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  • Apr 14, 2016: Surge in SIJS Approvals Creates Backlog at Adjustment Stage
    Apr 14, 2016: CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support staff has written a short analysis of the potential implications for your clients of the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, released on April 12. The State Department’s May Visa Bulletin gives a “final action date” of Jan. 1, 2010, in the EB-4 category for applicants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
  • Feb 8, 2016: CLINIC’s Comments on Immigration Forms and Regulations
    Feb 8, 2016: N-400 (Application for Naturalization Form)
  • Feb 8, 2016: Texas v. U.S. and the President’s Executive Action on Immigration Action
    Feb 8, 2016: The Obama Administration appealed the 5th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruling from Texas v. U.S. to the Supreme Court on November 20, 2015. The Supreme Court announced on January 19th, that it will take up the case which will likely be argued in April and decided by the last week in June. While the outcome of the case is pending, CLINIC recommends that qualified legal immigration...

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Toolkits

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  • Pinned to topMay 9, 2014: Citizenship Toolkit
    Pinned to topMay 9, 2014: This toolkit contains a variety of resources collected and produced through CLINIC’s citizenship projects. It is designed to assist agencies providing citizenship services and civic participation opportunities for the most vulnerable applicants.
  • Pinned to topFeb 22, 2011: Case Management Toolkit
    Pinned to topFeb 22, 2011: This toolkit is intended to facilitate the process of designing and/or improving the case management system in your immigration program.  In a legal immigration context, case management system consists of: policies and procedures; forms; a database; and files used by legal representatives in a standardized manner for the purposes of delivering professional services and avoiding errors that can...
  • Jun 29, 2015: Legal Services Practitioner Toolkit
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Webinars

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  • Oct 14, 2015: CLINIC Webinar, Citizenship for Children
    Oct 14, 2015: This webinar, held on 5/28/15, provides an overview of citizenship for children through acquisition, derivation, and naturalization. The presenters are Kristina Karpinski and Charles Wheeler.
  • Sep 21, 2015: Webinar: Proposed Rule from the BIA on Recognition and Accreditation, Two Final...
    Sep 21, 2015: On September 17, the the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced a new, proposed rule governing recognition and accreditation. When finalized, date yet unknown, the new rule will have a significant impact on the charitable immigration legal field. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the future of your profession and learn how to become involved in CLINIC’s advocacy efforts to make...
  • Aug 13, 2015: Training Teachers: Tricks, Tools and Strategies for Volunteer-based Language...
    Aug 13, 2015: Are you interested in creating or strengthening an English as a Second Language or citizenship test preparation program? Are you wanting to use volunteer teachers yet are unsure of how to train and retain quality instructors? Join us for this webinar as we learn the nuts and bolts of staffing your program along with tricks and tips to effectively train and keep high-quality teachers.

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Newsletter

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  • Dec 17, 2013: Adjustment for Visa Waiver Entrants
    Dec 17, 2013: 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...
  • Dec 17, 2013: Network Profile (December 2013)
    Dec 17, 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
  • Dec 17, 2013: BIA Accreditations (December 2013)
    Dec 17, 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.

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Community Engagement

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  • Mar 2, 2012: Spotlight on Integration: 6 Part Series
    Mar 2, 2012: Looking for ideas to promote and encourage immigrant integration within your community? CLINIC offers this 6 part series that spotlights immigrant integration initiatives across our network. Learn the definition of immigrant integration, its importance for our network and nation, and how it can be promoted locally. Featured programs encourage relationships between the receiving community and...
  • Mar 2, 2012: Spotlight on Integration: 6 Part Series
    Mar 2, 2012: Looking for ideas to promote and encourage immigrant integration within your community? CLINIC offers this 6 part series that spotlights immigrant integration initiatives across our network. Learn the definition of immigrant integration, its importance for our network and nation, and how it can be promoted locally. Featured programs encourage relationships between the receiving community and...
  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Estado Migratorio Legal para las Victimas de la Violencia Doméstica
    Dec 16, 2011: Baje la hoja informativa aquí.

