Center for Religious Immigration and Protection

Minyoung Ohm is a staff attorney with the Religious Immigration Services Section of CLINIC.  Prior to joining CLINIC, she was an associate attorney at Carliner & Remes in Washington D.C. and practiced immigration law in a variety of areas, including asylum, family-based visa petitions, and business immigration matters.  She graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 2003.

The Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to go forth and preach the joy of the Gospel. At Pentecost, we recognize this special time to celebrate the missionary call. We are inspired by all who, like you, have heard this call and pursued their vocations, no matter the obstacles on their journey.

Obstacles of immigration status are all too familiar to foreign born religious workers like Sr. Maria. Having crossed the border into the United States at fourteen years old, Maria didn’t have the papers necessary to pursue her calling to religious life.

Rita Dhakal joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2009.  She currently works with Attorney Megan Turngren to help to provide legal services to RIS clients.  In addition, Rita volunteers with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where she interviews clients for case intake and placement for the Uncontested Divorce Clinic.

In 1990, I was born in Mexico into a staunchly Roman Catholic family. When I was twelve years old, my immediate family illegally migrated to California.  We have lived there ever since.

It has been more than a year since the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.’s (CLINIC) Religious Immigration Services (RIS) section began taking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases.  Back on June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new process, granting relief to undocumented young people who came to the United States as children and do not have proper immigration documents.  This new program allowed these young people to have work authorization and stay in the country without the threat of deportation.

Thanks to my Felician Congregation, and to CLINIC, who put tremendous work in my next applications, permissions, and visas, I can now serve my Lord, free of worries, in the place where He wants me to be.

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I received my Green Card last week and this is a good time to recall the whole process. I came to the United States in 2011. I was born in Poland. If someone told me a few years ago that I would be living in the United States, I would not believe them.

By Nicole Bonjean

RIS Staff Attorney 

 

Once an extension of stay is denied, a foreign national must make plans to immediately depart the United States.  The Customs and Border Protection website offers guidance regarding how long a person can remain in the U.S. following the denial of the extension

By Megan S. Turngren

RIS Staff Attorney 

 

Beginning in May 2013, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped issuing paper I-94 cards and instead began requiring that the foreign national access the I-94 information on the CBP website.  For the past six months, both attorneys and foreign nationals have been working diligently to try to understand the new electronic I-94 system.

 

By Miguel A. Naranjo

Director, Religious Immigration Services

 

On Election Day, it can seem like a burden to wake up early and stand in line at your local polling place, but the ability to vote is a prized benefit of citizenship and an important step in the journey to full integration in the United States. The benefits of citizenship are numerous and the CLINIC network has long advocated naturalization for all eligible permanent residents.

November 15, 2012
Nonimmigrant Religious Workers: Requirements, Process and Practice Pointers  
  

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 

The Immigration Advocates Network, Families for Freedom and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild invite you to join a free webinar:


 “Planning Effective Know Your Rights Presentations for Communities Facing Immigration Enforcement”


Tuesday, August 23, 2011


2:00-3:30 pm EDT 

Adjustment of Status for U Nonimmigrants
 

Prosecutorial Discretion: What it Is and How and When to Use It


August 16, 2011


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; Free for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues