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Affiliate Newsletter (September 2016)

To view this month's affiliate newsletter, please log into your affiliate account.

 

Immigration Law

 
Charles Wheeler

On July 29, 2016, the USCIS amended the regulations governing the Provisional Waiver program and expanded it in significant ways. 81 Federal Register (Fed. Reg.) 50243 (July 29, 2016). Those changes took effect on Aug. 29, 2016, the same day that the agency published a new Form I-601A, which incorporates those changes. This article will provide step-by-step guidance in completing the form, answering the questions and filing the packet.

 

On September 7, 2016, the DHS Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman announced that USCIS has agreed to implement the Ombudsman’s recommendation that the agency implement a parole program for U visa petitioners and qualifying family members on the waiting list who live abroad.

 

News from the Catholic Network

BIA Partial Accreditation

Maria Pilar-Solis, Shauna Simon-Glidden, and Judah Renee Lopez with Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW); August 15, 2016

Susan Norkowski of Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON)-West Michigan; August 30, 2016

Emily Ann Kim Kessel and Dong Yoon Kim with National Korean American Service and Education Consortium; August 11, 2016

Maria Guerrero and Gabriela Saez Capo with Catholic Charities of Raleigh Burlington sub office; August 23, 2016

Ed Sarduy with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware; August 15, 2016

 

BIA Agency Recognition

Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW) in Wallingford, Connecticut

National Korean American Service and Education Consortium in Annandale, Virginia

Catholic Charities of Raleigh, North Carolina Burlington sub office

 

New Affiliates

Subscriber-African Communities Public Health Coalition in Los Angeles, California.

 

OVW Grantees

Rainbow Services, Ltd in San Pedro, California received agency recognition and partial accredited for staff Monica Torres on August 11, 2016.

 


Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (September 2016)


CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies. This month, the Center has several new developments.

 

CLINIC’s texting campaign, Text4Refugees, is now available in FRENCH!

Texts available in English, Arabic, Nepali, Somali, Spanish and now FRENCH!

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

Visit www.cliniclegal.org/text4refugees for instructions on receiving the texts in different languages and for more information on the campaign.

 

Affiliate Highlights

If your program or agency offers a unique immigrant integration initiative, please contact Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

 

Outside Events & Resources

The National Immigrant Integration Conference will be held this year in Nashville, TN on December 11-13th. Register now!

CLINIC was a national partner for Welcoming America’s 2016 Welcoming Week. During the week of September 16-25th, the campaign celebrated and encouraged the inclusion of newcomers. CLINIC sought to provide stories that celebrated immigrants and our affiliates who serve them. A CLINIC attorney also told her naturalization story, which we encourage you to read on our blog. Keep the momentum going by finding an event to attend or add yours to the list here.

On Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EST, the Immigrant Learning Center is hosting a free webinar, Building United Communities: Immigrants, Cops and Crime. The webinar will feature experts in law enforcement, immigrant integration and research. Register here!

Register for the Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference taking place at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice from November 28-29, 2016. Topics include immigrant integration, empowerment and well-being.

 

Outside Resources

Sign up for White House updates on America’s immigration system here.

The Hechinger Report highlights teachers’ successful experiences using the Duolingo for Schools app in their classrooms. The app has helped ESL students gain confidence by allowing them to practice the vocabulary and grammar they learn in school in a more private setting.

The Network for Integrating New Americans (NINA) national initiative supports immigration integration by working with programs that focus on assisting immigrants with English language acquisition and professional development. 

Affiliate Newsletter (March 2016)

 

News from the Catholic Network

BIA R&A Updates:

    • Member agency Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh’s Fayetteville, North Carolina received BIA recognition and partial BIA accreditation for Sara McCormick on 3/2/2016.
    • Shashi Sharma,  M.D., Board Member, of subscriber Saathi of Rochester, Inc. in New York obtained initial partial BIA accreditation on 2/3/16.
    • Erin Fichter, Legal Representative, of member agency Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance Services of Omaha, Nebraska renewed partial BIA accreditation on 2/5/2016.
    • Patricia Carmona-Nieves, State Family Services Specialist, of subscriber Telamon Corporation sub office in Lansing, Michigan, obtained initial partial BIA accreditation on 3/2/2016.
    • Karen X Gomez, Executive Director, of subscriberCentro Hispano Comunitario de Nebraska (CHCN) renewed partial BIA accreditation on 2/9/2016.

