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This webinar provides an overview of the DACA renewal process and highlights other updates to DACA guidance.  We share practice tips and respond to common questions about the renewal process and the new Form I-821D. 

Can this Residency be Saved? Representing the LPR who Shouldn't be One

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues

Have you ever represented a client who turned out not to be eligible for his or her LPR status?  Perhaps your client immigrated as the child of an LPR but was already married. Or had an undisclosed conviction that would have triggered inadmissibility.  Or even received LPR status based on a sham marriage.  Is there any way to preserve your client's residency status or assist your client in re-immigrating?  Join CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber to review how defects in your client's underlying residency may come to the attention of USCIS and what remedies may be available for your client to retain residency status, including 237(a)(1)(H) waivers, re-immigrating and prosecutorial discretion.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

For questions or additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org

 

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By Ilissa Mira, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney

By Debbie Smith

By Susan Schreiber

Three recent circuit court decisions provide some good news for immigrants related to immigration consequences of criminal offenses. These decisions, summarized below, address (a) analyzing when an offense is a crime of moral turpitude; (b) LPR eligibility for an INA § 212(h) waiver; and (c) conviction finality.

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1. Can DACA recipients travel abroad? 

Yes, but only if they receive permission from the government. 

By Tatyana Delgado, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum allowing individuals who entered the U.S. as children and meet certain guidelines to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting DACA applications in August 2012 and issuing DACA approvals in September 2012.  This article provides updates on a variety of issues related to DACA eligibility and adjudications. 

All about Priority Dates: Retention, Revocation, Reinstatement

Thursday, February 20th

2:00 - 3:30 (EST)

 

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.

 

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New Policy on Minors and False Claims to U.S. Citizenship

By Sarah Bronstein

BIA Affirms Effect of Entry with False Claim of Citizenship

By Charles Wheeler

Recent Circuit Court Cases on Derivation and Acquisition

By Jennie Guilfoyle and Debbie Smith

Derivation of Citizenship

Derivative citizenship under former INA § 321(a) does not require LPR status prior to turning 18, as long as the individual was residing in the United States before age 18, the Second Circuit held on August 12, 2013.  Nwozuzu v. Holder (2d Cir. 2013)

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Waiving Crimes Away: All About 212(h) Waivers

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues   

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.  


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For questions or additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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On September 26-27, 2013, CLINIC conducted a two-day training in Kansas City on provisional adjudication of unlawful presence waivers. The training included a presentation by Robert Blackwood, Assistant Section Director for Adjudications at the National Benefits Center (NBC), who gave an update on the waiver adjudication process at the NBC and answered questions from training participants. A summary of the information he provided appears below.

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.

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.

BIA Clarifies When Derivatives May Adjust under 245(i)

By Charles Wheeler

In a recent decision the Board of Immigration Appeals held that after-acquired derivatives are not eligible to be considered “grandfathered” for purposes of eligibility for section 245(i) adjustment of status. Matter of Estrada, 26 I&N Dec. 180 (BIA 2013).  This decision clarifies but is consistent with prior USCIS memos interpreting this provision.

Court Strikes Down Regulation Limiting K-4 Adjustment

 By Charles Wheeler

Updates on Family-Based Immigration from the VSC and NVC

By Jennie Guilfoyle

Overview of Immigration Law and Skills

E-learning Course:

Overview of Immigration Law and Skills

April 18 – May 16, 2013 

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

   $225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

This four week e-learning course provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Through readings, webinars, and exercises, participants will learn key concepts and remedies in immigration law and the functions of the different government agencies that carry out the law.  Topics covered will include introductory immigration concepts; an overview of family-based immigration; an overview of obtaining permanent residence status; and inadmissibility and deportability concepts.   The course will also cover client interviewing techniques, methods for conducting legal research and staying up-to-date on the law and how to deal with ethical issues in the practice of immigration law.    

This course involves a blend of self-directed learning and interaction with both the instructors and the other course participants. Students learn by taking part in weekly live webinars, completing reading assignments, exercises and activities each week; and sharing ideas with each other in online discussion forums. The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week, and most of the course work may be done by students on their own schedules. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend each live webinar at the scheduled time, but all webinars are recorded and posted on the course website, and may be accessed by course participants who are unable to attend a particular webinar.  

The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Kristina Karpinski. For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at kkarpinski@cliniclegal.org.

Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.  Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Additionally, please note that the course is geared toward individuals who have little to no prior immigration law experience.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.  

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is April 12, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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All About Voluntary Departure; What It Is, What You Get, and What You Lose When You Don't Depart

March 27, 2013
All About Voluntary Departure; What It Is, What You Get, and What You Lose When You Don't Depart 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues 

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. 

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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All About Conditional Residency

February 27, 2013
All About Conditional Residency  

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues

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. 

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information, please contact Dinah Suncin at dscuncin@cliniclegal.org

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When Is a Kid a Kid (under the INA)?

 April 29, 2013

When Is a Kid a Kid (under the INA)?

 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues  

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.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:
A Course for New Practitioners


Presented by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
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Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration and Legal Services Program

April 23 – 24, 2013
8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Day Two

Location:
Catholic Charities of Dallas
1st Floor Conference Room
9461 LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635)
Dallas, TX 75243
(214) 634-7182 x 228

$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $705 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff 

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

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 select grounds, naturalization and BIA accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Charles Wheeler.  

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 not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649.  Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you fail to submit your 501(c)(3) letter you can be disenrolled. 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, cancellations or disenrollments are subject to an administrative charge of $70.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for a training until one week prior to the first day of the training.

The deadline for registration is April 18 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

Hotel Reservations:  A block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites, located at 9089 Vantage Point Drive, about a mile from the trainings site.  The room rate is $85.00 per night, plus tax.  To make a reservation, contact the hotel by April 15 at (972) 889-9972 and ask for the group block under CLINIC.  The hotel offers free shuttle services from the Love Field airport and will provide shuttle service to and from the training site.  Contact the hotel if you would like to use the shuttle service.   

Training Location and Parking:  Catholic Charities of Dallas is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of the LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635) and Abrams Road.  The office is in the Northcreek Place office park, across the parking lot from the Chase Bank building.  Free parking is available anywhere in the office complex parking lot.

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This webinar discussed the recent final regulation implementing the provisional waivers for unlawful presence.

Click here to view the PowerPoint slides.

Held on January 8, 2013.

On January 3, 2013, the USCIS finalized its regulation regarding the adjudication of waivers for those who are consular processing and would be triggering the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility.  The rule provides a process by which the agency will adjudicate these waivers before the applicants leave for their immigrant visa interview.  The procedure would be available only to immediate relatives who are inadmissible based on unlawful presence – and no other grounds – and who can establish extreme hardship to a qualifying U.S.

Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases

E-learning Course:
Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases

March 18 – April 15, 2013

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

This four-week training provides an in-depth examination of the statutory and regulatory requirements for demonstrating good moral character in naturalization cases.  The training will cover the crime-based bars to showing good moral character including crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies.  We will also examine the regulatory requirements of good moral character such as failure to register for the selective service, provide child support or pay income taxes.  We will also explore how to assess the likelihood that a client will be found to lack good moral character under the “residual clause” or as a matter of discretion. 

The course starts on March 18 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on March 25.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith. For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Advanced.  This is an in-depth look at the requirements for good moral character in naturalization cases for the practitioner who already understands the basic requirements for naturalization. Familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andrés Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. 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, cancellations or disenrollments are subject to an administrative charge of $70.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 13, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andrés Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

E-learning Course:
Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

 July 11 – August 8, 2013

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

This four-week course covers acquisition and derivation of citizenship, and the requirements for naturalization, including residence, physical presence, good moral character, civics and English language requirements and exemptions, disability waivers, oath requirements and the application process. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for acquisition, derivation, and naturalization, including examination of primary and secondary sources and sample application forms.

