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Recent Decisions on Immigration Law and Crimes

By Susan Schreiber Three recent circuit court decisions provide some good news for immigrants related to immigration consequences of criminal offenses. These decisions, summarized below, address (a) analyzing when an offense is a crime of moral turpitude; (b) LPR eligibility for an INA § 212(h) waiver; and (c) conviction finality.

DHS and DOS Announce New TRIG Exemptions

By Tatyana Delgado On February 5, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) announced two new exemptions from the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) found at INA§ 212(a)(3).   TRIG aims to exclude individuals who have or will engage in terrorist activities, such as providing material support to terrorist organizations or their members.  Material support includes providing transportation, communications, funds, explosives, or training, among other activities. 

Network Profile - Ouranitsa Abbas

Ouranitsa Abbas
Pro Bono Coordinator Esperanza Center - Catholic Charities of Baltimore We recently asked program directors to recommend outstanding staff for a series of affiliate highlights and Ouranitsa Abbas was identified for her extraordinary work immediately! 

News From the Catholic Network (2/14)

BIA Accreditations CLINIC congratulates the following program staff on receiving BIA accreditation as noted: Brother Jim Lewandowski, osc, Crosier Community of Phoenix, received his partial accreditation.  His organization returned as a member agency in December 2013. Jossy Rogers and Jessica Bernal, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance Services, Omaha, NE, received full BIA accreditation on January 31, 2014.

Recent Changes to USCIS Customer Service

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this month that it has launched a new Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to provide customers with streamlined access to immigration information, case status, and customer service representatives. On February 1, callers began hearing a new series of messages when calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center number at 1-800-375-5283.

Nebraska Service Center Teleconference – January 16, 2014

By Allison Posner On January 16, 2014, USCIS’s Nebraska Service Center (NSC) held a stakeholder engagement on issues related to processing of refugee and asylee petitions. Select questions and answers from the teleconference are below.  Please note that this teleconference was part of a series of informal monthly stakeholder calls held by the NSC.  If you wish to participate in the monthly calls, email CEO.NSC2@USCIS.DHS.GOV  with your contact information, and you will be added to the center’s mailing list.  

Nebraska Service Center Teleconference - February 13, 2014

By Allison Posner The following are the unofficial minutes from a teleconference with the Nebraska Service center on February 13, 2014. Please note that this teleconference was part of a series of informal monthly stakeholder calls held by the NSC.  If you wish to participate in the monthly calls, email CEO.NSC2@USCIS.DHS.GOV  with your contact information, and you will be added to the center’s mailing list.   I-131 RP/RTD

New CLINIC Resources on Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented

By Jen Riddle Did you know that CLINIC has recently created two new resources related to states permitting undocumented residents to apply for driver’s licenses?

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