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Preparing for CLINIC/JFI Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day is Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Get ready for your day on Capitol Hill!  Kevin Appleby, Director of USCCB's Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs and Allison Posner, CLINIC's Director of Advocacy will speak about the Church's position on immigration reform and how to frame your "asks" when speaking with your representatives.  We will also review the agenda for Advocacy Day and provide practical tips about getting around the Hill and what to expect from the day.    Held on May 7, 2013.

OMB Control Number 1615-0052, comments to USCIS proposed N-400, Docket ID 2008-0025

CLINIC and  the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have shared comments with  USCIS concerning proposed changes to N-400, Application for Naturalization, and accompanying instructions.

OMB Control Number 1615-0052, comments to USCIS proposed N-400, Docket ID 2008-0025

CLINIC and  the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have shared comments with  USCIS concerning proposed changes to N-400, Application for Naturalization, and accompanying instructions.

CLINIC Comments on Age-out Protections for U Visa Derivatives

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’ statement that the preservation of family unity is a benefit to law enforcement.  The policy provides important protections for U visa derivatives who age out after the approval of the principal’s

CLINIC Comments on Employment Eligibility for VAWA Beneficiaries

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 beneficiaries, as well as the eligibility for employment authorization for battered spouses of A, E (iii), G, and H nonimmigrants.  To read the full comments,

CLINIC Comments on Employment Eligibility for VAWA Beneficiaries

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 beneficiaries, as well as the eligibility for employment authorization for battered

CLINIC Comments on Age-out Protections for U Visa Derivatives

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’ statement that the preservation of family unity is a benefit to law enf

CLINIC Comments on USCIS Revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document

On December 31, 2012, CLINIC, the American Immigration Council, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association responded to USCIS’s Notice of Revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. 

CLINIC Comments on USCIS Revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document

On December 31, 2012, CLINIC, the American Immigration Council, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association responded to USCIS’s Notice of Revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.

Comments on the Department of Health and Human Services' DACA/Lawfully Present Amendment

On October 23, 2012, CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services in response to the Department’s amendment of the definition of the term “lawfully present.”  The amendment will prevent those granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from accessing affordable health insurance coverage options.  Excluding DACA recipients from this program is in

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