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New USCIS Policy Memos Implement VAWA 2005 Self-Petitioning Amendments

By Susan Schreiber

VAWA 2005, signed into law in January 2006, extended self-petitioning eligibility to (a) abused parents of adult U.S. citizens, and (b) abused sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents over age 21 and under 25, who may apply as self-petitioning children if the abuse was a central reason for the delay in filing.   Recent policy memoranda issued by USCIS provides new guidance on eligibility to self-petition in each of these categories

CLINIC Awarded $600,000 Grant to Provide Citizenship Services

Sep 23, 2011
Wendy Rhein

CONTACT: Wendy Rhein

CLINIC Awarded $600,000 Grant to Provide Citizenship Services

Washington, DC - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) was selected for a coveted national award from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to strengthen citizenship programs serving Legal Permanent Residents in four cities in the United States.

Creating a Citizenship Preparation Program

Citizenship test preparation and quality legal services go hand in hand in assisting an immigrant along the path to citizenship. A prospective bill for comprehensive immigration reform will most likely bring changes in legal and language requirements for citizenship. It is the job of all legal service providers and teaching professionals working with the foreign born to anticipate these requirements and prepare clients in advance. The Creating a Citizenship Program Preparation Toolkit will be helpful to anyone seeking ways to better serve the foreign born as they prepare to naturalize.

Available Cases: Atlanta

CLINIC’s National Pro Bono Project for Children seeks pro bono attorneys for the cases below.  For more information or to represent a child, please contact Silvana Arista at or 202-635-5811.

*The Project provides one-on-one technical assistance and mentoring to pro bono attorneys providing representation.*

Project Case # 11-516-605

Child’s Location: Atlanta, Georgia

An International Human Right to Free Legal Counsel for Unaccompanied and Separated Children in U.S. Immigration Proceedings


The three arguments discussed in the preceding sections could assist in providing a right to free legal counsel for all UASC navigating immigration proceedings in the United States. A narrower argument that is also open to advocates concerns the promotion of a right to free counsel for detained UASC.