202-635-5825 email@example.com CLINIC Welcomes Revised Waiver Guidelines, Seeks Revisions Washington, DC (April 2, 2012) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued its proposed rule related to pre-adjudication of unlawful presence waivers for certain family members. The proposed rule permits spouses and minor/unmarried children of U.S. citizens to apply for and receive a provisional waiver of their unlawful presence in the U.S. before leaving this country for the processing of their immigrant visas. Prior unlawful presence in the United States is one of the most common grounds of inadmissibility under our nation’s immigration laws. Individuals seeking to legalize through a family petition have been able to apply for a waiver, but only at the time of their consular processing abroad. For that reason, the current process has caused prolonged family separation as individuals await adjudication of their waiver application in their home country.
comments and participated in person at public meetings hosted by the agency. CLINIC will submit further comments by the end of March and urges all of CLINIC’s affiliates to share their comments and concerns with EOIR as well.
detention standards on February 27, 2012. CLINIC participated in a working group to develop the standards, known as PBNDS 2011 (Performance Based National Detention Standards 2011). Special attention was paid to standards that improve medical and mental health services, increase access to legal services and religious opportunities, improve communication with detainees with limited English proficiency, improve the process for reporting and responding to complaints, reinforce protections against sexual abus