This manual is designed to assist attorneys and accredited representatives in representing asylees and refugees to reunify with family members and seek lawful status for family already in the United States. The manual gives an overview of applicable laws, regulations, and guidance concerning the I-730 petition process. It also provides practical information on how to navigate the application process from completing the form I-730, to compiling evidence, to troubleshooting with government agencies.
Additionally, CLINIC is launching a listserv for I-730 practitioners to share tips and pose questions. If you would like to join the listserv, please email Victoria Neilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The manual was co-authored by Rebecca R. Schaeffer, who is a Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representative with Church World Service in Durham, NC, and Katherine Reynolds, who is the Interim Director of the Elon University School of Law Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic in Greensboro, NC; both worked on this project in their individual capacities. It was edited by Victoria Neilson, managing attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations program at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Reena Arya, senior attorney with the Training and Legal Support program of CLINIC, and published in coordination with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).