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Q&A: Miguel Naranjo, Veteran CLINIC Attorney, Named New Director of RIS

After nearly a decade of dedicated service to CLINIC’s clients, Miguel Naranjo was recently appointed as Director of the Center for Religious Immigration and Protection. Miguel sat down for a brief Q&A to share some of his insights and background. Miguel, attorneys are usually not known for being brief. But, in 5 words or less, how would you describe your first month as Director? Five words: a learning and listening experience.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Update

With the Senate passing its immigration bill in June and the House currently working on its own legislation, , comprehensive immigration reform is now, more than ever before, a likely reality.  Although legislation is far from final, the expected overhaul will certainly have a monumental impact on all facets of immigration law. As news and media outlets constantly remind us, the question is not “if” but “when.” What Are You Doing to Prepare for CIR?

When USCIS Comes A-Knocking: Site Visits for Approved I-129s

By Minyoung Ohm
RIS Staff Attorney Preparing For Post-Adjudication Site Visits  We are starting to see an increase in post-adjudication site visits by the USCIS. Since these visits occur after an I-129 petition for a nonimmigrant religious worker is already approved, one might not immediately recognize their importance. However, as discussed below, failure to fully appreciate a site visit can have serious consequences, not only for the foreign national but even for the sponsoring religious organization.

USCIS Releases New DACA Application Form and Instructions

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.

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.

USCIS Releases New DACA Application Form and Instructions

By Tatyana Delgado 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. The new Form I-821D and instructions include the following major changes:  Removal Proceedings Information (Form I-821D Part 1, Question 3)

New CLINIC Subscriber

CLINIC welcomes a new subscriber, Pan-African Community Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Fessahye Mebrahtu, Executive Director, lists the following staff: Amanuel Teklu, LL.B, M.A., LL.M, Program Director, (BIA accredited representative candidate) and Celestina Sanders, Esq., MSW, MPH, Volunteer Attorney

Departure

Jennie Guilfoyle will be leaving CLINIC soon and wants to express her goodbyes: “After six and a half wonderful years at CLINIC, I am moving on to a new challenge. My last day at CLINIC will be August 30.In early September I will start a new job at the State Department, in the Visa Office, where I will continue to work on immigration issues. While I’m very excited about this new job, it is a bittersweet departure, as I will greatly miss my incredible colleagues at CLINIC, and all of you in the CLINIC network.

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