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Establishing a Strong Case Management System: Part II

Join us for Part II of this series. It will focus on case file organization standards, case notes standards, a filing system, case closing procedures, and a tickler system to ensure important deadlines are not missed.

Laws Extending In-State Tuition to ALL Residents

It is estimated that 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the United States every year. These graduates face various financial barriers to pursuing a college education, including the fact that a social security number is required to qualify for federal financial aid. Since the Obama administration announced its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, over 520,000 youth have been granted permission to work and, as a result, the right to obtain a social security number.

Toolkit for Naturalization Workshops

A naturalization group application workshop is a one-day community event that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist Lawful Permanent Residents in completing the Application for Naturalization (N-400). The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing naturalization assistance to large numbers of people. The success of the workshop model depends on careful planning, thorough training of staff and volunteers, and high quality services. The purpose of this toolkit is to help charitable immigration programs achieve a successful workshop.

Seventh Circuit Finds IJs Have Jurisdiction of 212(d)(3) Waivers for U Nonimmigrants

  If you represent U visa and U status applicants, you already know that immigration judges have no jurisdiction over applications for U status or for applications for adjustment of status under INA § 245(m).  By statute, USCIS has exclusive jurisdiction over theses applications, including waivers of inadmissibility under INA § 212(d)(14), the waiver provision that exclusively applies to the U status applicants.

BIA Finds Asylee Status Ends After Adjustment

 By Susan Schreiber   What if your asylee client became deportable for conviction of a crime after adjusting status?  Can you client re-adjust under INA § 209(b), along with seeking a waiver under § 209(c)?   In Matter of C-J-H, 26 I&N Dec. 284, the Board said “no” because asylees who adjust status to lawful permanent residence no longer qualify as asylees.

FOIA Updates: Changes and Delays

By Debbie Smith There have been significant changes to and delays in the processing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests at the three DHS sub-agencies over the past months.  On March 12, 2014, USCIS and ICE implemented an online FOIA request system, joining CBP in offering a web-based FOIA procedure.  The online request system is intended to improve the FOIA processing.  Nonetheless, the online CBP FOIA procedure continues to experience the same serious delays that plagued the paper-filed FOIA process. Benefit of FOIA

News From The Catholic Network (April 2014)

Board of Immigration Appeals Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditation CLINIC congratulates the following agency and staff: Pan-African Community Association (PACA) of Milwaukee, WI, received BIA agency recognition and partial accreditation for Amanuel Teklu on 3/28/14.  New CLINIC Subscribers CLINIC welcomes the following new subscribers:

Advocating for In-State Tuition for All Residents

By Jen Riddle   How many undocumented students could benefit from in-state tuition?

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