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April 24, 2012

Join us for Part 4 in a four part series for a presentation of tech innovations within the CLINIC network. We'll learn about CitizenshipWorks, a program designed to assist local programs in helping clients naturalize. We'll also learn from several network affiliates about innovative ways they've used technology in their offices and how it has impacted the way they reach the public. Leya Speasmaker, Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's Washington DC office moderates the discussion.

Click here for the May 2012 Visa Bulletin.

CLINIC and LawLogix (LLX) have entered into an exclusive agreement whereby CLINIC will singularly promote LLX’s web-based, immigration case management system EDGEtm and LLX will provide its system to CLINIC affiliates (members and subscribers) at a reduced price.  This price would include special training opportunities.  CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Services Section uses EDGEtm successfully to manage its caseload of over 1,000 cases.  Over 45 CLINIC affiliates, almost 25 percent of the network, uses EDGEtm and the number grows each month.  LawLogix is the only immigration case management

By Jennie Guilfoyle

On April 12, 2012 the Board of Immigration Appeals issued a precedent decision, Matter of D-K- (25 I&N Dec. 761 (BIA 2012)) holding that unadjusted refugees who are put into removal proceedings should be charged under the grounds of deportability at INA § 237, not under the grounds of inadmissibility at INA § 212. The Board also held that refugees may be put into proceedings without a prior finding of inadmissibility by USCIS.

On April 13, the Department of State’s proposed fee adjustments took effect.  While the agency increased the fees for many nonimmigrant visa applications, it reduced the fee it charges for some significant nonimmigrant visas, as well as for immigrant visas.  For example, the cost to apply for a tourist visa or a border crossing card rose from $140 to $160.  But the fee for a fiancé(e) visa dropped from $350 to $240.  Most significantly, the fee for a family-based immigrant visa dropped from $330 to $230.  More information about the new fees can be found on the DOS website

On March 23, DHS announced that it would designate Syria for TPS.  Secretary Napolitano justified the decision in her announcement, saying, "[c]onditions in Syria have worsened to the point where Syrian nationals already in the United States would face serious threats to their personal safety if they were to return to their home country."  See USCIS’s website for more d