The course starts on July 11 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample case files to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on Jult18.  Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.   The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Debbie Smith. For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory This is an overview of citizenship for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andrés Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. 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, cancellations or disenrollments are subject to an administrative charge of $70.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is July 8, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andrés Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Bars and Waivers: All about Inadmissibility Grounds and How to Overcome Them

Co-Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Omaha

 March 20-22, 2013
8:30 – 5:00, March 20, 21
Optional tour of Nebraska Service Center, March 22

Location:
Hilton Garden Inn
1005 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 341-4400 

$235 per person for affiliate agency staff; $705 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site) 

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site) 

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Continental breakfast is included.  Lunch is on your own. 

This two-day training will provide an in-depth analysis of the most common grounds of inadmissibility, including fraud, false claims to US citizenship, crimes, immigration violations, smuggling and health grounds. The training will also present practical information on developing and submitting a successful waiver application to overcome inadmissibility.  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 developments on provisional waivers and stateside processing, including a presentation by representatives from the Nebraska Service Center. Training participants may also sign up to tour the Nebraska Service Center on March 22.

The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber.  An application for Nebraska CLE credit is pending.

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. 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, cancellations or disenrollments are subject to an administrative charge of $70.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for a training up to one week prior to the first day of the training.

Space is limited to 50 participants. The deadline for registration is March 14 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact Dinah M. Suncín at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

For the training agenda, click here.

(Please note that attendees must first register and pay to attend the training in order to participate in the bus tour.)


To sign up for the tour of the Nebraska Service Center and register for bus transportation, click here.

Hotel Information:  A block of rooms is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1005 Dodge St. where the training is taking place. The room rate is $109.00 per night single or double occupancy, plus tax. To make a reservation, contact the hotel by February 19 at 402-341 4400 and ask for the group block under CLINIC.  The hotel is in the downtown/Old Market area of Omaha and offers free shuttle service to and from Eppely Airfield.  

Tour of the NSC: An optional tour of the Nebraska Service Center is being offered on Friday March 22.   A bus will depart the Hilton Garden Inn at approximately 8:00 a.m. for the Nebraska Service Center in Lincoln and then head back to Omaha by noon.  If possible, the bus will go directly to the Omaha airport before returning to the Hilton Garden Inn.  If you are departing Omaha by flight that day, we suggest that you make reservations for a flight departing after 3:30 p.m.  The fee for round-trip bus transportation is $30.00.

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Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:
Understanding and Preparing Waivers

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

October 8 – November 5, 2013

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility.

The trainers for this course are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Debbie Smith.  For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

The course starts on October 8th with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on October 15.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is October 4, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.    

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:
Understanding and Preparing Waivers


$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

May 30 – June 27, 2013

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   The trainers for this course are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Kristina Karpinski.

The course starts on May 30th with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on June 6.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is May 24, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at kkarpinski@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

E-learning Course:
Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

February 5 – March 19, 2013

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. We will cover which individuals are eligible based on family relationships, and how each step of the process works. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for immigrating through a family relationship, including examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered will include: immediate relatives and the preference system, retention of priority dates, the Child Status Protection Act, immigrating through marriages, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing.

The course starts on February 5 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The course also includes six webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on Tuesday, February 12.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Kristina Karpinski.  For questions about the course content, please contact Sarah Bronstein at sbronstein@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to family-based immigration for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed.  

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is January 31 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

Ethical Issues in Immigration Law Practice

E-learning Course:
Ethical Issues in Immigration Law Practice

February 7 – February 28, 2013

$165  per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

    $190   per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$290  per person for private attorneys and staff

What do you do when you are representing a husband and wife in a family-based immigration case, but the wife calls to say her husband is abusing her? How do you respond when you suspect that your client may have submitted a fake document with her asylum application? Do you agree to help your client appeal a waiver denial when you've never done an appeal before?  Legal advocates routinely encounter situations like these -- and turn to legal ethics rules for guidance. In this three-week e-learning course, you will learn about the sources of legal ethics rules, and to whom they apply. We will examine in detail some of the most important legal ethics rules, including the duty of confidentiality; issues around conflicts of interest among clients; the duty of candor to the tribunal; and the duty of zealous representation. This course is intended for anyone who practices immigration law -- attorneys, accredited representatives; and non-accredited staff. The course instructors are CLINIC attorneys    Jennie Guilfoyle and Susan Schreiber.

The course starts on February 7 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample case files to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes three webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00 P.M. EST starting on February 14. Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so. 

Training Level: This is an introduction to ethical issues in immigration law practice.  Basic familiarity with  immigration law vocabulary and the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status is assumed 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is February 4 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

Training Category: 

Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

E-learning Course:
Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

January 8 – February 5, 2013

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

This four-week course covers acquisition and derivation of citizenship, and the requirements for naturalization, including residence, physical presence, good moral character, civics and English language requirements and exemptions, disability waivers, oath requirements and the application process. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for acquisition, derivation, and naturalization, including examination of primary and secondary sources and sample application forms.

The course starts on January 8 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample case files to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. eastern time starting on January 15.  Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

Training Level: Introductory  This is an overview of citizenship for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is January 4, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

Training Category: 

Immigration Legal Skills

E-learning Course:
Immigration Legal Skills

January 10 – February 7, 2013

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff 

How and where do you find immigration laws, and once you find them, how do you use them? Knowing how to find the law, and how to write clearly and effectively, are essential parts of every immigrant advocate's job. This hands-on, four-week e-learning course will focus on building fundamental legal research and writing skills.  Through readings, webinars, and exercises, participants will learn methods for conducting legal research using primary and secondary immigration source books and the Internet.  Students will practice writing persuasive letters and declarations, and will receive substantive feedback from the instructors.  The instructors will also discuss client interview techniques and how to advocate for clients before DHS.  The course is aimed at practitioners who have had little experience with legal writing and research.

Topics include:

  • Sources of Immigration Legal Authority
  • How to Find Immigration Legal Authority
  • Persuasive Legal Writing
  • Advocating for Clients with DHS
  • Client Interview Techniques

The course starts on January 10th with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on Thursday, January 17th.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Sarah Bronstein at sbronstein@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to immigration legal research and writing.  Basic familiarity with the immigration system, especially family-based immigration, is assumed.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is January 7th or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

Training Category: 

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

October 12, 2012
What Really Happened at the Border: Determining Whether Your Client was Ordered Removed

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues

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.

REGISTER HERE

 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

Training Category: 

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

November 14 - December 19, 2012

The course webinars will take place on the five consecutive Wednesdays (except November 21) beginning on November 14, 2012.  All webinars will run from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here for a more detailed course outline, including exact dates and times of the five webinars.

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff 

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments. Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or set of headphones for your computer. There will probably not be a telephone audio option.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is November 9, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Charles Wheeler at cwheeler@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

14th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference and Tour of the Consulate

14th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference and Tour of the Consulate

Co-Sponsored by:

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Catholic Charities of Dallas, and
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services

November 14-15, 2012
Optional tour of the consulate on November 16 (separate registration required)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Nov. 14: Conference Day 1
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Nov. 15: Conference Day 2
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Nov. 16: Optional Tour of the Consulate

Location:

Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel
2027 Airway Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79925

800-742-7248

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap
($50 charge for each attendee beyond 3)

$260 for other nonprofit agencies; $780 cap
($50 charge for each attendee beyond 3)

$390 for private attorneys and staff

$40 optional tour of the U.S. consulate in Cd. Juarez (requires separate registration)

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

Registration for the training includes an electronic version of CLINIC’s Family-Based Immigration Law manual and continental breakfast both days. Lunch is on your own.