 

New Subscribers:

    • Organization for the Legal Advancement of Raza (O.L.A. Raza) in Porterville, California
    • Neighborhood Good Samaritan Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
    • Harvest America Corporation in various cities across Kansas

 

 


Question Corner (March 2016)


Question

My client entered the United States illegally five years ago and has never left. On March 22, 2013, she married a U.S. citizen. He filed an I-130 petition for her that year and it was approved two months later.

But the client did not pursue the petition after it was approved because the couple had problems meeting the affidavit of support requirement. Her U.S. citizen spouse died a month ago. Now that the U.S. citizen spouse is dead, what would it be the best approach?

The client also has a 19-year-old son in Mexico for whom the stepfather didn’t want to petition. What are my client’s options? Since this woman entered as Entry Without Inspection, it seems that she would need to consular process. But what about the ability to file a provisional waiver? I talked to her and there doesn’t seem to be any extreme hardship, assuming she can even file a waiver.

 

Answer


Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (March 2016)


CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage the development of immigrant integration initiatives through the creation of resources and trainings and the dissemination of best practices from CLINIC affiliate agencies. This month, the center has several new developments.

 

Announcing the Citizenship Navigators Program!

This project, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, is for ORR grantees, including refugee resettlement agencies and mutual assistance associations. Learn more at the Citizenship Navigators webpage.

Citizenship Navigators receive:

  • A hotline for answering questions about citizenship and BIA Recognition and Accreditation applications (Available now!)
  • Trainings on citizenship and how to offer authorized legal immigration services (Available now!)
  • Assistance for BIA Recognition and Accreditation applications (Available now!)
  • Training materials on citizenship to use locally
  • Access to a nationwide texting campaign providing information on citizenship to refugees and asylees.

Join us on a webinar to learn more about this exciting new program!

Introduction to the Citizenship Navigators Program on Tuesday, March 29 at 2-3 p.m. EDT

Register Here

 

Affiliate Highlights

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County offers the Tax EZ program through a partnership with local parishes. Learn more about this immigrant integration initiative in this month’s affiliate highlight.

 

Upcoming Trainings

Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: How to Incorporate Parish Volunteers into Newcomer Integration Initiatives on Thursday, March 31 at 2-3 p.m. EDT

In Part Two of our series on incorporating parish volunteers into immigration-related services, we focus on immigrant integration. It occurs most successfully at the local level, particularly because a community designs its response around the local and immediate needs. The positive effect a faith group can have on helping newcomers feel settled cannot be overstated. Welcoming the stranger is a basic tenet of many faiths, including Catholicism. But how do you do it? Staff from Catholic Charities USA, CLINIC, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services will share best practices in motivating, coordinating, and sustaining parish volunteers committed to integrating refugees and other immigrants. Please contact Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org with questions.

Presenters:

  • Jean Beil, vice president for programs and services, Catholic Charities USA;
  • Daniel Sturm, research and evaluation manager, USCCB Migration and Refugee Services;
  • Leya Speasmaker, integration program manager, CLINIC.

Register Here


Outside Events

Leya Speasmaker, integration program manager, will be presenting at the 2016 Cambio De Colores event, held in Columbia, Missouri, June 8-10.

Cambio de Colores is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations in the Midwest. This professional development opportunity will engages practitioners, researchers, and those working with immigrant communities in sharing experiences and knowledge that help the integration of immigrants in new settlement areas.

 

Outside Resources

Opening Minds, Opening Doors, Opening Communities: Cities Leading for Immigrant Integration by: Manuel Pastor (CSII), Rhonda Ortiz (CSII), and Els de Graauw (Baruch College, the City University of New York)

In the absence of a coordinated effort at the federal level, U.S. cities and metropolitan areas are at the frontlines of the economic, social and civil integration of the foreign-born population. The report considers the efforts of municipal governments as well as civic and business leaders to defuse potential tension and capitalize on the considerable impact of immigrants in boosting the economic and civic vitality. The report identifies best practices and recommendations for other cities to follow by examining the origins, functions and goals of immigrant integration initiatives.

