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Articles by CLINIC

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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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  • 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...
  • Feb 3, 2012: A Toolkit for Communities to Advocate Against ICE Partnerships with Local Law...
    Feb 3, 2012: This tool kit provides an overview of the Criminal Alien Program, the Secure Communities Program, and the 287(g) Program. It also recommends strategies to advocate against the implementation and halt the continuation of these programs in communities.



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  • 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,...
  • Oct 8, 2014: Webinar Series: Representing Unaccompanied Children: What To Do and How To Do It
    Oct 8, 2014: The following webinars are from CLINIC's elearning course: Representing Unaccompanied Children: What To Do and How To Do It.  Check back October 29th for a link to the full course, including all reading materials.    Representing Children in Removal Proceedings   Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Sep 26, 2014: Webinar - Advocating to Protect Unaccompanied Children in Your Community
    Sep 26, 2014: This webinar addresses advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied children residing with sponsors and relatives across the United States as they await their immigration hearings. Panelists  provide updates on where the children are living, their impact on local communities, and steps you can take to welcome them.



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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.


Federal Advocacy

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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.


Publications, Guides, and Reports

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  • May 1, 2010: Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to...
    May 1, 2010: The manual, Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to Citizenship and Beyond offers recommendations from “veterans” of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).
  • Feb 1, 2008: Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants Handbook
    Feb 1, 2008: Refugees and immigrants strongly desire U.S. citizenship. Yet, many of them, especially those who are elderly, disabled, low-income, low-literate, and limited English proficient, face serious challenges in the naturalization process. These challenges can impede their integration and their civic participation in U.S. society.
  • May 1, 2006: Immigrant-Led Organizers in Their Own Voices
    May 1, 2006: The United States is experiencing historically unprecedented levels of immigration. As of March 2005, there were 37 million foreign-born persons in the United States, making up 12 percent of the population. Approximately 14 million immigrants arrived during the 1990s.2 From the early 1990s to 2000, the number of immigrants increased by 61 percent.


Online Resources/Helpful Links

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  • Oct 23, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Nebraska
    Oct 23, 2013: Nebraska bishops call for changes that include an “earned path to citizenship for the undocumented.” - August 30, 2013
  • Oct 23, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Colorado
    Oct 23, 2013: Colorado bishops' pastoral letter urges broad immigration reform - October 1, 2013
  • Oct 16, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Utah
    Oct 16, 2013: Op Ed in the Salt Lake City Tribune by Bishop John C. Webster Asking Senator Hatch to Refrain From Offering Proposed Amendments to the Senate Immigration Bill - June 18, 2013    



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