This two-day training will provide updated information on selected topics in family-based immigration, including: conversion and retention of priority dates; consular processing; adjustment of status; Child Status Protection Act; remedies for surviving relatives; selected grounds of inadmissibility; ethical issues in family-based immigration; new waiver filing procedures; and tips for filing effective waiver applications.  Speakers include CLINIC’s Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber, CIS Ombudsman staff attorney Peggy Gleason, and USCIS and US consular officials from Cd. Juarez.  The training is designed for practitioners who have some experience in family-based immigration law.  This is not an introductory training and is not geared to brand new practitioners. CLE applied for, including one hour ethics credit. 

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649.  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.

Space for the training is limited to 125 participants.  The deadline for registering for the conference is November 11, 2012 or sooner if registration is filled.  For questions about training registration, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org. Space for the consular tour is limited to 75 persons. The deadline for registering for the consular tour is October 29th, or sooner if capacity is met. For more information regarding the tour, call (915) 532-3975, ext. 212.

Lodging is available at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel for $99 per day, single or double.  When making the reservation, call (800) 742-7248 at least two weeks before the training to ensure that special rate and indicate you are coming to the “CLINIC” training. Other hotels are located nearby.

For registration and information regarding the optional consulate tour, CLICK HERE

For information on the agenda, CLICK HERE

REGISTER HERE

Training Type: 
Training Category: 
Training Location: 

Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

Invites you on a

Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

Friday, November 16, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $40

Please note that the price includes a box lunch.

Anticipated Schedule:

9:00 a.m.              Bus picks you up Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel
10:00 a.m.           Tour of American Consulate, Ciudad Juarez
Noon                     Bus leaves Ciudad Juarez for return trip; box lunches will be provided
2:00 p.m.             Bus arrives Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel

Space is limited

The deadline for registering is November 3, 2012
No one will be permitted on the tour unless registered by that date.
Remember that a passport is required for reentry to the United States.

For more information regarding the tour, call (915) 532-3975, ext. 212.

REGISTER HERE

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

U Nonimmigrant Status for Victims of Crime

E-learning Course:
U Nonimmigrant Status for Victims of Crime

November 19 – December 17, 2012

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the four webinars.

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

This e-learning course will cover the law and procedure of U nonimmigrant status for victims of certain crimes.  The trainers will discuss the eligibility requirements for U status; law enforcement certification issues; waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility; strategies for preparing winning applications; applying for family members; extensions of status; travel and adjustment of status for U nonimmigrants.  The training materials will include sample U status application packets and inadmissibility waiver requests.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Jennie Guilfoyle.

The course includes four webinars conducted on Mondays at 2:00 est starting on November 19.  Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  In addition to the weekly webinars, the e-learning course provides a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.  

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to U Nonimmigrant Status for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of all course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.   Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or a set of headphones for your computer.  There will not be a telephone audio option.

Technical Requirements:  Our e-learning webinars are hosted through Adobe Connect. You can listen to the webinars through your computer speakers by plugging headphones into your computer. There will not be a telephone audio option. 

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form,

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is November 14 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Sarah Bronstein at sbronstein@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Training Category: 

Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes

E-learning Course:
Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes  

October 11 – November 29, 2012

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

If your client has a criminal record, can she naturalize?  Apply for TPS? Become a lawful permanent resident?  Will your client be subject to being removed from the U.S.?   And can your client remedy the situation by seeking to vacate a guilty plea given without immigration advisals?

Immigration advocates quickly learn that crimes have immigration consequences; this training will help you understand how to analyze those consequences to appropriately counsel your clients. This six-week e-learning course will provide an overview of how to determine whether your client’s criminal record will have immigration consequences, including exposure to removal or ineligibility for a particular benefit under immigration law. Course participants will learn the basic concepts involved in analyzing the immigration consequences of crimes including differentiating between inadmissibility and deportability; statutory definitions of conviction and sentence; and exceptions to crime-based inadmissibility. The training will also cover techniques for screening clients to uncover criminal issues, and how to gather and read criminal records. The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber.

EST starting on October 11.  Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  In addition to the weekly webinars, the e-learning course provides a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample case files to review, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so. 

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to immigration consequences of crimes for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of all course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.   Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or a set of headphones for your computer.  There will not be a telephone audio option.

Technical Requirements:  Our e-learning webinars are hosted through Adobe Connect. You can listen to the webinars through your computer speakers by plugging headphones into your computer. There will not be a telephone audio option. 

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form,

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is October 5 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org.

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Training Category: 

Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds

August 9, 2012
Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds 
 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues


The Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) are extremely broad in scope, and cover many activities one would not associate with "terrorism"; they have posed particular challenges for asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees in recent years.  In this webinar, CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Jennie Guilfoyle will provide an overview of TRIG, focusing in particular on how they affect applicants  for refugee status, refugee/asylee applicants for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident, and refugee/asylee family reunification petitioners.  The panelists will also cover TRIG exemptions, including updates on the latest exemptions.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org

Training Category: 

Introduction to VAWA Self-Petitioning

E-learning Course: 

Introduction to VAWA Self-Petitioning 

September 6 – October 4, 2012

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

   $225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

Family-based immigration allows certain USCs and LPRs to petition for their spouses, children, and parents to become permanent residents.  Some spouses, children, and parents who have been abusedby USCs or LPRs are eligible to file self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act and gain permanent residence without the involvement of the abusers.  This four-week course provides an introduction to VAWA self-petitioning, focusing on eligibility, how, when and where to apply, and how to document VAWA self-petitions.  We will also explore the dynamics of abusive relationships and working with survivors of domestic violence.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Susan Schreiber. 

The course includes five webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00pm eastern time starting on September 6, 2012. Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and will be recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  In addition to the weekly webinars, the e-learning course provides a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample case files to review, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend, whenever you choose to do so.   

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to VAWA self-petitioning for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.  Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of all course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.   Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or  a set of headphones for your computer.  There will not be a telephone audio option.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202  635 2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form,

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is August 31 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Training Category: 

Spotlight on the Petitioner

July 31, 2012
Spotlight on the Petitioner

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Cost: $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues 
 
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.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org  

Training Category: 

Citizenship for Elders: Issues and Options in Test Preparation

June 28, 2012

Citizenship for Elders: Issues and Options in Test Preparation

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Cost:  Free  

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 a conversation 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 will present together with local agency staff.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org 

Training Category: 

Immigration Program Management Training

Immigration Program Management Training

Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Hosted by
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

July 31st and August 1st,  2012
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Day Two

Location:
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
1200 2nd Ave South, Board Room
Minneapolis, MN
651-647-3113

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap ($50 materials fee for each additional staff from the same office location)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are on your own.

This two-day training provides a complete overview of how to start and sustain a nonprofit immigration legal services program. It features a manual and curriculum that offers detailed information and suggestions for applying for Board of Immigration Appeals agency recognition and staff accreditation, implementing effective case management systems, fundraising and scores of other pertinent topics related to managing an immigration program. 

Participants will learn how to determine which applications to accept and how to adjust fees to obtain the best support for their program. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is highly interactive. Participants will leave with a plan to create or improve immigration legal services. Past participants have used information from this training to build or expand their legal immigration capacity.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

The training will be presented by Michelle Sardone, BIA Fully Accredited Representative and Jack Holmgren, Attorney, both of whom work at CLINIC’S Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities as Field Service Coordinators. 

The training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (415) 394-8986 to the attention of Jack Holmgren. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

Space is limited to 30 participants. The registration deadline is July 20, 2012 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information call Jack Holmgren at (415) 394-8074.

Lodging

Hilton Hotel, at 1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis is directly across from the training site.

The Twin Cities has numerous other lodging options.

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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.

