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  • Jul 24, 2015: USCIS Eliminates “Lawful Status” Requirements in Special Immigrant Religious...
    Jul 24, 2015: On July 5, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a policy memo declaring that the “lawful status” requirements of the immigrant regulations for religious workers would no longer be considered when adjudicating the I-360 immigrant petition. In addition, USCIS will amend Title 8 CFR Sec. 204.5(m)(4) and (11) and remove the lawful status requirements from the immigrant...
  • Jul 24, 2015: Updates on USCIS Site Visits for Religious Workers
    Jul 24, 2015: An important part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the U.S. involves a site visit from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). This is required per the immigration regulations and is used to verify the elements of the petition filed by the sponsor (including sponsor and beneficiary information, work location, etc.). These site visits may...
  • Jul 22, 2015: USCIS Proposes Expansion of Provisional Waiver Program
    Jul 22, 2015: The USCIS published a proposed rule in the Federal register on July 22, 2015 that would expand the current provisional waiver program in two significant ways. The agency is allowing the public 60 days to comment on the proposed regulatory change. The provisional waiver program is currently open only to immediate relatives who, upon leaving the United States to consular process, will trigger the...

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  • May 20, 2014: CLINIC Submits Second Round of Comments to DACA Application Form
    May 20, 2014: Taking the opportunity to submit further comments to USCIS about the DACA application and renewal process, CLINIC commended the agency for the changes it did make, including extending the DACA renewal application window to 150 days, simplifying the education-related questions, and streamlining the application requirement for renewal applicants.  CLINIC also encouraged USCIS to make additional...
  • May 6, 2014: N-400 Filing Tips and other Information from Meeting at USCIS Headquarters
    May 6, 2014: Dear affiliates,   USCIS recently revised its form N-400, Application for Naturalization.  The agency will now only accept the newest version of Form N-400, dated 09/13/13.
  • Mar 5, 2014: CLINIC's Comments in Response to Changes in Form I-821D
    Mar 5, 2014: On February 14, 2014, CLINIC submitted comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about the agency’s proposed changes to Form I-821D, the form used to request Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The proposed changes to the form establish procedures for individuals to demonstrate continued eligibility for deferred action – extending the two years of deferral originally...

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  • Oct 16, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Maryland
    Oct 16, 2013: "Immigration a Test of Faith," by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien Maryland bishops encourage immigration reform - October 17, 2013  
  • Oct 16, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Indiana
    Oct 16, 2013: Indiana Compact, signed by Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein and Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette Indiana Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Immigration:
  • Oct 16, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Georgia
    Oct 16, 2013: Pastoral Statements by the Catholic Bishops of Georgia Letters from the Archdiocese of Atlanta to Senators Isakson and Chambliss on Support for Senate Bill 744 – Immigration Reform - June 20, 2013

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