS: This book is a practical guide to the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. It provides detailed information to assist legal advocates in analyzing the potential immigration consequences of criminal conduct. The manual covers the basic framework for evaluating the impact of crimes, and discusses in detail crime-based inadmissibility and deportability grounds, establishing good moral character, detention and removal issues, post conviction relief, and judicial review.

RELIEF FROM REMOVAL: This book is a practical guide to all aspects of relief from removal cases. This manual provides a detailed description of the law, as well as strategies for defending clients in removal proceedings. Chapters cover an overview of removal proceedings, asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, NACARA, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture. It is published by AILA publications.

VAWA: IMMIGRATION RELIEF FOR ABUSED IMMIGRANTS: Written by CLINIC and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center under a generous grant from the California Endowment, the manual is a comprehensive guide for legal advocates working with immigrant survivors of domestic abuse and crime. The manual consists of 15 in-depth chapters on VAWA self-petitioning, adjustment of status, inadmissibility and waivers, and consular processing; conditional permanent residence, VAWA cancellation of removal, special immigrant juvenile status, T and U visas, gender-related asylum, and public benefits. The manual also contains extensive appendices of sample applications and forms, primary source documents, and community education brochures.

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The following handbooks and guides are available for download. They are also availabe under our Resources.

AN ADVOCATE'S MANUAL FOR SOLVING EMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS IN LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI ASYLEE ELIGIBILITY FOR RESETTLEMENT ASSISTANCE: A SHORT GUIDE: The purpose of this guide is to give service providers the information needed to address the resettlement needs of asylees. The guide contains crucial and timely information about the benefits and services for which asylees are eligible, including job placement assistance, English language classes, health screening cash assistance, social security cards, adjustment of status, travel authorization, petitioning for immediate relatives and federal student financial aid.

A MORE PERFECT UNION: The report sets forth the resources, activities, and partnerships that would be required to naturalize as many eligible immigrants as possible. It calls for a national mobilization in support of citizenship, identifying the roles of government, immigrant service agencies, and other sectors of society in a coordinated plan. It describes a program that could serve as the linchpin of an emerging U.S. immigrant integration strategy.

CITIZENSHIP FOR US: A HANDBOOK ON NATURALIZATION & CITIZENSHIP 6TH EDITION: Citizenship for Us is a comprehensive guide to the naturalization process that provides detailed information on citizenship eligibility, requirements, and benefits and a step-by-step explanation of the N-400 (Application for Naturalization).  The guide includes 13 study units on U.S. history and civics, historic photos, timelines, a sample naturalization interview, and a chapter on civic participation.  It is geared for immigrants, community leaders, ESL teachers, and other non-attorneys.

Hard copies are also available for $40.

CITIZENSHIP FOR REFUGEE ELDERS: ISSUES AND OPTIONS IN TEST PREPARATION: A unique handbook for teachers and administrators on creating and managing a citizenship program for the elderly learner. Contains information on citizenship requirements, refugee cultures, and instructional materials.

IMMIGRATION PROGRAM MANAGEMENT MANUAL: This manual describes best practices used by many of the country's most experienced nonprofit immigration programs and managers. The training curriculum covers program design, case selection criteria, case management systems, fee schedules, alternative funding sources, financial controls, marketing, staff training, BIA agency recognition and staff accreditation, and legal representation ethics.

STRATEGIES FOR NATURALIZING THE MOST VULNERABLE APPLICANTS: This handbook discusses English exemptions, due consideration, reasonable accommodations, disability waivers, oath waivers, fee waivers, and expedited processing.

ASYLEE ELIGIBILITY FOR RESETTLMENT ASSISTANCE: A SHORT GUIDE: This guide gives service providers the information needed to address the resettlement needs of asylees.

LEGALIZATION MANUAL- PREPARING FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM: An Earned Pathway to Citizenship & Beyond: This manual provides a starting point for charitable immigration service providers to begin preparing for immigration legalization.