How Long Is Too Long: LPRs and Abandonment of Residency

June 12, 2012
How Long Is Too Long: LPRs and Abandonment of Residency
  

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Cost:  $50; $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

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.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

Training Category: 

Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases

 E-learning Course: 

Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases

July 2 – 23, 2012

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the four webinars.
Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$235 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$260 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

This four week course will begin on July 2, 2012 with an introductory webinar that will include a review of the course website, a discussion course expectations, and an overview of good moral character.  During the course we will cover the statutory and regulatory requirements for demonstrating good moral character in naturalization cases.  We will study the crime based bars to showing good moral character including crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies.  We will also examine the regulatory requirements of good moral character such as failure to register for the selective service, provide child support or pay income taxes.  We will also explore how to assess the likelihood that a client will be found to lack good moral character under the “residual clause” or as a matter of discretion. 

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in four webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith. For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Advanced.  This is an in depth look at the requirements for good moral character in naturalization cases for the practitioner who already understands the basic requirements for naturalization. Familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

Course Completion Requirements: Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or listen to recordings of any webinars they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of  Andrés Abella. 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars and the e-learning website and posted materials.

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. CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is June 25, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andrés Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of this e-learning course.  If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit

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Training Category: 

Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:

A Course for New Practitioners

Presented by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

July 17 - 18, 2012
8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45p.m. – Day Two

Location:

Asian Pacific American Legal Center
1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 977-7500

$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $705 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)


$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)
 

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

 

This training offers 12 hours of California MCLE credit.

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, skits, 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 select grounds, naturalization and BIA accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber.  

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 fax a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.

Note that this is an interactive training with several small group exercises included in the curriculum. Prior to the training, participants will receive an email with some short reading and worksheet assignments to be completed before the training starts. Participants will also have a homework assignment to complete for day two of the training.

The deadline for registration is July 12th or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact: Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

For the agenda and additional information, click here:

Training Location: The training will take place at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center near downtown Los Angeles.  There are paid parking lots in the vicinity.  If you wish to be close to the training site we suggest you stay in the downtown Los Angeles area.

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The USCIS has published its proposed regulation on stateside pre-adjudication of unlawful presence waivers.

Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

 E-learning Course: 

Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

May 29- June 26, 2012

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the five webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$235 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$260 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

This four-week course will begin on May 29, 2012 with an introductory webinar that will include a review of the course website and discuss course expectations and logistics. Over the next four weeks we will cover acquisition and derivation of citizenship, and the requirements for naturalization, including residence, physical presence, good moral character, civics and English language requirements and exemptions, disability waivers, oath requirements and the application process. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for acquisition, derivation, and naturalization, including examination of primary and secondary sources and sample application forms.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Debbie Smith.  For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory  This is an overview of citizenship for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

Course Completion Requirements:  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration.  In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or view recordings of any webinars they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars, the e-learning website and posted materials.

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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is May 21, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org.  

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Training Category: 

Immigration Legal Skills

E-learning Course:

Immigration Legal Skills

June 4 - July 2, 2012

The course webinars will take place on the five consecutive Monday of the course, beginning June 4, 2012, and ending July 2, 2012.  All webinars run from 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Standard Time.

 Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$ 200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$ 225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$ 325 per person for private attorneys and staff 

How and where do you find immigration laws, and once you find them, how do you use them?  Knowing how to find the law, and how to write clearly and effectively are essential parts of every immigrant advocate's job. This hands-on, four-week e-learning course will focus on building fundamental legal research and writing skills.  Through readings, webinars, and exercises, participants will learn methods for conducting legal research using primary and secondary immigration source books and the Internet.  Students will practice writing persuasive letters and declarations, and will receive substantive feedback from the instructors.  The instructors will also discuss client interview techniques and how to advocate for clients before DHS.  The course is aimed at practitioners who have had little experience with legal writing and research.

Topics include:

            Sources of Immigration Legal Authority

            How to Find Immigration Legal Authority

            Persuasive Legal Writing

            Advocating for Clients with DHS

            Client Interview Techniques

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays, as listed above.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Jennie Guilfoyle at jguilfoyle@cliniclegal.org.

Note that successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to immigration legal research and writing.  Basic familiarity with the immigration system, especially family-based immigration, is assumed

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars and the e-learning website and posted materials.

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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Be sure to list the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is May 31, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.   

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

 

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Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

June 6 - July 11, 2012

The course webinars will take place on the five consecutive Wednesdays (except July 4)  of the course, beginning on June 6, 2012.  All webinars will run from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Click here for a more detailed course outline.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$ 200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$ 225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$ 325 per person for private attorneys and staff 

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting  successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility..

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Charles Wheeler at cwheeler@cliniclegal.org.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Space is limited to 40 participants. The deadline for registration is June 4, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.   

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Confronting Thorny Ethical Issues

April 30, 2012

Confronting Thorny Ethical Issues
 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time      
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

How should advocates handle  a situation that poses an ethical dilemma?  In this webinar, the presenters will 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.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org. 

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Keeping Up with the News: CLINIC's New Quarterly Update Webinar for our Affiliates

March 23, 2012
Keeping Up with the News: CLINIC's New Quarterly Update Webinar for our Affiliates
 
 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Cost:  Free

Join us on March 23 for CLINIC 's new quarterly webinar review of legal updates and news on CLINIC initiatives and services. Starting this March, and followed by webinars in June, September, and December,  CLINIC staff will  sponsor a free affiliates-only webinar to bring you the latest news in immigration law and procedure, legislative updates, advocacy developments, and CLINIC programming. The first webinar in the series, set for March 23 at 2:00 EST, will include reports from several CLINIC staff members, to review immigration law developments in the first three months of 2012, as well as the highlights of CLINIC activities and services during this period.

REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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E-learning at CLINIC: Find Out What It's All About

E-learning at CLINIC: Find Out What It's All About

February 29, 2012

2:00 pm-2:45 pm EST


Are you interested in taking CLINIC trainings without leaving your office? And eager for a deeper understanding of immigration law topics like Inadmissibility, Immigration Consequences of Crimes, and Family-Based Immigration? If so, then CLINIC's e-learning courses may be right for you. How can you find out more about how elearning works, what it is and what you need to do to take part in an elearning course?  Join this free webinar on February 29th as Training and Legal Support attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Susan Schreiber lead a tour of CLINIC's e-learning site; explain how our courses work; and offer a look at the material CLINIC will cover in our March-April e-learning courses, Inadmissibility, Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes, and Introduction to Family-Based Immigration. 

REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.   For additional information, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.  

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Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration

Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration

Co-Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
and
Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration and Legal Services Program

April 3-4, 2012
8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Day Two

Location:
Catholic Charities of Dallas
1st Floor Conference Room
9461 LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635)
Dallas, TX
214-634-7182 ext. 228

$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $705 cap ($50 materials fee for each additional staff from the same office location)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

This two-day training provides in-depth coverage of selected topics in family-based immigration, including establishing qualifying parent/child relationships; issues relating to derivative beneficiaries; potential concerns for family-based petitioners; conditional residency updates; remedies for widows and other surviving relatives; updates on affidavits of support and inadmissibility based on immigration violations; adjustment of status eligibility; CSPA developments; planning for stateside pre-adjudication of waivers; and tips for filing successful waivers.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler and other local speakers.  An application for Texas CLE credit is pending, including an hour of ethics credit.

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 fax a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649  to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.

Training Level: Note that this is not an introductory training and is not geared to new practitioners. Please review the agenda before registering; the training is conducted at a level that assumes participants have a basic understanding of family-based immigration law and procedure.

