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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • Pinned to topSep 13, 2013: Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Resources
    Pinned to topSep 13, 2013: Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Not Just When But How
  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....
  • Nov 4, 2013: Webinar: CIR 2013-'14: The Road Forward from the Church’s Perspective
    Nov 4, 2013: Webinar held on 11/1/13 This webinar will look at the legislation and politics which will shape the debate on immigration reform in the House of Representatives, explaining the Church’s position on individual bills and the strategy for winning final legislation the Church can support.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Pinned to topMar 19, 2014: Justice For Immigrants Lenten Toolkit
    Pinned to topMar 19, 2014: Make Immigration Reform Your Lenten Promise The Justice for Immigrants campaign, of which CLINIC is a part, has put together this Lenten tool kit for parishes and communities to use during Lent. It offers weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey. The resources are designed to help you reflect on the biblical call for immigration reform, and act to impact our current...
  • Pinned to topSep 24, 2013: Message of Pope Francis on World Day of Migrants and Refugees (2014)
    Pinned to topSep 24, 2013: MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES (2014) Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World  
  • Apr 2, 2014: What the Bishops Are Saying - Washington
    Apr 2, 2014: Bishop Elizondo: Immigration Reform Would Lift Immigrant Families Out of Poverty, Benefit Nation - January 1, 2014

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Citizenship

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  • Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: A More Perfect Union: A National Citizenship Plan
    Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: The United States is a nation of immigrants united by a common creed and shared values. With 37 million foreign born residents, the United States’ strength and vitality depends on the contributions of its newest members. However, the integration of a population of this magnitude and diversity cannot be assumed. The pressing policy question becomes: what can be done to promote the integration of...
  • Apr 3, 2014: Fee Waivers for Naturalization: Eligibility, Workshop Issues, Problem Areas
    Apr 3, 2014:  Join us for a free webinar on fee waivers for naturalization applications as we discuss the following topics.
  • Feb 26, 2014: Webinar: What's New About the New N-400?
    Feb 26, 2014: The webinar will discuss changes in the format and content of the new N-400.

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Program Management

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  • Pinned to topOct 28, 2013: Managing an Immigration Program: Steps for Creating and Increasing Legal...
    Pinned to topOct 28, 2013: This manual describes best practices used by many of the country's most experienced nonprofit immigration programs and managers.
  • Pinned to topOct 24, 2013: Toolkit for BIA Recognition & Accreditation
    Pinned to topOct 24, 2013: Does your nonprofit agency want to develop a legal immigration program, but lack attorneys on staff or the money to hire them? Does your nonprofit agency want to continue providing legal immigration services, but avoid engaging in the unauthorized practice of law? 
  • Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: A More Perfect Union: A National Citizenship Plan
    Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: The United States is a nation of immigrants united by a common creed and shared values. With 37 million foreign born residents, the United States’ strength and vitality depends on the contributions of its newest members. However, the integration of a population of this magnitude and diversity cannot be assumed. The pressing policy question becomes: what can be done to promote the integration of...

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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • Mar 24, 2014: New BIA Decision Expands LPR EligibilIty for 212(c) Waivers
    Mar 24, 2014: By Susan Schreiber If you represent LPRs in removal proceedings, you will want to take a close look at the Board's recent  decision in Matter of Abdelghany, 26  I&N Dec. 254 (BIA 2014), which presents a new framework for analyzing LPR eligibility for INA § 212 (c) waivers.  It will likely result in more LPRs qualifying for this relief.
  • Feb 20, 2014: Recent Decisions on Immigration Law and Crimes
    Feb 20, 2014: By Susan Schreiber Three recent circuit court decisions provide some good news for immigrants related to immigration consequences of criminal offenses. These decisions, summarized below, address (a) analyzing when an offense is a crime of moral turpitude; (b) LPR eligibility for an INA § 212(h) waiver; and (c) conviction finality.
  • Feb 20, 2014: DHS and DOS Announce New TRIG Exemptions
    Feb 20, 2014: By Tatyana Delgado On February 5, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) announced two new exemptions from the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) found at INA§ 212(a)(3).   TRIG aims to exclude individuals who have or will engage in terrorist activities, such as providing material support to terrorist organizations or their members.  Material...