 

Affiliate Newsletter (February 2016)

 

News from the Catholic Network

Accreditations

    • Kathryn Pollack, Immigration Specialist, for member agency Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois, renewed partial BIA accreditation on 1/9/2016 for all 5 recognized locations in Cicero, Des Plaines, Melrose Park, Waukegan, and Chicago.
    • Monica Cabrera, Caseworker, for member agency El Centro de Recursos para Familias of Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, renewed partial BIA accreditation on 1/5/2016.
    • Giselle Gonzalez, Immigration Counselor, of member agency Ocean Emergency and Community Services of Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey in Lakewood received initial partial BIA accreditation on 1/6/2016.
    • Gloria Roman and Andres Gonzalez, both Immigration Counselors, for member agency Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York City, New York renewed partial BIA accreditation successfully on 1/7/16 and 1/15/16 respectively.
    • Jim Morris, Department Director of member agency Catholic Family Center of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester New York, renewed partial BIA accreditation successfully on 1/15/16 and Florian Seger, Immigration Specialist received initial partial BIA accreditation on 1/28/16.
    • Margaret Gradzki, Deputy Program Director, for member agency Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre Amityville, New York renewed partial BIA accreditation successfully on 1/15/16.
    • Maria Elisa Fuller, Case Manager, of subscriber agency Berkshire Immigrant Center (of the MIRA Coalition) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, received initial partial BIA accreditation on 2/5/16.
    • Kim Kayoun, Immigration Counselor, for subscriber agency American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York, received initial partial BIA accreditation on 2/3/16.
    • Perez, Ivonne of CC West Tennessee received partial accreditation on 12/30/15.
    • Lisha Loo-Morgan received approval of full accreditation on 12/17/2015 for member Ocean Emergency and Community Services (CC Trenton New Jersey) as Program Coordinator. 
    • Liliana Torres, Maria Torres, and Jean Robert Themistocle of CC/Orlando received renewal of partial accreditation on 12/17/15. 
    • Svetlana Gundorin of CC/Charlotte received renewal of partial accreditation on 12/23/15. 
    • Rafael Lopez received renewal of partial accreditation (CC/Raleigh) on 12/10/15. 
    • Garnica, Gricelda G. (DHS only) from Diocesan Immigration Program in Davenport, IA received renewal of partial accreditation on 12/18/15.
    • Osio, David J., CC Wichita, received renewal of partial accreditation on 12/01/18.

New Affiliates

    • Bridging the Gap Project, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia joined 2/9/16 as a subscriber

 


Question Corner (February 2016)


Question

My client is an LPR who petitioned for his adult son. The son works as a doctor in Iran. The priority date is now current and it's time to prepare for consular processing. The petitioner doesn't have much income or assets but the son does. Can the beneficiary’s income be included in order to meet the financial eligibility requirements of the I-864?

 

Answer


Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (February 2016)


CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage the development of immigrant integration initiatives through the creation of resources and trainings and the dissemination of best practices from CLINIC affiliate agencies. This month, the center has several new developments.

 

Affiliate Highlights

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga in Ithaca, N.Y., offers individualized job development services for clients. Read more about their great success rate in helping clients find new employment in this month’s affiliate highlight.

 

Integration Event

Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: How to Incorporate Parish Volunteers into Newcomer Integration Initiatives

Immigrant integration occurs most successfully at the local level, particularly because a community designs a response around the immediate needs of community members. The impact a local faith community can have on the larger community’s welcome to newcomers cannot be overstated. Welcoming the stranger is a basic tenet of many faith communities, including Catholic, but how do you do it? Staff from Catholic Charities USA,  CLINIC and USCCB’s Department of Migration and Refugee Services will share best practices in motivating, coordinating, and sustaining parish volunteers committed to integrating refugees and other immigrants into our common home. 

Presenters:

Jean Beil, Vice President for Programs and Services, Catholic Charities USA;

Daniel Sturm, Research and Evaluation Manager, USCCB Migration and Refugee Services;

Leya Speasmaker, Integration Program Manager, Catholic Legal Immigration Network 

 

Outside Events

Cambio de Colores is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations in the Midwest. This professional development opportunity includes practitioners, researchers and those working with immigrant communities focused on the integration of immigrants in new settlement areas. This year it is being held in Columbia, Mo., June 8-10.

 

Outside Resources

Read about a great initiative in Philadelphia where immigrants learn English by taking cooking classes offered by the public library.

 

Affiliate Newsletter (January 2016)

 

News from the Catholic Network

  • Mary Torres, En Camino Migrant and Immigrant Outreach, Diocese of Toledo, OH received partial accreditation on 12/9/15.
  • Tina Quesada, Diocese of Lafayette, LA was approved for partial accreditation on 12/16/15.  
  • Yolanda Aurelio, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida (Pensacola) received partial accreditation on 12/18/15.
  • Claudia De La Rosa-Fuller, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, LA was approved for full accreditation on 12/22/15.

