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USCIS to Increase Number of Site Visits

As you may be aware, part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the U.S. involves a site visit from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).  This is required per the immigration regulations and is used to verify the elements of the petition filed by the sponsor (including sponsor and beneficiary information, work location, etc.).  These site visits may occur with advance notice or without any notice at all. 

The Impact of Artesia: One Volunteer’s Story

By Angelia Amaya RIS Legal Assistant  

The Immigration Journey of Br. Ramon Flores

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.

RIS Attorneys Hit the Road!

This summer, several attorneys in the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC had the opportunity to travel and meet with their clients.  The funding for this special endeavor was provided by a grant from the Open Society Foundation.  These trips provided the attorneys with the chance to meet with clients, provide information regarding religious worker immigration and the need for immigration reform, and also help to foster understanding of CLINIC’s mission.   Attorney Kate Kuznetsova

Connecting with Clients

By Minyoung Ohm RIS Staff Attorney  

Implementing Executive Action and Selected Issues in Immigration Program Management

This content rich, two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning for “on the horizon” issues such as possible administrative relief reforms by The White House along with elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training, expanded for more advanced learning opportunities.

Board Elections Held at U.S. Bishops' Annual Fall Meeting

Most Reverend Martin Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Most Reverend Edgar da Cunha, Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts were elected to the CLINIC board of directors during the General Assembly of U.S. Bishops. Read the article.  11-11-2014

CLINIC Advocacy Director and Maryland Catholic Conference Encourage Student Engagement

Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, tackles the topic of U.S. immigration policy and the steps University of Maryland students can take to make a difference:  “We are a country of immigrants. We are immigrants and immigrants are us.  It’s not a problem that is going to go away, and it’s a great time to get involved to really make an impact.”  Read the article.  10-30-2014 

CLINIC Receives Federal Funding to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

Senators  announce that 13 Maryland organizations will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.  CLINIC will be funded to build the capacity of community-based organizations assisting victims of domestic abuse.  Read the article.  10-30-2014

Investing in Our Communities

“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity…” -2 Corinthians 9:11 At CLINIC, our ministry builds stronger communities by supporting immigrant integration.  We are called to generously welcome immigrants and your support helps to sustain our life-giving services and create change.   

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