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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.

Religious Worker Measure Passes

On September 13, 2012, the House of Representatives passed legislation (S.3245) reauthorizing four federal immigration-related programs, including the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program.  The measure passed the Senate in early August.  The program allows religious organizations to sponsor foreign nationals to travel to the United States to perform vital services in underserved communities.

I-90 Filing Change

For the past several years, the NSC has been the primary office within USCIS for processing Form I-90, Application for Permanent Residence Card.  However, effective August 15, 2012, the Lockbox began sending all I-90s to the National Benefits Center (NBC) for processing. Any I- 90 filed prior to August 15th will continue processing at the Nebraska Service Center. NBC will receive all I-90s filed on or after August 15. The transfer of this form to the NBC will free up resources for NSC to review requests for Deferred Action.

Nebraska Service Center Stakeholder Calls

Each month, the NSC hosts an informal call that allows stakeholders to ask questions about the Service Center’s products and processes. The calls occur at 10:00 Central Time on the second Thursday of each month. Call-in information is disseminated to the distribution list maintained by the Community Engagement Officer.  To be included in the list, email Kathryn Nicholas at:

Calls scheduled for the 2013 fiscal year include:

Agency Name Change

CLINIC subscriber, Hispanic Committee of Virginia (HCV), has merged with Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS).  The NVFS is now a subscriber under the current yearly subscription held by HCV.             

Northern Virginia Family Services Falls Church staff:  Falls Church – Mary Agee, President & CEO, Cyndi Dailey, Director Multicultural Human Services, Tori Andrea Babington, Esq., Karen Powell, Esq.                                         

NVFS-HCV Columbia Pike staff:  Margaret Rudmann, Esq., Antonio Bautista and Robin Delos, BIA Partial Accreditation applicants.

Member Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations

CLINIC congratulates the following member agency and program staff on receiving Board of Immigration Appeals agency recognition and new BIA credentials for staff: 

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Syracuse, NY, a CLINIC member, received agency recognition on August 14, 2012.  Program directors Felicia Castricone and Linda Zotter, together with Immigration Advocates Mariam Gedow and Liban Mohamed, received partial BIA accreditation on August 14, 2012.