 


Question Corner (January 2016)


Q. My client is married to a U.S. citizen and wants to adjust status.  She came to the U.S. EWI and was placed in removal proceedings.  When she failed to attend her court hearing, she was ordered removed in absentia in 2002.  What can she do now to become an LPR?  Is she eligible to file an I- 601A provisional waiver application?


Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (January 2016)


CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies. This month, the Center has several new developments.

Affiliate Highlights

Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio has spearheaded efforts in Cincinnati to create a community id. Read more about this month’s affiliate highlight!

New Resources

A little more than a year after President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force for New Americans, a progress report has detailed steps taken so far. The task force’s goal is, in part, to encourage the deliberate development of communities that are welcoming to newcomers. CLINIC’s comments are included here.

Outside Events

Lessons Learned from Networks for Integrating New Americans

This webinar features practices and lessons learned by the networks participating in the national Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative. Focus will be on building effective immigrant integration networks with adult education programs in a central role in local communities. Hear from five diverse networks of organizations aligned around the common goal of immigrants’ linguistic, economic, and civic integration. The webinar participants will receive a copy of the new publication that reflects the themes of the webinar. Register here.

Outside Resources

Read about the City of Fresno’s City Council Resolution aimed at encouraging the federal government to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Listen to President Obama’s stirring remarks at a recent naturalization ceremony, held in Washington D.C.

 

CLINIC Newsletter - December 2015

ACLU Releases Practice Advisory

The ACLU has released a new practice advisory, Representing Immigrant Children Following Release from Border Patrol Custody.  The advisory discusses the well-documented history of abuse and neglect of immigrant children by U.S. officials, particularly CBP, and "encourages attorneys working with formerly detained children to carefully consider how past mistreatment -- even commonly reported forms of neglect -- by U.S. government officials may impact clients’ eligibility for relief."

The advisory is available here:

Questions can be directed to James Lyall, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Arizona at jlyall@acluaz.org or 520-344-7857.

News from the Catholic Network

  • Evelyn Sabando, Immigration Specialist, for member Camden Center for Law and Social Justice in Camden, New Jersey received approval for full BIA accreditation renewal on 11/20/2015 for both locations in Camden and Atlantic City.
  • Joseph Marc Volcy and Pierre Moreau, Immigration Counselors for member Catholic Charities of Newark, New Jersey received approval for full BIA accreditation renewal on 11/25/2015.
  • Ms. Carrie Carranza-Hussein, one of four accredited representatives in the Immigration Legal Services program at Church World Service’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania office, received approval of partial accreditation on 11/24/2015. 


Question Corner (December 2015)


Q. I have a client who has Family Unity and is in the F-2B category. The priority date is 03/20/2001. Her LPR mother is considering naturalizing. But I see that the F-2B category is more beneficial than the F-1 category and I am worried about the effect of conversion when the petitioner naturalizes. The statute seems to state that the CSPA’s opt-out protections from F-2B to F-1 may only be for beneficiaries who were over 21 at the time the I-130 was filed. My client was not yet 21 when the I-130 was filed and so she converted from F-2A to F-2B when she turned 21. Is she ineligible for the opt-out? If so, when and how does she submit the opt-out request? Finally, my client is thinking of marrying her boyfriend after her mom naturalizes. He does not have any immigration status. This would convert her to the F-3 category. Would the CSPA allow her to opt out in that situation? Is there any way to make her husband a derivative? If so, would husband need to be physically present in the US on 12/01/2000 to AOS under 245(i)?


Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (December 2015)


CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies. This month, the Center has several new developments.

Affiliate Highlights

Catholic Charities of Orange County (CCOC) is doing an excellent job to build capacity and integrate immigrants into the community in Orange County. Read more about this month’s affiliate highlight here!

New Resources

Interested in learning how immigrants view your community? Wondering how ready your agency is to promote and encourage immigrant integration? Use these new survey tools to help you.

ESL

Look for resources on starting an ESL program at your agency on our webpage. Tools include saved webinars, toolkits, and outside resources.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Remember that you can encourage your clients to file their taxes for free though the Center for Immigrant Integration page on CLINIC’s website. You can also find tools for starting a tax assistance preparation program at your own location.

Citizenship Test Preparation

Check out CLINIC’s Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self-Assessment tool and our other resources to gauge if your citizenship test preparation program is incorporating best practices.

Outside Resources

Learn how recent TV shows are redefining our mental image of who is ‘American’ in this interesting article from NPR. Learn about new library-based initiatives around the country centering on helping communities work on integration.

Technical Assistance and Trainings

View the CLINIC e-learning courses under the Trainings tab.  

