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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services encourages e-filing of naturalization applications

Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will no longer allow applicants and immigration legal practitioners to order physical copies of the naturalization application and the form to replace green cards to be sent by mail. This policy includes requests for these forms made via phone.

Instead, the agency is encouraging everyone to e-file both the  N-400 and I-90. They will remain available to download and print online at All other forms are still available to be ordered individually or in bulk on the USCIS website and by phone at 1-800-870-3676.

USCIS will hold a weekly webinar for the next few weeks to train applicants on e-filing the N-400. You can register for a webinar here.

Updates from the Network

Partial Accreditation

Alma Ciriello of Catholic Charities of Youngstown, Ohio

Annie Allen of Catholic Charities Northern Nevada in Reno, Nevada

Lynn Wade of Tree of Life Anglican Church in Mishawaka, Indiana

Terrina Wong of Pacific Gateways Center in Honolulu, Hawaii


Full Accreditation

Eleonor Ramirez of Catholic Charities of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio

Paul Chandler of Catholic Charities of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland


New Affiliates

Briggs Center for Faith and Action in Bethesda, Maryland

Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls located in South Dakota



Providing services to DACA clients 

Practitioners representing DACA recipients must consider permanent relief options in each client’s case and prepare for the possibility of removal proceedings. Use these six new practice advisories as guidance on immigration law matters relevant to DACA recipients.

Denied a Day in Court: The Government’s Use of In Absentia Removal Orders Against Families Seeking Asylum

New Report Alert! The U.S. government has issued in absentia removal orders to a large number of families primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. These families fled persecution and sought safety in the United States, often proving they had a credible fear of returning to their home country. This report highlights the high rate of unrepresented families with valid asylum claims, features clients’ stories, discusses the obstacles families face in attending their immigration court hearings, explains how the immigration system fails families seeking asylum, and provides policy recommendations for how the Trump administration and Congress can address these shortcomings.


Updates from the Center for Immigrant Integration (April 2018)

CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration is excited to share with you a cool partnership between the Portland Police Department and Catholic Charities Oregon. Also, April was financial literacy month! Check out these resources designed to help immigrants with their finances.


Center Updates

Catholic Charities and the Portland Police Department work together to welcome refugees

As a way to warmly welcome refugees, police officers, volunteers and Catholic Charities staff greet families at the airport with home cooked meals and bottled water. The Portland Police Department joined this effort to help change the negative perception of police and refugee interactions. With the help of Catholic Charities Oregon, the department is making lasting strides in building trust within the growing immigrant community.


Outside Events, Webinars and Resources

April was financial literacy month!

Financial literacy and the U.S. banking system can be complex. Like many American families, some immigrant and refugee families find themselves struggling to budget, save and build credit. Fortunately, the International Rescue Committee has created a “bundled service” model, which provides classroom-based skill-building in financial education, individual financial coaching and counseling, and access to tailored financial products.


How Municipalities Can Improve Census 2020 Accuracy and Reduce Immigrant Undercount

The 2020 Census is fast approaching. With immigrants facing the possibility of being undercounted, the communities where they reside will be at risk of not receiving the appropriate amount federal funding and resources. Check out the slides from this Welcoming America webinar to learn how an accurate address list can help prevent this issue.