Summer is a great time to research free immigration trainings near you! Even if you do not plan on attending a training for a few months, it is always good to know in advance the time and place of the training that would work best for you. To help you in your search, we’ve created a short list to help you research and access free immigration training events and resources that best suit your needs.
Visit the websites of national immigration law organizations like Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), or the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to find detailed training listings.
If you want to pursue Recognition and Accreditation to represent immigrant clients in court or enhance the immigration services that your organization offers, the CLINIC Training Calendar, the USCIS Training Seminars webpage, and the AILA Agora catalog are great online resources to look into. The CLINIC Training Calendar allows you to sort through upcoming training events by type, location, and topic. However, most upcoming live events on the CLINIC database are not free. Nevertheless, you can find useful online training resources on Department of Justice (DOJ) Recognition and Accreditation for non-profit organizations, how to apply for and renew DOJ Recognition and Accreditation, and keep your organization’s records according to new DOJ standards. You do not have to sign up for CLINIC to view the downloadable slide or video webinar resources listed above.
USCIS can train you or your organization’s staff in preparing citizenship applicants for the citizenship test with upcoming live free workshops and seminars in Memphis, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, St. Paul, Columbia, SC, Brownsville, TX, and Portland, OR. If you own a business, you might find USCIS’ free E-Verify webinars helpful. E-Verify is an online government database that checks employee records to confirm that your immigrant employees are eligible to work for you.
You can also find free books, downloadable content, general information, PDFs, periodicals, podcasts, audio seminars, in-person events, web seminars, webcasts, and other resources on the AILA Agora catalog.
Sign up to become a member of organizations like USCIS and AILA that provide training resources to members for free.
It is important to remember that you do need to sign up for an AILA or USCIS membership to receive the resources that we mentioned above. You can register to attend a free USCIS event with this form, enroll in E-Verify here, or view the USCIS Teacher Training webpage for more information.
AILA offers the following types of memberships: regular membership for attorneys, law students membership for students enrolled at accredited law schools, and nonprofit membership. Fees range from around $400 for regular membership to $125 for nonprofits and around $50 for law students.
Tell your family, friends, and colleagues!
Knowledge is power, and we cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you share your knowledge of free training resources with the people who you know. You will improve legal representation and support in immigrant communities across the country by encouraging others to learn how to offer those services to communities. So get out, go find and sign up for a free immigration training near you, and tell your friends, family, and colleagues about what you are doing. Get started today!