Monday, March 27, 2023 - 8:00am to Friday, March 31, 2023 - 5:00pm

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.

Who can attend?
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. 

Preference will be given to staff of not-for-profit agencies working in the area of immigration law. (There is a limited number of spots for private attorneys or paralegals working for private law firms.)

Department of Justice (DOJ) accreditation
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.

If you have questions about participation, accreditation and the content of this training, please contact Sarah Bankard at

COVID protocol
This training will be conducted in person at the MCC Welcoming Place in Akron, PA. Participants are encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Please review the Welcoming Place COVID Recommendations and Guidelines for more information.

Registration feeSubject to change
Non-Profit - $400
For-Profit or attorney/ paralegal - $795

Lodging options 
Lodging is available at the Welcoming Place, a conference and meeting center at MCC. The Welcoming Place consists of four houses, each with 11 rooms. Hotel-style rooms include a private bath for each room and a common living area.  Check-in begins on Sunday and check-out is Saturday am. Shared accommodation is not an option due to COVID-19 precautions.
$300 for 6 nights—Subject to change

Meal options* 
$290 USD includes:
6 breakfasts
5 lunches
5 dinners

Sunday (March 26) supper is not included
*Vegetarian/vegan and diet-specific options available upon request
Cost is subject to change

Materials required

  1.  Laptop--you will need to access resources online during the training.
  2. A Guide for Immigration Advocates, 23rd ed. The PDF or print copy are $310.00. Both together are $350.00. Guidelines about how and when to order this with a discount code are available once you register for the training.

Maximum number of students permitted
No more than 40 students will be admitted.

Registration will open in early December. Please complete this form if you would like us to email you when registration is open.

MCC vehicles can assist with transport to and from The Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), The Philadelphia Airport (PHL), and the Lancaster Amtrak Station at designated times
(flights/trains must arrive on Sunday, March 26, 2023, and depart on Saturday, April 1, 2023).

Cost includes trip from and to the respective airport.
From/to Philadelphia - $100
From/to Harrisburg - $50
From/to Lancaster Amtrak - $25

*Once transportation is reserved, fee is nonrefundable.

If you have questions about registration and logistics, please contact