 

CLINIC Newsletter - November 2015


Question Corner (November 2015)


Q. My client is the beneficiary of a fourth preference petition filed by his U.S. citizen sister. The priority date is current on the November 2015 Visa Bulletin Chart B, Application Filing Dates. The family is eligible to file for adjustment of status under 245(i). There is a derivative daughter who is going to turn 21 next month. The Chart A, Final Action Date, is not current. The I-130 petition was pending for six months before it was approved. Are we safe in filing the derivative child’s adjustment of status application? Will her age be frozen upon filing for adjustment?

Resources


Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration


CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies. This month, the Center has several new developments.

Affiliate Highlights

Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) fulfills a dire need for immigration legal services in the West Puget Sound of Washington. KIAC was founded in 2004 and since then has been working to assist immigrants in the West Puget Sound better their lives.   Read this affiliate highlight to learn more about this groundbreaking program!

ESL 

Remember that you can search on our website for an ESL program, citizenship test preparation program, or a tax assistance program, offered by a CLINIC affiliate, near you. If you’d like for your program to be added, please send the information to Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@clinicelgal.org.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Remember to set up an account with MyFreeTaxes.com to enable your eligible clients to file their taxes directly from your website. You can also provide clients with a checklist of documents to begin collecting that they will need when they file their taxes.

Citizenship

Check out the recently created a graphic novel designed to help applicants understand and prepare for the naturalization interview. Miguel’s Naturalization Interview is easily viewed online or can be printed as a PDF and can be used by applicants, service providers, citizenship teachers, or other advocates.

Outside Resources

USCIS has published an updated Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants, available in 14 languages.. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works.

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) released a new report entitled “The US Eligible-to-Naturalize Population: Detailed Social and Economic Characteristics,” which includes vital information on US immigrants who are potentially eligible to naturalize.  The report offers detailed estimates of the eligible-to-naturalize which could assist in developing strategies on a local level to identify and assist immigrants to naturalize and to overcome barriers to naturalization eligibility.

Upcoming Outside Trainings

Register for the upcoming National Immigrant Integration Conference! The National Immigrant Integration Conference 2015, “New American Dreams: Advancing Opportunity, Equality & Justice,” will be held in Brooklyn, New York from December 13-15, 2015, and co-hosted by the National Partnership for New Americans and the New York Immigration Coalition

 

CLINIC Newsletter - October 2015

 

News from the Catholic Network

Staff Accreditations

CLINIC congratulates the following program staff on receiving partial and full BIA accreditation as noted:

Patricia Maria Soto, Immigration Counselor, for subscriber Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, IL received initial partial accreditation on September 29, 2015.

Melanie Torres, Immigration Counselor, for subscriber Project Citizenship in Boston, MA received initial partial accreditation on September 18, 2015.

Victoire-Grace Karambizi, Immigration Coordinator, for member Catholic Charities in Buffalo, NY received initial partial accreditation on September 18, 2015.

Aida Diallo-Diagne and Yuhanissu of subscriber African Services Committee in New York, NY received initial partial accreditation on August 7, 2015 and September 24, 2015, respectively.

Nancy Perez-Rojano, Immigration Counselor, for subscriber Center for Latino Progress-CPRF in Hartford, CT received partial BIA renewal on September 29, 2015.

Stella Carrera, Program Director, of member agency Office of Community Services and Advocacy-Diocese of Providence in Rhode Island received partial BIA renewal on

September 21, 2015.

Grace Lundergan, Accredited Legal Representative, Catholic Charities Diocese of Las Cruces, Las Cruces, New Mexico received partial BIA accreditation on September 6, 2015.

Robert Schumacher, Immigration Counselor, for member Catholic Family and Community Services in Paterson, NJ received approval for full BIA renewal on September  04, 2015.

 

New Members

CLINIC has accepted  the following new subscribers:

ACCESS of WNY, an agency located in Lackawanna, New York and primarily serving the Arab population. The agency is awaiting a decision by the BIA on recognition and accreditation.  The agency is assisted by an attorney as a consultant.

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Washington, D.C. The agency has two attorneys on staff and holds BIA recognition with one partial accredited representative.

 

 


Question Corner (October 2015)


Q. My client has a priority date of July 21, 1997 in the F-4 category. He entered EWI in February 1987 and departed in January 1998. He returned to the United States EWI again in February 1998. What's your advice? Will he be able to apply for adjustment of status?


Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration


CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies. This month, the Center has several new developments.

Affiliate Highlights

Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) fulfills a dire need for immigration legal services in the West Puget Sound of Washington. KIAC was founded in 2004 and since then has been working to assist immigrants in the West Puget Sound better their lives.   Read this affiliate highlight to learn more about this groundbreaking program!

ESL 

Remember that you can search on our website for an ESL program, citizenship test preparation program, or a tax assistance program, offered by a CLINIC affiliate, near you. If you’d like for your program to be added, please send the information to Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@clinicelgal.org.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Remember to set up an account with MyFreeTaxes.com to enable your eligible clients to file their taxes directly from your website. You can also provide clients with a checklist of documents to begin collecting that they will need when they file their taxes.

Citizenship

Check out the recently created a graphic novel designed to help applicants understand and prepare for the naturalization interview. Miguel’s Naturalization Interview is easily viewed online or can be printed as a PDF and can be used by applicants, service providers, citizenship teachers, or other advocates.

Outside Resources

USCIS has published an updated Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants, available in 14 languages.. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works.

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) released a new report entitled “The US Eligible-to-Naturalize Population: Detailed Social and Economic Characteristics,” which includes vital information on US immigrants who are potentially eligible to naturalize.  The report offers detailed estimates of the eligible-to-naturalize which could assist in developing strategies on a local level to identify and assist immigrants to naturalize and to overcome barriers to naturalization eligibility.

Upcoming Outside Trainings

Register for the upcoming National Immigrant Integration Conference! The National Immigrant Integration Conference 2015, “New American Dreams: Advancing Opportunity, Equality & Justice,” will be held in Brooklyn, New York from December 13-15, 2015, and co-hosted by the National Partnership for New Americans and the New York Immigration Coalition

Resources

Updated CLINIC Case Management Toolkit to Help You Help Your Clients

Are you working to develop or improve your case management policies and procedures? Are you looking for sample intake forms, client (retainer) agreements, or case closing letters? Do you want to learn more about online case management database systems?

CLINIC is pleased to announce updates to its Case Management Toolkit to help you stay organized, avoid malpractice and liability, and better serve your clients. These updates include new sample client (retainer) agreements; new sample intake forms; new sample case closing and non-engagement letters; new sample client grievance policies and forms; new sample fee waiver policies and forms; new sample moonlighting policies and forms; and updates on case management database systems. This is all in addition to the wealth of case management resources already available in the toolkit such as sample policies and procedures manuals; webinars on case management; and sample case review checklists. Click here to access the Case Management Toolkit.

CLINIC Newsletter - September 2015

News from the Catholic Network

Agency Recognition

CLINIC congratulates Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida (Pensacola), Panama City sub-office on receiving Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) agency recognition on 8/18/2015.

 

Staff Accreditations

Betsie Kummer, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida (Pensacola) was approved for partial BIA accreditation on 8/4/15.

Ouranitsa Abbas, Pro Bono Coordinator at Immigration Legal Services-Esperanza Center, Catholic Charities of Baltimore, received full BIA accreditation on 8/7/2015.

Xenia Wickline, Community Advocate, El Pueblo-Immigration Legal Services, Biloxi, MS, received partial BIA accreditation on 8/18/2015.

Jessica Erickson, Nancy Gaytan and Janette Martinez, Immigration Specialists for member Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, received first time partial accreditation on 9/1/2015 for all 5 program locations in Chicago, Cicero, Waukegan, Melrose Park and Des Plaines, Illinois.

 

New Member

CLINIC has accepted a new subscriber, South Bay Giving Church, Torrance, CA. The church supports the North Koreans in America Collaboration. The church is seeking BIA recognition for a staff member who is also in law school.

 

Network Affiliate Profile

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demostrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities. We wish to highlight outstanding programs in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News. This month we feature Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charoltte, North Carolina.

 

 

 

Question Corner

Q.  A student was petitioned by her LPR father over 25 years ago. At the time of the interview, she was married. She had married two months before her interview. She claims the official never questioned her about her marital status. Now she wants to naturalize, but she fears she will be denied and put into proceedings. What do you suggest?

 

Updates from the Center for Immigration Integration

Get the Center for Immigration Integration's updates for September.

Resources by type: 

CLINIC Newsletter - August 2015

News from the Catholic Network

Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditation

CLINIC congratulates the following affiliate program staff who received initial and renewed BIA accreditations:

  • Victor Bugandwa, Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio (Cincinnati) was approved for partial accreditation on 6/11/15. 

  • Eleonor Ramirez, Catholic Charities Cleveland, was approved for partial accreditation on 6/16/15.

