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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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  • Jul 31, 2014: DACA Renewal and Updates
    Jul 31, 2014:     This webinar provides an overview of the DACA renewal process and highlights other updates to DACA guidance.  We share practice tips and respond to common questions about the renewal process and the new Form I-821D. 
  • Jun 23, 2014: Webinar: Children Traveling Alone: The Catholic Church’s Response
    Jun 23, 2014:  This webinar discusses why unaccompanied children are coming to the United States, where they are staying, what services the Church is providing, and how you can help.   Panelists include experts on the root causes of migration from Central America and the emergency, social, and legal services available to these minor children.  Panelists:
  • May 22, 2014: Webinar: DACA and Advance Parole (May 2014)
    May 22, 2014: This webinar is for legal service providers helping Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients apply for permission to travel abroad using advance parole.

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  • 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 16, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Iowa
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  • Oct 16, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - California
    Oct 16, 2013: Archbishop Gomez: What can we do now on immigration reform? - February 21, 2014 Archbishop Gomez: No path to U.S. citizenship would mean 'permanent underclass' - January 14, 2014
  • Oct 16, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - New Mexico
    Oct 16, 2013: Op Ed in Arizona Republic by Bishops Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix, Eduardo Nevares of Phoenix, and James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico on behalf of the Arizona Catholic Conference - April 23, 2013 Family Beyond Borders: An Open Letter from the Bishops of the Border Region of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico - November 28, 2013

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  • Feb 22, 2011: Immigration Case Management Tools
    Feb 22, 2011: A good case management database contains both immigration forms and client-specific information.  The database may be software for stand-alone or networked computers or it may be web-based with the server off-site.  Either way, the choice and utilization of a database is an important investment for your immigration program.  In addition to completing forms, the database helps staff manage the...
  • Feb 22, 2011: Developing Case Management Policies and Procedures
    Feb 22, 2011: When you are thinking of developing or changing your case management system, solicit your immigration staff to get their feedback, or even better is if they participate in the development or revision of that process.    The system works only if it makes sense to those who have to adhere to, carry out, and manage it.  Once you determined your case management system, document it in a policies and...
  • 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.

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