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  • Apr 22, 2015: No Marriage Fraud Without a Marriage
    Apr 22, 2015: By Susan Schreiber When you read the words "marriage fraud,” you probably think of a marriage entered into for purposes of obtaining an immigration benefit.  Such marriages, among other things, trigger  INA § 204(c) consequences,  i.e. a bar against petition approval where the  beneficiary has previously sought status  based on a fraudulent marriage or "has attempted  or conspired to enter into a...
  • Apr 22, 2015: Children under 15 Too Young to Commit Fraud
    Apr 22, 2015: The DOS has amended the Foreign Affairs Manual to clarify that children under the age of 15 cannot act “willfully” and therefore cannot be found inadmissible for committing fraud or misrepresentation pursuant to INA § 212(a)(6)(C)(i). 9 FAM 40.63 N5.3 Minors. For aliens between the ages of 15 to 16, the consular officer will need to determine if the child was acting at the direction of an adult...
  • Apr 22, 2015: New Pilot Program Assessment Letter for CDJ
    Apr 22, 2015: The DOS has recently announced that it will start a pilot program involving persons applying for an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulates in Cd. Juarez, Mexico (CDJ) and Montreal, Canada.  The National Visa Center will be conducting its standard review of the forms and documents submitted by the applicant, including a review of the affidavit of support, civil documents, and police certificates. ...

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  • Jan 11, 2013: CLINIC Comments on Employment Eligibility for VAWA Beneficiaries
    Jan 11, 2013: On January 10, 2013, CLINIC shared comments with USCIS on its guidance entitled “Eligibility for Employment Authorization upon Approval of a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self- Petition; and, Eligibility for Employment Authorization for Battered Spouses of Certain Nonimmigrants.”  CLINIC’s comments addressed concerns regarding the employment authorization process for approved VAWA...
  • Jan 11, 2013: CLINIC Comments on Age-out Protections for U Visa Derivatives
    Jan 11, 2013: On January 10, 2013, CLINIC shared comments on USCIS’s policy memo, “Age-Out Protection for Derivative U Nonimmigrant Status Holders: Pending Petitions, Initial Approvals, and Extension of Status.”  CLINIC welcomes the issuance of the guidance, as this policy will provide much needed security for the immigrant crime victims and their families that CLINIC members serve.  We are encouraged by USCIS...
  • Jan 9, 2013: CLINIC Comments on USCIS Revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel...
    Jan 9, 2013: On December 31, 2012, CLINIC, the American Immigration Council, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association responded to USCIS’s Notice of Revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. 

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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
  • Oct 16, 2013: What the Bishops Are Saying - Arizona
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  • Dec 29, 2008: Facts for Documented and Undocumented Workers Helping to Clean-up and Rebuild...
    Dec 29, 2008: IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ RIGHTS All workers, including documented and undocumented immigrant workers, are protected by many U.S. employment and labor laws. Rights that may apply to workers depending upon the circumstances include: Right to be paid. In most instances, workers have the right to be paid minimum wage ($5.15 an hour) and to receive overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week. If workers do...
  • Dec 29, 2008: Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN): Practical Guidelines for...
    Dec 29, 2008: What is an ITIN? ITIN stands for Individual Tax Identification Number. It is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN). The ITIN always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit. For example: 9XX-7X-XXXX. An ITIN permits individuals without a valid Social Security Number (SSN) to:
  • Dec 22, 2008: Statements of Pope Benedict XVI Regarding Immigration
    Dec 22, 2008: Words from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, Regarding Immigration during His Apostolic Journey to the United States April 15-20 2008

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