Check out this month's question corner, see who's newly accredited, and read more about the proposed changes in the standards and procedure for obtaining agency recognition and staff accreditation (R&A) from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). We also feature Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charoltte, North Carolina as our highlighted affiliate.
Check out this month's question corner, see who's newly accredited, and read more about provisional waivers. We also feature Hogar Immigrant Services as our highlighted affiliate.
Learn more about the proposal to expand the current provisional waiver program and the effort by USCIS to retrieve erroneously issues three-year EADs, We also spotlight FaithAction International House in our affiliate profile and list out our new subscribers/members for the month, as well those who received BIA accreditation.

Find out about the five most common mistakes individuals make when completing the I-8644, check out the Center for Immigrant Integration's updates for the month, and learn more about Project Hope - Proyecto Esperanza in our affiliate spotlight.

Get updates on family detention and information on CSPA's one year filing requirement. Sample the question corner and view the visa bulletin for the month. In addition, learn about our new rapid e-learning opportunities.

Learn more about the revised G-28 form, review the Center for Immigrant Integration's updates for the month, and see who's newly accredited. We also highlight Catholic Charities of Central Texas in our affiliate profile.

Find out more about expanded DACA, read the minutes from the NSC Teleconference on Refugee/Asylee Issues, and learn about HICA!, our affiliate profile for the month.

Read about the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, see who are our new affiliates, and check the monthly Visa Bulletin.

Read about the government launching an overseas processing program for certain central american refugee children, find out who's accredited for the month, and see the study that indicates a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants may be eligible for permanent status.

Learn more about the Haitian family reunification program to be implemented in 2015, peruse the FAQs on the USCIS updates to DACA, and meet our affiliate Mi Mujeres in this month's profile.

Read about the announcement Obama gave about in-country processing for Central American children. Also, check out this month's question corner to see if you know the answer.

Topics include an article on the updates to the fee schedule by the state department, as well as a new network profile.

Topics include information on how to advocate locally on behalf of unaccompanied minors.

Topics include an update on the USCIS changes to a policy on medical examination reports and a network profile.

Topics include an article on the BIA issuing three decisions examining the Adam Walsh Act. A listing of BIA accreditations for the month is also included.

Topics include notes from the NSC teleconference on student issues and an update on waiver adjudication from the NSC.

Topics include an article on advocating for in-state tuition for all residents, as well as a listing of all BIA accreditations for the month.

Topics include an article on the BIA Pro Bono Project's success and resources from the Capacity Building section of CLINIC.

Topics include notes from a NSC teleconference, a listing of BIA accreditations, and an article on provisional waivers.

Topics include an update on DACA and an article on the interpretation of habitual resident.

Topics include advocacy updates, information on adjustment for visa waiver entrants, and a network profile.

Upcoming Trainings.  See the new 2014 Training Schedule at our website:


2014 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

By Kristina Karpinski

On November 14, 2013, USCIS issued a policy memorandum on adjudication of Form I-485, Application to Register or Adjust Status, filed by immediate relatives of U.S. citizens admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  This long awaited guidance clarifies USCIS's position on adjudication of adjustment cases filed after the applicant's 90-day period of admission has expired and outlines when a case should be referred to ICE.

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News.       

Sandra Sanchez

Case Manager, BIA

American Friends Service Committee, Des Moines, IA

CLINIC congratulates the following program staff on receiving partial BIA accreditation:

Madelyn Hennessy and Robert Cronin of Catholic Charities of Worcester, MA were both approved for partial BIA accreditation in October 2013.

By Allison Posner


On November 6, 2013, USCIS held a stakeholder engagement on its new 2D barcode technology.  The new technology is part of the agency’s Forms Improvement Initiative, intended to enhance the agency’s ability to conduct intake at the lockboxes quickly and accurately.

By Susan Schreiber


CLINIC conducted its fifteenth annual family-based immigration law conference in El Paso on November 12-14, followed by a tour of the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez (CDJ) on November 15.  Justin Williamson, Deputy Immigrant Visa (IV) Chief, U.S. Consulate, CDJ, gave a presentation and answered questions from participants.  The following unofficial minutes represent some of the highlights of Mr. Williamson’s presentation. 

Topics include a victory for Alabama immigrants, an update from Ciudad Juarez, and a list of BIA accredidations.

Topics include provisional wavier updates, USCIS workload transfer, and a new policy on minors and false claims to U.S. citizenship.

New CLINIC Member

CLINIC has accepted and welcomes a new member, Lafayette Urban Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana.  LUM is “an ecumenical organization of 42 church congregations following Christ’s mandate to love and serve.” Six Catholic congregations are members of LUM.  As such, Bishop Timothy L. Doherty wrote CLINIC asking that LUM be recognized as a Catholic member to CLINIC’s network. LUM is preparing itself to apply for BIA recognition and accreditation.   

By Allison Posner

USCIS recently began transferring Forms I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed by U.S. citizens for their eligible immediate relatives (spouse, child, or parent) from the National Benefits Center to the Nebraska, Texas, and California Service Centers to balance the agency’s overall operational workload.

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