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1) General Information on Religious Worker Immigration

The process of bringing foreign-born religious workers, including priests, brothers and sisters, and lay workers to the U.S. is a complicated one. A religious worker must be the beneficiary of an approved I-129 petition filed inside the U.S. before he or she can apply for the R-1 Religious Worker visa abroad. By requiring a religious organization and the foreign national to go through two steps in order to obtain an R-1 visa, the nonimmigrant visa process now takes much longer than it did prior to 2008. However, this process also allows USCIS the opportunity to verify the information submitted for the application, including information regarding the validity of the employer and the proposed employment.

2) Available Services

Learn more about Nonimmigrant Applications, Permanent Residence, and Additional Services.

CLINIC's Comments in Response to Changes in Form I-821D

On February 14, 2014, CLINIC submitted comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about the agency’s proposed changes to Form I-821D, the form used to request Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The proposed changes to the form establish procedures for individuals to demonstrate continued eligibility for deferred action – extending the two years of deferral originally granted to them.   

3) Intake Line Information

Our goal is to provide our clients with expert advice and guidance regarding the immigration processes for foreign-born religious workers. We will work with both the religious organization and the foreign national to provide a thorough evaluation of the options available based upon the specific circumstances of the case. We will then prepare the necessary paperwork to submit to the various government agencies that are involved with the immigration process.

Lent 2014: Bearing Witness to Our Faith

Diakonia - Although this word is certainly a familiar concept for CLINIC affiliates who are guided by a philosophy of selfless service, it was not until the Holy Father’s Lenten message that this word entered my vocabulary.   Diakonia, Pope Francis explains, is the universal call to “meet needs and bind the wounds which disfigure the face of humanity.”  As we embark on Ash Wednesday, I look to the Holy Father’s Lenten message to identify who and how I can help with my Lenten p

Pro Bono Project A Success

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Maura Moser, Director of Communications (301) 565-4830 or Email: mmoser@cliniclegal.org  

An Immigration Program Grows in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is one of the nation’s most vibrant metropolitan areas with a dense and multi-ethnic population.  Its immigrant history is storied as in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, an American literary classic. With a large foreign-born population there is a growing need for affordable immigration legal services specifically for people with low-incomes. For that reason, CLINIC, other nonprofit organizations, and immigrant advocates joined to start such a program in Brooklyn.

Webinar: What's New About the New N-400?

The webinar will discuss changes in the format and content of the new N-400.

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