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VAWA and U

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  • Jan 15, 2013: CLINIC Comments on Age-out Protections for U Visa Derivatives
    Jan 15, 2013: On January 10, 2013, CLINIC shared comments on USCIS’s policy memo, “Age-Out Protection for Derivative U Nonimmigrant Status Holders: Pending Petitions, Initial Approvals, and Extension of Status.”  CLINIC welcomes the issuance of the guidance, as this policy will provide much needed security for the immigrant crime victims and their families that CLINIC members serve.  We are encouraged by USCIS...
  • Jan 15, 2013: CLINIC Comments on Employment Eligibility for VAWA Beneficiaries
    Jan 15, 2013: On January 10, 2013, CLINIC shared comments with USCIS on its guidance entitled “Eligibility for Employment Authorization upon Approval of a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self- Petition; and, Eligibility for Employment Authorization for Battered Spouses of Certain Nonimmigrants.”  CLINIC’s comments addressed concerns regarding the employment authorization process for approved VAWA...
  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Estado Migratorio Legal para las Victimas de la Violencia Doméstica
    Dec 16, 2011: Baje la hoja informativa aquí.

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • Mar 24, 2014: TPS for Haitians Extended
    Mar 24, 2014: The Department of Homeland Security has extended its designation of Haiti for TPS for 18 months.  The extension will begin on July 23, 2014 and last through January 22, 2016.  The 60-day re-registration period for those who currently have TPS began on March 3, 2014 and will end on May 2, 2014.  Those who are eligible and timely re-register will be granted an EAD with an expiration date of January...
  • Feb 20, 2014: BIA Re-Visits “Social Visibility” in Published Decisions
    Feb 20, 2014:   By Bradley Jenkins  
  • Feb 20, 2014: Nebraska Service Center Teleconference – January 16, 2014
    Feb 20, 2014: By Allison Posner On January 16, 2014, USCIS’s Nebraska Service Center (NSC) held a stakeholder engagement on issues related to processing of refugee and asylee petitions. Select questions and answers from the teleconference are below.  Please note that this teleconference was part of a series of informal monthly stakeholder calls held by the NSC.  If you wish to participate in the monthly calls...

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Family-based Immigration

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Consular Processing

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  • Nov 20, 2013: Law and Practice Feature: Update from Ciudad Juarez
    Nov 20, 2013: By Susan Schreiber   CLINIC conducted its fifteenth annual family-based immigration law conference in El Paso on November 12-14, followed by a tour of the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez (CDJ) on November 15.  Justin Williamson, Deputy Immigrant Visa (IV) Chief, U.S. Consulate, CDJ, gave a presentation and answered questions from participants.  The following unofficial minutes represent some of the...
  • Sep 16, 2013: DS-260 Online Application Now Used Worldwide
    Sep 16, 2013: DS-260 Online Application Now Used Worldwide By Kristina Karpinski

Building Welcoming Communities

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  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....
  • Mar 7, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 7, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....
  • Feb 26, 2014: Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment
    Feb 26, 2014: Click Here to access CLINIC's Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment

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Religious Immigration

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  • Dec 16, 2013: Extension of Stay Denials - When to Leave the U.S.
    Dec 16, 2013: Once an extension of stay is denied, a foreign national must make plans to immediately depart the United States.  The Customs and Border Protection website offers guidance regarding how long a person can remain in the U.S. following the denial of the extension. 
  • Dec 16, 2013: Tips and Tricks for Accessing an Electronic I-94
    Dec 16, 2013: By Megan S. Turngren RIS Staff Attorney    Beginning in May 2013, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped issuing paper I-94 cards and instead began requiring that the foreign national access the I-94 information on the CBP website.  For the past six months, both attorneys and foreign nationals have been working diligently to try to understand the new electronic I-94 system.  

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Detention and Removal

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Post-Disaster Issues

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  • Dec 29, 2008: Facts for Documented and Undocumented Workers Helping to Clean-up and Rebuild...
    Dec 29, 2008: IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ RIGHTS All workers, including documented and undocumented immigrant workers, are protected by many U.S. employment and labor laws. Rights that may apply to workers depending upon the circumstances include: Right to be paid. In most instances, workers have the right to be paid minimum wage ($5.15 an hour) and to receive overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week. If workers do...
  • Dec 29, 2008: Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN): Practical Guidelines for...
    Dec 29, 2008: What is an ITIN? ITIN stands for Individual Tax Identification Number. It is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN). The ITIN always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit. For example: 9XX-7X-XXXX. An ITIN permits individuals without a valid Social Security Number (SSN) to:

Appeals/Pro Bono

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  • Jan 24, 2014: EOIR Announces Implementation Guidance for Its Program to Protect Incompetent...
    Jan 24, 2014: By Bradley Jenkins* On December 31, 2013, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released guidance to the nation’s immigration judges entitled “Phase I of Plan to Provide Enhanced Procedural Protection to Unrepresented Detained Respondents with Mental Disorders.”  This guidance is the latest chapter in EOIR’s ongoing effort to reform how the agency handles the cases of persons with...