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  • Jul 24, 2015: DACA Clients with Three-Year Work Permits
    Jul 24, 2015: During July, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) undertook a number of extraordinary actions to urgently retrieve approximately 2,600 three-year work permits it claims were erroneously issued or mailed to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to replace them with two-year permits.
  • Jul 24, 2015: Non-minister Permanent Residence Program Update (Sunset of Non-minister Program)
    Jul 24, 2015: The non-minister permanent residence program that includes religious brothers and sisters (religious vocations) and other non-minister religious positions (religious occupations) is scheduled to expire on 09/30/2015 unless it is renewed by Congress. If past experience is an indicator, we have every reason to believe that the program will be extended as it has been renewed several times.
  • 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...

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  • Mar 27, 2008: Increasing Refugee Civic Participation: A Guide for Getting Started
    Mar 27, 2008: The purpose of this guide is to assist organizations that represent, serve, and advocate for refugees1 to think through various approaches to increasing civic participation in refugee communities, and to choose approaches and strategies that will work best for them. It providesan overview of civic participation definitions, offers example of successful approaches, and identifies barriers to...

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  • Jan 14, 2015: Webinar: Overseas Refugee Processing Program for Central American Minors
    Jan 14, 2015: On December 1, 2014, the Department of State launched a new in-country refugee and parole program for children residing in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Watch a free webinar to learn more about the process permitting certain parents in the United States to request that their children be admitted to the United States as refugees or granted parole. What are the eligibility requirements for...
  • Dec 11, 2014: How to Offer Tax Preparation Assistance Services at your Agency
    Dec 11, 2014: Good moral character is a requirement for naturalization applicants. Paying taxes is one way to establish good moral character, and immigration legal service programs and their agencies can easily assist their clients with this important task. In preparation for the 2015 tax season, attend this webinar to learn quick and easy ways to establish this service within your own agency. Learn how...
  • 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.

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  • Dec 17, 2013: Visa Bulletin (January 2014)
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    Dec 17, 2013: Upcoming Trainings.  See the new 2014 Training Schedule at our website:  https://cliniclegal.org/training/calendar   2014 National Migration Conference – Monday, July 7, 2014 through Thursday, July 10, 2014, Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel.  Join us in 2014 when CLINIC and USCCB/MRS co-sponsor this grand event that joins members of these networks and others to share information and hear...
  • Dec 17, 2013: Adjustment for Visa Waiver Entrants
    Dec 17, 2013: By Kristina Karpinski On November 14, 2013, USCIS issued a policy memorandum on adjudication of Form I-485, Application to Register or Adjust Status, filed by immediate relatives of U.S. citizens admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  This long awaited guidance clarifies USCIS's position on adjudication of adjustment cases filed after the applicant's 90-day period of...

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  • 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.
  • Apr 20, 2001: At-Risk Reports
    Apr 20, 2001: In 2000-2001, CLINIC published a series of reports on immigration issues based on numerous case studies. These are not current reports. The reports identify, track, and examine the impact of our nation's laws and immigration policies on at-risk immigrants. They illustrate particularly compelling problems faced by immigrants, clear explanations of the law at the root of such problems, and other...

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  • Oct 29, 2010: Template for Applying for Immigration Funding
    Oct 29, 2010: The documents below are designed to provide you with a template that can be used when applying for immigration funding, specifically in preparing your local community for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).  It can also be adapted for other immigration-related funding prior to CIR.
  • Mar 27, 2009: Family Safety Planning Training Manual
    Mar 27, 2009: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dramatically stepped up enforcement in the interior of the country. DHS agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Division are arresting immigrants at their homes, workplaces and on the streets in communities all across the country.
  • Mar 24, 2009: Catholic Social Teaching and Migration Presentation
    Mar 24, 2009: This presentation, which was first given in July 2008, gives an overview of Catholic social teaching on migration. Topics include:

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