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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?

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II: Extraordinary Legacies of Promoting Dignity

This Sunday, April 27th, we join the global celebration of the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.  In this historic moment, we witness the sainthood of spiritual leaders who embodied the Church’s most dearly held values.  Popes John XXIII and John Paul II worked tirelessly for vulnerable groups and shared the timeless principles of human dignity, family unity, and solidarity on behalf of at-risk migrants. 

Affiliate Highlight: Paz Padilla

Our affiliate highlight this month is Paz Padilla, whose dedicated work and faith-filled service at Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey is inspiring.

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