Rapid E-Learning

CLINIC now offers five rapid e-learning courses, which are described below.  Each course contains a combination of visual content and narration, interactive components  that facilitate the learning process, and periodic assessments to reinforce and measure learning.  Course participants may complete the course on their own schedules. 


Completing the Application for Naturalization Form N-400

The 90 minute course covers: an overview of the Form N-400 and the requirements for naturalization; steps to complete each part of the form and prepare the naturalization application for mailing; and steps in the naturalization process, including preparing for the naturalization interview.  The course is interactive and incorporates text, images, audio, and video along with opportunities for the participant to check his or her progress in the course through quizzes and a final test.

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Free: Getting the Facts: Criminal Records in Immigration Cases

Immigration advocates know that every aspect of immigration law may be impacted by having a criminal record; a client' criminal history may prevent eligibility for a benefit, subject a client to removal, or lead to a negative exercise of discretion.  Through this 90-minute course, consisting of 8 modules, participants will  gain the knowledge and skills to identify and obtain the criminal records necessary to evaluate a client's case, as well as  decipher the information contained in the records.

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Free: Overview of Representing Children in Removal Proceedings

CLINIC has created a self directed e-learning course to provide guidance to new attorneys, fully accredited representatives, and pro bono attorneys representing and assisting immigrant children in removal proceedings.  The 90 minute course covers several topics including:  the notice to appear; who’s who in immigration court; the master calendar hearing; motions before immigration court; and merits hearings.  The course is interactive and incorporates text, images, audio, and video along with opportunities for the participant to check his or her progress in the course through exercises.

This course was created by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation

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Fundamentals of U.S. Immigration Law  

Now available in Spanish

This course provides a broad overview of  U.S. immigration law.  It is designed for anyone who wants to understand the immigration system, and does not assume that participants have any legal background.  Each of the seven sections of the course covers a core topic in immigration law, including sources of immigration law, government agencies involved in administering immigration law, and how noncitizens gain and lose immigration status. By the end of the course, which takes about 90 minutes to complete, participants will have a solid grounding in immigration law fundamentals, including types of lawful immigration status and who qualifies for them; obstacles to gaining lawful status; eligibility for U.S. citizenship; and who is authorized to practice immigration law.  

At the end of the course participants may complete a final assessment. Participants who successfully complete the assessment will receive a certificate of course completion. Note that only the person who registered for the course is eligible to receive a certificate of completion; anyone who wants a certificate must register separately for the course.

There is a $25 fee for course registration, which provides the participant with 30 days of unlimited access to the course.  To enroll in this course, click here.  Upon enrollment, you will be sent a link to the course along with a user ID and password so that you may immediately start viewing the course contents.

NOTE FOR NEW LEGAL WORKERS:  The Board of Immigration Appeals requires that all initial applicants for accreditation show recent attendance at a formal overview training on immigration law.  We do not consider this course to be an immigration law overview that is sufficient to support an application for accredited representative status.  For that purpose, we suggest that you register for CLINIC’s six-week e-course “Introduction to Immigration Law Practice”

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Free: Volunteers Helping Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens: The Naturalization Group Application Workshop

 Naturalizing as a U.S. citizen is a hallmark of immigrant integration. U.S. citizenship is a significant personal achievement for millions of immigrants, a reminder of our nation's immigrant heritage and a contribution to our nation's democratic process.  As such, volunteers, native and foreign-born alike, are important people facilitating the naturalization of future citizens.  Taking this course and helping immigrants become U.S. citizens at naturalization group application workshops is one way to make a positive difference in the lives of people in your community. 

This free course strives to educate people about basic naturalization law and the naturalization group application workshop model.  The course takes approximately 40 minutes to an hour to complete. 

After successfully completing the course, participants are linked to charitable organizations which may host workshops, and are provided a certificate that can be given to a charitable organization that may need volunteers and may provide additional training as needed. 

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