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National Legal Center for Immigrants

BIA Accreditation

Arnulfo Hinjosa received his BIA partial accreditation on November 14, 2011. He is employed at the Federation of Employers and Workers of America in Bay City, TX.

Immigration - A 50-State Issue: A Focus on State and Local Immigration Initiatives

CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are hosting a conference on state and local immigration issues!  The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from January 11 through13, 2012.  We will discuss methods for opposing enforcement initiatives and supporting comprehensive immigration reform. Workshops will include: strategies for communications and messaging; coalition building; and parish organizing and education On topics such as:

Practice Advisory: Representing Clients with Mental Competency Issues under Matter of M-A-M

A new practice advisory on working with clients with mental competency issues has been released by the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center (LAC) in collaboration with The University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic. In May, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a precedent decision in Matter of M-A-M.  The respondent was represented by the University through CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Representation Project.  The decision set forth a framework for immigration judges to follow in cases involving individuals with mental competency issues.

Change to Process of Filing Citizenship and Naturalization Forms

In order to centralize and streamline receipting of citizenship and naturalization forms, USCIS has made changes to the filing locations of certain forms.  On Oct. 30, 2011, USCIS began accepting Forms N-336, N-600 and N-600K at its Phoenix Lockbox facility and Form N-300 at its Dallas Lockbox facility.  Until Dec. 2, 2011, applications filed at field offices were forwarded to the appropriate lockbox.  After December 2, all applications erroneously filed at field offices will be returned to applicants to re-file with the proper lockbox.

Changes to EOIR Case Information System (800#)

In response to stakeholder feedback, EOIR has announced that it will reinstate the ability of callers to check the status of multiple cases in one call.  Starting on December 12, callers will be able to press the “pound” key (#) to return to the main menu and enter additional alien registration numbers.   In addition, callers will be able to press the “star” key (*) to skip the maintenance message at the beginning of the recording.