Introduction to Family-Based Immigration Law

Course Description

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 marriage, the affidavit of support, adjustment of status and consular processing.


Course Structure

The course opens on Feb. 25 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignments. Each week of the course focuses on a specific theme or themes in family-based immigration. Participants will take part in a variety of self-directed learning activities including reading assignments, exercises, and quizzes. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors. The course also includes six live webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2 p.m. ET starting on Thursday, March 4. Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, the webinars will be recorded, allowing students the flexibility to work the course into their busy schedules.


Who Should Take This Course?

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.

If you are a government employee, you may not register for this training without prior authorization from CLINIC. You may request permission to register by contacting CLINIC at

For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at


Course Completion

Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly course webinar, and (b) complete the required course activity for the week. You have up to three weeks after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.


Additional Information

CLE for Attorney Participants

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) training. If you are a California attorney, you are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits for each live webinar you attend in our e-learning immigration law courses. To receive MCLE credit, please provide your state bar number when you register for each live webinar. You may seek self-study CLE credit for viewing any recorded webinars posted on the course website. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

Type of Training

E-Learning Courses

Date of Event


Time of Event

02:00 pm ~ 03:30 pm

Registration Deadline

Course Opens

First Webinar

Training Prices

CLINIC Affiliates - $320

Nonprofit Agency Staff - $345

Private Attorneys and Staff - $475


Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Payment and Cancellation

Payment by credit card only. All registration changes or cancellations 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 course opening date.