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Requests for Information about U Visa Certification

CLINIC is interested in hearing about your recent experiences with U Visa certification practices in your area, to inform our advocacy with DHS’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) regarding that office’s oversight of certification practices in the field.  Have your local ICE/CBP agents, police departments and state attorneys general been certifying meritorious U Visa applications, or have they refused?  Contact CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Karen Siciliano Lucas at

Upcoming Trainings

  Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:  A Course for New Practitioners

October 18- 19, 2011

Louisville, KY 40202



Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

October 19 - 20, 2011

Phoenix, AZ 85013

Automatic Conversion and Retention of Priority Date for Aged-Out Derivatives: Circuit Courts Only Add to the Confusion

By Charles Wheeler

The most ambiguous and hotly contested provision in the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) concerns the status of derivative beneficiaries after they age out.  The relevant provision, codified in INA § 203(h)(3), reads as follows:

New Member Agency

CLINIC has accepted and welcomes a new member agency, Catholic Worker of Akron, located at St. Bernard-St. Mary Parish, Akron, Ohio. Ada L. Gelpi is the director of the Catholic Worker of Akron Immigration Program that is also staffed by Luz A. Cardenas.  The program is located at 1096 S. Main Street, Akron, OH.

BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations

Congratulations to the following programs and staff:

Sr. Janet Yurkanin, Program Director at Migration and Refugee Services in the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, renewed her full BIA accreditation status on August 16.

Jennifer Zurek of Catholic Charities of Allentown, Allentown, PA, received BIA partial accreditation on July 13, 2011.

St. Brendan Parish, Shallotte, NC, branch office of Catholic Charities of Raleigh, NC was granted BIA recognition on September 2, 2011.