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On November 19, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced changes to its Policy Manual section on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions. The changes are effective immediately and apply to cases pending on, and filed on or after, November 19, 2019. This resource briefly summarizes some of the key changes and contains a chart comparing the current version with the previous Policy Manual section on SIJS.

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USCIS’ Acting Director Kenneth Cuccinelli responded to over 150 advocates’ request that the agency provide a 60-day comment period for the public to respond to USCIS’ proposal to change its fee schedule. Acting Director Cuccinelli stated that USCIS will only provide a 30-day comment period to respond to its 300+ page proposal.

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This toolkit highlights the harm the USCIS proposed fee policy could have on states and localities.

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On Nov. 12, 2019, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., with over 150 organizations, agencies and local governments, delivered a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Kenneth Cuccinelli and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Acting Administrator Paul Ray, urgently requesting a 60-day comment period for the public to respond to USCIS’ proposal to change its fee schedule.

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On August 19, 2019, USCIS issued new policy guidance in its Policy Manual on employment authorization for non-citizens who have been paroled into the United States. The policy guidance states that employment authorization for parolees is discretionary and lays out the factors that should be taken into account when determining whether employment authorization should be granted as a matter of discretion.

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The following are stories of survivors of crimes and abuse who continue to suffer extreme hardships due to USCIS unnecessary delays in processing their applications for protection from future harm.

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CLINIC’s policy brief examines extreme processing delays at USCIS under the Trump administration and the particular consequences to TPS holders and their families. The brief questions USCIS’ methods in dealing with the processing delays for TPS holders, pointing out that USCIS elected an unusual, inefficient, and error-prone process. The brief includes recommendations for oversight and holding the administration accountable.

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Consistent with the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to roll back protections that Congress established for vulnerable children through the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), Pub. L. No. 110–457, 122 Stat.

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USCIS has issued new guidance on submission of medical examinations (Form I-693), effective November 1, 2018. Under the new guidance, medical examinations submitted on or after November 1, 2018 must have been signed by the civil surgeon within 60 days of submission. Once submitted, they will be valid for two years from the date of civil surgeon signature. 

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new policy allows adjudicators to deny an application or petition without issuing a Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny. Read more to see what this could mean for your clients.

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Beginning September 12, 2018, applications and petitions filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be subject to the agency’s new policy allowing a denial without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID).

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In fiscal year 2014, the USCIS Lockbox rejected about 8% of the more than 7.7 million applications it received. CLINIC affiliates have vast expertise and achieve amazing results for their clients every day, but they still report occasional issues with application rejections. Such rejections can be frustrating and cause delays and complications in your clients’ cases. Here are a few tips for resolving issues with application rejections.

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Communication is the most important skill in the legal profession, especially when dealing with immigration law. When information is not explained properly, events can quickly escalate to dangerous situations. This is why CLINIC brought in Janna Evans of the Public Engagement Division for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to lead a training on using plain language.

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The Ombudsman’s Office was created by Congress in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to help individuals and employers who need to resolve a problem with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and to make recommendations to fix systemic problems and improve the quality of services provided by USCIS.