  • Eva Jacobson, Citizenship Integration Coordinator, and Diana D. Ali, Immigration Counselor, received initial partial accreditation on behalf of subscriber Hartford Public Library in Hartford, Connecticut on 7/18/2015.

  • Felicia Castricone, Program Director, of Refugee Resettlement for member Catholic Charities of Onondaga County in Syracuse, NY received partial accreditation renewal on 7/10/2015.

  • Timothy Winn, Supervisor, and Flor Bickel, Immigration Counselor, for member Catholic Charities of Indianapolis, Indiana received partial accreditation renewal on 7/28/2015.

 

Question Corner

Q.  Maryanne was born in the United States in 1946 and moved to Spain in 1970 after getting married to Pedro, a citizen of Spain. Julia, their daughter, was born in Madrid in 1977.  Julia married a Spanish citizen, Enrique, in 2007.  They have a son, Martin, who was born last year. Two months ago Julia, Enrique, and Martin traveled to the United States on their Spanish passports through the visa waiver program. Julia has come to you for advice.  They are living with her uncle at the moment, but Julia would like to stay and work here.  Her husband would also like to work here since he is currently unemployed and the job market in Spain is very tight. Their I-94W permits expire next month. What advice do you have for her?

 

Updates from the Center for Immigration Integration

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CLINIC Newsletter - July 2015

 

News from the Catholic Network

Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditation
  • CLINIC congratulates new subscriber Project Citizenship of Boston Massachusetts receiving Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) agency recognition and partial BIA accreditation credentials for Program Manager Matthew Jose on 6/16/2015.

  • The following staff of subscriber United Farm Worker Foundation (UFWF); Fresno, CA received partial BIA accreditations in June 2015:  Marichel Mejia, Julie Morales, Fabian Sanchez, Victor Valdez, Uriel Lopez, and Hedizabth Orozco

  • Afshan Qureshi, Board Member of subscriber Saathi of Rochester, Inc.in Dansville, New York received partial accreditation as of 6/16/2015.

  • Gabriela Rosa, Program Coordinator of subscriber Family Focus in Aurora, Illinois received initial partial accreditation as of 6/16/2015.

  • Renee Young, Office Manager, and Bethany Parry, Immigration Counselor, of subscriber Immigrant Hope in Brooklyn, New York received initial partial accreditation as of 6/18/2015.

  • Malgorzata Ulbrych-Luczynski, Paralegal, Catholic Charities Community Services, New York, New York received initial partial accreditation as of 6/15/2015.

  • Bharati Verma, RCNA Program Coordinator, Catholic Charities of Rochester, New York received initial partial accreditation as of 6/16/2015.

 

Accreditation Renewals

John Donnelly and Dairamar Jordan-Douglas, both Immigration Counselors of member Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen, received renewal of their partial accreditation at all 3 locations of their Immigration Legal Services program in Perth Amboy, Phillipsburg and New Brunswick, New Jersey on 6/18/2015.

 

New Members

CLINIC has accepted the following new subscribers:

  • The Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, Florida. The agency is pursuing BIA recognition with one accredited representative candidate. The program is supported by an onsite attorney.

  • The Guatemalan-Mayan Center in Lake Worth, Florida. The agency is pursuing BIA recognition with two staff as candidates for partial accreditation.

  • Project Citizenship in Boston, Massachusetts. The agency submitted a BIA recognition and accreditation application in March. It is still pending.

  • Federación de Clubes Michoacános en Illinois in Chicago. The agency has a BIA recognition and accreditation application pending before the Board.

  • ACCESS California Services in Anaheim, California. The agency holds BIA recognition as of June 1, 2007. It has two BIA partial accreditation applications pending.

  • Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. The agency is BIA recognized with one person holding partial accreditation.

  • Canal Alliance in San Rafael, California. The agency employs two immigration attorneys. It is BIA recognized but without accredited staff at this time.

 

 

 

Updates from the Center for Immigration Integration

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CLINIC Newsletter - May 2015 - VOL. XIX No. 5

The Five Most Common Mistakes in Completing the I-864

Immigration Law Updates

News From the Catholic Network

Center for Immigrant Integration

Technical Assistance and Trainings

  • Upcoming Trainings                                                                                                  

Visa Bulletin

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CLINIC Newsletter - March 2015 - VOL. XIX No. 3

In this issue…         

In-Country Refugee Processing: What Can You Do?

