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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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Toolkits

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  • 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...
  • Sep 30, 2013: Asylee Information
    Sep 30, 2013: In recent years, more than 24,000 people from over 100 nations have been granted asylum in the United States. Asylees have often suffered from persecution in their country of origin, forced migration, detention in the United States, and the uncertainty of the asylum adjudication process. Most confront systemic and bureaucratic barriers to resettlement and integration, and need well-coordinated...
  • Sep 27, 2013: Welcoming the Stranger through Immigrant Integration (Sept 2013)
    Sep 27, 2013: Welcoming the Stranger through Immigrant Integration discusses five state-level legislative initiatives that promote the integration of immigrants into our states and communities.  The integration measures discussed include legislation that creates tuition equity for all; strengthens human trafficking laws; invests in English language instruction; uses the budget process to integrate immigrants...

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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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  • Oct 29, 2013: Visa Bulletin November 2013
    Oct 29, 2013: Click to view a PDF of Novermber's Visa Bulletin
  • Oct 29, 2013: News From the Catholic Network
    Oct 29, 2013: New CLINIC Member CLINIC has accepted and welcomes a new member, Lafayette Urban Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana.  LUM is “an ecumenical organization of 42 church congregations following Christ’s mandate to love and serve.” Six Catholic congregations are members of LUM.  As such, Bishop Timothy L. Doherty wrote CLINIC asking that LUM be recognized as a Catholic member to CLINIC’s network. LUM...

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  • 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...
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Feb 22, 2011: Thinking About Case Management
    Feb 22, 2011: The design and implementation of immigration case management systems will vary among immigration programs since every program is different.  However, a program whose case management system works for staff members and meets the needs of clients are the most effective.

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