By Jennie Guilfoyle
On July 9-10, 2013, CLINIC conducted a training on family-based immigration in Manchester NH. Representatives from the Vermont Service Center, the National Visa Center, and the Manchester USCIS field office attended the training and answered questions. The training was followed on July 11 by a tour of the NVC, at which NVC staff answered further questions. This article summarizes the highlights of remarks by staff from the VSC and the NVC.
Vermont Service Center
Background on the VSC
A new edition of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application (Form I-821D) and instructions, dated June 25, 2013, is now available on the USCIS website. After September 9, 2013, USCIS will only accept this version of the DACA application form.
CLINIC offers services on an yearly basis to its Catholic members and non-Catholic subscribers, who make up its network of non-profit legal services providers.
Non-profit organizations that offer services to low-income and vulnerable immigrants are welcome to join CLINIC's affiliate network as a member or subscriber.
CLINIC’s 2014 in-person training schedule includes multi-day trainings on a variety of issues related to immigration law and practice and program management. Our trainings are open to the staff of CLINIC affiliates, other non-profit agencies, private attorneys, and private law office staff. A number of our trainings this year include speakers from and/or options to visit various offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
In 2015, CLINIC will offer an expanded menu of e-learning courses. These e-learning courses offer flexibility – much of the work can be done anytime during the week when the student chooses to do it. In contrast with CLINIC’s in-person trainings, learning in the online courses relies primarily on individual study and practice rather than on lecture and group learning.
BIA Clarifies When Derivatives May Adjust under 245(i)By Charles Wheeler
In a recent decision the Board of Immigration Appeals held that after-acquired derivatives are not eligible to be considered “grandfathered” for purposes of eligibility for section 245(i) adjustment of status. Matter of Estrada, 26 I&N Dec. 180 (BIA 2013). This decision clarifies but is consistent with prior USCIS memos interpreting this provision.