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Articles by CLINIC

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  • Apr 14, 2016: Religious Workers to Face Significant Delays in Permanent Resident Processing
    Apr 14, 2016: Miguel Naranjo, director of CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Service, has written a short analysis of the implications of the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, released on April 12.  International religious workers in the U.S. and abroad who are in the process of applying for permanent residence may experience significant case processing delays in the next several months, according to the...
  • 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)

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Toolkits

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  • Apr 15, 2015: Citizenship Toolkit
    Apr 15, 2015: 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.
  • Apr 29, 2014: Toolkit for Naturalization Workshops
    Apr 29, 2014: A naturalization group application workshop is a one-day community event that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist Lawful Permanent Residents in completing the Application for Naturalization (N-400). The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing naturalization assistance to large numbers of people. The success of the workshop model...
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    Mar 19, 2014: Justice For Immigrants Lenten Toolkit
    Mar 19, 2014: The Justice for Immigrants campaign, of which CLINIC is a part, has put together this Lenten toolkit (also available in Spanish) for parishes and communities to use during Lent. It offers weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey. The resources are designed to help you reflect on the biblical call for immigration reform, and act to impact our current political reality.

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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: 2D Barcode Technology and Third-Party Software Compatibility
    Dec 17, 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.
  • Nov 20, 2013: Law and Practice Feature: Update from Ciudad Juarez
    Nov 20, 2013: 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...

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Community Engagement

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  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Estado Migratorio Legal para las Victimas de la Violencia Doméstica
    Dec 16, 2011:  ¿Ha sufrido Ud. daños fisicos o emocionales de parte de su conyuge, padre o madre siendo ellosresidentes legales; o por su hijo o hija mayor de edad siendo ellos ciudadanos estadounidenses? Si es así, Ud. podría ser elegible para solicitar la residencia legal bajo la ley titulada : La Ley de la Violencia Contra La Mujer cuyas siglas en inglés son VAWA (VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT). ¿QUÉ...
  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Status for Victims of Domestic Violence
    Dec 16, 2011: Click here for the fact sheet.
  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Status for Victims of Domestic Violence
    Dec 16, 2011: Have you been physically or emotionally harmed by your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent, or your adult U.S. citizen son or daughter? If so, you may be eligible to apply for lawful immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). WHAT IS “VAWA”? WHO QUALIFIES FOR VAWA PROTECTION?

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Federal Advocacy

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  • Mar 17, 2016: CLINIC Comments to USCIS Guidance on AOS and 245(a)
    Mar 17, 2016: On March 10, 2016, CLINIC submitted comments on the policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual addressing the general policies and procedures of adjustment of status as well as adjustment under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. USCIS announced the new guidance on February 25, 2016.
  • Mar 3, 2016: CLINIC Comments to Proposed Changes to I-918
    Mar 3, 2016: CLINIC’s comments submitted February 29, 2016 in response to USCIS proposed changes to Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-918, and Supplements A and B of Form I-918. The proposals were published in the Federal Register on January 29, 2016. CLINIC supports efforts to broaden and enhance access to the U visa program and offered comments on the proposed changes to the U petition form,...
  • Mar 3, 2016: CLINIC Comments to Proposed Changes to EAD
    Mar 3, 2016: CLINIC’s comments submitted on February 29, 2016 in response to USCIS proposed rule, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers.” This rule was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2015.

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Publications, Guides, and Reports

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    Dec 14, 2016: A Guide to Assisting Asylum-Seekers with In Absentia Removal Orders
    Dec 14, 2016: This guide is intended to support pro bono attorneys, fully accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Representatives, law students, and paralegals working to prevent the deportation of families who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum and have been ordered removed in absentia by an Immigration Judge (IJ). The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice...
  • Jun 15, 2016: CARA Project Report on Recent ICE Enforcement Actions Targeting Central...
    Jun 15, 2016: Brief on the recent apprehension of Central American asylum-seeking 21 families and explanation on the access to justice issues families have faced in the United States. Download the Brief
  • Jun 10, 2016: Immigrant and Refugee Children: Guide for Educators
    Jun 10, 2016: The American Federation of Teachers, United We Dream, National Immigration Law Center, and First Focus have put together a comprehensive guide for educators about issues that arise with immigrants. It includes government resources, some material produced by CLINIC and helpful information for school personnel. Download the Guide

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Immigration Advocacy

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  • Oct 15, 2015: Administrative Advocacy
    Oct 15, 2015: In connection with the State of Texas v. U.S. litigation, USCIS began recalling over 2,600 grants of Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) and work authorization in May 2015. USCIS increased its recall efforts dramatically following a Court Order issued on July 7. CLINIC officially registered its opposition to the recall and any resulting terminations. CLINIC worked closely with affiliates to...
  • Oct 15, 2015: Family Detention Update
    Oct 15, 2015: Despite continued efforts by advocates, the government’s practice of detaining immigrant mothers and their children continues. CLINIC has been especially active in the national fight to eliminate large scale family detention centers. In late March 2015, CLINIC partnered with four other networks to form the CARA Pro Bono Project.Through this project CLINIC has been providing legal services for...

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Online Resources/Helpful Links

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  • 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....
  • Feb 26, 2014: Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment
    Feb 26, 2014: Click Here to access CLINIC's Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment
  • Dec 3, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Texas
    Dec 3, 2013: Family Beyond Borders: An Open Letter from the Bishops of the Border Region of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico - November 28, 2013

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Other/General

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  • Feb 8, 2016: Advocacy Newsletter (Winter 2015)
    Feb 8, 2016:  New and Proposed Rules and Policy GuidanceN-400 (Application for Naturalization Form)
  • Jul 30, 2014: Address by Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga
    Jul 30, 2014: Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga's adress at the National Migration Conference, co-hosted by CLINIC, Migration and Refugee Services, and Catholic Charities USA on July 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • May 13, 2014: The New Americans Campaign
    May 13, 2014: In 2011, CLINIC and seven national organizations received a multi-year and multi-state grant to increase the number of eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to become U.S. citizens by assisting them with the naturalization process through the development of innovative approaches and technologies and exchanging best practices.