Space is limited to 40 participants. The deadline for registration is March 28 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information email Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

        For the agenda and additional information, click here.
Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites, located at 9089 Vantage Point Drive, about a mile from the training site. The room rate is $79.00 per night single or double occupancy, plus tax. To make a reservation, contact the hotel by March 23 at 972-889-9972 and ask for the group block under CLINIC. The hotel offers free shuttle service from the Love Field airport (if requested with 24 hours advance notice), and will also provide shuttle service to and from the training site.  
Training Location and Parking: Catholic Charities of Dallas is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635) and Abrams Road.  The office is in the Northcreek Place office park, across the parking lot from the Chase Bank building. Free parking is available anywhere in the office complex parking lot.

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When the Price is Too High: All About Fee Waivers

March 19, 2012
When the Price is Too High: All About Fee Waivers

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time     
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

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.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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By Charles Wheeler

Salvadorans who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are eligible to live and work in the United States for an additional 18 months and continue to maintain their status.  The extension of TPS for nationals of El Salvador was effective from March 9, 2012 and will remain in effect through September 9, 2013.  Nationals of El Salvador who have been granted TPS previously must re-register during the current re-registration period, which began January 9, 2012 and will remain in effect through March 12, 2012.

Immigration Attorney
Catholic Charities – Orlando
Catholic Charities of Central Florida

Closing Date: When Filled

FT/PT FULL TIME

Minimum Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Affiliates may find the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new “Who Can Help Me?” cards (wallet size that cleverly expands into a 8” by 14” paper) in English and Spanish an important resource to distribute to clients. This pocket-sized fold-out flyer teaches consumers how to spot and avoid scams that target immigrants. The resource also provides information on how to report an immigration scam.

Order this resource here.

The USCIS announced that effective January 1, 2012, the filing locations for I-130s will change from the Chicago Lockbox to one of two lockboxes, depending on where they reside in the United States.  This new change only affects stand-alone I-130s.  Those filing the I-130 together with the I-485 will continue to mail them to the Chicago Lockbox at USCIS, P.O. Box 805887, Chicago, IL 60680-4120.  Those residing abroad will continue to file them with the overseas USCIS office having jurisdiction over the area where they live or with the Chicago Lockbox at USCIS, P.O.

By Charles Wheeler

CLINIC welcomes two new subscribers to our network:

Church World Service/Lancaster Legal Immigration Program, located at 308 E. King Street in Lancaster, PA.  Janet Tisinger is the Program Director and a BIA partially accredited representative.   Sheila McGeehan and Beth May are partially accredited representatives, and Melissa Engle is the program’s Legal Outreach Worker (BIA partial accreditation pending).

The Neighborhood Good Samaritan Center, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina.  Patrice K. M. Ognodo is the Executive Director.

By Allison Posner

All About Lying: Immigration Consequences of Willful Misrepresentations

February 13, 2012 
All About Lying: Immigration Consequences of Willful Misrepresentations

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time     
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time 

Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

One client applied for a tourist visa and failed to disclose that her USC spouse already resided here. Another client entered into a sham marriage to get legal status but then decided it was a bad idea and got divorced. Still another client, desperate for work authorization, signed a fraudulent application for asylum prepared by a notario. A fourth client obtained a state ID by using a fake USC birth certificate.  And client number five presented a fake passport and visa for her two-year old daughter to enter the U.S.  What are the different immigration consequences of misrepresentations?  And can they be overcome?  Join CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber to review the various ways that immigration law addresses misrepresentations, and strategies and waivers to defend against or overcome adverse consequences.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org

Training Category: 

Grounds of Inadmissibility

E-learning Course: 

Grounds of Inadmissibility 

March 14-April 25, 2012 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies


$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff


$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

The USCIS has proposed shifting the filing of certain waivers from overseas offices to the filing and adjudication of the waivers in the United States before the applicant leaves the country for a consular interview.  Such a change, which is estimated to be implemented this year, will increase interest in applicants filing waivers and immigrating family members. To prepare for this increased demand, practitioners will need to know whether their clients are inadmissible and whether they qualify for this special pre-adjudication procedure.

This six-week training on the grounds of inadmissibility provides an in-depth examination of the concept of inadmissibility.  The training will cover when and to whom inadmissibility applies.  Course participants will study in detail selected grounds of inadmissibility including unlawful presence and other immigration violations; misrepresentation and false claims to citizenship; smuggling; unlawful voting; crimes; and health-based grounds.  We will also discuss effective interviewing and client counseling techniques.  While we will touch on the waivers available for some of these grounds, we will not look closely at waivers and how to apply for them; CLINIC’s e-learning course on waivers covers those.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Jennie Guilfoyle at jguilfoyle@cliniclegal.org.    

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or view recordings of any webinar they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to Andres Abella at 202-635-2649. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by Pay Pal 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 9, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.  

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 9.5 hours of MCLE credits based on the webinar component of this e-learning course.  If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes

E-learning Course: 

Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes  

March 15 – April 26, 2012

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars.
Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies


   $295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff


$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

If your client has a criminal record, can she naturalize?  Apply for TPS? Become a lawful permanent resident?  Will your client be subject to being removed from the U.S.?   And can your client remedy the situation by seeking to vacate a guilty plea given without immigration advisals?

Immigration advocates quickly learn that crimes have immigration consequences; this training will help you understand how to analyze those consequences to appropriately counsel your clients. This six-week e-learning course will provide an overview of how to determine whether your client’s criminal record will have immigration consequences, including exposure to removal or ineligibility for a particular benefit under immigration law. Course participants will learn the basic concepts involved in analyzing the immigration consequences of crimes including differentiating between inadmissibility and deportability; statutory definitions of conviction and sentence; and exceptions to crime-based inadmissibility. The training will also cover techniques for screening clients to uncover criminal issues, and how to gather and read criminal records.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to immigration consequences of crimes for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with

(a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

Course Completion Requirements: Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or view recordings of any webinars they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Technical Requirements:  Our e-learning webinars are hosted through Adobe Connect. You can listen to the webinars through your computer speakers by plugging headphones into your computer. There will not be a telephone audio option. 

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of  Andrés Abella. 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars and the e-learning website and posted materials.

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. CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 1, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andrés Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 9.5 hours of MCLE credits based on the webinar component of this e-learning course.  If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTER HERE

Training Category: 

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

E-learning Course: 

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

March 13-April 24, 2012 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. We will cover which individuals are eligible based on family relationships, and how each step of the process works. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for immigrating through a family relationship, including examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered will include: immediate relatives and the preference system, retention of priority dates, the Child Status Protection Act, immigrating through marriages, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing. The training will also include exercises and readings on these topics. 

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.  This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Debbie Smith.  For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to family-based immigration for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed.   

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or view recordings of any webinar they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Technical Requirements: Our e-learning webinars will be hosted through a webinar carrier that permits listening through your computer speakers or by plugging headphones into your computer.   Your computer must have this capacity in order to participate in the webinars.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars, the el-learning website and course materials.

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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 8, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.  

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Preparing for State-Side Pre-Adjudication of Waivers

Preparing for State-Side Pre-Adjudication of Waivers

Join us for a this Affiliates Only Webinar on January 12
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Space is limited.

The USCIS is planning to issue proposed rulemaking that would change the adjudication of unlawful presence waivers on behalf of immediate relatives.  The agency has published a Notice, issued various materials, and will soon hold a Stakeholders meeting explaining this proposal in greater detail.  CLINIC is offering affiliates a webinar where we will summarize the proposed change, provide updated information and analysis, and project how this change will impact your caseload. For example, we anticipate that many LPRs will want to naturalize so their family members can qualify for the proposed change.  U.S. citizens may want to file I-130 petitions for their spouses and children before the proposed rule takes effect to avoid a backlog in I-130 processing.  And clients who would benefit from this proposed change and who are scheduled to leave for consular processing before it goes into effect may want to postpone that immigrant visa interview. The webinar will offer suggestions on community education and how to prepare for the proposed changes.  Please join us so that you can contribute to this dialogue and we may all benefit from your ideas.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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

 

January 23, 2012
Retention, Revocation, Retrogression, and Reinstatement: Mastering the Four R's with Petitions and Priority Dates


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time  
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

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 will 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.

 REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.
For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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By Charles Wheeler

By Debbie Smith

By Nadine Wettstein

By Nadine Wettstein

CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are hosting a conference on state and local immigration issues!  The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from January 11 through13, 2012.  We will discuss methods for opposing enforcement initiatives and supporting comprehensive immigration reform. Workshops will include:

  • strategies for communications and messaging;
  • coalition building; and
  • parish organizing and education

On topics such as:

A new practice advisory on working with clients with mental competency issues has been released by the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center (LAC) in collaboration with The University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic.

In May, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a precedent decision in Matter of M-A-M.  The respondent was represented by the University through CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Representation Project.  The decision set forth a framework for immigration judges to follow in cases involving individuals with mental competency issues.

In order to centralize and streamline receipting of citizenship and naturalization forms, USCIS has made changes to the filing locations of certain forms. 

On Oct. 30, 2011, USCIS began accepting Forms N-336, N-600 and N-600K at its Phoenix Lockbox facility and Form N-300 at its Dallas Lockbox facility.  Until Dec. 2, 2011, applications filed at field offices were forwarded to the appropriate lockbox.  After December 2, all applications erroneously filed at field offices will be returned to applicants to re-file with the proper lockbox.

In response to stakeholder feedback, EOIR has announced that it will reinstate the ability of callers to check the status of multiple cases in one call.  Starting on December 12, callers will be able to press the “pound” key (#) to return to the main menu and enter additional alien registration numbers.   In addition, callers will be able to press the “star” key (*) to skip the maintenance message at the beginning of the recording. 

By Allison Posner

As of November 30, 2011, the California and Vermont service centers will once again send all original notices, including I-797 approval notices, to the representative of record according to the G-28 on file.  The Texas and Nebraska service centers will do the same on or before December 5, 2011.

By Susan Schreiber

Section 212(c) of the INA provides relief from removal to law permanent residents who are deportable for certain criminal convictions.  There are many restrictions regarding eligibility for this form of relief, but at a minimum, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

Click here for the fact sheet

Issues: 

Held on November 21, 2011.

Click here for the December 2011 Visa Bulletin.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a memo on November 17th announcing a case-by-case review of the EOIR immigration court docket in each office.  This review will include both incoming cases as well as those currently pending in immigration courts.  This review will last for two months, until mid-January 2012, at which point the agency will assess the data and case outcomes before taking further action or review.  The review is viewed as a further step in implementing the June 17, 2011 Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum that set forth various factors an

On November 4, 2011, the DHS extended TPS for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua.  Nationals from those two countries who have previously registered for TPS are now eligible to re-register for an 18-month extension of their TPS status and employment authorization document (EAD).   TPS was scheduled to expire for these persons on January 6, 2012, but the USCIS recently extended TPS eligibility until July 5, 2013.  TPS beneficiaries from those two countries who pursue re-registration will also have their EADs automatically extended for six months, or until July 5, 2012.

By Leya Speasmaker

What method does your office use to process new client consultations? Read below to learn how two CLINIC affiliates have each created a system that accommodates and meets the needs of their office and their community.

Appointment-Only Model

CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are hosting a conference on state and local immigration issues.  The conference will be held in Salt Lake City from January 11-13, 2012.  We will discuss methods for opposing enforcement initiatives and supporting comprehensive immigration reform. Workshops will include:

  • strategies for communications and messaging;
  • coalition building; and
  • parish organizing and education.

On topics such as:

On October 31, the Department of Justice announced it was filing a complaint and injunction against certain provisions in the recently passed South Carolina immigration law (Act No. 69).  Passed in June, the South Carolina law is set to go into effect on January 1st. The law requires police officers to question the immigration status of individuals stopped for other reasons if the officers suspect them to be undocumented.

CLINIC’s State & Local Initiatives Project is pleased to announce its Alabama Resource Center, located on CLINIC’s website.  The site includes an analysis of the new law and the subsequent court rulings blocking parts of it, and talking points for advocacy on this and other state anti-immigrant measures.

By Allison Posner

On October 24, 2011, CLINIC celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project.  A reception was generously hosted by the law firm Fried Frank with special guests in attendance, including the Honorable Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt, Acting Director of EOIR Juan Osuna, and Acting Chairman of the BIA David Neal.

Immigration Legal Skills

E-learning Course:

Immigration Legal Skills

January 11-February 8, 2012

The course webinars will take place on the five consecutive Wednesdays of the course, beginning January 11, 2012, and ending February 8, 2012.  All webinars run from 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Standard Time. 

 Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars. 

$ 200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$ 225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$ 325 per person for private attorneys and staff 

How and where do you find immigration laws, and once you find them, how do you use them?  Knowing how to find the law, and how to write clearly and effectively are essential parts of every immigrant advocate's job. This hands-on, four-week e-learning course will focus on building fundamental legal research and writing skills.  Through readings, webinars, and exercises, participants will learn methods for conducting legal research using primary and secondary immigration source books and the Internet.  Students will practice writing persuasive letters and declarations, and will receive substantive feedback from the instructors.  The instructors will also discuss client interview techniques and how to advocate for clients before DHS.  The course is aimed at practitioners who have had little experience with legal writing and research.

Topics include:

            Sources of Immigration Legal Authority

            How to Find Immigration Legal Authority

            Persuasive Legal Writing

            Advocating for Clients with DHS

            Client Interview Techniques

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed above.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Jennie Guilfoyle at jguilfoyle@cliniclegal.org.

Note that successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to immigration legal research and writing.  Basic familiarity with the immigration system, especially family-based immigration, is assumed.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to: CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andrés Abella or to his e-mail: aabella@cliniclegal.org.  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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars and the e-learning website and posted materials.

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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Be sure to list the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is January 4, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at:  aabella@cliniclegal.org.   

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE.

 

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U.S. Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

E-learning Course: 

U.S. Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

January 10- February 7, 2012 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the five webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars. 

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies


$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff


$325 per person for private attorneys and staff 

This four-week training will cover acquisition and derivation of citizenship, and the requirements for naturalization, including residence, physical presence, good moral character, civics and English language requirements and exemptions, disability waivers, oath requirements and the application process. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for acquisition, derivation, and naturalization, including examination of sample application forms. The training will also include exercises and readings on these topics. 

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.  This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Debbie Smith.  For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an overview of citizenship for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Registration: 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 fax or scan a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202.635.2649  to the attention of Andres Abella, aabella@cliniclegal.org. 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars and the elearning website and posted materials.  

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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is January 5, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Assisting Family Members of U Status Applicants and U Status Holders

Assisting Family Members of U Status Applicants and U Status Holders

December 16, 2011

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time  
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Cost: Free for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

One of the benefits of U non-immigrant status for victims of crime is the ability to apply for certain family members as derivatives.  The presenters will discuss the eligibility requirements for derivatives and the bars that apply.  The presenters will also explore the problem areas for derivatives including extensions of status.    Eligibility for adjustment of status, including the I-929 process for family members not previously in U status, will also be discussed.  The presenters for this webinar are Sarah Bronstein and Jennie Guilfoyle, Training and Legal Support Attorneys with CLINIC.

Non-affiliates can register by clicking here.

Click here for complimentary webinar registration (log in required)

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

  Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:

A Course for New Practitioners 

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and
Catholic Charities of Central Florida

 January 25-26, 2012
8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45p.m. – Day Two

Location

Diocese of Orlando
Chancery Building
50 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 246-480

Approved for 15 Florida CLE Credits

$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $705 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff 

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

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, skits, 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 select grounds, naturalization and BIA accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Susan Schreiber.  

