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Advocating for Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program

    Religious Organization Support for the Special Immigrant Non- Minister Religious Worker Visa Program May 14, 2015       Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC  20510   Honorable Harry Reid Senate Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senators:  

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

May 11, 2015   Laura Dawkins, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy 20 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20529-2140   Submitted via email to: USCISFRComment@uscis.dhs.gov   RE: Revisions to Form I-485, OMB Control # 1615-0023, Docket ID USCIS-2009-0020   Dear Ms. Dawkins,

Joint USCCB-CLINIC Letter on Executive Action

On September 9, 2014, Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Chairman of board of directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) implored Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to work with the President to authorize deferred action for deserving groups.

CLINIC and Other Advocates Comment on Interim Guidance Related to U Nonimmigrant Status and Adjustment of Status Provisions

The interim guidance recently issued by USCIS provides much needed security for immigrant crime victims and their families.  However, as the advocates note in comments to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, issues still remain related to the agency’s interpretation of the two new U visa qualifying crimes -- stalking and fraud in foreign labor contracting.  Additionally, the advocates request that USCIS provide more detail on implementation of age-out provisions and grant parole to conditionally granted U visa derivatives after the U visa cap has been reached each year. 

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