40-hour basic immigration legal training

World Relief Immigrant Legal Services Technical Unit is pleased to offer an intensive, 40 hour immigration law training in conjunction with field office, World Relief-Garden Grove, at The Crossing, Costa Mesa, California. For complete information and to register, click here.


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 Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). BIA 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 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 Courtney Tudi at ctudi@wr.org

Additional requirements for applying for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) 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 BIA accreditation.

Location: The Crossing Church, 2115 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Cost: For churches and other non-profits, tuition for this training is covered by a grant received by the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Implementation group (CIRI). You will need to provide supporting information to show non-profit status. Private attorney tuition is $495.00. All students are still responsible for the cost of books (described below), and travel and accomodations.

In order to simplify the registration process, there is not a separate application procedure.  However, the organizers retain the right to exclude from the training anyone whose intent and/or conduct appear to be contrary to the purposes of the training, and/or who interferes with a positive learning environment.  Be prepared to provide additional information or 501(c)(3) designation letter upon request. Exclusion from the training may occur at any time from registration through the end of the training.  Appropriate refunds, if applicable, will be made.

Books: The books used for this course are "A Guide for Immigration Advocates" published by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.  Each student must purchase a copy of the course textbook from the ILRC. The book alone costs $215 with a discount code.  The book is available in either hard copy or PDF format. The combination of the hard copy book and PDF version costs $240. You will need to order your books at http://ilrc.org/publications/a-guide-for-immigration-advocates. Please use discount codes provided below. If you have any issues ordering the books, contact the ILRC directly at: 415-986-9497.

For more information and to register for this event, click here.