Events which are hosted by The Immigration Alliance are posted here. Additionally, events related to immigrant ministry that are hosted by other organizations are also posted here. If you would like to have an event posted here please email us at

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May 2017

Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

May 22 - May 26
Immigrant Connection at City Life,
574 S. Division Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Immigrant Connection will have an upcoming Shadowing Experience in Grand Rapids, Michigan from May 22-26, 2017. This IC Shadowing Experience will be hosted at Immigrant Connection at City Life Church and will bring together City Life’s 2 DOJ Accredited Reps (Katie White, IC Site Leader and DOJ Accredited Rep and Abby Cote, DOJ Accredited Rep), along with Jim Wood (IC Site Leader and DOJ Accredited Rep) and Zach Szmara (IC National Director, Site Leader, and DOJ Rep). Between the 4 IC Shadowing Leaders at this event there is a combined 8+ years of immigration legal services experience leading recognized church-based sites.


This experience will be open to 8 total participants in order to keep our shadowing ratio to 1 leader per 2 participants. There is no preferred order of education/training and experience/shadowing. If you have already completed training then shadowing is your next step, but you can also choose to shadow before you attend a training event.


The cost of the IC Shadowing Experience is $120 per day (includes experience, supplies, snacks/coffee/drinks, and lunch) or $600 for the week (plus transportation, room, and board). Immigrant Connection’s approach to the shadowing experience is unique in that it offers 2 distinct outcomes: 1. Hands-on immigration legal services practice (including intakes, consultations, filling out forms, filing cases, case review, etc) and 2. Program management experience (including office set-up, marketing, community outreach, creation of office paperwork/checklists, etc.). A nonrefundable deposit of $200 as well as a recommendation from IC, The Wesleyan Church, or TIA is required to sign-up. For more information contact Gloria Lopez at After registration, we will send information concerning recommended lodging choices and transportation options.

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Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

May 24 - May 26
Westin Peachtree Plaza,
Atlanta, GA United States
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This training will take place in conjunction with the Clinic Convening.

This training fulfills the formal overview training requirement the DOJ requires for initial accreditation. Participants who attend each session (8 total over the course of two days) of the “Fundamentals Track” will complete the curriculum for the overview training.

If you are not a CLINIC affiliate, contact CLINIC to ensure that you are eligible to attend this training.

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June 2017

6th Summer Institute on Basic Immigration

June 5 - June 9
Woodland Baptist Church,
15315 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX 78248 United States
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The Immigration Service and Aid Center will offer a 40-hour Summer Institute on Basic Immigration Law in San Antonio, Texas this summer.  Training sessions will be taught by a staff of experienced immigration attorneys and accredited representatives, and will provide a comprehensive survey of immigration law and procedure.  This intensive training event is designed for individuals who wish to apply for Board of Immigration Appeals accreditation or need continuing education. The BIA allows non-attorney staff of non-profit and religious organizations to practice immigration law.  ISAAC’s Summer Institute is a valuable tool for those who seek to serve their immigrant community.

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40 Hour Basic Immigration Law Training

June 5 - June 9
Gordon College,
255 Grapevine Rd
Wenham, MA 01984 United States
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World Relief Immigrant Legal Services Technical Unit is pleased to offer an intensive, 40 hour immigration law training in conjunction with Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.




The training will be conducted using the curriculum of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). This course will help to provide the necessary training component for individuals who wish to apply for accreditation from the Department of Justice (DOJ – formerly known as BIA recognition and accreditation). DOJ recognition and accreditation allows non-attorneys working at non-profit organizations to practice immigration law. The course will touch on all areas of immigration law and practice focusing on topics most relevant to those serving and representing low-income immigrants.


Due to the requirements of the recognition and accreditation application process, we recommend that only individuals with U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or other long-term immigration status apply for this training.  If you have questions, please contact Sarah Bankard at


Additional requirements for applying for Department of Justice (DOJ) recognition and accreditation will be discussed during the training week. Participants who pass the take-home test will receive a certificate of completion from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), the authors of the training curriculum. This will help participants in the process of obtaining DOJ recognition and accreditation.

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July 2017

Immigrant Pathway Institute 40-hr training

July 31 - August 4
Shorline Community Church,
935 San Andres Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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**Immigrant Hope offers a $150 discount to all member of The Immigration Alliance**

IMMIGRANT PATHWAY Institute (IPI) is a week-long, 40-hour training on introductory immigration law and legal practice. It is designed to meet one of the major requirements for Department of Justice (DOJ) accreditation, the certification that allows non-profit workers to practice immigration law.


This class is also open to a wide range of people, from attorneys looking for a foundation in immigration law to pastors or administrators exploring whether to open an immigration program in their church or organization.


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Here is a list of organizations that offer trainings/classes necessary to become accredited through the Board of Immigration appeals:

Click here for an FAQ about immigration trainings. This FAQ includes information specific to Immigrant Hope’s IPI Trainings, however it also includes general, non specific, information too. Additionally, Immigrant Hope offers a $150 discount on IPI Trainings for members of The Immigration Alliance.

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