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CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Project Newsletter

CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Project matches vulnerable noncitizens whose cases are on appeal before the BIA with pro bono counsel.   Our volunteers are part of an important effort to ensure noncitizens have full access to the judicial system.  We are fortunate to match nearly 100% of all cases selected for the Project with pro bono counsel.  The Project’s success would not be possible without our hardworking and dedicated volunteers.  We are very grateful for everything our volunteers do on behalf of the Project and their clients.

USCIS Updates DACA FAQs

USCIS Updates DACA FAQs By Charles Wheeler The USCIS posted updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding DACA on its website on September 14th that covered filing G-28s for group workshops, use of false Social Security Numbers, the standard for submission of evidence to establish continuous residence, and protection for employers who assist in verifying the applicant’s work history. G-28s

Adoptions for Immigration Purposes

By Debbie Smith On July 9, 2012, the USCIS issued an interim memo on "Determining if an Adoption is Valid for Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Purposes."  The USCIS requested comments on the memo and indicated that the final language would be incorporated into the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM).  While not discussing new interpretations of adoption and immigration law, the memo summarizes and gives examples of basic adoption/immigration law principles.  This article will review the law summarized in the USCIS interim memo.

Religious Worker Measure Passes

On September 13, 2012, the House of Representatives passed legislation (S.3245) reauthorizing four federal immigration-related programs, including the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program.  The measure passed the Senate in early August.  The program allows religious organizations to sponsor foreign nationals to travel to the United States to perform vital services in underserved communities.

I-90 Filing Change

For the past several years, the NSC has been the primary office within USCIS for processing Form I-90, Application for Permanent Residence Card.  However, effective August 15, 2012, the Lockbox began sending all I-90s to the National Benefits Center (NBC) for processing. Any I- 90 filed prior to August 15th will continue processing at the Nebraska Service Center. NBC will receive all I-90s filed on or after August 15. The transfer of this form to the NBC will free up resources for NSC to review requests for Deferred Action.

Nebraska Service Center Stakeholder Calls

Each month, the NSC hosts an informal call that allows stakeholders to ask questions about the Service Center’s products and processes. The calls occur at 10:00 Central Time on the second Thursday of each month. Call-in information is disseminated to the distribution list maintained by the Community Engagement Officer.  To be included in the list, email Kathryn Nicholas at: ceo.nsc@dhs.gov. Calls scheduled for the 2013 fiscal year include:

Contact Your ICE Public Advocate Field Liaison

As a reminder, ICE’s Office of the Public Advocate has 24 Field Liaisons who can respond to questions about ICE policies and procedures.  In your correspondence to the field liaison, please always provide:

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