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  • Sep 28, 2015: EOIR Proposed Changes to Agency Recognition & Staff Accreditation
    Sep 28, 2015: The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has proposed significant changes in the standards and procedure for obtaining agency recognition and staff accreditation (R&A) from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
  • Aug 21, 2015: Maryland Court of Special Appeals Clarifies Neglect Standard for Special...
    Aug 21, 2015: On July 6, 2015, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued the first reported decision in Maryland, In re: Dany G., confirming once and for all the standard of neglect applicable to cases seeking a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) factual predicate order.
  • Aug 21, 2015: Certain Deportees Can Return to United States
    Aug 21, 2015: In August 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached an important class action settlement with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over unlawful and coercive voluntary returns, a form of deportation carried out by ICE or CBP without a hearing before an immigration judge.

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Toolkits

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  • 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...
  • Jun 10, 2013: Volunteer Management Toolkit
    Jun 10, 2013: Many tasks in an immigration legal services program can be completed by volunteers. Using volunteers when possible frees up staff time that can be devoted to offering more services to clients. This toolkit contains helpful information on how best to use volunteers in your program, how to recruit and retain volunteers, and how to incorporate them into your program’s plan for the passage of...
  • Aug 13, 2012: Toolkit for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Workshops
    Aug 13, 2012: A group application workshop is a one-day, and in some cases two-day, community even that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist childhood arrivals or “DREAMers” in completing applications for Deferred Action.  The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing application assistance to large numbers of people.  The success of the workshop model...

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  • Nov 26, 2014: Preparing Your Program and Community for Administrative Relief
    Nov 26, 2014: On, November 20th, the President announced updates to the DACA process, a new Deferred Action process for parents, and additional immigration executive actions. We are still waiting for more details on how this program will be implemented.
  • 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.

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Newsletter

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  • Oct 29, 2013: USCIS Workload Transfer
    Oct 29, 2013: By Allison Posner USCIS recently began transferring Forms I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed by U.S. citizens for their eligible immediate relatives (spouse, child, or parent) from the National Benefits Center to the Nebraska, Texas, and California Service Centers to balance the agency’s overall operational workload.
  • Jan 2, 2013: November 2012 Newsletter
    Jan 2, 2013: Volume XVI, Issue 11.
  • Jan 2, 2013: September 2012 Newsletter
    Jan 2, 2013: Volume XVI, Issue 9.

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Federal Advocacy

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  • 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.
  • 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...

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Publications, Guides, and Reports

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  • Nov 19, 2014: Administrative Relief (AR) Resources
    Nov 19, 2014: If you need help with Administrative Relief, click here for the affiliate directory.    Click Here for Affiliate Only Material
  • 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...
  • Sep 13, 2013: Estimates of the Size and Demography of the Undocumented on-Citizen Population...
    Sep 13, 2013: In 2013, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to complete a study estimating the size, characteristics, and geographic distribution of the U.S. undocumented (i.e., non-citizens who are not temporary migrants such as students, diplomats, short-term visitors, etc., those who are legal...

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Immigration Advocacy

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  • 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...
  • Nov 13, 2013: Documenting Immigration Abuse
    Nov 13, 2013: With the support of the Four Freedoms Fund, and in conjunction with other immigrant right organizations,[1] CLINIC is tracking trends in immigration enforcement abuse in order to form a litigation strategy.  To support this goal, CLINIC is asking affiliates to share information about cases that may be in need of litigation before state, local, and federal court systems. 

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