The Department of State recently published an interim final rule changing the fees that it currently charges for certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, in addition to other forms and services. 79 Fed. Reg. 51247 (August 28, 2014).  The agency is authorized to establish fees for consular services and to set them based on the cost of the services it provides.  The agency recently completed a fee review using its activity-based Cost of Service Model. The new fee schedule took effect on September 12, 2014.  The agency will accept comments from interested parties until October 21, 2014.

By Tatyana Delgado

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recently issued a landmark decision that impacts domestic violence victims who are seeking asylum in the United States.  Asylum applicants must show that the persecution they have or will face is on account of one of five protected grounds: race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.  It is the last ground that has received the most interest and litigation.  

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding programs in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News.

Catholic Charities of San Bernardino/Riverside Readies the Inland Empire

Martin Gauto, CLINIC Attorney and Field Support Coordinator

CLINIC has accepted a new member agency and two new subscribers:

Catholic Charities of Harrisburg Immigration Legal Services.  CLINIC has accepted a new member agency, Catholic Charities of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The organization was a previous member but is in the process of reconstituting its immigration legal program.  The organization is pursuing BIA recognition with one person to be accredited first.  John Leedock, Jr. is the program director of Catholic Charities of Harrisburg Immigration Legal Services.