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Preparation Checklist for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR)

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This initial checklist can be used to start preparing your program for CIR.  The action items are divided into categories of leadership, infrastructure, BIA recognition and accreditation, financial, community education, partnerships, and volunteers.  This resource will help your program organize and assign tasks as you get ready for CIR.

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Templates for CIR Fundraising

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Proposal Narrative - This document is designed to provide you with a template that can be used when applying for immigration funding, specifically in preparing your local community for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).  It outlines the Need and Approach to position your agency as the lead in preparing your community for CIR.  Objectives and outcomes are included along with guidelines for an organizational capability statement.  The appendix contains useful resources.

Work Plan - This is an Excel sheet that details the activities and a timeline associated with the objectives in the proposal narrative.

Budget Narrative -  Set up as a Word document, this narrative details the personnel and non-personnel costs to consider as you develop your plan and write your proposal.

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Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to Citizenship & Beyond

CLINIC has updated its 2006 Legalization Manual.

The manual, Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to Citizenship and Beyond offers recommendations from “veterans” of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).   The manual was created to help charitable immigration agencies increase program capacity and prepare for a large increase in the number of people needing immigration services. Its recommendations are offered to spur thinking and planning by these programs. As IRCA taught us, a “one size fits all” approach cannot succeed since the needs and circumstances of programs vary. It is hoped that the manual will enable programs to develop the policies and practices that are best suited to the circumstances of their programs and communities.

This manual is not intended to be used to create immigration legal service programs. For those interested in learning how to start an immigration legal service program, please refer to Immigration Management: Building Blocks for a Successful Program (“Immigration Management”) by CLINIC, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), and Immigration and Refugee Services of America.

Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Parthway to Citizenship and Beyond begins with a summary or check list of recommendations. It then provides an extensive narrative that elaborates on these recommendations. 

To download the entire manual, click here.


CLINIC has developed a proposal document to help its affiliates apply for funding related to immigration and specifically Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).  To view these documents, please log in and click on the links below.

Proposal Template

Worksheet - Objectives, Activities and Timeline