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CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Project Newsletter

CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Project matches vulnerable noncitizens whose cases are on appeal before the BIA with pro bono counsel.   Our volunteers are part of an important effort to ensure noncitizens have full access to the judicial system.  We are fortunate to match nearly 100% of all cases selected for the Project with pro bono counsel.  The Project’s success would not be possible without our hardworking and dedicated volunteers.  We are very grateful for everything our volunteers do on behalf of the Project and their clients.



By Charles Wheeler

The USCIS posted updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding DACA on its website on September 14th that covered filing G-28s for group workshops, use of false Social Security Numbers, the standard for submission of evidence to establish continuous residence, and protection for employers who assist in verifying the applicant’s work history.


Adoptions for Immigration Purposes

By Debbie Smith

On July 9, 2012, the USCIS issued an interim memo on "Determining if an Adoption is Valid for Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Purposes."  The USCIS requested comments on the memo and indicated that the final language would be incorporated into the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM).  While not discussing new interpretations of adoption and immigration law, the memo summarizes and gives examples of basic adoption/immigration law principles.  This article will review the law summarized in the USCIS interim memo.