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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. 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.  

Note that this is an interactive training with several small group exercises included in the curriculum. Prior to the training, participants will receive an email with some short reading and worksheet assignments to be completed before the training starts. Participants will also have a homework assignment to complete for day two of the training.

Space is limited to 50 participants. The deadline for registration is January 17 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact Andres Abella, aabella@cliniclegal.org

                        For the agenda and additional information, click here

Hotel Reservations:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel, 400 West Livingston Street, Orlando FL 32801, www.orlandosheratondowntown.com, 407-843-6664.  The group rate is $119/night.  The cut-off date for this special rate is January 3, 2012.  When you call to reserve a room, the group name is “CLINIC.”  The hotel is about an 8-minute walk from the training site.

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      Click here for the Novmber 2011 Visa Bulletin.

By Charles Wheeler

By Nadine Wettstein

The U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling on at least four major immigration issues in its 2011-2012 term, which began on October 3, 2011.  The Court may yet add additional cases and issues to the docket. The Court’s decisions promise to settle some long-fought arguments and significantly affect the development of immigration law.  The following is a short summary of the cases and questions the Court already has accepted this term.

By Leya Speasmaker

How does your program respond to clients seeking to renew their Green Card? Here are two different approaches from affiliates in Texas. Alma Garza-Cruz from Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas in Beaumont responded to the following questions:

CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be hosting a conference on state and local immigration issues.  The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from January 11 through13, 2012.  We will discuss methods for opposing enforcement initiatives and supporting comprehensive immigration reform.

Last month, DHS’s Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) released a report outlining its findings and recommendations regarding the Secure Communities Program.  CLINIC shared its concerns that the recommendations do not go far enough to correct the real problems with the program.  On October 18, CLINIC wrote a letter to the HSAC welcoming several of the recommendations proposed by the Task Force.  CLINIC reiterated, however, the concerns expressed in our August letter to the Task Force and called upon HSAC to consider broader reforms.  CLINIC continues its active advocacy role with resp

CLINIC is interested in hearing about your recent experiences with U Visa certification practices in your area, to inform our advocacy with DHS’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) regarding that office’s oversight of certification practices in the field.  Have your local ICE/CBP agents, police departments and state attorneys general been certifying meritorious U Visa applications, or have they refused?  Contact CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Karen Siciliano Lucas at klucas@cliniclegal.org.

By Debbie Smith

Held on October 13, 2011

Issues: 

The ABC's of Employment Based Immigration

 

November 22, 2011

The ABC's of Employment Based Immigration    

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time 

Cost: $50; Free for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

 

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.

 

Non-affiliates, register by clicking here. 

 

Affiliates, click here for complimentary webinar registration (log-in required).

 

 After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information, please contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

Training Category: 

The Nuts and Bolts of Case Management and Legal Supervision

The Nuts and Bolts of Case Management and Legal Supervision

November 10, 2011 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

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.  

Non-affiliates can register by clicking here.

Click here for complimentary webinar registration (log in required)

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

Training Category: 


    Click here or on the icon to view the Visa Bulletin.

  Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:  A Course for New Practitioners

October 18- 19, 2011

Louisville, KY 40202

 

 

Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

October 19 - 20, 2011

Phoenix, AZ 85013

By Charles Wheeler

The most ambiguous and hotly contested provision in the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) concerns the status of derivative beneficiaries after they age out.  The relevant provision, codified in INA § 203(h)(3), reads as follows:

By Karen Siciliano Lucas

Part 1: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Part of Georgia’s HB 87

On Monday, June 27, 2011, federal Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. temporarily blocked the implementation of two sections of Georgia’s controversial immigration law, House Bill 87.  He did so by issuing a preliminary injunction, which prevents the state of Georgia from enforcing these sections of the law until a final determination can be made by a federal court as to their constitutionality.

By Susan Schreiber

By Nadine Wettstein

In a deeply split decision, with separate concurring and dissenting opinions, the en banc Ninth Circuit significantly expanded the reach of its “modified categorical approach” for deciding whether a conviction was an aggravated felony or a crime involving moral turpitude.   The court overturned a prior en banc decision, Navarro-Lopez v. Gonzales, 503 F.3d 1063 (9th Cir. 2007), which had governed immigration cases arising in the Ninth Circuit since 2007.

By Sarah Bronstein

On September 6, 2011, the USCIS issued proposed regulations implementing changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) relating to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) (76 FR 54978) (Sept. 6, 2011).  SIJS is an immigration benefit available to children who have been the victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect.   The proposed regulations incorporate several legislative amendments culminating in the significant changes that were made by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization act of 2008 (TVPRA 2008). 

By Susan Schreiber

VAWA 2005, signed into law in January 2006, extended self-petitioning eligibility to (a) abused parents of adult U.S. citizens, and (b) abused sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents over age 21 and under 25, who may apply as self-petitioning children if the abuse was a central reason for the delay in filing.   Recent policy memoranda issued by USCIS provides new guidance on eligibility to self-petition in each of these categories

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course:

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

November 9 –December 14, 2011

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the 5 webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

 

 $175 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)

$ 190 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$ 280 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit.  By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success.   Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle, Debbie Smith, and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Chris Ozaki. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Space is limited.. The deadline for registration is November 2, 2011, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.   

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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E-learning Course: 

Select Issues in VAWA Self-Petitioning

 

Presented by:

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 

November 3-December 8, 2011

 

Introduction to VAWA Self-Petitioning

E-learning Course: 

Introduction to VAWA Self-Petitioning

November 8-December 13, 2011

 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the five webinars.
Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

 

$175 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies


   $190 per person for other nonprofit agency staff


$280 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Family-based immigration allows certain USCs and LPRs to petition for their spouses, children, and parents to become permanent residents.  Some spouses, children, and parents who have been abused by USCs or LPRs are eligible to file self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act and gain permanent residence without the involvement of the abusers.  This four-week course provides an introduction to VAWA self-petitioning, focusing on eligibility, how, when and where to apply, and

how to document VAWA cases.  We will also explore the dynamics of abusive relationships and working with survivors of domestic violence.  Please note that this course assumes some basic knowledge of family-based immigration.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein, Kristina Karpinski, and Susan Schreiber. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to VAWA self-petitioning for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments. Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or a set of headphones for your computer.  There will not be a telephone audio option.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Chris Ozaki. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is November 1, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.  

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

REGISTRATION CLOSED


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VAWA Self-Petitioners and Inadmissibility

VAWA Self-Petitioners and Inadmissibility 

 October 13, 2011

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Your VAWA self-petitioner client now has a current priority date and wants to file for adjustment of status.  Does she qualify even though she has a retail theft conviction? What if she entered the U.S. with a fake passport? Or departed the U.S. after overstaying her tourist visa and then returned without inspection? Is she inadmissible?  If so, can she overcome the bar?  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.

 Non-affiliates can register by clicking here.

Click here for complimentary webinar registration (log in required)

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

Training Type: 
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Held on September 8, 2011

All About Cuban Adjustment

All About Cuban Adjustment

September 22, 2011

  

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; Free for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues 
 

Under the Cuban Adjustment Act, Cubans, and their spouses and children, who have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. may apply for adjustment of status after one year of physical presence in the U.S.  During this webinar, presenters Randy McGrorty, Director of Catholic Charities Legal Services of Miami, and Jennie Guilfoyle, Training and Legal Support Attorney at CLINIC, will explore the ins and outs of Cuban adjustment.  Topics will include eligibility requirements; filing procedures; parole of Cubans; employment authorization; inadmissibility waivers and pitfalls; and adjustment of non-Cuban spouses and children.

Non-affiliates register by clicking here.

