Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director,recommends changes to immigration policy to unify families and offer undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship. “We have basically encouraged or used the labor of the people who are here on unauthorized status – they need to be given some sort of benefit, and we would like to see them put on a path towards citizenship,” says Atkinson. Read the article. November 12, 2014
Robyn McCormick joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2014. She is working with Attorney Kate Kuznetsova to help provide legal services to RIS clients.
As you may be aware, part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the U.S. involves a site visit from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). This is required per the immigration regulations and is used to verify the elements of the petition filed by the sponsor (including sponsor and beneficiary information, work location, etc.). These site visits may occur with advance notice or without any notice at all.
By Angelia Amaya
RIS Legal Assistant
In 1990, I was born in Mexico into a staunchly Roman Catholic family. When I was twelve years old, my immediate family illegally migrated to California. We have lived there ever since.
This summer, several attorneys in the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC had the opportunity to travel and meet with their clients. The funding for this special endeavor was provided by a grant from the Open Society Foundation. These trips provided the attorneys with the chance to meet with clients, provide information regarding religious worker immigration and the need for immigration reform, and also help to foster understanding of CLINIC’s mission.
Attorney Kate Kuznetsova