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Affiliate Newsletter (January 2017)

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Immigration Law

Susan Schreiber

Final rules relating to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs were published by the Department of Homeland Security on Nov. 18, 2016. These rules, which went into effect on Jan. 17, 2017, also make changes to the processing of employment authorization documents, or EADs.


News from the Catholic Network

December updates

DOJ Partial Accreditation

Virginia Louise Fox, Catalina Samper Horak, Hana Umlauf Lane and Kathleen Ellen Walsh of Neighbors Link in Stamford, Connecticut

Hassan Al-Zuheiri, Joseph Ceu, MB Cruz and Gloria Renteria of Catholic Charities of Dallas

Andy Janet Beltran and Ivonne Contreras of Proyecto Inmigrante ICS, in Fort Worth, Texas

Nadine Caroline Atkinson-Flowers of African Cultural Alliance of North America in Philadelphia


DOJ Recognition

Neighbors Link in Stamford, Connecticut


OVW Project

Lindsay Marie Duckworth and Rachel Kathryn Trueblood of Haven in Bozeman, Montana, received initial partial accreditation for both of their recognized locations.


New Affiliates in January

Korean Community Center of the East Bay in Oakland, California

Promise Arizona in Phoenix

Word of Life Center in Salisbury, Maryland


November updates

DOJ Partial Accreditation

Margaret McCluney of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Nashville

Luisa Martin-Price of Catholic Charities in Raleigh, North Carolina

Eulalio Munoz Jr of El Centro de Servicios para Hispanos in Lake Topeka, Kansas

Edelweiss Canales-Ramirez of Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, California


DOJ Recognition

El Centro de Servicios para Hispanos in Lake Topeka, Kansas

Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, California -- 3 office locations in Santa Rosa, Windsor, and Ukiah


Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (January 2017)

January 2017: Happy New Year!


Integration Newsletter

This month, CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration celebrates a growing trend flourishing in cities like Greensboro, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Ohio, and South Bend, Indiana – the community identification card. Due to advocacy by residents, local governments and nonprofit organizations are teaming up to make sure everyone has access to public resources, regardless of immigration or residency status. Included are blogs looking closely at how CLINIC affiliates contributed to this endeavor, plus updates from The Immigrant Learning Center and the Migration Policy Institute.


CLINIC’s texting campaign, Text4Refugees

Texts available in English, Arabic, Nepali, Somali, Spanish and French

Text 1 to 1-352-NEW2USA (639-2872) to receive messages in English.

Visit for instructions on receiving the texts in different languages and for more information on the campaign.


New Blog Alert

In three corners of the country, community IDs are making newcomers settle in a little easier.

FaithAction ID Card: Turning strangers into neighbors

MARCC Card: Strengthening communities and partners

South Bend Community Resident Card: A simple way to help a complex problem


Outside Resources

In December, The Immigrant Learning Center’s free webinar Numbers that Matter: Using Immigration Data to Advance Change highlighted data at the center of effective advocacy, research and education initiatives concerning immigration.


At the end of the year, Migration Policy Institute also released a report exploring the underutilization of highly skilled immigrants in the United States. Untapped Talent: The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the United States discussed the significant cost to families and the economy.   

Question Corner (January 2017)


I have two Mexican clients who are both brothers of a U.S. citizen. The U.S. citizen brother petitioned for them on the same date: July 14, 1997. Brother #1 filed for adjustment in December of 2015 and was granted employment authorization and advance parole. Brother #2 filed for adjustment in August of 2016 under 245(i). Brother # 2 had his entire package returned with the explanation that “priority date not current.” How is it that Brother #1 was current in 2015 but Brother #2 was not current in 2016?