Affiliates, click here for complimentary webinar registration (log-in required).

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

Training Category: 

Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

 

Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services

Invites you on a

Tour of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

Friday, November 18, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $40 

Please note that the price includes a box lunch. 

 

Anticipated Schedule:

9:00 a.m.         Bus picks you up Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel
10:00 a.m.       Tour of American Consulate, Ciudad Juarez
Noon               Bus leaves Ciudad Juarez for return trip; box lunches will be provided
2:00 p.m.         Bus arrives Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel

 

Space is limited

The deadline for registering is November 3, 2011
No one will be permitted on the tour unless registered by that date.
Remember that a passport is required for reentry to the United States.

For more information regarding the tour, call (915) 532-3975, ext. 212

 

You must be registered for the 13th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference to attend.

 

SOLD OUT

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

   Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:

A Course for New Practitioners

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Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
and
Catholic Charities of Louisville

 

October 18- 19, 2011
8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45p.m. – Day Two

 

Location:

Cathedral of the Assumption
433 S. Fifth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502 582 2971


$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $705 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)


$260
per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)


$390
per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.


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, skits, 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 select grounds, naturalization and BIA accreditation.  Application for CLE credits pending. The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Susan Schreiber.    

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 fax a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Chris Ozaki. 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.  

Note that this is an interactive training with several small group exercises included in the curriculum. Prior to the training, participants will receive an email with some short reading and worksheet assignments to be completed before the training starts. Participants will also have a homework assignment to complete for day two of the training.

The deadline for registration is October 13 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information call Chris Ozaki at 415-394-9371.

 

                        For the agenda and additional information, click here.

 

Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms is being held at the Galt House, located at 140 North Fourth St, about .75 miles from the training site. The room rate is $109.00 per night single or double occupancy, plus tax. To make a reservation, contact the hotel by September 30. at 800-843-4258 and ask for the group block under Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  You may also arrange transportation to and from the airport to the hotel at a cost of $15 one-way, $25 round-trip by contacting Galt House or the Sandollar Limousine at www.sandollarlimo.com. You can also check on public transportation options at ridetarc.com

Training Location and Parking: The training will take place in the Undercroft of the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville.  Parking is available at the Fourth Street Live Garage at 425 South Fifth Street. The entrance to the garage is on Fifth Street between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Liberty St, and the maximum daily fee is $10.00.

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED


Training Category: 
Training Location: 

Keeping Up with CSPA

Keeping Up with CSPA 


September 8, 2011


 


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; Free for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues
 


 


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.


 
Non-affiliates, register by clicking here.


 


Affiliates, click here for complimentary webinar registration (log-in required). 


 


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

Training Category: 

Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants

Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants


September 12, 2011


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Free for All


This webinar will discuss several key strategies for helping vulnerable applicants overcome barriers in the naturalization process.  Topics will 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.  Space is limited. 


Non-affiliates can register by clicking here.


Affiliats can register by clicking here (log in required)


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

Training Category: 

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

E-learning Course: 

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration

September 14-October 26, 2011

 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

 

$235 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies


$260 per person for other nonprofit agency staff


$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

This six-week training will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship. We will cover which individuals are eligible based on family relationships, and how each step of the process works. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for immigrating through a family relationship, including examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered will included: immediate relatives and the preference system, retention of priority dates, the Child Status Protection Act, immigrating through marriages, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski, Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at kkarpinski@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to family-based immigration for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here.  Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Registration: 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 fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Chris Ozaki. 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.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is September 6, 2011, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Chris Ozaki at 415-394-9371 or at cozaki@cliniclegal.org.   

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.


COURSE FULL

Training Type: 
Training Category: 

D. DETAINED UASC HAVE A RIGHT TO FREE COUNSEL

The three arguments discussed in the preceding sections could assist in providing a right to free legal counsel for all UASC navigating immigration proceedings in the United States. A narrower argument that is also open to advocates concerns the promotion of a right to free counsel for detained UASC.

C. FAIRNESS/ACCESS TO JUSTICE REQUIRES FREE LEGAL COUNSEL FOR UASC

B. CHILDREN TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY DEPRIVED OF THEIR FAMILY ENVIRONMENT HAVE A RIGHT TO FREE LEGAL COUNSEL

III. POTENTIAL ARGUMENTS

This section identifies potential arguments, which could be utilized by U.S.-based advocates to promote a right to free legal counsel for UASC navigating immigration proceedings in the United States. The arguments are intended to provide a broad framework within which advocacy strategies and campaigns promoting a right to free legal counsel can be designed. Once advocates identify the most compelling and promising arguments, further research on the merits of these arguments will be undertaken.

D. FREE LEGAL COUNSEL FOR CHILDREN DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY

In Article 37(d), the CRC explicitly addresses the right to counsel for all children, including UASC, who are deprived of liberty.

Article 37(d): Every child deprived of his or her liberty shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and to a prompt decision on any such action.

C. NON-DISCRIMINATION, BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD, AND SPECIAL PROTECTION AND ASSISTANCE  

B. THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD AND THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES

 As a preliminary matter, a brief introduction to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is provided.  This treaty and bodies speak to the rights of UASC.

 

1. The Convention on the Rights of the Child

A.  INTRODUCTION

The international materials discussed in this section include:

§  The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989);

§  The Committee on the Rights of the Child: General Comment No. 6 on Treatment of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Outside Their Country of Origin (2005);

§  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Executive Committee Conclusion No. 107 on Children at Risk (2007);

II.  Main Sources of International Law and Commentary

A.  Introduction

The international materials discussed in this section include:

§  The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989);

§  The Committee on the Rights of the Child: General Comment No. 6 on Treatment of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Outside Their Country of Origin (2005);

§  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Executive Committee Conclusion No. 107 on Children at Risk (2007);

II.  Main Sources of International Law and Commentary

A.  Introduction

The international materials discussed in this section include:

§  The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989);

§  The Committee on the Rights of the Child: General Comment No. 6 on Treatment of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Outside Their Country of Origin (2005);

§  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Executive Committee Conclusion No. 107 on Children at Risk (2007);

B. STRUCTURE

Section II of this memorandum introduces excerpts from international law and commentary directly or indirectly applicable to the provision of free legal counsel for unaccompanied and separated children in civil proceedings. This serves as background to the discussion in Section III on how the identified law and commentary could be utilized to support attempts to promote a right to free legal counsel for unaccompanied and separated children navigating immigration proceedings in the United States.

 

C. DEFINITIONS

 For the purpose of this memorandum, the following definitions apply:

 §  Child: Every human being below the age of 18 years, unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.[1]

§  Unaccompanied children: Children (as defined above) who have been separated from both parents and other relatives and are not being cared for by an adult who, by law or custom, is responsible for doing so.[2]

A. PURPOSE

This memorandum highlights international human rights law and commentary as well as potential arguments based on this law that could be utilized by U.S.-based advocates to promote a right to free legal counsel for unaccompanied and separated children navigating domestic immigration proceedings. Where relevant, the memorandum also references regional human rights law and national policies and identifies further avenues of research for advocates.

I.  Introduction

A.  Purpose

This memorandum highlights international human rights law and commentary as well as potential arguments based on this law that could be utilized by U.S.-based advocates to promote a right to free legal counsel for unaccompanied and separated children navigating domestic immigration proceedings. Where relevant, the memorandum also references regional human rights law and national policies and identifies further avenues of research for advocates.

The following resources were created as part of a partnership between CLINIC and the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University to encourage the use of international law arguments in U.S. immigration cases:

What is an ITIN?

ITIN stands for Individual Tax Identification Number. It is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN). The ITIN always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit. For example: 9XX-7X-XXXX.

An ITIN permits individuals without a valid Social Security Number (SSN) to: