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Technical Assistance and Trainings (December 2013)

Upcoming Trainings.  See the new 2014 Training Schedule at our website:  https://cliniclegal.org/training/calendar   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

Adjustment for Visa Waiver Entrants

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.

Network Profile (December 2013)

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

BIA Accreditations (December 2013)

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.

2D Barcode Technology and Third-Party Software Compatibility

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.

Law and Practice Feature: Update from Ciudad Juarez

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. 

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