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  • Apr 22, 2015: New Pilot Program Assessment Letter for CDJ
    Apr 22, 2015: The DOS has recently announced that it will start a pilot program involving persons applying for an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulates in Cd. Juarez, Mexico (CDJ) and Montreal, Canada.  The National Visa Center will be conducting its standard review of the forms and documents submitted by the applicant, including a review of the affidavit of support, civil documents, and police certificates. ...
  • Apr 22, 2015: Update on CSPA’s One-Year Filing Requirement
    Apr 22, 2015: The Department of State (DOS) recently confirmed that it will accept payment of the immigrant visa fee as satisfying the one-year filing requirement under the Child Status Protection Act.  In order for a child in the preference category to retain the “under 21” age status, and thus remain in the F-2A or derivative category, he or she must has “sought to acquire the status of an alien lawfully...
  • Apr 22, 2015: CLINIC Helps Indiana Welcome Newcomers
    Apr 22, 2015: By Jeff Chenoweth Across the country CLINIC and its 260-plus affiliates strive to welcome newcomers who seek to reunite with long-separated family members, work for fair wages with dignity, and find legal protections in the United States from persecution in their countries of origin. Helping our country, state, or local community to be welcoming to immigrants isn’t always easy, but it is the...

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Toolkits

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  • Mar 19, 2014: Justice For Immigrants Lenten Toolkit
    Mar 19, 2014: Make Immigration Reform Your Lenten Promise The Justice for Immigrants campaign, of which CLINIC is a part, has put together this Lenten tool kit 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...
  • Dec 16, 2013: Partnership Toolkit
    Dec 16, 2013: There are several ways to establish a partnership and many tools to use that can help organize and manage the operations. This toolkit includes sample materials for managing a partnership, guidelines for working within a partnership, and tips on what to look for in a potential partner.
  • Oct 24, 2013: Creating a Workplace ELL Program
    Oct 24, 2013: Low English language proficiency impacts employee productivity, safety, and retention. Federal and state governments provide only a fraction of the funding needed for English language classes, and businesses have both the space and the financial means to offer this benefit to their Limited English Proficient workers. CLINIC offers the following resource to programs interested in pursuing...

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Webinars

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  • Nov 17, 2014: Webinar: DACA Now – Administrative Relief Next: Evaluation for Success
    Nov 17, 2014: Held November 12th, 2014 Is evaluation a component of your program?  This webinar offers various recommendations on what to evaluate and how.  CLINIC will feature how DACA services, past and present, are important lessons learned when planning to implement even larger-scale services.  Nearly 600,000 DACA applications have been approved out of an estimated 1.7 million eligible.  Is this success? ...
  • Oct 22, 2014: Presentation: Creating and Managing Sub Offices
    Oct 22, 2014: Do you serve a large region with one office and wish to expand using sub offices or other spaces? Are you planning to expand your service delivery models to other locations once President Obama announces administrative relief before the end of the year? Perhaps you’ve considered expanding to an additional location but aren’t quite sure where to start.
  • Oct 14, 2014: Webinar: Partnering with Law Schools
    Oct 14, 2014: Are you interested in partnering with law schools? Join us for this free webinar on ways to form successful partnerships with law schools that both increase legal capacity for your organization and train the next generation of legal advocates. This webinar will present actual partnership models. Topics to be discussed are: summer internships, externships for school credit, short term projects,...

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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 the...

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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 SIGNIFICA...
  • 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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  • Sep 9, 2014: Joint USCCB-CLINIC Letter on Executive Action
    Sep 9, 2014: On September 9, 2014, Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Chairman of board of directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) implored Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to work with the President to authorize deferred action for deserving groups.
  • Aug 11, 2014: CLINIC and Other Advocates Comment on Interim Guidance Related to U...
    Aug 11, 2014: The interim guidance recently issued by USCIS provides much needed security for immigrant crime victims and their families.  However, as the advocates note in comments to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, issues still remain related to the agency’s interpretation of the two new U visa qualifying crimes -- stalking and fraud in foreign labor contracting.  Additionally, the advocates request that...
  • 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...

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Publications, Guides, and Reports

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  • Nov 6, 2013: Asylee Eligibility for Resettlement Assistance Guide
    Nov 6, 2013: This guide is designed to give service providers the tools and information needed to address the barriers to resettlement and integration faced by asylees and to better assist their clients.  It contains crucial and timely information about the benefits and services for which asylees are eligible, including job placement assistance, English language classes, health screening, temporary cash and...
  • Jun 1, 2012: Citizenship for Elders: Issues and Options in Test Preparation, 2nd Edition (...
    Jun 1, 2012: Citizenship for Elders is a unique handbook for teachers and administrators on creating and managing a citizenship program for the older learner. This handbook brings together the observations and insights of teachers from across the country on older learners from a wide range of cultures.
  • Mar 14, 2011: Starting a Legal Immigration Program: Capacity Building in a Charitable...
    Mar 14, 2011: The Need for Charitable Legal Immigration Services Current capacity does not meet current demands for low-cost legal representation in immigration matters. For instance, immigrants eligible and soon-to-be eligible to naturalize as U.S. citizens have less income, education, and English language ability than immigrants who naturalized in previous decades.

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Podcasts

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  • 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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