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Federal Advocacy

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  • May 2, 2016: USCIS Fee Changes
    May 2, 2016: USCIS is in the process of updating its existing fee schedule. The new proposed schedule will change some of the fees for immigration and naturalization applications, as well as visa petitions and nonimmigrant applications. USCIS has indicated the proposed regulation is expected to be published in the coming months (May - June).
  • Apr 26, 2016: Submitted and Model Comments on I-821D
    Apr 26, 2016: CLINIC Comments on I-821D CLINIC submitted the following comments on the I-821D to USCIS on April 26th, 2016. The comments reflect policy and substantive suggestions to streamline the DACA application process.   Model Comments on I-821D
  • Mar 17, 2016: CLINIC Final Comments to Proposed Changes to I-131
    Mar 17, 2016: On March 7, 2016, CLINIC submitted comments in response to proposed changes to USCIS Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. The proposals were published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2016. CLINIC’s  substantive comments focused on the proposed changes to the form instructions. CLINIC also requested that USCIS review its policies and procedures for DACA applicants seeking Advance...

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Publications, Guides, and Reports

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  • Pinned to topFeb 6, 2015: The Citizenship Test
    Pinned to topFeb 6, 2015: Newly updated in 2015, CLINIC’s study guide for the U.S. citizenship test explains the naturalization testing requirements and contains 13 study units on U.S. history and civics with many colorful and historic photos and illustrations, as well as maps, diagrams, and timelines. It includes a glossary of vocabulary words and test review questions for each unit. There are also discussion questions...
  • Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: A More Perfect Union: A National Citizenship Plan
    Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: The United States is a nation of immigrants united by a common creed and shared values. With 37 million foreign born residents, the United States’ strength and vitality depends on the contributions of its newest members. However, the integration of a population of this magnitude and diversity cannot be assumed. The pressing policy question becomes: what can be done to promote the integration of...
  • Pinned to topAug 26, 2013: CLINIC’s Advocacy Guide: How We Can Help You
    Pinned to topAug 26, 2013:   CLINIC's Advocacy Guide CLINIC wants to remind members of how its Advocacy Section can provide support and assistance.  This document outlines the advocacy related services CLINIC can provide as well as the channels through which CLINIC works with officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resolve individual case and systemic problems. 

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Immigration Advocacy

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  • Nov 18, 2015: CLINIC’s Tips for Submitting Comments to EOIR About the Proposed BIA...
    Nov 18, 2015: Need to submit comments to EOIR about the proposed BIA Recognition and Arreditation rule changes? Check out our tips first!
  • Oct 16, 2015: Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program Extended Until December...
    Oct 16, 2015: On September 30th, 2015, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR), a stop-gap measure which continues funding the government at current levels and keeps the government open until December 11, 2015. The CR reauthorized the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program as well as three other immigration-related programs, the Conrad 30 Program, the EB-5 Program, and the E-Verify...
  • Oct 15, 2015: New and Proposed Rules and Policy Guidance
    Oct 15, 2015: Read updates on: Fee Waivers (Form I-912), Expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program, Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition & Accreditation, USCIS Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Draft Extreme Hardship Policy Guidance for Waiver Applications.

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Podcasts

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  • Jun 22, 2011: Indiana Immigration Law PL 171 Q & A
    Jun 22, 2011: This podcast is a short Q & A on Indiana’s immigration law PL 171.
  • Apr 23, 2009: Podcast: Interview with Bishop Jaime Soto
    Apr 23, 2009: CLINIC has launched an audio series on Catholic social teaching. The recordings emphasize the lessons inherent in our faith that promotes dignity of all human beings and our work on behalf of immigrants and other vulnerable populations. We invite you to listen and share your comments. Our first podcast is an interview with Bishop Jaime Soto, bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento and chairman of...

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Online Resources/Helpful Links

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  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 2014: Back to CLINIC's CIR Resource Page  
  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....
  • Mar 7, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 7, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....

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Other/General

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