Immigration Law Updates

News From the Catholic Network

Question Corner

Center for Immigrant Integration

Technical Assistance and Trainings

Visa Bulletin

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CLINIC Newsletter - November 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 11

 In this issue…                       

BIA Issues Three Decisions on Recognition and Accreditation

Haitian Family Reunification Program To Be Implemented in 2015

News From the Catholic Network

Update from Ciudad Juarez  

USCIS Updates DACA FAQs

Immigration Updates

Law and Practice Feature

Question Corner

Technical Assistance and Trainings

Resources

Position Openings

                                                                                

Visa Bulletin                                                                                                                                                             

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CLINIC Newsletter - October 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 10

In this issue…                        

Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation

Obama Announces In-Country Refugee Processing for Central American Children

News From the Catholic Network

Unaccompanied Children's Issues

Advocacy Update 

State and Local Issues

Law and Practice Feature

Immigration Law Updates

Question Corner

A lawful permanent resident files an I-130 for his spouse in 1994 with his daughter (DOB September 28, 1978) named as derivative.  The priority date is July 15, 1994.  The daughter ages out in 1999 before the F-2A category for Mexico becomes current.  The LPR dad files second I-130 for aged-out derivative daughter in the F-2B category and is able to retain the original priority date. The LPR father subsequently naturalizes in 2012 converting the F-2B petition to the F-1 category. The priority date was close enough to becoming current in 2012 that it triggered the NVC sending out a fee bill to the daughter.  The daughter didn’t receive the notice since she had changed her address.  In September 2014 the NVC sent a final notice indicating that it had terminated the case and destroyed the file.  Assuming you are not able to convince NVC to undo what they did, is there any relief for child?

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Visa Bulletin

Technical Assistance and Trainings

Position Opening

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CLINIC Newsletter - July 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 7

In this issue…                        

Protecting the Vulnerable:  Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

U. S. Department of State Updates Foreign Affairs Manual Guidance

News From the Catholic Network

  • New Subscribers
  • Network Affiliate Agency Profile                                                                                                                                                                      

Advocacy Update


Immigration Law Update

                                                                                                                                                  
Technical Assistance and Trainings

 

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Visa Bulletin

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CLINIC Newsletter - May 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 5

In this issue…                        

Parole in Place – Evaluating Successful Parole Requests

News From the Catholic Network

Advocacy Update                          

  • NSC Teleconference on Student Issues                                                                                                     

State and Local Issues

Immigration Law Updates

Law and Practice Feature

  • Update on Waiver Adjudication from the NSC                                                                                                                                                                                           

Technical Assistance and Trainings

Visa Bulletin                        

 

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CLINIC Newsletter - April 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 4

In this issue…                        

 

USCIS Releases Second Revised Form I-821D and Outlines DACA Renewal Process

 

Advocacy Updates                                                                                                   

 
News From the Catholic Network                                                                                 

  • BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations
  • New Subscribers
  • Affiliate Profile - Paz Padilla                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Law and Practice Feature

  • FOIA Updates: Changes and Delays                                                                                         

                                                                                                       
Immigration Law Updates

Technical Assistance and Trainings

Visa Bulletin                                                                                                                                              

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CLINIC Newsletter - March 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 3

In this issue…                        

USCIS Releases “ICE-Granted DACA Renewal Guidance”

Our Lenten Pilgrimage
 
News From the Catholic Network                                                                                  

  • BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations
  • Affiliate Profile: TJ Mills                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Advocacy Updates

Capacity Building

Immigration Law Updates                                                

Visa Bulletin

                                                                                                                                        
Technical Assistance and Trainings                                                                                                    

Position Opening

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CLINIC Newsletter - February 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 2

In this issue…                        

  • Visa Bulletin                                                                                              
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CLINIC Newsletter - January 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 1

In this issue…                        

  • Technical Assistance and Trainings
    • Trainings
    • National Migration Conference
      • Monday, July 7, 2014 through Thursday, July 10, 2014, Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel.  Join us in 2014 when CLINIC and USCCB/MRS co-sponsor this grand event that joins members of these networks and others to share information and hear from experts regarding services to immigrants and refugees, as well as public advocacy.
  • Visa Bulletin                                                                                                                                                             
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CLINIC Newsletter - December 2013 - VOL. XVII No. 12

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CLINIC Newsletter - November 2013 - VOL. XVII No. 11

In this issue...

  • News From the Catholic Network

    • BIA Accredidations

    • Network Profile                                                                                                                                               

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CLINIC Newsletter - October 2013 - Vol. XVII No.10

In this issue…

 

  • Visa Bulletin                                                                                                                                                           

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