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Webinar: CSPA From A to Z

The Supreme Court will soon decide a key aspect of the Child Status Protection Act: whether aged-out derivative children will be able to retain the priority date when a new petition is filed in their behalf. Please join us on a webinar explaining the Court's decision and its impact on family-based immigration.

Promoting Citizenship at the Public Library

CLINIC is working hard to bring new players into the immigration and naturalization service mix to supplement the substantial but inadequate resources that exist now.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey: Building Capacity that Goes Above and Beyond

CLINIC is proud to be a part of an eleven-agency collaboration that is building capacity while preparing for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) in California.  This 11-agency group is called Ready California (RC).  We are particularly inspired by the steps taken on behalf of participating organizations to take strong immigration programs and make them ready.  Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey (CCDM) is one such program that has gone above and beyond to enhance the region’s ability to serve a larger number of clients with greater efficiency.

N-400 Filing Tips and other Information from Meeting at USCIS Headquarters

Dear affiliates,   USCIS recently revised its form N-400, Application for Naturalization.  The agency will now only accept the newest version of Form N-400, dated 09/13/13.
Br. Peduru Fonseka

The Immigration Journey of Br. Peduru Fonseka

My immigration story started in 2002 when I decided to come to United States from Sri Lanka to do my higher studies. Even applying for a Student visa was not easy. There was much paperwork and proofs of financial support and so many other documents I had to present to the embassy to get my F1 visa. I remember sitting there in the waiting room very nervous for the first time for the visa interview. Out of the thirty or so people who showed up that morning for visa interviews, there were only three of us who got their visas.
Father Gustavo

The Immigration Journey of Fr. Gustavo Adolfo Montañez

 I believe that dreams come true and that a good dream becomes true life. Without dreams, all we have is reality. Sometimes on our most important dreams, all we can do is give them our best shot, hope for the highest good, and let go. Knowing I could use all the help available, I contacted CLINIC to fulfill my dream in becoming a Citizen of United States of America. 

Understanding Immigration Expiration Dates

By: Megan S. Turngren   With multiple agencies issuing different immigration paperwork for the R-1 process, it can often be difficult to understand the importance of each document.  However, even though it may seem complicated, it is always very important to note the expiration dates of the I-129 approval notice, the R-1 visa, and the I-94.  In many cases, these three items will each have different expiration dates.  This discrepancy is due to the fact that each of these documents is issued by a different government agency. 

The Immigration Journey of Sr. Bertha L. Montiel STJ

I was born in Managua, Nicaragua, the second of 5 children. I was about 15 months old when I had my first contact with the United States of America. This happened through my father returning home after spending a year at the University of Florida, Gainsville in a graduate course of Sanitary Engineering. He admired this country and its people and he taught his wife and children to love and admire it too.  I remember that he used to shave early in the morning while listening to Good Morning America and the voice of the United States of America.

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